DOJ – Reduce DV, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on Campus (2020)

Applications are due February, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.Campus@usdoj.gov by January 24, 2019. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov.

Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program) encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services and support for victims, and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. Legal aid is eligible to subgrant from institutions of higher education. Applicants are encouraged to partner with civil legal organizations.

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: Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program)

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

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2020-17693

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes! There are several references to civil legal aid. Purpose Area Four specifically references legal assistance: “To develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services programs and population specific services on the campuses of the institutions involved, including programs providing legal, medical, or psychological counseling, for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to improve delivery of victim assistance on campus.” (p. 2)

The announcement also states: “Applicants are also encouraged to include as EMOU partners other local entities, such as civil legal organizations, mental health providers, or faith based organizations.” (p. 7).

However, civil legal aid organizations are not eligible to apply for this funding – the only eligible applicants are institutions of higher education. To receive this funding, contact your local university/college and see if they are applying to this program.

Target Population: Individuals on campuses who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking

Expected Number of Awards: 50

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,000,000

Award ceiling: $750,000

Award floor: $0

Award information: Applications are due February, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to OVW.Campus@usdoj.gov by January 24, 2019. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov.

Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education, public and state controlled institutions of higher education

For more information

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

Contact Information: Latinisha Lewis, Grant Program Team Lead, 202-353-9167, latinisha.m.lewis@usdoj.gov



Categories: Department of Justice, Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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