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U.S. Department of Justice: Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

Deadline: February 23, 2017

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (TSASP) provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services. Tribal agencies, organizations, and nonprofits provide critical and culturally relevant services that are specifically responsive to the needs of sexual assault victims within tribal communities. Overall, the purpose of TSASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

Funds under TSASP may be used to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects within Indian country and Alaska Native villages to assist those victimized by sexual assault. Sexual assault victim assistance may include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • 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

Proposed activities must include ideas and plans to expand sexual assault victim services as follows:

  • Beyond intimate partner sexual violence to include 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, clergy/spiritual leader)
  • Core sexual assault services which represent crisis intervention, advocacy, intervention and referral, counseling, support groups, and support for significant others

Eligibility: Federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations.

Amount: $3,000,000 is available for grants of up to $325,000 each.

Link: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/open-solicitations

Notes: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to OVW.Tribal.SASP@usdoj.gov by February 2, 2017. There will be two pre-application conference calls; one on January 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm MST and one on February 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm MST.

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