DOJ Office on Violence Against Women – Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations (FY 18) 

Applications Due: January 26, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

 Description:

The program was authorized 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
In FY 2018, funds under the Underserved Program may be used for the following statutory purposes:

  1. Working with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments, agencies, and organizations to develop or enhance population specific services;
  2. Strengthening the capacity of underserved populations to provide population specific services;
  3. Strengthening the capacity of traditional victim service providers to provide population specific services;
  4. Strengthening the effectiveness of criminal and civil justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved populations; or
  5. 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, 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-2018-13831

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Core services under types of sexual assault services include legal assistance, legal accompaniment and legal advocacy. However, please note that legal services have been added to out-of-scope activities as follows:

  • Legal services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking beyond the limited context of protection order proceedings (either temporary or long term relief), or for limited immigration matters that may impact and affect the victim’s ability to maintain safety (such as U visas)

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:

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 January 5, 2018

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to

OVW.Underserved@usdoj.gov by December 29, 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 a web-based pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for the Underserved Program. Participation in this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not participate are still eligible to apply. During this session, OVW staff will review the Underserved Program requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for:

The session is tentatively scheduled for:

  • December 13, 2017, 2 – 4 pm ET

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

Current Closing Date for Applications: by January 26, 2018 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants: 

Eligible entities for this program are nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations that are:

  1. Deaf programs, meaning 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, 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(43).
  2. LGBT organizations, meaning an organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to serve LGBT individuals.
  3. Religious minority organizations, meaning 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. Culturally specific organizations, meaning an organization 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, proposing a project that focuses solely on serving sexual assault victims.
  5. Disability programs, meaning a program that has received two continuation awards under the OVW Disability Grant Program.

Link to Full Announcement: Here 

Contact Information: For assistance please contac: Kara Moller, Grant Program Specialist, at 202-616-3464 or Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.

 

 

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Categories: Disability, Disabled, DOJ, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, LGBT, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), Native American, Protection and Advocacy, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Tribal, Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women

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