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Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Public Organizations, and Tribal Agencies
to Increase Legal Services for Victims of Gender-Based Violence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

12/17/19

LOI Date:

01/14/20

Deadline Date:

01/29/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofits, Territorial organizations, Tribal governments and organizations, and publicly funded organizations to increase legal services available for victims of gender-based violence. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. The program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Grant funds will be provided for  comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Comprehensive legal services should address the broad spectrum of legal issues that victims encounter and help promote economic independence for victims. In addition to representation in emergency and non-emergency protection order hearings, this includes representation in family matters (divorce, child custody, or child support), consumer or housing matters, and credit restoration.

Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To implement, expand, and establish cooperative efforts and projects between domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault victim service providers and legal assistance providers to provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
  2. To implement, expand, and establish efforts and projects to provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault by organizations with a demonstrated history of providing direct legal or advocacy services on behalf of these victims.
  3. To implement, expand, and establish efforts and projects to provide competent supervised pro bono legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, except that not more than 10 percent of the funds awarded may be used for this purpose.

In FY 2020, applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency.
  2. Increase efforts to combat stalking.
  3. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166867

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$34,000,000

Number of Grants:

OVW estimates that it will make up to 56 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program typically makes awards in the range of $600,000 - $800,000.

Funding levels under this program for FY 2020 are:
1. New and Continuation LAV Grant Program applications that are proposing to provide legal services primarily to victims of domestic violence or that do not meet the requirements for the specific sexual assault-related project may request up to $600,000 for the entire 36-month project period.
2. New and Continuation LAV Grant Program applications that are submitted by sexual assault victim service providers or sexual assault coalitions and that are proposing to focus 80 percent or more of the project’s activities on legal services for victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault, may request up to $800,000 for the entire 36-month project period.

Term of Contract:

Budgets should cover a period of 36 months, commencing October 1, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2023.

For sexual assault victim service providers or sexual assault coalitions proposing to focus 80 percent or more of grant-funded activities on legal services for victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault: If funded, at the end of the 36-month award period, these grantees may be eligible to receive 24 months of additional non-competitive funding to continue their projects.

Eligibility:

  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1. Private nonprofit entities;
2. Publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity such as law schools;
3. Territorial organizations;
4. Indian tribal governments, including tribal consortia; and
5. Tribal organizations.

For the purposes of this solicitation, a territorial organization is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking within a United States Territory, which include Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Required Partnerships: An applicant must include a nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organization with demonstrated expertise on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking either as a lead applicant or a partner. The organization serving as the required expert on these crimes may be a larger, multi-service organization that does not solely address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking but has a distinct or designated division or program that focuses on serving victims of these crimes.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions. LAV Grant program funds may not be used to provide criminal defense services.

The activities listed below are out of the program scope, and they will not be supported by this program’s funding:
1. Research projects (This does not include program assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes.
2. Representation in tort cases.
3. Child sexual abuse cases (i.e., involving victims under the age of 11).
4. Cases involving the child protection system unless the child dependency hearing involves allegations “relating to or arising out of” abuse of the client (rather than abuse of the children).
5. Criminal representation of victims charged with crimes.
6. Support of law reform initiatives, including but not limited to litigation.
7. Providing general training and/or technical assistance to agencies that are not formal or informal LAV Grant Program project partners.
8. Cases involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
9. Funds for victim assistance/support unrelated to the provision of legal assistance or legal advocacy (such as transitional housing assistance, therapeutic counseling, and rental assistance).
10. Training events that do not support the provision of legal assistance to victims. (Limited exceptions are allowed for outreach and cross-training between project partners, but such exceptions require prior approval from OVW.)

The activities listed below are unallowable, and costs for them must not be included in applicants’ budgets.
1. Lobbying
2. Fundraising
3. Purchase of real property
4. Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting)
5. Construction

Generally, food and beverage costs are not allowable. OVW may approve the use of grant funds to provide a working meal at a meeting, conference, training, or other event. For additional information, see:
https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1218676/download#page=28

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct an optional web-based pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. 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: Tuesday December 17, 2019.

The total number of participants for the session may be limited, and therefore interested participants from the same agency/jurisdiction are expected to participate together. OVW reserves the right to deny multiple registrations from a single agency/jurisdiction to allow as many interested applicants as possible to participate.

Participation in the pre-application information session is optional. Interested applicants that do not participate in the session are still eligible to apply.

To register, contact the LAV Grant Program. Registration must be received at least five 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’s POC no later than December 10, 2019,

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by January 14, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than January 14, 2020.

Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. E.T. on January 29, 20209 will not be considered for funding, unless the applicant receives OVW permission to submit a late application. In limited circumstances, OVW will approve a request to submit an application after the due date.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2020.

How to Apply: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/how-apply

Applicant resources: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322640

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.

Submit LOIs to: ovw.lav@usdoj.gov

To register for pre-application information session: email the address above or call (202) 307-6026.

Shannon R. Maultsby, Grant Program Specialist
Office on Violence Against Women
202-307-6026
Email: ovw.info@usdoj.gov

The Grants.gov Help Desk can be reached at 1-800-518-4726 and is available 24/7, except federal holidays.

CFDA Number:

16.524

Funding or Pin Number:

OVW-2020-17672

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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