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Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program

Grants to USA Governments, Nonprofits, and Tribes in
Rural Areas to Prevent Crimes and Improve Rural Safety

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

LOI Date:

02/09/21

Deadline Date:

03/12/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local governments, nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes in rural areas to improve safety and prevent crimes of violence and assault. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support efforts to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.

Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To identify, assess, and appropriately respond to child, youth, and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities, by encouraging collaboration among domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victim service providers; law enforcement agencies; prosecutors; courts; other criminal justice service providers; human and community service providers; educational institutions; and health care providers, including sexual assault forensic examiners;
  2. To establish and expand nonprofit, nongovernmental, State, tribal, territorial, and local government victim services in rural communities to child, youth, and adult victims; and
  3. To increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities, by--
    • Dealing directly and immediately with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking occurring in rural communities; and
    • Creating and implementing strategies to increase awareness and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

In addition to the purpose areas, Rural Program grantees are required to implement at least one of the strategies set forth in 34 U.S.C. § 12341(b)(1)-(5):

  1. Implementing, expanding, and establishing cooperative efforts and projects among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other related parties to investigate and prosecute incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including developing multidisciplinary teams focusing on high risk cases with the goal of preventing domestic and dating violence homicides;
  2. Providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and other long-term and short-term victim and population specific services to adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities, including assistance in immigration matters;
  3. Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies directed toward such issues;
  4. Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing sexual assault, including sexual assault forensic examiner programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, law enforcement training, and programs addressing rape kit backlogs; and
  5. Developing programs and strategies that focus on the specific needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who reside in remote rural and geographically isolated areas, including addressing the challenges posed by the lack of access to shelters and victim services, and limited law enforcement resources and training, and providing training and resources to Community Health Aides involved in the delivery of Indian Health Service programs.

OVW Priority Areas: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1357486/download#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187490

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$32,000,000

Number of Grants:

55

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding levels under this program for FY 2021 are:
1. Continuation applications are limited to $750,000 for the entire 36 months.
2. New applications are limited to $500,000 for the entire 36 months.

Term of Contract:

The award period is 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1. States and territories;
2. Indian tribes;
3. Local governments; and
4. Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including tribal nonprofit organizations.

A “state” is any of the states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, America Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(31). Note, although the District of Columbia is included in the statutory definition of “state,” due to the rural service area program eligibility requirement, the District of Columbia is not eligible for this grant program.

An “Indian tribe” means a tribe, band, pueblo, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.)), that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

For purposes of this grant program, a local government is a unit of local government defined by statute as any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state.

A “tribal nonprofit organization” means a victim services provider that has as its primary purpose to assist Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and staff and leadership of the organization must include persons with a demonstrated history of assisting American Indian or Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Faith Based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.

Out-of-Scope Activities: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1357486/download#page=10

Funding Restrictions: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1357486/download#page=23

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will post a pre-recorded Pre-Application Information Session on its website. Listening to this session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by February 2, 2021 on the OVW website https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resourcesapplicants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Actions with Required Dates/Deadlines:
- Obtain a DUNS number and register with SAM by February 9, 2021.
- Register with Grants.gov by February 9, 2021.
- Submit Letter of Intent by February 9, 2021.
- If necessary, request hardcopy submission by March 11, 2020.
- Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov as early as possible, but no later than 24 – 48 hours prior to the Grants.gov deadline.
- Register the Entity Administrator and the Application Submitter with JustGrants as early as possible but no later than 48-72 hours before the JustGrants deadline.
- Submit the complete application package at least 24 – 48 hours prior to the JustGrants deadline.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than February 9, 2021.

Applications for this program will be submitted through a NEW two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but not later than 24-48 hours before the Grants.gov deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by February 9, 2021. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. E.T. on March 16, 2021 will not be considered for funding.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

View this opportunity on Grants.Gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330985

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Letter of Intent to ovw.rural@usdoj.gov.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at the address above. Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

For technical assistance with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or OVW.JustGrantsSupport@usdoj.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.589

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVW-2021-56002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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