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Grants to USA Agencies, Tribes, and Nonprofits to Provide Shelter for Victims of Abuse and their Animals

Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
CFDA Number: 16.582
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVC-2023-171610
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
Deadline: 04/10/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 04/17/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories local, tribal, and state government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and animal welfare organizations to provide shelter for domestic abuse victims and their companion animals. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations prior to applying. Applicants may apply for large or small awards.

Applicants are invited to apply under the following categories:

  • Purpose Area 1: Training and Technical Assistance. Through this solicitation, OVC will support training and technical assistance (TTA) and the development of tools and resources to assist victim service providers in promoting improved outcomes for domestic violence victims by facilitating increased opportunities for shelter and safety for victims and their companion animals. The TTA Provider will assist Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance grantees and their partners with implementing programs that allow individuals and their companion animals who are fleeing a situation of domestic violence to find secure, safe housing together.
  • Purpose Area 2 & 3: The purpose of this program, per 34 U.S.C. 20127(3), is to support projects that provide the following:
    • Emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims along with their companion animals. This may include modifications to existing structures to provide for housing animals; operating expenses of newly developed or existing transitional animal shelters for companion animals, regardless of whether such shelter is co-located at a victim housing service provider or is elsewhere within the community.
    • Short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with companion animals, including expenses for the temporary shelter, housing, boarding, or fostering of their companion animals and other expenses that are related to securing the safety of such an animal during the sheltering, housing, or relocation of such victims.
    • Support services to help persons who are fleeing a situation of domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with the victim’s companion animal; safe accommodations for the victim’s companion animal; or companion animal-related services, such as transportation, care services, and other assistance.
    • Training for relevant stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; the needs of victims of domestic violence; best practices for providing support services to such victims; best practices for providing such victims with referrals to victim services; and the importance of confidentiality.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:


  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), 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, State governments, Other

Any other organization that has a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including—
- A domestic violence and sexual assault victim service provider.
- Domestic violence and sexual assault coalition.
- A community-based and culturally specific organization.
- Any other nonprofit, nongovernmental organization.
Any organization that works directly with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses and collaborates with any organization listed above, including—
- An animal shelter.
- An animal welfare organization.

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

An applicant entity may submit more than one application, if each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

OVC will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Applicants shall not propose:
1. Any activities that may endanger the safety of a domestic violence victim, including conducting background checks of domestic violence victims or evaluations to determine the eligibility of such a victim for support services.
2. Requiring mandatory services for victims or requiring that a victim obtain a protective order in order to receive services.

Pre-Proposal Conference
OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 1:00–2:00 p.m., eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. Preregistration is required for all participants.


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 10, 2023.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 p.m. eastern time on April 17, 2023.

To use the webinar time most efficiently, OVC encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than 2 days prior to the webinar.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

OJP Resource Guide:

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Webinar recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 14

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Amounts:
- Technical Assistance: up to $500,000
- Large Awards: up to $400,000
- Small Awards: up to $100,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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