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Department of Justice: Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program

Deadline: January 31, 2019

The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Comprehensive legal services should, as much as possible, extend beyond representation in emergency and non-emergency protection order hearings to address the broad spectrum of legal issues that victims encounter, including family matters such as divorce, child custody or child support, immigration, administrative agency proceedings, and consumer or housing matters.

Funds must be used to implement, expand, and establish:

  1. Cooperative efforts and projects between sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence victim service providers and legal assistance providers to provide legal assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  2. Efforts and projects to provide legal assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by organizations with a demonstrated history of providing direct legal or advocacy services on behalf of these victims
  3. Efforts and projects to provide competent supervised pro bono legal assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, except that not more than 10 percent of the funds awarded may be used for this purpose

Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety
  2. Increase the response to victims of human trafficking
  3. Increase efforts to combat stalking

Amount: An estimated $34,000,000 is available to make up to 54 awards ranging from $600,000-$800,000.

Eligibility: Private nonprofit entities; publicly funded organizations not acting in a governmental capacity; territorial organizations; Indian tribal governments; and tribal organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310488

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