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

Deadline: March 10, 2016

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

The goal of the Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program (Disability Grant Program) is to create sustainable change within and between organizations that results in increased capacity to respond 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 will be 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.

In FY 2016, funds under the Disability Grant Program 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; or
  • 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.

Applications are given priority that include the following focus:

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. This 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 rape and sexual assault victims.

Out-of-scope activities include research projects, public service campaigns, and projects that focus on children.

Amount: Varies by type:

  • New, local-focused project: $425,000
  • Continuation, local-focused project: $300,000
  • Continuation, state-focused project: $325,000

Eligibility: States, units of local government; Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and victim services providers. A victim service provider is defined as a nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organization or rape crisis center, including a state or tribal coalition, that assists or advocates for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking victims, including domestic violence shelters, faith-based organizations, and other organizations, with a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Link: http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/oppOVW-2016-9147-cfda16.529-instructions.pdf

Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to
OVW.Disabilities@usdoj.gov by February 18, 2016.

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