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National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

Grants to USA Agencies, Tribes, and Offices to Improve
Justice for Victims of Gender-Based Assault

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

06/22/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants application deadline is 07/06/21 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

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Grants to USA government agencies, tribal governments, prosecutor's offices, and law enforcement agencies to improve judicial outcomes for victims of gender-based assault. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to respond to violent crime. The purpose of funding is to enhance the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from sexual assault kits (SAK) evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

This program provides funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams to inventory, track, and expeditiously test previously unsubmitted SAKs; collect and test lawfully owed DNA from offenders and arrestees; produce necessary protocols and policies to improve collaboration among laboratories, police, prosecutors, and victim service providers; provide resources to address the sexual assault investigations and prosecutions that result from evidence and CODIS hits produced by tested SAKs; and optimize victim notification protocols and services.

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative opportunity supports the Department’s priorities of reducing violent crime and supporting law enforcement officers and prosecutors by:

  • Providing jurisdictions (including rural and tribal) with resources to address sexual assault kits in their custody that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)-eligible DNA methodologies;
  • Improving investigation and prosecution in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process; and
  • Providing sites with resources to collect DNA samples from qualifying individuals who should have a sample in CODIS (based on the type and time of the offense in relation to applicable state law), but from whom a sample has never been collected or submitted to a laboratory for testing. 

In addition to unsubmitted SAKs, SAKI addresses partially tested SAKs, as defined in the solicitation, and untested evidence associated with sexually motivated homicides.

Based on research findings and the recommendations of subject matter experts, BJA created and is implementing a national response model to address the issue of unsubmitted SAKs. The three essential elements of that model are: 

  1. Inventory all unsubmitted SAKs
  2. Create a multidisciplinary working group
  3. Designate a site coordinator

For additional information about these essential elements of a SAKI BJA Model, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94003.pdf#page=5

For information about program requirements, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94003.pdf#page=6

For information about the program Purpose Areas, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94003.pdf#page=7

For information about OJP Priority Areas, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94003.pdf#page=13

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153228

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$44,000,000

Number of Grants:

28: Up to 12 awards under Purpose Area 1; up to 4 awards for Purpose Area 2; up to 4 awards for Purpose Area 3; up to 8 awards for Purpose Area 4.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $2,500,000 each under Purpose Area 1
- Up to $500,000 each for Purpose Area 2
- Up to $1,000,000 each under Purpose Area 3
- Up to $1,000,000 under Purpose Area 4

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
- Performance Duration: 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Areas 1, 3, and 4:
- State law enforcement agencies
- Units of local government
- Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
- Governmental non-law enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents
- Prosecutor’s offices

The following entities are eligible to apply for For Purpose Area 2:
- Small law enforcement agencies or consortia of small law enforcement agencies

Metropolitan statistical areas and divisions may be considered. However, priority will be given to rural and tribal law enforcement agencies (especially those who are not currently receiving assistance under an existing state-wide or county-wide SAKI grant held by another agency).

An applicant that previously received an award under the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is eligible to apply for funding under all purpose areas in this solicitation; however, the applicant must:
- Clearly justify the need for additional funding support and detail how additional funding will enhance or expand its ability to address issues associated with unsubmitted SAKs in its jurisdiction.
- Summarize progress and deliverables achieved under its current SAKI grant to date.
- Include in its application the plan and budget to complete an expanded inventory to include partially tested SAKs, if this has not already been done.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by June 22, 2021 11:59 pm EST
The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on July 6, 2021 11:59 pm EST.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a NEW two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

For an application checklist, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-94003.pdf#page=23

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333245

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.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833–872–5175 or JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time, Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

An applicant that experiences unforeseen Grants.gov or JustGrants technical issues beyond its control that prevent it from submitting its application by the deadline must email the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Response Center (Response Center) at grants@ncjrs.gov within 24 hours after the application deadline to request approval to submit its application after the deadline.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

CFDA Number:

16.833

Funding or Pin Number:

O-BJA-2021-94003

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

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