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U.S. Department of Justice: Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program

Deadline: January 26, 2018

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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, 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 sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking from underserved populations

Applications that support the following priority area will be given special consideration: to increase support for survivors of sexual assault, including services, law enforcement response, and prosecution. To meet this priority, applications must:

  1. Include a minimum of 75% focus of goals/objectives/activities on sexual assault victim services and/or training;
  2. Propose activities that address more than intimate partner sexual violence;
  3. 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 focus project activities on victims within a certain age range; and
  4. Reflect the “Types of Sexual Assault Services” as described in Appendix F of the solicitation, including crisis intervention, advocacy, information and referral, counseling and therapy, support groups, holistic healing, institutional/systems advocacy, support for significant others, and survivor activism and involvement (see solicitation for more details).

Amount: A total of $4,200,000 is available to award up to 14 grants that typically range from $290,000-$300,000. The project period is 24 months.

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.
  • 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.
  • Disability programs, meaning a program that has received two continuation awards under the Office of Violence Against Women Disability Grant Program.

Every applicant is required to partner with at least one organization to meet the goals of the proposed project. See the solicitation for partnership requirements per applicant organization.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298794

Note: A pre-application information session is tentatively scheduled for December 13 in 2017.

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