U.S. Department of Justice: Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
The Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program (SAS Culturally Specific Program) supports organizations that focus primarily on culturally specific communities and have experience in the area of sexual assault or who partner with an organization having such expertise. The goal of the SAS Culturally Specific Program is to establish, maintain, and expand sustainable, culturally appropriate services that address the unique needs and challenges of victims of sexual assault from culturally specific communities.
SAS Culturally Specific Program funds may be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of culturally specific intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. Mandatory program requirements for proposed activities regarding sexual assault victim services must extend beyond intimate partner sexual violence and include services to a broad range of survivors (e.g., adults abused as children, child and youth survivors, adults sexually assaulted by those other than an intimate partner such as a stranger, neighbor, family member, coworker, community leader, or clergy/spiritual leader). Intervention and related assistance may include:
- 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral
- Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings
- Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members
- Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members
- Community-based, culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities
Development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services offered
The SAS Culturally Specific Program has the following priority area: increase the response to victims of sex trafficking or other severe forms of trafficking in persons who have also experienced sexual assault. Applications proposing activities in this priority area will be given special consideration.
Amount: A total of $3,500,000 is available to award up to 12 grants that range from $290,000-$300,000. The project period is for 36 months.
Eligibility: Private nonprofit 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; and Hispanics. Applicant organizations must meet the following requirements:
- Have documented organizational experience in the area of sexual assault intervention or have entered into a partnership with an organization having such experience
- Have expertise in the development of community-based, linguistically and culturally specific outreach and intervention services relevant for the specific communities to which assistance would be provided or have the capacity to link to existing services in the community tailored to the needs of culturally specific populations
- Have an advisory board or steering committee and staffing which is reflective of the targeted culturally specific community
Applicants must meet one of the following categories as it relates to partnership requirements:
- Category I: a) The applicant is a culturally specific organization; and b) the agency has a demonstrated history of providing sexual assault victim services, beyond intimate partner sexual violence, for a minimum of three years. In this case, no partnership is required.
- Category II: a) The applicant is a culturally specific organization and will be partnering with another culturally specific organization(s) that would otherwise be eligible to apply independently under the SAS Culturally Specific Program; and b) either the applicant agency or partner(s) has a demonstrated history of providing sexual assault victim services, beyond intimate partner sexual violence, for a minimum of three years.
- Category III: The applicant is a culturally specific organization with less than three years of experience providing sexual assault victim services beyond intimate partner sexual assault. The applicant will be partnering with a sexual assault victim services organization that is otherwise not eligible to apply independently under the SAS Culturally Specific Program. In such a case, partner compensation is limited to $30,000 for the three-year award period. These funds should be used to provide technical assistance on sexual assault and related victim services to the applicant.
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