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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Public Agencies to Certify Counselors for Assault Victims

Sexual Assault Advocate Credentialing


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Funding Source
Government of the District of Columbia, Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/04/16
Deadline: 05/11/16 3:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to and exceeding $50,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, District agencies, and faith-based organizations to credential community-based violent assault advocates. Questions regarding the RFA are accepted through May 4. Eligible program activities must include the following components:

1) The awardee will commence a steering committee of 10-15 members with at least one representative from an advocacy program working with the SANE program, an advocacy program working with the Multidisciplinary Team, medical forensic nursing program, mental health provider, District of Columbia Sexual Assault Coalition (as defined by the OVSJG), campus victim services program, Metropolitan Police Department, United States Attorneys’ Office and University or other program with demonstrated history of curriculum development.

2) Creation of a four-tiered credentialing system and curricula developed for each of the tiers: Provisional Certification, Basic Certification, Advanced Certification and Continuing Certification.

3) Assurance that there is a training track for advocates who will be working with minor victims of sexual assault.

4) The Provisional Certification will need to contain completion of certification training and a competency exam or (for existing advocates only) successful completion of an advocacy exam.

Basic Certification will include Completion of certification training, competency exam, demonstration of no less than 40 hours of practical hours in one year and completion of no less than twenty hours of continuing education in the year of completion of the certification exam.

Advanced Certification will include completion of Basic Certification, demonstration of no less than 40 hours of practical hours each year for two years and completion of no less than twenty hours of continuing education for two years after obtaining basic certification.

Continuing Certification will include completion of and certification of twenty hours of continuing education every two years after the completion of the Advanced Certification.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are established coalitions, community-based organizations or District agencies located in the District of Columbia that provide direct services, training, or education to support and maintain the comprehensive network of services available to victims of violent crime.

All applicants must submit evidence of being a legally-authorized entity (e.g. 501(c)(3) determination letter) and a current business license (if relevant for the applicant’s business status) and any correspondence or other communication received from the IRS within three years before submission of the grant application that relates to the applicant’s tax status.

Applicants from faith-based organizations (FBO’s) are invited and encouraged to apply for eligible grant activities described in this RFA.

Pre-Application Information
Questions regarding the RFA will be accepted through May 4, 2016, 5:00 PM. Submit questions via email to

Questions and answers that result in an amendment to the RFA will be posted on the Office of Partnerships and Grant Development, District Grants Clearinghouse at:

Each applicant may only submit one proposal in response to this RFA and justify the proposal in accordance with the LOCAL funding source as described in this RFA. OVSJG will not accept more than one proposal per applicant. Multiple projects within the same organization should be combined under one proposal.

Applications are submitted through ZoomGrants.

The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants and Justice Grants will notify all applicants of the final award decisions within 10 working days of the determination.

Estimated Size of Grant
-FY 2016: Up to $50,000.
-FY 2017: Up to $200,000.

Term of Contract
There are two funding periods associated with this grant: July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016 and October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017.

All grant expenditures must occur within this time frame. Any costs that are incurred either before the start of the project period or after the expiration of the project period are not allowable.

Contact Information
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 727N
Washington, DC 20001

P: (202) 727-0605
F: (202) 727-6332
TTY: 711

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