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Grants to USA Tribes and Tribal Organizations for Programs to Assist Women Victims of Crime

Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.024
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171514
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/04/23
Deadline: 05/01/23 11:59 PM - deadline; 05/04/23 9:00 PM - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA tribes and tribal organizations for crime prevention programs and assistance for girls and women who were victims of crime. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support programs and services to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by Tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations within Indian country and Alaska Native villages.

Project Types

Applicants may propose to implement either a Standard project or an Improving Tribal Responses to Sexual Assault (ITRSA) Capacity-Building project. 

  • Standard project: Applicants must propose activities under the TSASP statutory purpose areas. 
  • Improving Tribal Responses to Sexual Assault (ITRSA) Capacity-Building project: ITRSA Capacity-Building applicants will initially engage in a comprehensive assessment process that identifies the strengths and gaps of their community’s responses to sexual assault. Following the assessment, a customized project implementation plan will be developed in consultation with an OVW-designated Technical Assistance Provider(s). The plan will detail short-term and long-term strategies to provide sexual assault services.
    • ITRSA Capacity-Building grantees will participate in individualized training and technical assistance (TTA), focused on intervention and related assistance to those victimized by sexual assault. TTA will target areas such as, but not limited to: 1) crisis intervention services and referral, 2) accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice and support social systems, 3) short-term individual and group support services, and 4) comprehensive service coordination.

TSASP supported projects provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, or police departments), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

By statute, 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(2)(C), "intervention and related assistance" includes:

  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, direct payments, 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. The development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in (1) – (5).

Note: Direct payments to victims and their family or household members must be for costs directly related to the sexual assault. 

Applications proposing activities in the following area will be given special consideration.

  • Improve outreach, services, and support for survivors of sexual assault from underserved victims within tribal communities, particularly two-spirit victims. Examples of activities that can address this priority area include proposing to provide services tailored to the needs of the underserved population or expanding referrals for services to community-based organizations that serve a particular underserved community. 

Mandatory Program Requirements can be found at


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to: Indian tribes, tribal consortiums, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations.

Note: ITRSA Capacity-Building projects are intended for applicants that have never received or not recently received an award under the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program. OVW retains discretion to move standard project applicants into ITRSA or vice versa.

In FY 2023, OVW will accept applications for this program from eligible applicants that did not receive an FY 2021 or FY 2022 TSASP award. All FY 2023 awards will be processed as new awards. Recipients of an FY 2021 or FY 2022 award are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant or as a partner/subrecipient on an FY 2023 proposal.

More information about Eligible Applicants can be found at


Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Information Session(s)
OVW will conduct a web-based pre-application information session. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for:

March 30, 2023 at 2:00 pm EST

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

To register, contact the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program via email or phone. Registration must be received at least two days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email. The webinar will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this
program at via email or phone as soon as possible, but no later than March 23, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
- Solicitation Release Date: March 10, 2023 4:00 PM ET
- Application Deadline: May 01, 2023 11:59 PM ET
- Application JustGrants Deadline: May 04, 2023 9:00 PM ET
- OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2023.

Letter of Intent
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent via email by April 4, 2023. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

This program has no matching or cost-sharing requirement.

Registration: OVW encourages first time applicants to apply for funding. Organizations applying for the first time for federal funding must complete a multi-step registration process with the following systems: System for Award Management (SAM),, and JustGrants (after successful SAM and registrations). Organizations that have applied for funding previously must ensure their accounts with SAM,, and JustGrants are active and up to date.

Submission: Applications will be submitted to OVW in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in - family.html.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OVW encourages applicants to review the Solicitation Companion Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $525,000
Award Floor: $500,000

Funding levels under this program for FY 2023 are:
1. Standard Projects: up to $500,000 for the entire 36 months.
2. Improving Tribal Responses to Sexual Assault (ITRSA) Capacity-Building Projects: up to $525,000 for the entire 36 months.

Term of Contract
The award period is 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit Letter of Intent to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at the above address. Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

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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