DOJ – Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations (2021)

Applications due: by March 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 20123 to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Survivors from underserved populations face challenges in accessing comprehensive and effective victim services that are accessible, culturally relevant, and responsive. As a result, survivors from underserved communities often do not receive appropriate services. The Underserved
Program supports projects that address these gaps. Funds may be used to: develop or enhance population specific victim services; develop or enhance outreach strategies to reach underserved survivors; build the capacity of population specific organizations to serve survivors of these crimes; build the capacity of victim service providers to provide victim services that are population specific; train and educate community partners and the criminal justice system on the needs of survivors from underserved populations; and develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for underserved survivors.

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 helps survivors of domestic violence and vulnerable populations. You can access the 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: OVW Fiscal Year 2021 Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Solicitation

Agency Name: DOJ – Office on Violence Against Women

Funding Opportunity Number: O-OVW-2021-37002

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes, funding is specifically identified for organizations serving the legal needs of victims of crime that are designed primarily for and are targeted to a specific underserved population.

Target Population: Victims of Crime

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:  No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,500,000

Award Ceiling: $450,000

Award Floor: $0

Current Closing Date for Applications: by March 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Other

Eligible applicants are limited to: population specific organizations or victim service providers that are (1) Deaf programs (2) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organizations, (3) Religious minority organizations, and (4) Disability programs as further defined in the solicitation. For more information, see the Eligibility Information section of this solicitation.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to Grants.gov listing and full solicitation



Categories: Department of Justice, Individuals with Disabilities, LGBT, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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