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Contracts for Services to Ohio Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits for
Programs to Protect and Support Victims of Domestic Violence

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Grant Program

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Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS)

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Contracts for services to Ohio government agencies, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for new and continuing programs to protect and support victims of domestic violence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take two weeks to finalize. All projects must identify at least one underserved population within the service region of the proposed program.

The FVPSA funds supports programming that prevents incidents of family violence, and provides immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.

Distribution of FVPSA funds:

Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 10407(a)(2)(B)(iii), the state will emphasize the support of effective community-based projects that are carried out by nonprofit, private organizations and that do the following:

  1. Have the operation of shelters for victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and their dependents as their primary purpose; or
  2. Provide counseling, advocacy, and self-help services to victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and their dependents

Projects applying under FVPSA must have a collaborative group representing various stakeholders from the community, including but not limited to victim service providers, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, children services, community organizations, hospitals and any other applicable agency/representative that will help to inform the project’s activities and goals. 

Eligible use of funds can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 187967

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no funding cap, however applicants are expected to submit funding requests that reflect realistic and allowable project costs that can be expended during the July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 project period. In FY 2020, the average funding award was $48,000. The number of applications received and the availability of funds are a few of the factors that influence the number and size of awards.

Term of Contract:

All awards will be for 12 months of funding, operating from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All FVPSA applicants must have an organization, or subrecipient, that will serve as the fiduciary agent and assume overall responsibility for the grant. Eligible FVPSA subrecipients include:
1. A unit of local government or council of governments. A unit of local government has legislative autonomy, jurisdiction and authority to act in certain circumstances. Units of government include a city, county, township or village. If two or more organizations jointly apply, they must designate one body to take the lead role and identify that agency’s fiscal officer, or
2. State agencies, state-supported universities, or
3. Private, nonprofit associations.

Unallowable Costs:
- Direct payment to survivors;
- Moving expenses;
- Construction costs; and
- Renovation costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

A voluntary Bidders Training webinar will take place November 9, 2021 from 10am to 11:30 am.

The training will provide information helpful for both the application preparation and review process. Please visit to complete the registration.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is by 5pm EST on December 9, 2021.

Applications are submitted online through the OCJS Grants Management System. New applicants must first register in the online system at Applicants that have previously used the system may use their existing account. It is recommended that new applicants register at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure access to the online application.

All projects are required to provide a 20 percent in-kind or cash match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For any additional questions contact OCJS at 614.466.7782 or email Jacquetta Al-Mubaslat at

Office of Criminal Justice Services
1970 West Broad Street, P.O. Box 182632
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2632
Telephone: 614.466.7782 or 888.448.4842• Fax: 614.466.0308

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