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Grants to USA State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Courts to Provide Technical Assistance to Improve Capacity to Respond to Violence and Assault

Domestic Violence Mentor Court Technical Assistance Initiative


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.029
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171533
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/22/23
Deadline: 04/20/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 04/25/23 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories state, territorial, tribal, and local courts to improve services responding to violence and assault. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Eligible applicants are limited to courts that are either current OVW Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative grantees or new applicants with an existing specialized court system for handling domestic violence cases in the United States or U.S. territories.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C.§ 12291(b)(11). The primary purpose of the OVW Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative is to provide direct TA to existing and potential grantees and sub-grantees to enhance and support their efforts to successfully implement projects supported by OVW grant funds. OVW’s TA Initiative is designed to build the capacity of justice system professionals and victim service organizations to respond effectively to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address these crimes.

About the OVW Domestic Violence Mentor Courts Technical Assistance Initiative 

Specialized courts can be an efficient structure for addressing domestic violence. As domestic violence courts continue to develop across the country, jurisdictions developing specialized courts routinely seek examples for best practices. Since FY 2013, OVW has been engaged in  efforts to develop and disseminate best practices for domestic violence courts by funding mentor court sites.

The OVW Domestic Violence Mentor Court Technical Assistance Initiative (Mentor Court Initiative) creates a unique opportunity to recognize well-established specialized courts and enable them to guide novice or developing courts and court-based programs that wish to significantly improve their responses to domestic violence cases and ensure victim safety and offender accountability. These well-established courts successfully serve as national models and share their expertise by hosting site visits, linking courts with peers facing similar challenges, and assisting other domestic violence courts to implement best practices to respond effectively to these difficult cases.

Purpose Areas
In FY 2023, funds under the Mentor Court Initiative must be used by both new andcontinuation recipients for all of the following purposes: 
  1. Assist OVW and the OVW Mentor Court Initiative TA provider to select jurisdictions to receive mentorship.
  2. Develop and maintain a mentoring relationship with selected jurisdictions planning domestic violence dockets or courts.
  3. Plan and host 6-9 site visits for selected jurisdictions to assist them in planning a domestic violence docket or court.
  4. Travel 2-3 times to selected jurisdictions to provide on-site TA on developing a domestic violence docket or court.
  5. Share domestic violence related court forms, procedures, and protocols.
  6. Send members of the recipient’s Mentor Court team to 1-2 Mentor Court All Sites Meetings.
  7. Participate in the OVW Judicial Engagement Network Summit.
  8. Develop and participate in OVW-sponsored judicial forums and roundtable meetings.
  9. Respond to TA inquiries from courts other than mentee courts.
  10. Host Mentor Court Open House events for jurisdictions interested in planning domestic violence courts other than the selected mentee courts.
  11. Collaborate with OVW TA Providers. 

For OVW Priority Areas, see


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to: State, tribal, territorial, or local courts that are either current OVW Domestic Violence Mentor Court Initiative grantees or new applicants with an existing specialized court system for handling domestic violence cases in the United States or U.S. territories. For more information, see the Eligibility Information section of this solicitation.

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 (see Application and Submission section for more information on these requirements) will result in removal from consideration. An applicant with past performance issues, longstanding open audits, or an open criminal investigation also may not be considered for funding.

For Out of Scope Activities, see

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Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Information Session
OVW will conduct a web-based pre-application information session. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for:
March 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET
Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, contact the Mentor Court Initiative at or at 202-307-6026. Registration must be received at least 3 days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email. The webinar will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program at or at 202-307-6026 as soon as possible, but no later than March 15, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: April 20, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: April 25, 2023 9:00 PM ET

Applications will be submitted to OVW in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in -
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OVW encourages applicants to review the Solicitation Companion Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by March 22, 2023. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Prior to Application Submission
Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM) Entities applying for the first time for federal funding must complete a multi-step registration process. Applicants must register with the systems listed below to successfully submit an application.
1. SAM. Registration with SAM includes receiving a UEI. (Average registration completion time – 2-3 weeks)
2. (Average registration completion time – 1 week)
3. JustGrants. Registration with SAM and must be completed before an applicant can register with JustGrants. (Average registration completion time – 3 days)

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are properly registered with SAM,, and JustGrants. OVW strongly encourages all applicants to begin the registration process, or ensure that all accounts are active and up to date, by March 29, 2023. Failure to do so may result in the application being removed from consideration for funding.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2023.

This program has no matching or cost-sharing requirement.

OVW will consider only one application per organization for the same service area.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award ceiling: $150,000

Term of Contract
Budgets should cover a project period of 24 months starting October 1, 2023 and ending on September 30, 2025.

Contact Information
For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

Submit Letter of Intent to

Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with SAM should go to

Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with should contact

Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with JustGrants should contact

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