Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Program


(1) to identify, assess, and appropriately respond to child, youth, and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities, by encouraging collaboration among—
(A) domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victim service providers;
(B) law enforcement agencies;
(C) prosecutors;
(D) courts;
(E) other criminal justice service providers;
(F) human and community service providers;
(G) educational institutions; and
(H) health care providers, including sexual assault forensic examiners;
(2) to establish and expand nonprofit, nongovernmental, State, tribal, territorial, and local government victim services in rural communities to child, youth, and adult victims; and
(3) to increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities, by—
(A) dealing directly and immediately with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking occurring in rural communities; and
(B) creating and implementing strategies to increase awareness and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Section 40295, 42 U.S.C. 13971, as amended;; Violence Against Women Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386; Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act, Title II, Section 203, Public Law 109-162., as amended by Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, P.L. No. 113-4.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, Indian tribes, Territories, local governments, and nonprofit, public or private entities, including tribal nonprofit organizations, are eligible to carry out programs serving rural areas or rural communities that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include eligible applicants who propose to serve victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,and stalking in a rural area or rural community, as defined by 42 U.S.C., § 13925(a)(21) to mean (a) any area or community, respectively, no part of which is within an area designated as a standard metropolitan statistical area by the Office of Management and Budget; or (b) any area or community, respectively, that is (i) within an area designated as a metropolitan statistical area or considered part of a metropolitan statistical area; and (ii) located in a rural census tract.
Every application must include documentation that the proposed area to be served, in fact, meets the rural eligibility requirements. The requirements include printed documentation of the service area. Instructions to complete the documentation process can be found within the application materials. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
OVW will provide an annual solicitation. 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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must apply through the online portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of application will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Applicants must provide documentation as specified in the solicitation that the project will be limited to rural areas.

Requirements set forth in 28 CFR parts 66 and 70 and 2 CFR parts 220, 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 by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will be notified before the end of the fiscal year.
Not Applicable.
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and included in an annual soliciation.
How may assistance be used?
Funding may be used to carry out programs serving rural areas or rural communities that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by:
(1) implementing, expanding, and establishing cooperative efforts and projects among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other related parties to investigate and prosecute incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including developing multidisciplinary teams focusing on high risk cases with the goal of preventing domestic and dating violence homicides;
(2) providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and other long-term and short-term victim and population specific services to adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities, including assistance in immigration matters;
(3) working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies directed toward such issues;
(4) developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing sexual assault, including sexual assault forensic examiner programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, law enforcement training, and programs addressing rape kit backlogs; and
(5) developing programs and strategies that focus on the specific needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who reside in remote rural and geographically isolated areas, including addressing the challenges posed by the lack of access to shelters and victims services, and limited law enforcement resources and training, and providing training and resources to Community Health Aides involved in the delivery of Indian Health Service programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial Grants Management 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. Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required. Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.
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. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing to the costs of their projects. 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
Length of assistance is provided in an annual solicitation. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Tia Farmer 145 N. St., Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: Phone: 202-305-1177
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 13 $22,243,216; FY 14 est $25,000,000; and FY 15 est $25,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $142,257-1,300,000
Average: $780,232.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at Recipients must comply with the current version of the OVW Financial Grants Management Guide found at Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.