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National Service Line for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, IHE, or Victim Service Provider
to Evaluate Services for Victims of Abuse in the Prison System

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

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08/25/21 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 09/01/21 11:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, IHE, or victim service provider to evaluate services for victims of abuse and harassment in the prison system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Priority will be given to projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, enhance survivor safety, and hold offenders accountable.

Funding is intended to develop a comprehensive plan to explore whether and how a Service Line can assist confinement agencies and facilities to maintain compliance with standards. The plan must include a review of contemporary research, an examination of current practices in facilities across the nation related to reporting instances of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement, and a robust investigation into the standards, including how they are connected but include distinct requirements.

DOJ estimates that hundreds of thousands of incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment occur every year in prisons and jails across the country. Certain historically marginalized groups are statistically more likely to experience abuse in prison, though this violence occurs regardless of gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic status. While the prevalence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in prisons and jails is widespread, the vast majority of incidents go unreported, with estimates of incarcerated victims’ willingness to report their victimization below that of victims not behind bars.

As a result, the goal of the National Service Line for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Initiative (Initiative) is to determine if and how a National Sexual Abuse Service Line (Service Line) could assist correctional agencies and facilities across the nation to achieve and maintain compliance with PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53. This Initiative is being supported through a partnership between OVW and the Office for Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which provided the funding for this Initiative. The partnership is designed to combine BJA’s PREA implementation expertise with OVW’s broad knowledge of sexual assault services. The Initiative demonstrates both offices’ shared commitment of ensuring that sexual abuse and sexual harassment victims in detention have access to quality support services as well as a mechanism for reporting abuse and harassment.

The Service Line Initiative is being administered as a two-phase project including a planning phase followed by an implementation phase. This solicitation is seeking applications for Phase One – the planning phase – which will include a national scan of practices related to efforts to comply with PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53, identification of common service gaps and needs, and guidance from subject matter experts on what a national service line would require to be responsive to both the PREA Standards and the unique needs of incarcerated victims. The goal of Phase One is two-fold: 1) to determine if and how a Service Line could ensure compliance with the complementary yet distinct requirements of PREA Standards 115.51 and 115.53; and 2) to develop a comprehensive plan for the design and implementation of a Service Line for incarcerated victims of sexual abuse.

  • Phase Two – the implementation phase – will occur after Phase One is completed and will focus on using the comprehensive plan developed in the first phase to guide the Service Line’s implementation. It is anticipated that Phase Two will be directed and administered by OVW and BJA, and that it will be funded competitively. Phase Two is dependent upon the availability of sufficient PREA appropriations in future fiscal years.
  • Note: the organization funded to develop the comprehensive plan in Phase One of the Initiative will not be eligible to receive funding to implement the plan under Phase Two. This restriction may apply to formal partners as well, depending on their involvement in the project. For more information on this restriction, see the Letters of Support section.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197332

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Award Ceiling: $600,000

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Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months) 24


  • 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
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities for this initiative are nonprofit organizations, victim service providers, and universities/institutions of higher education. Eligible applicants, including partners, must have expertise and experience working at the national level on projects related to corrections, the provision of services for survivors of sexual abuse, and implementation of the PREA Standards.

Faith-Based and Community Organizations: 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).

Ineligible Entities and Disqualifying Factors: Applications submitted by ineligible entities or that do not meet all program eligibility requirements will not be considered for funding. In addition, an application deemed deficient in one or more of the following categories may not be considered for funding: 1. activities that compromise victim safety, 2. out-of-scope activities, 3. unallowable costs, 4. pre-award risk assessment, 5. completeness of application contents, and 6. timeliness. Failure to comply fully with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements will result in removal from consideration. An applicant with past performance issues, long-standing open audits, or an open criminal investigation also may not be considered for funding.

Out-of-Scope Activities
The activities listed below are out of the program scope and will not be supported by this program’s funding.
1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Surveys and focus groups, depending on their design and purpose, may constitute research and therefore be out-of-scope. Prohibited research does not include assessments conducted for internal improvement purposes only (see Limited Use of Funds below). For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
2. Funds cannot be used towards activities that are not part of the planning process, such as providing direct services, hosting training events or conferences, engaging in outreach activities, or developing educational materials.

Funding restrictions can be found at

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Pre-Application Information Sessions
OVW and BJA will host a live pre-application information session over a virtual platform. The session is scheduled for July 20, 2021.

To register, email Lucy Moran. Registration must be received at least one day prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. E.T. on September 1, 2021 will not be considered for funding, unless the applicant receives OVW permission to submit a late application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by July 28, 2021. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by January 1, 2022.

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

Registration: 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 To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than August 25, 2021.

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

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

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