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U.S. Department of Justice: Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program

Deadline: February 12, 2020

The Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program (SAS Culturally Specific Program) supports nonprofit 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.

Funds under this program must be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of culturally specific intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. Such 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 described above

“Culturally specific services” means community-based services that include culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities.

Amount: Approximately $3,750,000 is available to make up to 12 awards ranging up to $300,000 for a period of 36 months.

Eligibility: Private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.

Note: If an organization has a culturally specific division (for example, a sexual assault organization with a division that focuses on Hispanic victims), the organization is not eligible because providing culturally specific services is not the primary purpose of the organization as a whole.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322850

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