DOJ – Justice for Families Program (2020)

Applications are due January 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov by December 20, 2019. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov.

The goal of this program is to improve the capacity of courts and communities to respond to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and stalking. For a standard project, applicants must propose activities under supervised visitation (purpose area 1) and the courts (purpose area 5). For a comprehensive project, applicants must propose activities under supervised visitation (purpose area 1), courts (purpose area 5), and civil legal services (purpose area 6).

Helpful resources

  • NLADA recently presented at our annual conference on how civil legal aid serves victims of crime. We highlighted this grant program. Access the PowerPoint here.
  • The Justice in Government Project at American University has curated research briefs on how civil legal aid assists domestic violence survivors, elder abuse survivors and children. You can access these briefs here.
  • Want help making your case? The Justice Index scores and ranks states on their adoption of best practices for ensuring access to justice. Find how well your state is doing here.

Grant information

Funding Title: Justice for Families Program

Agency Name: Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2020-17568

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes! Purpose area 6 outlines what civil legal assistance is eligible: “Provide civil legal assistance and advocacy services, including legal information and resources in cases which the victim proceeds pro se, to: (a) victims of domestic violence; and (b) nonoffending parents in matters: (i) that involve allegations of child sexual abuse; (ii) that relate to family matters, including civil protection orders, custody, and divorce; and (iii) in which the other parent is represented by counsel.” (p. 3)

Target Population: Families who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or allegations of child sexual abuse.

Expected Number of Awards: 20

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $11,000,000

Award information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.JFF@usdoj.gov by December 20, 2019. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov. Recipients of an FY 2018 or FY 2019 award under this program are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant on an FY 2020 proposal.

Also note: OVW will not fund the same entity, as either a lead recipient or partner/subrecipient, on more than two discretionary awards in FY 2020, absent extenuating circumstances.

Current Closing Date for Applications: Applications are due January 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: States, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and victim service providers

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: Email OVW at ovw.jff@usdoj.gov or call at 202-307-6026.



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

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