DOJ – Sexual Assault Culturally Specific Program (2017)

Applications Due: February 7, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


This program is authorized by 42 U.S.C. §14043g(c). Survivors of sexual assault from culturally specific communities frequently confront unique challenges, such as linguistic and cultural barriers, when seeking assistance. In order to provide the most appropriate services to such victims, the Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program (hereinafter referred to as the SAS Culturally Specific Program) supports nonprofit organizations that focus primarily on culturally specific communities and have experience in the area of sexual assault or who partner with an organization having such expertise. The goal of the SAS Culturally Specific Program is to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations, which are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims from culturally specific communities.

For additional information on the SAS Culturally Specific Program, including what past SAS Culturally Specific Program grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the SAS Culturally Specific Program performance measures and reporting data, see

In FY 2017, funds under the SAS Culturally Specific Program may be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of culturally specific intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault.

Funding Title: OVW FY 2017 Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVW -2017-11907 

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. “Core Services” in Advocacy include: “Education about justice and safety options; Legal accompaniment and advocacy during reporting and through prosecution; Legal accompaniment and advocacy provided for securing orders of protection.”

“Comprehensive Services” under Advocacy include: “Legal accompaniment and advocacy provided for civil law cases; Advocacy provided for other impacts on survivor (e.g., with employers, schools, etc.); Ongoing evaluation of advocacy needs and delivery.”

Target Population: Sexual assault victims from culturally specific populations

Priority Area: Increased support for underserved communities of color, in a culturally appropriate manner, with a special emphasis on African-American communities.

 Expected Number of Awards: 11

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,500,000

Award Ceiling: $300,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply:

The complete application package is available on or at the OVW website at Applicants wishing to request a paper copy of the application materials should contact

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to by January 13, 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.

Current Closing Date for Applications:   by February 7, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants: Eligible entities for this program are private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities:

  • American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics

Link to Full Announcement:

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

Pre-Application Conference Calls: OVW will conduct two (2) Pre-Application Information Sessions. During these sessions, OVW staff will review the SAS Culturally Specific Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer session. Participation in these sessions is optional. The sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

  1. Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.
  2. Monday, January 9, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.

Anyone interested in submitting an application to the SAS Culturally Specific Program may register to participate in a pre-application call. The total number of participants for each call is limited to 50 individuals. Please note: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is not guaranteed. Interested participants from the same agency/jurisdiction are strongly encouraged to participate together so that as many communities as possible can join the call.

OVW reserves the right to deny multiple registrations from a single agency/jurisdiction.

To register, please contact Jocelyn Harrison at Registration must be received at least 2 hours prior to the start of the session. Translation services are available upon request. If translation services are needed, please notify Jocelyn Harrison.

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

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