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U.S. Department of Justice: Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program

Deadline: February 23, 2017

The Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program (Campus Program) encourages a comprehensive, coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Developing campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations.

Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting policies and protocols, developing victim services and advocacy programs, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims.

In FY 2017, funds under the Campus Program may be used for the following purposes:

  • To provide personnel, training, technical assistance, data collection, and other equipment with respect to the increased apprehension, investigation, and adjudication of persons committing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
  • To develop, strengthen, and implement campus policies, protocols, and services that more effectively identify and respond to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including the use of technology to commit these crimes, and to train campus administrators, campus security personnel, and personnel serving on campus disciplinary or judicial boards on such policies, protocols, and services.
  • To implement and operate education programs for the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • To develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services programs and population specific services on the campuses of the institutions involved, including programs providing legal, medical, or psychological counseling, for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to improve delivery of victim assistance on campus. To the extent practicable, such an institution shall collaborate with victim service providers in the community in which the institution is located. If appropriate victim services programs are not available in the community or are not accessible to students, the institution shall, to the extent practicable, provide a victim services program on campus or create a victim services program in collaboration with a community-based organization. The institution shall use not less than 20 percent of the funds made available through the grant for a victim services program provided, regardless of whether the services are provided by the institution or in coordination with community victim service providers.
  • To create, disseminate, or otherwise provide assistance and information about victims’ options on and off campus to bring disciplinary or other legal action, including assistance to victims in immigration matters.
  • To develop, install, or expand data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking campus security to the local law enforcement for the purpose of identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions with respect to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
  • To provide capital improvements (including improved lighting and communications facilities but not including the construction of buildings) on campuses to address the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • To support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel, and local law enforcement to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
  • To develop or adapt and provide developmental, culturally appropriate, and linguistically accessible print or electronic materials to address both prevention and intervention in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
  • To develop or adapt population specific strategies and projects for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from underserved populations on campus.

Priority areas include:

  • Strengthen coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams for community colleges
  • Meaningfully increase access to Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) programming for specific underserved populations

Amount: A total of $20,000,000 is available to fund up to 45 awards. Awards for individual projects range from $250,000-$300,000 and for consortia projects range from $450,000-$750,000. The project period is for three years.
Specific funding levels are as follows:

  1. Individual Projects: up to $300,000
  2. Consortia Projects: Two to Four institutions: up to $550,000; Five or more institutions: up to $750,000

Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education. Applicants must identify as one of the sub-types listed below.

  • An individual applicant is a single institution of higher education that proposes to develop and implement project activities on its own campus.
  • A consortium project involves two or more institutions of higher education working together to implement the project activities. Each institution within the consortium must fully implement the statutory and program requirements on its respective campus. A consortium application must fully describe the relationship among the various entities identified.

See the notice for additional specific eligibility requirements.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291129

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