Applications Due: February 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
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 United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural jurisdictions.
Funding Title: OVW FY 2017 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women
Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2017-11908
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. A list of strategies outlined in the authorizing statute, from which Rural Program grantees must implement one or more, includes the following: “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: 45
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: $33,000,000
Award Ceiling: $750,000
Award Floor: $0
How to apply:
Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.Rural@usdoj.gov by February 2, 2017.
Current Closing Date for Applications: by February 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
- Indian Tribes;
- Local governments; and
- Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including Tribal nonprofit organizations.
Link to Full Announcement: Here
Pre-Application Conference Calls: OVW will conduct two Pre-Application Conference Calls. During these calls, OVW staff will review the Rural Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer session. Participation in these calls is optional.
The conference calls are tentatively scheduled for:
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the the Rural Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 307-6026.