2016 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program

Deadline: 19 January 2016

Office on Violence against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its 2016 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program to support a multifaceted approach to respond to these crimes through implementation of grant programs authorized by Violence against Women Act (VAWA).

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By forging state, local and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, organizations that serve culturally specific and underserved communities and others, OVW grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while improving communities’ capacity to hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program (Rural Program) was established and uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problems and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims.

Rural Program also recognizes the richness of diversity in rural communities and areas across the country, and encourages applicants to implement innovative approaches, through capacity building and partnerships, to address the critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture, effectively addresses language and communication barriers, and ensures accessible services for all victims.

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Awards Information

Awards under the Rural Program for FY 2016 will be made for up to $750,000.

Focus Areas

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  • Increase support for sexual assault, including services, law enforcement response and prosecution.
  • Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.)
  • Establish or increase support for Rural and Tribal Domestic Violence Dockets or Courts s

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible entities for this program are:
    • States
    • Indian Tribes
    • Territories
    • Local governments
  • Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including Tribal nonprofit organizations.
  • 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 the Rural Program.
  • To be eligible to receive Rural Program funding, an applicant must demonstrate that it proposes to serve a rural area or rural community.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their letters at the address given on the website.

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  1. Avatar Babirye Dorothy says

    Thanks dear for the efforts made to restore so many lives, for this very application is Uganda eligible? there’s still a lot to do to cub gender based violence in our communities thanks i remain Dorothy
    May the good Lord grant you Peace,Love, Success come 2016

  2. Avatar Mark Omondi says

    Dear Sir,
    I have looked at the call for proposals carefully, and I am not sure if your organization is supporting Violence Against Women in African Countries. Kindly update me more on this.

    My contact are provided below

    My Name is Mark Ogolla Omondi from Kenya