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Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims

 
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    CFDA#

    16.016
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Office on Violence against Women (OVW)

    Summary

    The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program (Culturally Specific Services Program) supports culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victims culture.  

    In FY 2018, funds under the Culturally Specific Services Program may be used for the following purposes:
    • Increasing communities capacity to provide culturally specific resources and support for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking crimes and their families;
    • Enhancing traditional services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking through the leadership of culturally specific programs offering services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally specific issues and resources regarding victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Providing culturally specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, including emergency assistance;
    • Providing culturally specific programs for children exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Working with state and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally specific services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;
    • Strengthening criminal justice interventions, by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities on culturally specific responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; and
    • Examining the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing.
    Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: crisis intervention, advocacy, individual and group counseling (including incorporating culturally specific traditions and ways of healing) for both victims as well as their children who are exposed to the violence, community education and outreach efforts, training for service providers, law enforcement, etc., emergency assistance for victims (food, clothing, rent, utilities and other approved necessities), job training, financial counseling, paying for interpreters and translators, and legal assistance with protection orders and/or immigration remedies related to their victimization (U visas, VAWA self-petitions, etc.).

    In FY 2018, priority consideration will be given to the following priority areas: 
    • Meaningfully increasing access to programming for marginalized and/or underserved populations (based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, etc.). The Culturally Specific Services Program is implementing this priority by encouraging applications that propose to develop and/or enhance culturally specific services for victims from underserved Black/African American communities.
    • Increasing support for survivors of sexual assault, including services, law enforcement and prosecution. The Culturally Specific Services Program is implementing this priority by supporting the development and/or enhancement of culturally specific services for victims of sexual violence
     

    History of Funding

    For additional information on the Culturally Specific Services Program, including what past grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Culturally Specific Services Program performance measures, see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/clsspmain.htm.

    Additional Information

    The following activities are considered to be out of the program scope, and will not be supported by Abuse in Later Life Program funding:
    • Research projects (This does not include program assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes)
    • Family Law, Housing Law or Consumer Law. Grant funds may not be used to provide legal representation in civil and criminal matters, such as family law cases (divorce, custody, visitation and child support), housing cases, consumer law cases and others.
      • NOTE: Grant funds may be used to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in protection order and immigration proceedings related to their victimization such as U visas, VAWA self-petitions, cancellations of removal, etc.
    • Family Violence. Grant funds may not be used to directly address child abuse, or other family violence issues such as violence perpetrated by a child against a parent, parent against a child, or violence perpetrated by a sibling against another sibling.
    • Children. Services can only be offered to children who are witnesses to or victims of violence if those services are provided in conjunction with services being provided to the childs parent or guardian who is a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking.
    Further, funds may not be used for Lobbying; Fundraising; Purchase of real property; Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting); or Construction.

    Contacts

    OVW Culturally Specific Services Program Management

    OVW Culturally Specific Services Program Management
    145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
    Washington, DC 20530
    (202) 307-6026
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible entities for this program are community based programs for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by February 21, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $7,000,000 is available for an anticipated 20 awards. Individual projects range from $250,000 to $300,000.  Project periods will extend up to 24-months, starting October 1, 2018. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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