Do Your Part to End Domestic Violence

October, my favorite month of the year, has finally arrived! Let’s break out the pumpkins, warm up with some hot chocolate and take in the new scenery. October is that time of the year when we celebrate everything fall has to offer, but it goes deeper than just jack-o’-lanterns and crunchy leaves.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and GrantWatch is joining the fight against cruelty with grants for domestic violence. We cannot forget the millions of men, women and children living a nightmare every single day. Created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1987, DVAM gives recognition to those affected by domestic violence, calling the world to unite against the brutality and to empower those tormented by it.  

The first Monday of October is the “Day of Unity,” from which DVAM originated. First held in October of 1981, the day “advocates across the country to connect and work as [a] team to end violence against women and children” (OSUSVC).  

If you’re wondering how to do your part, the National Network to End Domestic Violence put together a list of “31 Ways to Get Involved and Help End Domestic Violence.” The list includes adopting an affected family for the upcoming holidays, contacting your government representatives and school board members, hosting fundraisers and volunteering in domestic violence programs.  

This October, observe DVAM by celebrating domestic-violence survivors and connecting those who aim to end violence. GrantWatch strives to assist those who have joined the fight against domestic violence by updating its database with grants for domestic violence that provide services and programs to survivors.   

Find grants for domestic violence to create programs, provide living accommodations and enhance the quality of life for those affected by violence on  

Grants to Oregon and California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Prevent the Mistreatment of Children

Grants starting at $25,000 to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to mitigate and prevent the abuse of children and youth (ages 0-18).

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits for Early Childcare and Interventions for At-Risk Children

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina nonprofit organizations to improve the welfare of young children. Programs may promote high-quality child care services or provide early interventions for children who are at-risk. 

Deadline: 12/15/17

Grants to Seattle, Washington Nonprofits to Benefit Poor Women and Youth, and Prevent Assault

Grants averaging between $5,000 and $10,000 to Seattle, Washington area nonprofit organizations for projects and services that improve the lives of at-risk youth and/or women living in poverty, and/or prevent domestic violence against women and children.

Deadline: 03/02/18 Received by Date

Grant to Western North Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies to Reduce Violence Against Women

Grant to Western North Carolina nonprofits and governmental entities for collaborative programs that address violence against girls and women. Programs may take place in the Counties of Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Deadline: 12/05/17 5:00 PM

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is the Copy Editor for