Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters-Discretionary Grants

To fund a wide range of discretionary activities for the purpose of: (1) providing resource information, training and technical assistance to improve the capacity of individuals, organizations, government entities, and communities to prevent family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence and to provide effective intervention services; (2) improving the design, delivery, and coordination of services to address family violence, domestic violence and dating violence; (3) gathering information on the incidence and prevalence of family violence, domestic violence and dating violence; and (4) increasing knowledge and understanding of the issues through research, demonstration, and evaluation projects. Specific sections in the Act authorize funding for such discretionary projects as a National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; a National Indian Resource Center Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women; Special Issue Resource Centers including Culturally-Specific Issue Resource Centers; State Resource Centers to Reduce Tribal Disparities; Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children; and a National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.592
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions
Discretionary financial assistance may be made to public and private entities and may take the form of a competitive grant or cooperative agreement. Applicants must meet the program and administrative requirements specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Of the amount appropriated under Section 10403(a), not less than 6% shall be used for making grants under Section 10410, National Resource Centers and Training and Technical Assistance Centers.

Of the amounts appropriated under Section 10403)a) that exceed $130,000,000, not less than 25% of the excess funds shall be made available to carry out Section 10412, Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children.
Authorization
Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, 42 U.S.C. 10401 et seq., as amended by Section 201 of the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-320.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Depending on the purpose of the project and the statutory requirements, an applicant may be a nonprofit private organization, tribal organization, federally-recognized Indian tribe, Native Hawaiian organization, local public agency, institution of higher education, private organization, Alaska Native Village, or nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Corporation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
These discretionary grants and contracts will benefit victims of family violence, their dependents, families, other interested persons, the general public, and communities and government entities.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. All applications must contain standard forms 424 and 424A and all required certifications, assurances and disclosures. Required Standard Forms and certifications are available at Grants.gov Forms Repository.
Award Procedure
The Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, will make the final decision on all awards. Selection of applicants will be determined based on the review criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Funds are awarded directly to grantees.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Renewals (continuations), if authorized under the terms of the award, are awarded based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may vary from a 12-month project period to a 5-year project period depending on statutory and programmatic requirements. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Specific reports for each type of Discretionary grant are published in the funding announcement. Awards may be subject to the Transparency Act subaward and executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR Part 170. The SF-428 Tangible Property Report and the SF-429 Real Property Report are required. The forms are available at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_forms/. Quarterly cash transaction reports (SF-425) are required to be filed with HHS Division of Payment Management through the Payment Management System. Recipients of financial assistance must submit semi-annual Performance Reports (SF-PPR) within 30 days of the end of the reporting period to the Program Office. Recipients of financial assistance must submit semi-annual Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) within 30 days of the end of the 6 month reporting period. Performance progress reports are required and selected grantees may be identified for site visits or desk review by federal program officers.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Recipients are required to keep financial and program records necessary for program review and audit to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the statute, regulations, grant conditions, and administrative terms of the project funded. Requirements are found in 2 CFR 200, Subpart D - Post Federal Award Requirements applies to this program. (Related HHS regulations pending).
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 19 discretionary grants were awarded, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Fiscal Year 2015: It is estimated that 19 discretionary grants will be awarded, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Fiscal Year 2016: It is estimated that 31 discretionary grants will be awarded, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1536-0-1-506.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $1,759,995; FY 15 est $1,070,000; and FY 16 est $5,313,300 - DiscretionaryGrants: Service and Demonstration ONLY. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $4,100,000; FY 15 est $4,100,000; and FY 16 est $11,800,000 - National Domestic Violence Hotline ONLY. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $8,895,000; FY 15 est $9,155,000; and FY 16 est $10,400,000 - National Resource Centers and Training and Technical Assistance Centers ONLY.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Discretionary Service and Demonstration Grants: $114,000- $500,000.
Discretionary National Resource Centers and Training and Technical Assistance Centers: $500,000 - $1,550,000.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: $4,100,000 - $4,500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1370.4 applies to this program.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Shawndell Dawson 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW; 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: shawndell.dawson@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-1476
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/programs/family-violence-prevention-services
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: One grant to a National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; one grant to a National Indian Resource Center Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women; four Special Issue Resource Center grants; three Culturally Specific Special Issue Resource Center grants serving racial and ethnic minority groups; one grant to the National Domestic Violence Hotline; one grant for Expanding Leadership Opportunities Within the Domestic Violence Field for Members of Underrepresented Groups; seven grants for Trauma-Informed Practice in Culturally-Specific Community-Based programs and Domestic Violence services; and one grant to expand LGBTQ Service Accessibility in Domestic Violence programs. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015: one grant to a National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; one grant to a National Indian Resource Center Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women; four Special Issue Resource Center grants; three Culturally Specific Special Issue Resource Center grants serving racial and ethnic minority groups; one grant to the National Domestic Violence Hotline; seven grants for Trauma-Infomed Practice in Culturally-Specific Community-Based programs and Domestic Violence services; one grant to expand LGBTQ Service Accessibility in Domestic Violence programs; and one grant for Expanding Leadership Opportunities Within the Domestic Violence Field for Members of Underrepresented Groups. Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 16: one grant to a National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; one grant to a National Indian Resource Center Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women; five Special Issue Resource Center grants; three Culturally Specific Special Issue Resource Center grants serving racial and ethnic minority groups; one grant to the National Domestic Violence Hotline; ten grants to State Coalitions to subgrant to local programs for children's set aside; seven grants for Trauma-Informed Practice in Culturally-Specific Community-Based programs and Domestic Violence services; one grant to expand LGBTQ Service Accessibility in Domestic Violence programs; one Housing TA Resource Center; and one grant for a Training and Technical Assistance for the Children's set aside.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria published in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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