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Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Grant Program

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #139621

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to improve criminal justice response to gender-based assault and domestic violence. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support coordinated community responses to hold offenders accountable and serve victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. New and continuation applicants are eligible to apply.

The ICJR Program encourages state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. The Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program includes 24 purpose areas. 

For a complete list of the 24 purpose areas, see:

In FY 2022, OVW is interested in supporting the priority area(s) identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Advance racial equity as an essential component of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  2. Increase access to justice for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including through exploration of survivor-centered criminal justice system reform.
  3. Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.
  4. Improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly LGBTQ and immigrant communities.

For more information about the priority areas, see:

For a list of mandatory program requirements, see:

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, State governments

Eligible applicants are limited to: States; Indian Tribal governments; state and local courts (including juvenile courts); units of local government; state, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions; or victim services providers in the United States or U.S. territories.

In an effort to broaden the reach of ICJR resources, OVW is encouraging new applicants to apply for ICJR funding. Special consideration will be given to applications from jurisdictions that have not previously received ICJR funding or whose last ICJR award expired before April 15, 2015.

Note: Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 90.61(b), the following are not considered units of local government and are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant: police departments, pretrial service agencies, district or city attorneys’ offices, sheriffs’ departments, probation and parole departments, and universities. These entities may assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the project but must have their state, tribal government, or unit of local government apply as the lead applicant.

For additional eligibility details, see:

For Out-of-Scope Activities, see:

For Funding Restrictions, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct web-based pre-application information sessions. During these sessions, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. These sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

1. April 4, 2022 at 1 pm (new applicants)
2. April 5, 2022 at 1 pm (continuation applicants)

Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, contact the ICJR Program (see Contact Information below). Registration must be received at least 2 days prior to the start of the session.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: April 26, 2022 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: April 28, 2022 9:00 PM

Applicant Actions with Required Dates/Deadlines:
- To submit the portion of the application prior to March 30, 2022 at 8pm - Obtain a DUNS number and register the DUNS number with as soon as possible.
- To submit the portion of the application after March 30, 2022 - Register directly in (without a DUNS) starting on April 4, 2022 and be assigned a Unique Entity ID (SAM) upon registration.
- Register with by April 12, 2022.
- Submit Letter of Intent by April 12, 2022 to the ICJR Program.
- If necessary, request hardcopy submission by April 22, 2022.
- Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL in as early as possible, but no later than 24 – 48 hours prior to the deadline.
- Register the Entity Administrator and the Application Submitter with JustGrants as early as possible but no later than 48-72 hours before the JustGrants deadline.
- Submit the complete application package at least 24 – 48 hours prior to the JustGrants deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by April 12, 2022. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but not later than 24-48 hours before the deadline.

To submit an application, all applicants must register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. To ensure sufficient time to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants must have registered online with the SAM and with no later than April 12, 2022.

Applications not submitted by 9:00 p.m. E.T. on April 28, 2022 will not be considered for funding, unless the applicant receives OVW permission to submit a late application.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2022.

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Funding levels under this program for FY 2022 are:
1. $500,000 for projects with a service area population up to 400,000 for the entire 36 or 48 months.
2. $750,000 for projects with a service area population 400,001 to 700,000 for the entire 36 or 48 months.
3. $1,000,000 for projects with a service area population 700,001 and above for the entire 36 or 48 months.
4. $1,000,000 for statewide projects, regardless of service area population for the entire 36 or 48 months.

Term of Contract:

The award period is 48 months for new applicants. The award period for continuation applicants seeking to implement purpose area 22 for the first time will be 48 months.

The award period is 36 months for continuation applicants seeking to implement all purpose areas other than purpose area 22.

OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2022.

Contact Information:

Submit Letters of Intent to:

To register for a pre-application information session, contact the ICJR Program at the above email address or at 202-353-5498.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the following:
- Programmatic questions, contact this program at 202-353-5498 or
- Financial questions, contact 888-514-8556 or
- Technical questions:
-- Applicant Support at 800-518-4726 or
-- OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or

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