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Grants to USA State Agencies to Provide Supportive Services to Victims of Assault

Sexual Assault Services Formula Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.017
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2022-171045
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/10/22 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 05/12/22 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories state governments for programs, projects, and centers that provide supportive services to victims of assault. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that provide direct intervention and related assistance.

Purpose Areas:

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12511(a)(1), funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

To provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services, and related assistance to:

  1. Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault.
  2. Family and household members of such victims.
  3. Those collaterally affected by the victimization, except by the perpetrator of such victimization.

Specifically, funds under the SAS Formula Program must be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other nongovernmental or tribal programs and projects to assist individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault, without regard to the age of the individual. See 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(1).

SAS Formula grants shall be used by states and territories to provide grants to rape crisis centers and other non-profit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs for programs and activities that provide direct intervention and related assistance. The term "rape crisis center" means a nonprofit, nongovernmental, or tribal organization, or governmental entity in a state other than a territory that provides intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault without regard to their age. In the case of a governmental entity, the entity may not be part of the criminal justice system (such as a law enforcement agency) and must be able to offer a comparable level of confidentiality as a nonprofit entity that provides similar victim services. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(25). Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(2)(C), intervention and related assistance may include:

  1. 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral.
  2. Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings.
  3. Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members.
  4. Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members.
  5. Community-based, culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities.
  6. Development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in numbers 1 through 5 above.

Rape Survivor Child Custody Act: In FY 2022, states and territories may apply for additional funds (up to ten percent of the three-year average of combined SAS and STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP) formula grant funds, with 75 percent of that amount supplementing the SAS award and 25 percent supplementing the STOP award) if the state meets the requirements of the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act (RSCCA). To qualify, the state or territory must have a law that allows the mother of a child conceived through rape to seek court-ordered termination of the parental rights of the rapist with regard to that child, which the court is authorized to grant upon clear and convincing evidence of rape. The effective date of the qualifying statute must be on or before October 1, 2022. States may receive the additional funding under the RSCCA up to four times. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to: any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Specifically, only the designated state office may apply.

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. States and territories will need to ensure that subgrantees do not engage in such activities.

The activities listed below are out of the program scope and will not be supported by this program’s funding. See also the list of unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.
1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Surveys and focus groups, depending on their design and purpose, may constitute research and therefore be out-of-scope. Prohibited research does not include assessments conducted for internal improvement purposes only. Applicants considering such assessments must refer to the OVW research decision tree in the Solicitation Companion Guide to ensure that the activity does not qualify as human subjects research. For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
2. Activities focused on prevention efforts and education (e.g., bystander intervention, social norms campaigns, presentations on healthy relationships, etc.).
3. Criminal justice-related projects, including law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and forensic interviews.
4. Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examiner programs.
5. Sexual Assault Response Team coordination.
6. Providing training to allied professions and the community (e.g., law enforcement, child protection services, prosecution, other community-based organizations, etc.).
7. Domestic violence services unrelated to sexual violence.

The costs associated with the activities listed below are unallowable.
1. Lobbying.
2. Fundraising.
3. Purchase of real property.
4. Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting).
5. Construction.

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline: May 10, 2022 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: May 12, 2022 9:00 PM

Rape Survivor Child Custody Act: States and territories seeking additional funding through the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act must submit the legal opinion or the certification letter by 11:59 pm ET April 29, 2022. OVW will not be able to consider any application or certification submitted after this date.

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

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than April 21, 2022.

Submission: 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.

This program has no matching or cost-sharing requirement.

Solicitation Companion Guide:

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $1,105,638
- Award Floor: $68,933

Term of Contract
- The award period is 24 months
- Generally, the award period will start on August 1, 2022.

Contact Information
States and territories seeking additional funding through the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act must submit the legal opinion or the certification letter to OVW at

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the following:
- Programmatic questions, contact this program at 202-307-6026 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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