U.S. Department of Justice: Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
The grant program for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations is designed 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. Grant funds are used to provide enhanced services to underserved populations; build the capacity of both mainstream organizations and organizations serving underserved populations to provide culturally appropriate and inclusive services; and to increase training and outreach activities targeted at organizations providing services to underserved populations. The term “underserved populations” means populations who face barriers in accessing and using victim services, and includes populations underserved because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, populations underserved because of special needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age), and any other population determined to be underserved by the Attorney General or by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, as appropriate.
Funds under the Underserved Program may be used for the following purposes:
- 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
The Underserved Program will give special consideration to the following types of applications proposing the development and/or enhancement of sexual assault victim services and/or training:
- Applications from culturally specific organizations that focus project activities solely (100%) on sexual assault victim services and/or training; or
- Applications from Deaf, LGBT, religious minority, elder, and disability organizations that propose projects where a minimum of 75% of goals/objectives/activities focus on sexual assault victim services and/or training
Amount: $4,800,000 is available for approximately 16 awards of up to $300,000 each.
Eligibility: Deaf programs; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender organizations; religious minority organizations; nonprofit organizations that received an award under the Abuse Later in Life grant program in FY 2009-FY 2012; nonprofit organizations that have received two continuation awards under the Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program; or 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 projects focusing solely on sexual assault.
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