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U.S. Department of Justice: Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies

Deadline: March 19, 2015

The Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies (“Consolidated Youth Program”) was enacted in the FY 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 appropriation acts, which consolidated four previously authorized and appropriated programs into one comprehensive program. (These included: Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth; Grants to Assist Children and Youth Exposed to Violence; Engaging Men and Youth in Preventing Domestic Violence; and Supporting Teens through Education and Prevention.) The Consolidated Youth Program supports projects designed to provide coordinated community responses that support child, youth, and young adult victims through direct services, training, coordination and collaboration, effective intervention, treatment, response, and prevention strategies. The Consolidated Youth Program creates a unique opportunity for communities to increase collaboration among non-profit victim service providers; violence prevention and children, youth, young adult, and men-serving organizations;  tribes and tribal governments; local government agencies; schools; and programs that support men’s role in combating sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

In FY 2015, funds under the Consolidated Youth Program may be used for the following purposes: “Comprehensive” Projects that must address either Purpose Area #1 or Purpose Area #1 and some activities outlined in Purpose Area #2 (below); and “Engaging Men” Projects that propose to engage only in activities outlined in Purpose Area #2.

Purpose Areas:

  1. Develop, expand, and strengthen prevention strategies and intervention services that target children, youth, and young adults who are victimes of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, including support for non-abusing parents and caretakers.
    1. Prevention strategies may include: bystander intervention, peer to peer education, parent/guardian education, and community or public awareness campaigns.
    2. Services may include, but are not limited to: victim services, home visitation, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and mental health services, legal advocacy, childcare support, mentoring, educational support, and transportation.
  2. Develop and implement public education campaigns, community organizing activities, and/or prevention strategies focusing on engaging men as leaders and role models. Activities should develop, maintain or enhance programs that work with men to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking by helping men serve as role models and social influencers of other men and youth at the individual, school, or community levels.

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

  • Developing and providing targeted services to the following traditionally underserved communities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer, and questioning youth victims; homeless and runaway youth and young adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; and youth victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Developing an established partnership with a local school or school district

Amount: The Consolidated Youth Program will make 15-25 awards with an average award amount of $500,000 for a total of $8,000,000 in available funds. There are three levels of funding available:

  • “Comprehensive” Projects: Up to $700,000
  • “Engaging Men” Projects: Up to $350,000
  • “Comprehensive” Projects that include engaging men activities: Up to $750,000

Eligibility:

1. A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity with either:

  • A demonstrated primary goal of providing services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; OR
  • A primary goal of serving adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, but which has a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; OR
  • A demonstrated history of creating effective public education and/or community organizing campaigns to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;

2. An Indian tribe or tribal nonprofit organization that provides services to children and youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; or

3. A territorial, tribal, or unit of local government.

All applicants must ensure that proposed projects support community-specific strategies only, and do not include regional or statewide efforts.

Link: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppOVW-2015-4046-cfda16.888-cidOVW-2015-4046-instructions.pdf

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to ovw.consolyouth@usdoj.gov by February 26, 2015. This will ensure that applicants are well-positioned to successfully submit an application by the deadline.

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