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

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Improve
Capacity to Respond to Gender-Based Crime

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

12/18/19

LOI Date:

01/10/20

Deadline Date:

02/27/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve criminal justice response to gender-based assault and domestic violence. 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 Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program includes 22 purpose areas. For the convenience of applicants, the following categories illustrate the types of activities that fall within these purpose areas:

  1. Enhanced law enforcement responses, including centralized units, specialized training, improved arrest policies, and protection order enforcement 
  2. Targeted responses to sexual assault, including sexual assault response teams (SARTs), evidence collection and testing, and specialized policies, protocols, and training 
  3. Coordinated community responses, including multidisciplinary teams, comprehensive victim services and support centers (co-located services), and interdisciplinary policy development 
  4. Enhanced prosecution responses, including centralized units, specialized training, and policy and protocol development 
  5. Improved judicial handling of cases, including centralized courts and dockets, judicial education programs, and protection order issuance and tracking.

For a complete list of the 22 purpose areas, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1219766/download#page=6

In FY 2020, applications proposing activities in one or more of the following areas will be given special consideration or receive additional points as detailed below.

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement and increasing prosecution. OVW will give special consideration to applications that meaningfully address one or more of the following statutory purpose areas: 1 (proarrest programs and policies); 3 (specialized units); 6 (improving judicial handling of cases), 8 (developing policies and trainings for working with older individuals and individuals with disabilities); 10 (colocated services/FJC); 11 (developing policies and training for recognizing, investigating or prosecuting instances of sexual assault); 14 (training for prosecutors); 19 (improving investigation or prosecution of sexual assault cases);, and/or 22 (reducing domestic and dating violence homicides).
  2. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW will give special consideration to applications proposing activities in rural communities that seek to improve the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by supporting law enforcement, prosecution, and victim services. Applications must clearly identify how project activities will address specific challenges in rural communities. 

OVW will give priority to applications that meaningfully address sexual assault. To qualify for this priority, the application must address purpose areas 11 (developing policies and training for recognizing, investigating or prosecuting instances of sexual assault) and 19 (improving investigation or prosecution of sexual assault cases) and may also address purpose areas 3(specialized units), 17 (developing a SANE/SAFE program), and/or 18 (developing a SART). 

For a list of mandatory program requirements, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1219766/download#page=12

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139621

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$32,000,000

Number of Grants:

OVW estimates that it will make up to 45 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding levels:

For applicants addressing purpose areas 1-21:
- $500,000 for projects with a service area population of up to 400,000.
- $750,000 for projects with a service area population of 400,001 to 700,000
- $1,000,000 for projects with a service area population of 700,001 and above.
- $1,000,000 for statewide projects, regardless of service area population.

For applicants addressing purpose area 22:
- $750,000 for projects with a service area population of up to 400,000.
- $1,000,000 for projects with a service area population of 400,001 to 700,000.
- $1,250,000 for projects with a service area population of 700,001 and above.
- $1,250,000 for statewide projects, regardless of service area population.

Term of Contract:

- 36 months (Purpose Areas 1-21)
- 48 months (Purpose Area 22)

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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 entities for this program are:
-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 that partner with a state, Indian tribal government, or unit of local government; and
-Victim service providers that partner with a state, Indian tribal government, or unit of local government.

Nonprofit Organization Requirement – 501(c)(3) Status Any entity that is eligible for this program based on its status as a nonprofit organization must be an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that Code. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(16)(B)(i).

Non-eligible entities generally include, but are not limited to:
1. Police departments;
2. Pre-trial service agencies;
3. District or city attorneys’ offices;
4. Sheriffs’ departments;
5. Probation and parole departments; and
6. Universities.

A state is any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

For definitions regarding eligible entities, see:
https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1219766/download#page=14

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions.

For a list of out-of-scope activities, see:
https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1219766/download#page=10

Unallowable expenses:
1. Lobbying, except with explicit statutory authorization;
2. Fundraising;
3. Purchase of real property;
4. Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or
carpeting);
5. Construction

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will post a pre-recorded Pre-Application Information Session on its website for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. Listening to this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not listen to the prerecorded session are still eligible to apply. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by December 18, 2019 on the OVW website.

The session will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC as soon as possible, but no later than December 17, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 27, 2020.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with the SAM.gov and with Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process,applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than January 10, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to by January 10, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov. Submitting a Letter of Intent will not obligate a potential applicant to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

OVW anticipates notifying all applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2020.

Applicant resources: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322726

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Letters of Intent to: OVW.ICJR@usdoj.gov

Aisha Battle, Grant Program Specialist
(202) 307-6026

For technical assistance with Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Applicant Support Line at 1-(800)-518-4726.

CFDA Number:

16.590

Funding or Pin Number:

OVW-2020-17563

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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