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

Deadline: March 6, 2019

The Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies (CYEM Program) supports comprehensive, community-based efforts to develop or expand prevention, intervention, treatment, and response strategies to address the needs of children and youth impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking. The CYEM Program also funds prevention efforts that engage men and boys as allies to combat violence against women and girls.

Applicants must use funds under the CYEM Program for one of the following purposes.

Purpose Area 1 – Children Exposed to Violence and Abuse (ages 0-10): Supporting efforts to develop, expand, or strengthen coordinated community responses designed to prevent future incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking by preventing and responding to children’s exposure to acts of violence in the home and community. Project activities must include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

  • Providing direct services (e.g., crisis counseling, mental health and therapy services, victim advocacy, childcare, mentoring, educational support, transportation) that address the emotional, cognitive, and physical effects of trauma on children (ages 0–10) exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking
  • Developing processes or programs for educational, after-school, and childcare programs to identify children and families experiencing violence and make appropriate referrals for services
  • Training law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, and other professionals to identify and respond to children exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking
  • Developing and implementing prevention programming for children, including those who are at high risk for victimization or perpetration
  • Providing support services for non-abusing parents or caregivers

Purpose Area 2 – Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Response to Youth (ages 11-24): Supporting efforts to develop, expand, or strengthen coordinated community responses focused on prevention strategies and youth-centered intervention, treatment, and services for youth victims (ages 11–24) of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking. Project activities must include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

  • Developing and implementing trauma-informed policies, practices, and procedures to respond to youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Training law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, youth-serving organizations, and community-based programs to meet the needs of youth victims
  • Developing prevention programming for youth, including those who are at high risk for victimization or perpetration, that implement youth-led strategies and help youth understand and recognize abusive behavior
  • Providing direct services for youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking, including crisis counseling, victim advocacy, childcare, mentoring, educational support, transportation, and other activities that address the emotional, cognitive, and physical effects of trauma

Purpose Area 3 – School-Based Prevention, Intervention, and Response (ages 5-19): Supporting efforts to develop, expand, or strengthen coordinated community responses focused on prevention of and response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking in primary and secondary schools. Project activities must include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

  • Developing and implementing school-based policies, practices, and programs to prevent and respond to sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking of students, including policies and practices that address safety planning, referrals, and protection orders
  • Training law enforcement, prosecutors, court personnel, school resource officers, teachers, school faculty and employees, coaches, parents or caregivers, and other professionals on the needs of students who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking
  • Implementing developmentally appropriate prevention programming for students, including those at high risk for victimization or perpetration, regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Providing victim services and advocacy for students, including increasing the ability of students to access victim services by providing on or off-site counselors and victim advocates
  • Implementing programs designed to change attitudes and behaviors in relation to teen dating violence and providing prevention education and skills training to teens and individuals who influence teens

Purpose Area 4 – Engaging Men as Leaders and Role Models in Prevention: Supporting efforts to develop, expand, or enhance a coordinated community response to address the engagement of men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Project activities must include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

  • Developing and implementing strategies that focus on the inclusion and engagement of male adults as role models and public influencers in prevention efforts including primary prevention strategies and activities that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking
  • Integrating men’s organizations and/or programs into project development and activities
  • Developing or utilizing an existing curriculum for training male leaders on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking

Applications proposing activities in the following priority areas will be given special consideration. Applicants submitting proposals for purpose area 1, 2, or 3 may elect to include activities that address one or both of the priority areas.

  1. Increase efforts to combat stalking: 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 teen dating violence.
  2. Increase the capacity of girls to be leaders and influencers in combating violence against women and girls: Applicants must develop or expand sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking programs or campaigns that empower girls to be social influencers, positive role models, and leaders as part of prevention, intervention, and response efforts.

Amount: A total of $8,000,000 is available to make up to 17 awards. Award ranges are dependent on program area:

  • Purpose areas 1, 2, or 3: Awards range up to $500,000 for the entire 36 month project period
  • Purpose area 4: Awards range up to $350,000 for the entire 36 month project period

Eligibility: Specific to purpose area, as follows:

Purpose areas 1, 2, and 3:

  • A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity, or tribal organization with: 1) a demonstrated primary goal of developing or providing programming or services for children or youth; or 2) a demonstrated primary goal of providing direct services to children and youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking; or 3) a demonstrated primary goal of serving adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking, but that has a designated program that provides direct services to children or youth who are victims of and/or exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking
  • An Indian tribe
  • A unit of local government or an agency of a unit of local government

Purpose Area 4

  • A nonprofit, nongovernmental entity, or tribal organization with: 1) a demonstrated history of creating public education or awareness campaigns; or 2) 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
  • An Indian tribe
  • A unit of local government or an agency of a unit of local government

Required partnerships: All applications must include at least one victim service provider, if not the applicant. In addition, based on the purpose area that the project will address, applicants must also include the following partnerships:

  • Purpose Area 1 (ages 0-10): A community-based organization with demonstrated expertise in developing or providing specialized programming or services to children, if not the applicant
  • Purpose Area 2 (ages 11-24): A community-based organization with demonstrated expertise in developing or providing specialized programming to youth, if not the applicant
  • Purpose Area 3 (ages 5-19): A school or school district

Additionally, to broaden the expertise of the coordinated community response, applicants are encouraged to include additional partners based on the proposed project or priority area to be addressed. Some examples include:

  • Law enforcement
  • Prosecutors
  • Family and juvenile courts
  • Pre-trial services
  • Probation and parole
  • Hospitals or medical personnel
  • Mental health providers
  • Substance abuse providers or programs
  • Social services organizations, including child welfare, TANF, child support, etc.
  • After-school programs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Homeless and runaway youth organizations
  • Organizations serving sexually exploited youth

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312138

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