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U.S. Department of Justice: Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program

Deadline: February 12, 2020

The Culturally Specific Services Program (CSSP) supports the maintenance and replication of existing successful community-based programs providing culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as the development of innovative culturally specific strategies to enhance access to services and resources for victims who face obstacles to using more traditional programs. Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Working with state and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  2. Increasing communities’ capacity to provide culturally specific resources and support for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes and their families
  3. Strengthening criminal justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities on culturally specific responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  4. Enhancing traditional services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the leadership of culturally specific programs offering services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  5. Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally specific issues and resources regarding victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  6. Providing culturally specific programs for children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  7. Providing culturally specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including emergency assistance
  8. Examining the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing

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

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
  2. Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency.
  3. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To qualify for this priority, an application must clearly identify what makes the geographic service area rural and how it will address specific challenges in rural communities.

Amount: Approximately $6,266,235 is available to make up to 22 awards ranging up to $300,000 for a period of 24 months.

Eligibility: Private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks, or Hispanics.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322751

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by January 20, 2020.

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