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Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Services
to Victims of Assault in Minority Communities

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

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02/12/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations serving minority communities to provide culturally appropriate services to victims of gender-based assault. Funding is intended to develop, maintain, and expand culturally appropriate and sustainable services that address the special needs and obstacles of victims of sexual assault from culturally specific communities.

In FY 2020, applications proposing activities in the following area will be given special consideration: Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to sexual assault.

Funds under this program must be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of culturally specific intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(2)(C), such intervention and related assistance may include:

  • 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral.
  • Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings.
  • Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members.
  • Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members.
  • Community-based, culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities.
  • Development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described above. 

Applicants that receive funding will be required to engage in the following activities

  1. OVW-sponsored Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)
  2. An OVW-sponsored assessment or program evaluation, if application
  3. Sexual assault victim services that extend beyond intimate partner sexual assault. Applications proposing projects to serve only victims of intimate partner sexual assault will be removed from further funding consideration.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178274

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 12

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards for FY 2020 will be made for up to $300,000. Proposed budgets should not exceed this amount.

The budget must include funds to attend OVW-sponsored TTA in the amount of $10,000 for applicants located in the 48 contiguous states and $12,000 for applicants located in the territories, Hawaii, and Alaska. This amount is for the entire 36 months and NOT per year.

Term of Contract:

The grant award period is 36 months. Budgets must reflect 36 months of project activity. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2020.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to: 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.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.

Additionally, the applicant organization must meet the following requirements:
- Have documented organizational experience in the area of sexual assault intervention or have entered into a formal partnership with an organization having such expertise.
- Have expertise in the development of community-based, linguistically and culturally specific outreach and intervention services relevant for the specific communities to whom assistance would be provided or have the capacity to link to existing services in the community tailored to the needs of culturally specific populations.
- Have an advisory board or steering committee and staffing which is reflective of the targeted culturally specific community. Note: To determine whether the applicant meets this requirement, OVW will consider whether the advisory board, 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, recipients may consider a job applicant’s knowledge or experience relevant to the targeted community, as well as language skills needed to work with a particular population, but recipients may not consider a person’s race and/or ethnicity as a basis for hiring decisions.

In order to meet the statutory eligibility requirements in 34 U.S.C. § 12511(c)(2), all applicants must be in one of the following categories as with respect to partnerships found here:

For information about out-of-scope activities, see:

Unallowable Activities
1) Lobbying;
2) Fundraising;
3) Purchase of real property;
4) Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting); and
5) Construction.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct two optional 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. Friday, January 10, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.
2. Monday, January 13, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.

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 SAS Culturally Specific Program (see details in Contact Information, below). 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.

Webinars will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on February 12, 2020.

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, January 28, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to by January 28, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and 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.

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Register for workshops and direct questions to: (202) 307-6026 and to the email address above.

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