U.S. Department of Justice: Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program Department of Justice
The Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program (Underserved Program) seeks to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. 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 domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, 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 domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from underserved populations
Applications from the following entities will be prioritized: former Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life (ALL) Program grantees, Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities (Disability) Grant Program grantees, as well as applications from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organizations, religious minority organizations, and Deaf programs that propose projects where a minimum of 75% of goals/objectives/activities focus on sexual assault victim services and/or training.
In order to meet the sexual assault priority, an applicant must propose activities that address more than intimate partner sexual violence. Applicants must include services to and training on how to respond to a broad range of survivors (e.g., youth survivors, adults sexually assaulted by those other than an intimate partner such as a stranger, neighbor, family member, coworker, community leader, clergy/spiritual leader, etc.). Applicants may limit project activities to victims within a certain age range.
Amount: A total of $4,200,000 is available to award up to 16 grants. Awards typically range from $290,000-$300,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations that are:
- Deaf programs, which are defined as programs that are run by and for Deaf individuals. The program may be a stand-alone Deaf domestic violence and/or sexual violence organization, a general Deaf services organization, or a Deaf domestic violence and/or sexual violence program administratively housed in a hearing victim service provider, as defined in the Violence Against Women Act.
- LGBT organizations, which are defined as an organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide services to LGBT individuals.
- Religious minority organizations, which are defined as an organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to serve members of a religious minority who face barriers accessing and using victim services.
- Organizations that have received an award under the ALL Program in FY 2010, FY 2011, FY 2012, or FY 2013.
- Organizations that have received two continuation awards under the Disability Grant Program.
- Culturally specific 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 that propose a project that focuses solely on serving sexual assault victims.
Partnership requirements: Every applicant will be required to partner with at least one organization to meet the goals of the proposed project.
Additionally, applicants that are former ALL Program grantees or Disability Grant Program grantees must meet the partnership requirements listed below.
ALL Program applicants must demonstrate that it is part of a multidisciplinary partnership. This required partnership must, at a minimum, have the following four required partners:
- At least one law enforcement agency
- At least one prosecutor’s office
- At least one victim service provider
- At least one nonprofit program or government agency with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals in later life
Disability Grant Program applicants must identify whether the multidisciplinary partnership will have a state focus or a local focus. Additionally, every applicant must identify and support a multidisciplinary partnership comprised of, at a minimum, the following:
- At least one victim services provider or tribal organization serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking
- At least one nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, or tribal organization serving individuals with disabilities and/or Deaf individuals
Note: Pre-application information sessions are tentatively scheduled for January 11 and 12 in 2017.
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