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Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program

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

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03/02/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories colleges and universities for programs to protect female students. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen victim services, employ investigation strategies, and develop education and awareness programs.

The Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program) encourages institutions of higher education to develop and strengthen effective security and investigation strategies to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus, develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving such crimes on campus, and develop and strengthen prevention education and awareness programs.

Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration: 

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention. To qualify for this OVW priority area, applicants must propose at least one of the following activities: 
    1. Incorporate lethality assessments and protocols into their training topics and coordinated response strategies by collaborating with local law enforcement agencies and/or local criminal justice agencies.
    2. Create protocols for how the coordinated community response (CCR) team and existing campus behavioral and crisis intervention teams can collaborate to more readily identify repeat offenders and offenders at high risk for committing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
    3. Partner with a local prosecutor’s office to develop strategies that will increase the prosecution of campus-related incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  2. Increase efforts to combat stalking. To qualify for this OVW priority area, applicants must ensure that 50% or more of proposed grant activities primarily address stalking. Funding can support prevention programs, response protocols, and specialized training.

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GrantWatch ID#: 150093

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This program typically makes awards in the range of $300,000 - $750,000.

Funding levels under this program for FY 2021 are:
1. Individual applicants: Awards will be made up to $300,000 for the entire 36 months.
2. Consortium applicants:
- Two to four institutions: Awards will be made for up to $550,000 for the entire 36 months.
- Five or more institutions: Awards will be made for up to $750,000 for the entire 36 months.

Term of Contract:

The award period is 36 months. Budgets must reflect 36 months of project activity, and the total “estimated funding” on the SF-424 must reflect 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2021.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Eligible applicants are limited to: Institutions of higher education in the United States and U.S. territories

Eligible entities include tribal colleges and universities and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), to which OVW is required to ensure equitable distribution of grants.

In FY 2021, OVW may support applicants that have received three or more prior cycles of grant funding. However, only a limited number of awards in this category will be supported. Applicants that have received three or more cycles should indicate in their application that they are applying as a new applicant, even if their most recent award is open or recently closed (after March 16, 2020).

Recipients of an FY 2019 or FY 2020 award under this program are NOT eligible to apply as the lead applicant. In addition, a campus that was the recipient of an FY 2019 or FY 2020 award as a consortium member is not eligible to apply as the lead or a consortium member on an FY 2021 proposal.

Note: Current grantees with a substantial amount of unobligated funds remaining (50 percent or more of the previous award) as of March 31, 2021 without adequate justification may not be considered for funding or may receive a reduced award amount if selected for funding in FY 2021.

Sub-Type: In addition to identifying as a new or continuing applicant, OVW has determined that applicants for this program must also identify as one of the sub-types listed below.
1. An individual applicant is a single institution of higher education that proposes to develop and implement project activities on its own campus.
2. A consortium applicant involves two or more institutions of higher education working together to implement the project activities. Each institution within the consortium must fully implement the statutory and mandatory program requirements on its respective campus. A consortium application must fully describe the relationship among the various entities identified. While all members of the consortium are equal partners in decision-making and should work in a cooperative and coordinated manner on all project activities, the application
should identify one college or university as the entity to receive and administer grant funds (as fiscal entities only) as well as to coordinate all grant-funded consortium activities. As equal partners in this project, each member of the consortium must be consulted before any significant changes or decision in project goals or budgeting can be made. Note: Consortium applicants must ensure that each participating institution is also eligible to apply.

Note: Applicants may only submit one proposal (either individual or consortium). In addition, for purposes of the Campus Program, satellite or branch campuses are not considered separate institutions. Therefore, an institution with multiple satellite or branch locations must apply as an individual applicant.

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For a list of out-of-scope activities, see

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Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct two 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. February 4, 2021 at 2pm EST
2. February 11, 2021 at 2pm EST

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

To register, contact the Campus Program Mailbox at Registration must be received at least two days prior to the start of the session.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Actions with Required Dates/Deadlines:
- Obtain a DUNS number by February 23, 2021.
- Register with SAM by February 23, 3021.
- Register with by February 23, 2021.
- Submit Letter of Intent by February 23, 2021.
- If necessary, request hardcopy submission by March 9, 2021.
- Download updated version of Adobe Acrobat at least 48 hours before the deadline.
- 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.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a new 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by February 23, 2021. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than February 23, 2021.

Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. E.T. on March 16, 2021 will not be considered for funding, unless the applicant receives OVW permission to submit a late application.

Submitting the application components at least 48 hours before each deadline ( or JustGrants, as applicable) will enable the applicant to receive notice of a failed submission and provide an opportunity to correct the error before the applicable deadline.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the 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 Jessica Neal, Grant Management Specialist at (202) 598-6789.

For technical assistance with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or

For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or

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