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:
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:
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.
Estimated Total Program Funding: