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

Deadline: March 14, 2019

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 and support for victims, and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. Funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus. Funds under the Campus Program may be used for the following purposes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To implement and operate education programs for the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  4. 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, institutions shall collaborate with victim service providers in the community. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Applicants proposing to use grant funds under purpose areas 6 and/or 7 must ensure that these grant-funded activities are part of an overall comprehensive coordinated campus and community response that includes proposed activities under other purpose areas.

Priority areas include:

1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety: Applicants must propose either of the following activities:

  • Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies and/or local criminal justice agencies to incorporate lethality assessments and protocols into their coordinated response strategies and ongoing trainings
  • Create protocols for how the coordinated community response (CCR) team and existing campus behavioral and crisis intervention teams can collaborate to more readily identify repeat offenders and offenders at high risk for committing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

2. Increase efforts to combat stalking: Applicants must ensure that 50% or more of proposed grant activities address stalking and must engage in all of the following activities:

  • Develop a policy that reflects the unique needs of stalking victims (e.g., code of conduct, student accommodations, no contact order)
  • Provide on-going trainings on the misuse of technology and stalking for all campus personnel
  • Create primary prevention programming on stalking, including cyberstalking

Amount: A total of $20,000,000 is available to fund up to 50 awards. Awards for individual projects range up to $300,000 and for consortia projects range up to $750,000. The project period is for three years.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education. Applicants must include formal partnerships with:

  • At least one criminal justice agency, such as a local law enforcement agency, prosecutor’s office, or court
  • At least one sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking victim service provider within the community where the institution is located

Note: See the notice for additional specific eligibility requirements.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312179

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