The U.S. Department of Justice: Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations
The Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program (Underserved Program) aims to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations and to provide victim services to those victims. Purpose areas include:
- Working with federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, agencies, and organizations to develop or enhance population specific services
- Strengthening the capacity of underserved populations to provide population specific services
- Strengthening the capacity of traditional victim service providers to provide population specific services
- Strengthening the effectiveness of criminal and civil justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other court personnel on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved populations
- Working in cooperation with an underserved population to develop and implement outreach, education, prevention, and intervention strategies that highlight available resources and the specific issues faced by victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking from underserved populations
Applications that support the following priority areas will be given special consideration:
- Reduce violence crime against women and promote victim safety. While not required, applicants are encouraged to propose activities under purpose areas #1 and #4 above.
- Increase the response to victims of sexual assault, including sex trafficking.
The following parameters must be met to receive the priority: At a minimum, 75% of the project must focus on addressing sexual assault, including sex trafficking. Activities can include victim services and training to improve law enforcement response and prosecution. Projects must identify how they will engage in outreach to victims of sexual violence and, if applicable, sex trafficking, and tailor services to address the unique needs of these victims. Applications proposing activities in this area may be given special consideration.
Amount: A total of $4,400,000 is available to award up to 10 awards that range from $400,000-$450,000. The project period is 36 months.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations that are:
- Population Specific Organizations
- Victim Service Providers (Deaf program or disability program subtypes only)
In addition, applicants must also be one of the sub-types listed below to apply for this program:
- LGBT organizations
- Religious minority organizations
- Deaf programs (programs that are run by and for Deaf individuals)
- Disability programs, meaning a victim service provider or organization serving individuals with disabilities that has received two continuation awards under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program)
All applicants must have at least one formal project partner and meet one of the following categories as it relates to partnership requirements:
- Category 1: The applicant has at least three years of demonstrated experience and expertise in providing population specific services in the relevant underserved communities working in partnership with, at a minimum, one other organization.
- Category 2: The applicant is a population specific organization that has less than three years of demonstrated experience and expertise in providing population specific services in the relevant underserved communities working in partnership with, at a minimum, a victim service provider.
- Category 3: The applicant is eligible as a disability program and includes a multidisciplinary partnership comprised of, at a minimum, the following: a) At least one victim services provider; and b) At least one nonprofit, nongovernmental organization or tribal organization serving individuals with disabilities and/or Deaf individuals.
Note: See solicitation for definitions and guidelines that further detail eligibility.
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