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

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02/12/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations for the development and implementation of services to minority and underserved victims of domestic and gender-based violence. Funding is intended to support coordinated community responses that hold offenders accountable and serve victims. New and continuation applicants are eligible to apply.

Funds under this program must be used for the purpose of providing or enhancing population specific outreach and services to adult and youth victims in one or more underserved populations, including:

  1. Working with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments, agencies, and organizations to develop or enhance population specific services.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of underserved populations to provide population specific services.
  3. Strengthening the capacity of traditional victim service providers to provide population specific services.
  4. Strengthening the effectiveness of criminal and civil justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations.
  5. Working in cooperation with an underserved population to develop and implement outreach, education, prevention, and intervention strategies that highlight available resources and the specific issues faced by victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from underserved populations.

In FY 2020, applications proposing activities in the following areas may be given special consideration:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention. To qualify for this OVW Priority Area, applicants are encouraged to include activities that address purpose area 4 (above).
  2. Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency. Applicants are encouraged to include victim services that go beyond crisis intervention to advance the long-term healing, safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of victims, such as, education assistance, vocational training, employment services, financial counseling, etc.
  3. Increase efforts to combat stalking. Applicants are encouraged to address stalking, including the intersection of stalking and use of technology.
  4. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that serve rural communities. Applications that do so must clearly identify what makes the geographic service area rural and how they will address specific challenges in rural communities.

For a list of eligible budgetary items, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 178271

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Number of Grants:

Expected number of awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award ceiling is $450,000. This program typically makes awards in the range of $400,000 - $450,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant award period is 36 months. Generally, the award period will start on October 1, 2020.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to:
(1) Population specific organizations that have demonstrated experience and expertise in providing population specific services in the relevant underserved communities, or population specific organizations working in partnership with a victim service provider or domestic violence or sexual assault coalition;
(2) Victim service providers offering population specific services for a specific underserved population; and
(3) Victim service providers working in partnership with a national, State, tribal, or local organization that has demonstrated experience and expertise in providing population specific services in the relevant underserved population.

The term “population specific organization” means a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that primarily serves members of a specific underserved population and has demonstrated experience and expertise providing targeted services to members of that specific underserved population.

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

Current OVW grantees (lead recipients) under any OVW grant program with FY 2018 awards for 36 months or FY 2019 awards may not apply for FY 2020 Underserved Program funding unless their current award is from:
- Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault Program (Transitional Housing Program)
- Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies (Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Program)
- Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program (LAV Program)
- Grants to Support Families in the Justice System (Justice for Families Program).

For information about required partnerships, see:

Current grantees with a substantial amount of unobligated funds remaining (50 percent or more of the previous award) as of March 31, 2020 without adequate justification may not be considered for funding, or may receive a reduced award amount if selected for funding in FY2020.

Applicants to the FY 2020 Underserved Program may not apply to any other FY 2020 OVW grant program for which they may be eligible; applications submitted to all other FY 2020 OVW programs will be removed from consideration from all other OVW programs.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions. Applications that propose any such activities may receive a deduction in points during the review process or may be eliminated from consideration entirely.

For information about out-of-scope activities, see:

Unallowable costs:
- Lobbying
- Fundraising
- Purchase of real property
- Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting)
- Construction

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct an optional web-based pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period.

The session is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. E.T.

The total number of participants for the session may be limited, and therefore interested participants from the same agency/jurisdiction are expected to participate together. OVW reserves the right to deny multiple registrations from a single agency/jurisdiction to allow as many interested applicants as possible to participate.

Participation in the pre-application information session is optional. Interested applicants that do not participate in the session are still eligible to apply. A recording of the webinar will be available on OVW’s website at

To register, contact the Underserved Program. Registration must be received at least three days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email.

The webinar will be captioned in English. Additionally, there will be sign language interpretation. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC as soon as possible, but no later than December 12, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 12, 2020.

To submit an application, all applicants must have a DUNS Number, and register online with the and with The s registration process generally takes between three and five business days and may take as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner.

To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS Number, and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than, January 23, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of intent by January 23, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Submitting a Letter of Intent will not obligate a potential applicant to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Applicants that cannot submit an application electronically must contact the POC by February 5, 2020.

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

Submit LOIs and request hardcopy submission to:

Kara Moller, Underserved Populations Program Specialist

To register for an information session, and request language assistance, contact the Underserved Program at the email address and phone number above.

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