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Sexual Assault Forensic-Medical and Advocacy Services for Tribes (FAST) Initiative Solicitation

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes to Assist
Female Victims of Violent Crimes

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

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01/10/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, governments agencies, healthcare providers, institutions of higher education, and tribal governments, agencies, and organizations for programs assisting victims of violent crimes against women in tribal communities. Interested applicants should be advised that required registrations must be completed well before the application due date. Funding is intended to support sexual assault medical forensic exams, victim services, response teams, victim advocates, forensic interviewing, and training of forensic and response personnel.

FAST Initiative funding may be used to establish, sustain, and/or expand programs offering sexual assault medical forensic exams and sexual assault victim services in tribal communities. Funding priority will be given to applicants proposing innovative ways of bringing experienced SAFEs to remote tribal communities, such as traveling SAFEs, telemedicine, rural preceptorships, or other promising or entirely new approaches. OVW is particularly interested in proposals to operate in a regional service model or otherwise provide services to multiple tribal communities. Given the ample funding available through this initiative and the broadness of the parameters outlined in this solicitation, OVW expects applicants to propose creative and ambitious strategies for responding to sexual assault victims’ needs in tribal communities.

This initiative will also build tribal communities’ capacity to train, mentor, and retain SAFEs and advocates. Operational costs (including salaries and fringe benefits for program staff), training and mentoring for aspiring and current SAFEs and advocates, and equipment and supplies are costs that can be supported under this initiative. Furthermore, funding may be used to establish, sustain, and/or expand a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), including employing a SART Coordinator and financing collaborative projects undertaken by the SART. Finally, with appropriate justification, resources and training for individuals who are critical to improving victim access to SAFEs and advocates, but who themselves are not SAFEs or victim advocates, can also be a feature of a larger FAST project. Forensic interviewing is also an activity that can be supported by the FAST Initiative.

OVW Priority Area: In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting projects that address the specific challenges rural communities face in responding to sexual assault. FAST Initiative applicants are encouraged to propose innovative ways of providing sexual assault medical-forensic care, advocacy, and SART response to victims in rural and remote tribal communities.

Program Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate coordination with victim service providers, law enforcement (including a crime laboratory), and prosecutors. Applicants are encouraged to dedicate a portion of the proposed budget to hiring a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator if such a position in the community is not already funded.

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GrantWatch ID#: 187314

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OVW estimates that it will make a minimum of four awards, with at least one award serving Alaska Native villages not covered by OVC’s FY 2019 telehealth award in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim region

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards may range in amount from $500,000 to $2,000,000.

Term of Contract:

The award period is 30 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on April 1, 2020 and end on September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include state, local, and federally recognized tribal governments; agencies of state, local, or federally recognized tribal governments; nonprofit organizations; tribal organizations; entities whose principal purpose is to provide healthcare (such as hospitals, clinics, and health departments); and institutions of higher education in the United States or U.S. territories.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate—directly or through partnerships—capacity in three areas: a) provision of healthcare, b) provision of confidential victim services to survivors of sexual assault, such as through a nonprofit, community-based, and/or tribe-affiliated victim services provider; and c) expertise working with tribal communities. If the lead applicant does not possess the requisite capacity in all three areas, the application must include an MOU or letters of commitment from project partners whose organizational expertise fulfills the capacity requirements.

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

Indian Health Service (IHS)-operated facilities are not eligible, but eligible entities may partner with IHS-operated facilities.

Any nonprofit organization that holds money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in section 511(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is not eligible for a grant from this program.

Additional Eligibility Information:

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.

Out-of-scope Activities:

Surveys, whether conducted as part of a program or needs assessment or for any other purpose. Prior approval is necessary to determine whether the activity is within the scope of the award and meets the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on January 10, 2020. Applications for this initiative will be submitted through

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 To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must complete these steps immediately, and no later than December 20, 2019.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent to by December 20, 2019. This letter confirms the applicant has registered with SAM and Submitting a letter 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.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by March 30, 2020.

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Lucille Moran
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Ginger Baran Lyons
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