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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 Individuals Affected by Gender-Based Violence

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

LOI Date:

01/14/21

Deadline Date:

02/01/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, Territorial organizations, IHEs, Tribal entities, and publicly funded organizations to increase legal services available for individuals that have been affected by 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.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 20121. The LAV Grant Program (CFDA 16.524) is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth (ages 11 and older) victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. “Legal assistance” includes assistance to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in: a) family, tribal, territorial, immigration, employment, administrative agency, housing matters, campus administrative, or protection or stay away order proceedings, and other similar matters; and b) criminal justice investigations, prosecutions, and post-trial matters (including sentencing, parole, and probation) that impact the victim’s safety and privacy. Intake or referral, by itself, does not constitute legal assistance. 34 U.S.C. §12291(a)(19). 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.

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 20121(c), 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 not more than 10 percent of the funds awarded may be used for this purpose. The 10 percent limit is on the funds awarded under the LAV Grant Program overall and is not specific to an individual project. 

In FY 2021, OVW is interested in supporting the following priority area: Empower victims to become survivors by focusing on long-term safety and sustainable economic independence. Applications proposing activities in the priority area will be given special consideration.

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:

New and Continuation LAV Grant Program applications proposing to provide legal services primarily to victims of domestic violence or that do not meet the requirements of the sexual assault-related project described below may request up to $600,000.

New and Continuation LAV Grant Program applications 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 nonintimate partner sexual assault may request up to $800,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM. Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Eligibility:

  • 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:

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 20121(c), the following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1. Private nonprofit entities.
2. Indian tribal governments, including tribal consortia. A “tribal government” is the governing body of an Indian tribe or a tribe, band, pueblo, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.)), that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(36).
3. Tribal organizations. A “tribal organization” is the governing body of any Indian tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body of a tribe or tribes to be served, or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities; or any tribal nonprofit organization. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(38). A “tribal nonprofit organization” is a victim services provider that has as its primary purpose to assist Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and that has staff and leadership with a demonstrated history of assisting American Indian or Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(37).
4. Territorial organizations. For the purposes of this solicitation, a “territorial organization” is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking within a United States Territory, which include the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
5. Publicly funded organizations, not acting in a governmental capacity, such as law schools.

Faith Based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation (see “Faith-Based Organizations” on the OVW website for more information).

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.

For ineligible entities and disqualifying factors, see https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1343081/download#page=11.

For out-of-scope activities, see https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1343081/download#page=8.

For unallowable costs, see https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1343081/download#page=20.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by January 14, 2021. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.
- Grants.gov Deadline: February 01, 2021 11:59 PM. Begin application submission process in Grants.gov as early as possible, but no later than 24 – 48 hours prior to the Grants.gov deadline.
- Application JustGrants Deadline: February 03, 2021 11:59 PM ET
- OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a new two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov deadline.

OVW will consider only one application per organization for the same service area.

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 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, 2021. If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service.

In FY 2021, OVW will accept applications for this program from the following:
New: Applicants that have never received funding under this program or whose previous
funding expired prior to February 1, 2020.

Continuation: Applicants that have an existing or recently closed (after February 1, 2020)
award under this program. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330197
Resources for Applicants: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants

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

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

For technical assistance with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or OVW.JustGrantsSupport@usdoj.gov.

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

CFDA Number:

16.524

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVW-2021-38001-PROD

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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