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 relating to or 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.524
Federal Agency/Office
Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Violence Against Women Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386, 42 U.S.C. ยง 3796gg-6.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 and victims of these crimes who receive legal assistance.
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 requirements: (1) Any person providing legal assistance through a program funded under the LAV Grant Program (A) hes demonstrated expertise in providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in the targeted population; or (B)(i) is partnered with an entity or person that has demonstrated expertise described in subparagraph (A); and (ii) has completed or will complete training in connection with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking and related legal issues, including training on evidence-based risk factors for domestic and dating violence homicide. (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 victim service provider 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. 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. Applicants must apply online in accordance with instructions contained in the program solicitation. The receipt, review, and analysis of application will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.
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 by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and are included in an annual solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
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 implement, expand, and establish efforts and projects to provide competent, supervised pro bono legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, except that not more than 10 percent of the funds awarded under this section may be used for this purpose.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 36 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tia Farmer
145 N. St. NE, Suite 10W121
Washington, DC 20530 US
tia.farmer@usdoj.gov
Phone: 202-305-1177
Website Address
http://www.justice.gov/ovw
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0409-0-1-754
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 16$35,733,196.00; FY 18 est $35,000,000.00; FY 17 est $34,615,593.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $350,000-$800,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grantees.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.