National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative


The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, administered by BJA, provides funding through a competitive grant program to support multi-disciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions’ approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously un-submitted sexual assault kits (SAKs).

Un-submitted kits (those in in police custody that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory for testing) and untested kits (those that have been submitted to crime labs but are delayed for testing (e.g. as a result of a backlog of work in the laboratory) are separate and distinct issues. The focus of this effort is on those un-submitted kits that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory.

The goal of the SAKI is the creation of a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to these cases whenever possible through a victim-centered approach, as well as to build jurisdictions’ capacity to prevent the development of conditions that lead to high numbers of un-submitted SAKs in the future.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 , Public Law 113-235.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funds will be provided to address the issue of un-submitted SAKs and address the underlying issues that lead to the problem occurring.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Program aims to improve national response to the crime of sexual assault.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.
Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.
BJA may, in certain cases, provide supplemental funding in future years to awards made under this program. Important considerations in decisions regarding supplemental funding include, among other factors, the availability of funding, strategic priorities, assessment of the quality of the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and assessment of the progress of the work funded under the award.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at
How may assistance be used?
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide ( To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
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. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
Recipients of federal funds are expected to retain documentation supporting all program transactions for at least 3 years after the closure of audit reports related to such funding. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all related issues, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other 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
The assistance is available for up to 36 months. There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Dr. Angela Williamson U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-307-5831
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $41,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
View solicitation at OJP Funding Opportunities;
OJP Financial Guide;
Post award Instructions; and, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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