DOJ Office on Violence Against Women – FY 2015 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

APPLICATIONS DUE: March 4, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Description:

Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. The geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives. These factors also complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. In addition, socio-cultural, economic, and geographic barriers create difficulties for victim services providers to identify and assist victims of these crimes.

The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problem of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims. The Rural Program also recognizes the richness of diversity in rural communities and areas across the country, and encourages applicants to
implement innovative approaches, through capacity-building and partnerships, to address the
critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture, effectively addresses language
and communications barriers, and ensures accessible services for all victims.

In FY 2015, OVW will accept applications for the Rural Program from the following:
New: applicants that have never received funding under the Rural Program or whose previous Rural Program funding expired more than 12 months ago.

Continuation: applicants that received funding under the Rural Program in FY 2012 or earlier that
does not qualify as a new applicant as defined above. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

Grant recipients that received new or supplemental funding for 36 months in FY 2013 and FY
2014 are NOT eligible to apply.

Funding Title:    OVW Fiscal Year 2015 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Agency Name:    Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes. Authorized use of funds includes “Providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and other long-term and short-term victim and population specific services to adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities, including assistance in immigration matters”.

Target Population:    Adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities

Expected Number of Awards:    OVW estimates that it will make up to 40 awards.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     

Registration: To ensure all applicants have ample time to complete the registration process,
applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number, register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than February 11, 2015

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to
ovw.rural@usdojgov by February 4, 2015. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned to successfully submit an application by the deadline. This letter will not obligate potential applicants to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Registration are still eligible to apply.

Current Closing Date for Applications:   March 4, 2015, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:   $33,000,000

Award Ceiling:      $1,000,000

Award Floor:   None

Eligible Applicants:

1. States;
2. Indian Tribes;
3. Territories;
4. Local governments; and
5. Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including Tribal nonprofit organizations.

Priority Consideration: Strengthen and revitalize coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams;Increase support for sexual assault, including services, law enforcement response and
prosecution;Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds

Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014  2013

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement: 

http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/ovw/pages/attachments/2015/01/27/ovwfy2015ruralsexualassaultdomesticviolencedatingviolencestalkingprogramsolicitation_1_23_2015_comp2.pdf

Contact Information:   For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact OVW at (202) 307-6026.

In Fiscal Year 2015, OVW applications will be submitted through Grants.gov. For technical
assistance with Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-
4726. Grants.gov Number assigned to announcement OVW-2015-4037.

It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by
September 30, 2015.

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Categories: DOJ, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Rural, Sexual Assault, Tribal, Victims of Crime

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