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U.S. Department of Justice: Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program

Deadline: January 26, 2017

The Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disabilities Grant Program) seeks to create sustainable change within and between organizations that improves the response to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable. Disability Grant Program funds are used to establish and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborative relationships; increase organizational capacity to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of violence and abuse; and identify needs within the grantee’s organization and/or service area, and develop a plan to address those identified needs that builds a strong foundation for future work.

Disabilities Grant Program funding may be used for the following purposes:

  • To provide personnel, training, technical assistance, advocacy, intervention, risk reduction (including using evidence-based indicators to assess the risk of domestic and dating violence homicide), and prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities
  • To conduct outreach activities to ensure that individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking receive appropriate assistance
  • To conduct cross-training for victim service organizations, governmental agencies, courts, law enforcement, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities about risk reduction, intervention, prevention and the nature of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for individuals with disabilities
  • To provide technical assistance to assist with modifications to existing policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure equal access to the services, programs, and activities of victim service providers for individuals with disabilities
  • To provide training and technical assistance on the requirements of shelters and victim service providers under Federal anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and section 794 of title 29 (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
  • To modify facilities, purchase equipment, and provide personnel so that shelters and victim service organizations can accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities
  • To provide advocacy and intervention services for individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • To develop model programs providing advocacy and intervention services within organizations serving individuals with disabilities who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that address the following priority area: sexual assault. Applications that propose a sexual assault focus must include a sexual assault victim services organization as a member of the multidisciplinary collaborative team. The program defines a sexual assault victim services organization as a state sexual assault coalition, rape crisis center, or a victim services program that has a demonstrated history of providing appropriate services to victims.

Amount: A total of $3,775,000 is available to make up to ten awards in the range of $375,000 – $500,000. Awards will be made as cooperative agreements. Funding levels are as follows:

  • New, local-focused project: $500,000
  • Continuation, local-focused project: $375,000
  • Continuation, state-focused project: $400,000

Eligibility: States; units of local government; Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and victim services providers, such as state or tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities. The types of applicants are:

  • New: Applicants that have never received funding under the Disability Grant Program. Additionally, an applicant that has received funding under the Disability Grant Program in FY 2006 and after, but has experienced a lapse in funding for two years or more is considered to be new.
  • Continuation: Applicants that have received funding under the Disability Grant Program after FY 2011 and have never received a continuation award, or that have received one continuation award under the Disability Grant Program. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290723

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