Applications Due: February 21, 2023 11:59 PM ET
The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program (CFDA 16.524) is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth (ages 11 to 24) victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. “Legal assistance” is assistance in: a) divorce, parental rights, child support, Tribal, territorial, immigration, employment, administrative agency, housing, campus, education, healthcare, privacy, contract, consumer, civil rights, protection or other
injunctive proceedings, related enforcement proceedings, and other similar matters; b) criminal justice investigations, prosecutions, and post-conviction matters (including sentencing, parole, and probation) that impact the victim’s safety, privacy, or other interests as a victim; c) alternative dispute resolution, restorative practices, or other processes intended to promote victim safety, privacy, and autonomy, and offender accountability, regardless of court involvement; or d) post-conviction relief proceedings in state, local, Tribal, or territorial court with respect to a conviction of a victim relating to or arising from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sex trafficking victimization of the victim. Intake or referral, by itself, does not constitute legal assistance. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(24)(C) and (D).
- The Justice in Government Project at American University has curated research briefs on how civil legal aid helps vulnerable populations. You can access the briefs here.
- NLADA recently presented at the MIE Fundraising Conference on how civil legal aid serves victims of crime. Access the PowerPoint 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.
Funding Title: OVW Fiscal Year 2023 Legal Assistance for Victims – Solicitation
Assistance Listing Number # 16.524
Agency Name: Office on Violence Against Women
Funding Opportunity Number: O-OVW-2023-171479
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: No, but civil and criminal legal assistance and direct legal services
Target Population: victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sex trafficking
Expected Number of Awards: 45
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Award Ceiling: $900,000
Award Floor: $400,000
Current Closing Date for Applications: February 21, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); Private institutions of higher education; Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Link to Full Announcement: Here
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at OVW.LAV@jusdoj.gov. Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.