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Deadline: February 7, 2019

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

Culturally Specific Services grants will support coordinated community responses to hold offenders accountable and serve victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes to support victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking crimes:

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

Funding will support the priority area(s) identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas may be given special consideration or additional points.

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety: Applications that propose to address one or more of purpose areas three, four, six, or seven and demonstrate the capacity to implement the community partnerships necessary to do so may receive up to five additional points during the review process
  2. Include substance abuse professionals in a coordinated community response to crimes and increase victim access to substance abuse services: Applicants are encouraged to partner with substance abuse agencies as non-funded partners to build their capacity to work with substance abuse professionals in their community in order to increase victims’ access to substance abuse services

Amount: Approximately $7,000,000 is available to make up to 21 awards of up to $300,000. The funding period is 24 months.

Eligibility: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.

The applicant organization must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a board of directors or steering committee and staffing which is reflective of the culturally specific community it serves. Note: To determine whether the organization meets this requirement, the Office on Violence Against Women will consider whether the board or steering committee and staff include members with knowledge or experience relevant to the targeted community. If federal funds are used for filling any of these positions, organizations may consider an applicant’s knowledge or experience relevant to the targeted community, as well as language skills needed to work with a particular population, but organizations may not consider a person’s race and/or ethnicity as a basis for hiring decisions.
  • Have documented organizational experience in serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking or have entered into a partnership with an organization having such expertise. Note: If an organization has a culturally specific division (for example, a domestic violence organization with a division that focuses on Hispanic victims), the organization is not eligible because providing culturally specific services is not the primary purpose of the organization as a whole.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311158

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