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Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Services
to Female Victims of Violence

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

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02/12/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that provide culturally focused services to women victims of domestic and sexual violence. Funding is intended to support organizations that offer services for victims of stalking, sexual assault, dating violence, and domestic violence. The program also supports the development of innovative culturally specific strategies and projects to enhance access to services for victims who face obstacles to using traditional services and resources. Funding is available for new and continuation applicants.

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

  1. Working with State and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  2. Increasing communities’ capacity to provide culturally specific resources and support for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes and their families.
  3. Strengthening criminal justice interventions, by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities on culturally specific responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  4. Enhancing traditional services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the leadership of culturally specific programs offering services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  5. Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally specific issues and resources regarding victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  6. Providing culturally specific programs for children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  7. Providing culturally specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including emergency assistance.
  8. Examining the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing.

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

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention. 
  2. Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency
  3. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132681

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $300,000

Term of Contract:

24 months. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2020.


  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks, or Hispanics.

The applicant organization must meet the following requirements:
1. Have an advisory board or steering committee and staffing which are reflective of the culturally specific community it serves. Note: To determine whether the advisory board or steering committee and staffing meet this criteria, OVW will consider whether the board or steering committee and staff include members with knowledge or experience relevant to the targeted community. If federal funds are used for filling any of these positions, organizations may consider an applicant’s knowledge or experience relevant to the targeted community, as well as language skills needed to work with a particular population, but organizations may not consider a person’s race and/or ethnicity as a basis for hiring decisions.
2. Have demonstrated expertise in serving victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking or have entered into a formal partnership with an organization having such experience.

To ensure that projects supported by CSSP funds are implemented by eligible organizations with the required expertise, applicants must document their expertise and/or the expertise of their project partners. Applicants must submit either a Memorandum of Exemption (MOE) or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). For information about partnership requirements, see:

For a list of out-of-scope activities, see:

The costs associated with the activities listed below are unallowable and 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
5. Construction

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct two web-based pre-application information sessions for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. During these sessions, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. These sessions are tentatively scheduled for:

1. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. E.T. (open to new and continuation)
2. Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. E.T. (open to new and continuation)

The total number of participants for each 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 a pre-application information session is optional. Interested applicants that do not participate in a session are still eligible to apply.

To register, contact Charlayna Brady. Registration must be received at least two days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email. Webinars will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact Charlayna Brady as soon as possible, but no later than January 8, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through by February 12, 2020, 11:59 PM ET.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to Charlayna Brady by January 20, 2020. Submitting a Letter of Intent will not obligate a potential applicant to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply

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

To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline, applicants must have obtained a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with no later than January 20, 2020. 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.

- Obtain a DUNS number, register with SAM and Register with By January 20, 2020
- Submit optional LOI: January 20, 2020
- Request hardcopy submission if necessary: February 5, 2020
- Submit applications via Begin at least 48 hours before deadline of February 12, 2020.

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Contact Information:

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

To register for an information session and submit an LOI:
Charlayna Brady

To request hardcopy submission:
Paulie Tessier
(202) 353-8408

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