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Grants to Engage Men and Boys as Allies in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal Organizations
and Governments to Prevent Assault and Violence

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

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04/14/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and tribal organizations and governments to prevent assault and violence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of this program is to support projects that create educational programming and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking.

Purpose Areas

In FY 2020, applicants must use funds under the EM Program to develop and/or implement strategies that engage and mobilize men and boys at individual, group, relational, and societal levels to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking, through one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Develop and/or implement programming to recruit and train men and boys to serve as role models, positive influencers, change agents, and/or mentors to address and prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking.
  2. Integrate education on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking, into established support and/or enrichment programs (e.g., mentoring, youth services, sports, fraternal, faith-based, fatherhood, re-entry, and educational) to assist men and/or boys in developing healthy relationships, challenging social norms that support violence against women and girls, becoming active bystanders, and understanding the intersection of the four VAWA crimes and other types of violence (e.g., gang initiation, gun violence).
  3. Develop and implement a train-the-trainer program for community organizations or programs and/or governmental agencies or programs to incorporate education and/or training into their existing work with male clients to prevent violence against women and girls.

OVW Priority Areas

In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration.

  1. Increase efforts to combat stalking - To qualify for this priority area, applicants must propose projects where at least 50% of the activities address stalking and/or cyberstalking, including the intersection of stalking and/or cyberstalking with dating violence.
  2.  Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking - To qualify for this priority area, applicants must describe what makes the geographic service area rural (using U.S. Census or other appropriate government data) and how they will address specific challenges in rural communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188214

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Award Ceiling: $350,000

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The award period is 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2020.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to: nonprofit, nongovernmental entities; tribal organizations; Indian tribal governments; and units of local government or agencies of units of local government in the United States or U.S. territories.

The following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1) A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity, or tribal organization with:
- A demonstrated history of developing or providing mentorship programs to train men or boys as leaders and role models for youth and/or other men; or
- A demonstrated primary purpose of providing support and/or enrichment programming for men or boys; or
- A demonstrated history of creating public education or awareness campaigns.
2) An Indian tribe.
3) A unit of local government or an agency of a unit of local government.

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).

Eligible Service Area: Applicants must ensure that proposed projects support local, community-specific strategies only, and the applicant and its project partners must be based in the project’s service area. Grant funds may not be used to conduct or support regional or statewide activities or projects.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions. For a full list of Out-of-Scope Activities, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will post a pre-recorded Pre-Application Information Session on its website for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. Listening to this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not listen to the prerecorded session are still eligible to apply. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by February 27, 2020 on the OVW website at

The session will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC at or at 202-514-0390 as soon as possible, but no later than March 4, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on April 14, 2020. OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2020.

Registration Information: 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 March 11, 2020. See:

Once the SAM registration is active, the applicant will be able to complete the registration (see Other Submission Requirements at for more information on registering for and using

Letter of Intent: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by March 11, 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.

Required Partnerships: Applicants must establish multidisciplinary partnerships through a MDT to ensure the proposed
project meets its goals and objectives.See for more information.

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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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For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, or to request a paper copy of application materials, email OVW at Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

For technical assistance with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Kellie Greene
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