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

National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.833
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171565
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: 04/04/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 04/11/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories 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 and the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from SAK evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA from convicted offenders.

SAKI provides funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams to inventory, track, and expeditiously test previously unsubmitted SAKs (as defined below); collect and test lawfully owed DNA from offenders/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; optimize victim notification protocols and services as well as address the lack of criminal justice resources for other violent crime cold cases.

With this solicitation, BJA seeks to support the Department’s priorities of reducing violent crime and supporting law enforcement officers and prosecutors by:

  1. Providing jurisdictions (including rural and tribal) with resources to address sexual assault kits (SAKs) in their custody that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)-eligible DNA methodologies.
  2. Improving investigations and prosecutions in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the SAK testing process as well as other violent crime cold cases.
  3. 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.

Funding Categories:

  1. Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Approach to Sexual Assault Kits.
  2. Purpose Area 2: SAKI for Small Agencies (including rural and tribal agencies).
  3. Purpose Area 3: Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections. 
  4. Purpose Area 4: Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults.
  5. Purpose Area 5: Developing and Implementing a Sustainability Plan.
  6. Purpose Area 6: National Cold Case Initiative.

BJA will prioritize applications for Purpose Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for funding over Purpose Area 6. Once funding decisions for those purpose areas are complete, remaining funding will be distributed to the highest scoring peer-reviewed applications for Purpose Area 6, as appropriate.

For additional details on each Purpose Area, see


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Other

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Areas 1, 3, 4:
- Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Other:
-- State law enforcement agencies
-- Units of local government
-- Governmental nonlaw enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents
-- Prosecutor’s offices

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

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Areas 5 and 6:
- Other: Existing and/or previous SAKI grantees that have addressed their unsubmitted kits and have clearly demonstrated they have also addressed the downstream case activities under SAKI (investigation, prosecution) for at least 75 percent of their cases.

For the purposes of this solicitation, “small law enforcement agencies” are defined as agencies that have fewer than 250 sworn officers or a consortia of small agencies.

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by April 04, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by April 11, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SFLLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Purpose Area 1: 8 awards; Purpose Area 2: 3 awards; Purpose Area 3: 4 awards; Purpose Area 4: 8 awards; Purpose Area 5: 2 awards; Purpose Area 6: 8 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Up to $2,500,000 each for Purpose Area 1
- Up to $1,000,000 each for Purpose Area 2
- Up to $1,500,000 each for Purpose Area 3
- Up to $1,500,000 each for Purpose Area 4
- Up to $1,000,000 each for Purpose Area 5
- Up to $2,500,000 each for Purpose Area 6

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM
- Performance Duration: 36 months

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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