DOJ – Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations (2017) 

Applications Due: January 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


This program is authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 14045 to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Grant funds are used to provide enhanced services to underserved populations; build the capacity of both mainstream organizations and organizations serving underserved populations to provide culturally appropriate and inclusive services; and to increase training and outreach activities targeted at organizations providing services to underserved populations.

Purpose Areas
1. Working with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments, agencies, and organizations to develop or enhance population specific services;

  1. Strengthening the capacity of underserved populations to provide population specific services;
  2. Strengthening the capacity of traditional victim service providers to provide population specific services;
  3. Strengthening the effectiveness of criminal and civil justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations; or
  4. Working in cooperation with an underserved population to develop and implement outreach, education, prevention, and intervention strategies that highlight available resources and the specific issues faced by victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from underserved populations.

Funding Title: OVW FY 2017 Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations

Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVW-2017-11922

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes

Target Population: Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and that are designed primarily for and are targeted to a specific underserved population

Expected Number of Awards: 14

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,700,000 

Award Ceiling: $300,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply:

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to by January 5, 2017. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned to successfully submit their applications 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 conduct two web-based Pre-Application Information Sessions. During these sessions, OVW staff will review the Underserved Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer session. Participation in these calls is optional.

The sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

  1. January 11, 2017, 2 – 4 pm ET
  2. January 12, 2017, 3 – 5 pm ET

To register, please contact Jocelyn Harris at Registration must be received at least 2 days prior to the start of the session.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by January 26, 2017 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible entities for this program are nonprofit organizations that are:
1. Deaf programs. For the purpose of this program, a Deaf program is a program that is run by and for Deaf individuals. The program may be a stand-alone Deaf domestic violence and/or sexual violence organization, a general Deaf services organization, or a Deaf
domestic violence and/or sexual violence program administratively housed in a hearing victim service provider, as defined in the Violence Against Women Act.

2. LGBT organizations. For the purpose of this program, an LGBT organization is an organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide services to LGBT individuals.

3. Religious minority organizations. For the purpose of this program, a religious minority organization is an organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to serve members of a religious minority who face barriers accessing and using victim services.

4. Organizations that have received an award under the ALL Program in FY 2010, FY 2011, FY 2012, or FY 2013.

5. Organizations that have received two continuation awards under the Disability Grant Program.

6. Culturally specific organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific
Islanders, Blacks, or Hispanics that propose a project that focuses solely on serving sexual assault victims. Nonprofit Organization Requirement – 501(c)3 Status Any entity that is eligible for the Underserved Program based on its status as a nonprofit organization must be an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that Code. See 42
U.S.C. § 13925(b)(16)(B).

Link to Full Announcement: Here  

Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, call OVW at (202) 305-1271 or email



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

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