Legal Assistance for Victims

These grants are for increasing the availability of comprehensive civil and criminal legal services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in matters arising from the abuse or violence. The goal is to develop innovative, collaborative programs within the legal system that promote victim safety and increase victim economic autonomy.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.524
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program provides an opportunity for communities to enhance legal assistance for victims. Funds may be used: (1) to implement, expand, and establish cooperative efforts and projects between domestic violence, dating viiolence, and sexual assault victim services organizations and legal assistance providers to provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault; (2) to implement, expand, and establish efforts and projects to provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault by organizations with a demonstrated history of providing direct legal or advocacy services on behalf of these victims; and (3) to provide training, technical assistance, and data collection to improve the capacity of grantees and other entities to offer legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Authorization
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title I, Section 103, Public Law 109-162.; Violence Against Women Act of 2000, Section 1201, 42 U.S.C. 3796gg-6, as amended.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible grantees for this program are private, nonprofit entities, Indian tribal governments and tribal organizations, territorial organizations, and publicly funded organizations not acting in their governmental capacity, such as law schools.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include public or private nonprofit entities providing legal assistance primarily to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and or stalking.
Credentials/Documentation
To be eligible for an award under the LAV Grant Program, applicants must certify in writing that they are in compliance with the following statutory requirements6:
(1) Any person providing legal assistance through a program funded under the LAV Grant Program has completed or will complete training in connection with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking and related legal issues.
(2) Any training program conducted in satisfaction of the requirement of paragraph (1) has been or will be developed with input from and in collaboration with a State, Territorial, Tribal, or local sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking programs or coalition, as well as appropriate, State, Territorial, Tribal, and local law enforcement officials.
(3) Any person or organization providing legal assistance through a program funded under the LAV Grant Program has informed and will continue to inform State, local, or Tribal sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking programs and coalitions, as well as appropriate State and local law enforcement officials of their work.
(4) The grantee's organizational policies do not require mediation or counseling involving offenders and victims physically together, in cases where sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, or child sexual abuse is an issue. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must apply online through the grants.gov portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of application will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Requirements set forth in 28 CFR parts 66 and 70 and 2 CFR parts 225 and 230 apply.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed electronically by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Continuation grant awards are competitively selected and determined on a case-by-case basis.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of programs or projects contained in approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Quarterly financial reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial Guide. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0409-0-1-754.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 11 $31,930,180; FY 12 est $30,773,287; and FY 13 est $30,773,287
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $226,000-$606,812
Average: $476,570.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OVW Financial Guide is applicable. Legal Assistance for Victims Grantee Policy Guidebook.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Christina Murray 145 N Street, NE, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20530 Email: christina.murray@usdoj.gov Phone: 2023070344
Website Address
http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and are included in an annual solicitation.
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