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Sexual Assault Services Formula Program

Grants to USA State Agencies to Provide
Supportive Services to Victims of Assault

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/18/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories state governments for programs, projects, and centers that provide supportive services to victims of assault. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that provide direct intervention and related assistance.

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §12511(1), funds under this program must be used to provide intervention and related assistance to:

  1. Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault.
  2. Family and household members of such victims.
  3. Those collaterally affected by the victimization, except for the perpetrator of such victimization.

In FY 2021, funds under the SAS Formula Program must be used for the following purpose: To support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other nongovernmental or tribal programs and projects to assist individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault, with regard to the age of the individual. See 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(1). 

SAS Formula grants shall be used by states and territories to provide grants to rape crisis centers and other non-profit, non-governmental organizations or tribal programs for programs and activities that provide direct intervention and related assistance. Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12511(b)(2)(C), intervention and related assistance may include:

  1. 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral.
  2. Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings.
  3. Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members.
  4. Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members.
  5. Community-based, culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities.
  6. Development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in numbers 1 through 5 above. 

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. These goals are also inherent in the grant programs supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In making subrecipient decisions, OVW strongly encourages State Administrators to prioritize projects that can and will promote civil rights (including by meeting the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors), improve access to justice for survivors, and enhance survivor safety.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139622

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$24,375,000

Number of Grants:

56

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $1,007,410
- Award Floor: $62,563

Term of Contract:

- The award period is 24 months
- Generally, the award period will start on August 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: state governments

Eligible applicants are limited to: any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Specifically, only the designated state office may apply.

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.

The activities listed below are out of the program scope, and they will not be supported by this program’s funding. See also the list of unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.
1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Surveys and focus groups, depending on their design and purpose, may constitute research and therefore be out-of-scope. Prohibited research does not include assessments conducted for internal improvement purposes only. Applicants considering such assessments must refer to the OVW research decision tree in the Solicitation Companion Guide to ensure that the activity does not qualify as human subjects research. For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
2. Activities focused on prevention efforts and public education (e.g., bystander intervention, social norms campaigns, presentations on healthy relationships, etc.).
3. Criminal justice-related projects, including law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and forensic interviews.
4. Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examiner programs.
5. Sexual Assault Response Team coordination.
6. Providing training to allied professionals and the community (e.g., law enforcement, child protection services, prosecution, other community-based organizations, etc.).
7. Domestic violence services unrelated to sexual violence.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants.gov Deadline: May 18, 2021 11:59 PM
Application JustGrants Deadline: May 25, 2021 11:59 PM

Submission: 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.

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

Registration Information: 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 Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

In JustGrants, each applying entity will have an assigned Entity Administrator who is responsible for managing entity-level information and assigning roles in the system. The Entity Administrator is also the E-Biz POC designated in SAM.gov. See the JustGrants website for more information on registering with JustGrants: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

For a list of Applicant Actions with Required Dates/Deadlines, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1388386/download#page=8

For information on additional available funds, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1388386/download#page=4

Solicitation Companion Guide: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332979

For a list of 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.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, and for applicants wishing to request a paper copy of the application materials, email OVW at OVW.SASP.Formula@usdoj.gov. 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:

16.017

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVW-2021-76001

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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 City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   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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