DOJ – Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (2018)

Applications Due: March 28, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description: The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP) is one of five funding streams within the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP). SASP was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) and is the first federal funding stream dedicated solely to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. Overall, the purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault. TSASP supports projects to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by Tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations within Indian country and Alaska Native villages.

In FY 2018, OVW is interested in supporting the priority area identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following area will be given special consideration:

Improve services for and/or the response to victims of sex trafficking and other severe forms of trafficking in persons who have also experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. Applicants under this priority area must demonstrate support for the application, through a letter of support, from a local, state, tribal, and/or federal law enforcement agency and/or a local, state, tribal, and/or federal prosecutor’s office.

Funding Title: OVW FY 2018 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVW-2018-14264

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: Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000

Award Ceiling: $325,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply:

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to by March 14, 2018. 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 March 28, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Link to Full Announcement: Here

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

Pre-Application Conference Calls: OVW will conduct a web-based pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for the TSASP. 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 TSASP requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 2:00pm ET


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

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