DOJ Office on Violence Against Women – Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program (FY 2018)

Applications Due: January 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description: 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) (www.ovw.usdoj.gov) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year 2018 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 2018 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVW-2018-13829

 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: $35,000,000

Award Ceiling: $750,000

Award Floor: $0

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.Rural@usdoj.gov by January 11, 2018.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by January 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:

  1. States;
  2. Indian Tribes;
  3. Territories;
  4. Local governments; and
  5. Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including Tribal nonprofit organizations.

 Link to Full Announcement: Here 

Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the Rural Unit at ovw.rural@usdoj.gov or (202) 307-6026.

Pre-Application Information Session: OVW will pre-record a pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for the Rural Program. Listening to this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not participate are still eligible to apply. During this session, OVW staff will review the Rural Program requirements, review the solicitation, and address frequently asked questions. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by Thursday, January 11, 2018 on the OVW website.

The pre-recorded session will be captioned in English. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact the Rural Program at ovw.rural@usdoj.gov or (202) 532-4629 as soon as possible.

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Categories: DOJ, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Rural, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women

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