DOJ – Rural DV, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (2020)

Applications are due January 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to ovw.rural@usdoj.gov by January 13, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov.

The Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program seeks to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. This program encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problems of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities.

Helpful resources

  • NLADA recently presented at the MIE Fundraising Conference on how civil legal aid serves victims of crime. 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: Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program

Agency Name: Department of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women (DOJ OVW)

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2020-17673

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes! Rural Program grantees are required to implement a list of strategies, one of which is legal assistance: “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” (p. 2).

To be able to use this funding opportunity to support legal aid, you much provide a legal assistance certification pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(12). More information on this requirement can be found on pages 7-8.

Target Population: Rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking

Expected Number of Awards: 50

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $35,000,000

Award ceiling: $750,000

Award floor: $0

Current Closing Date for Applications: Applications are due January 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to ovw.rural@usdoj.gov by January 13, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov.

Eligible Applicants: Special district governments, Native American tribal organizations and tribal governments, state governments, nonprofits, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, county governments, city or township governments.

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. This award limit applies across all OVW programs but does not include awards made for nationwide projects, such as those made under OVW’s Training and Technical Assistance Initiative.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link and link to Grants.gov

Contact Information: Email OVW at ovw.rural@usdoj.gov or call at 202-305-1660



Categories: Department of Justice, Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Rural, Victims of Crime

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