DOJ – Justice for Families Program (2017)

Applications Due: January 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System program (Justice for Families Program) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 to improve the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of communities and courts to respond to impacted families:

-Court-based and court-related programs;

-Supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents;

-Training and technical assistance for people who work with families in the court system;

-Civil legal services; provision of resources in juvenile court matters; and

-Development or promotion of legislation, model codes, policies, and best practices.

Funding Title:
    OVW FY 2017 Justice for Families Program

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

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2017-11923

Funding Instrument Type: 

Express Language for Legal Aid:
    Yes, civil legal assistance is listed under Purpose Area 6. However, please note the following language regarding primary focus and budget allocation included under Purpose Area 6:

A project in which the primary focus is on providing civil legal assistance is not appropriate for the Justice for Families Program. Applications in which more than 50% of the project budget is allocated for civil legal assistance would be better suited to the OVW Legal Assistance for Victims Program, for which applications are solicited annually.

Target Population:
    Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, underserved populations

Expected Number of Awards
: 21

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:

How to Apply:    

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal

Number System (DUNS) Number, and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS Number, and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than, December 22, 2016.

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to by December 22, 2016. 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.

Pre-Application Information Sessions:

OVW will pre-record a Pre-Application Information Session and post it on its website. During this session, OVW staff will review the Justice for Families Program requirements, review the solicitation, and address frequently asked questions. Listening to this session is optional. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by Monday, December 10, 2016. Anyone interested in submitting an application to the Justice for Families Program is encouraged to listen to the recorded Pre-Application Information Session and contact the Justice for Families program at (202) 307-6026 or OVW.JFF@USDOJ.GOV for any additional questions. A transcript of the session can be made available upon request

Current Closing Date for Applications:   January 12, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,000,000

Award Ceiling:    $700,000

Award Floor:    $550,000

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are limited to: states, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and victim service providers.

Priority Consideration: 

In FY 2017, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration during the review process:

  1. Strengthen and revitalize coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams, prioritizing those that meaningfully involve organizations and programs that focus on marginalized communities.
  2. Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.).
  3. Increase the use of promising or evidence-building practices, where available.

Link to Full Announcement:  

Contact Information:    For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact OVW Justice for Families unite at (202) 307-6026 or













Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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