Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program
To increase culturally specific intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of such victims; and those collaterally affected by the victimization, except for the perpetrator of such victimization.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-271, 120 Stat. 754, 42 U.S.C 14043g(c), as amended by Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; P.L. 113-4.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible entities for this program are private nonprofit organizations
for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities:
American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); Asian Americans; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; Blacks; and Hispanics.
Beneficiaries are adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of such victims, and those collaterally affected by the victimization, except the perpetrator.
Non-profit organizations must be an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that Code. All such applicants are required to submit a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service recognizing their tax-exempt status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must apply on-line at the grants.gov portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications 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 220, 225 and parts 230 apply.
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 by the end of the fiscal year.
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are established by the Office of Violence Against Women and included in an annual solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are for culturally specific intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault, including: (i) 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral; (ii) accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings; (iii) crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members; (iv) information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members; (v) community-based, linguistically and culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities; and (vi) the development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in clauses (i) through (v).
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.
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 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
Awards will be three years. 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
Tia Farmer 145 N. St., Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Project Grants) FY 13 $2,700,000; FY 14 est $2,700,000; and FY 15 est $2,700,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
up to $325,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program solicitations can be found at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/ovwgrantprograms.htm. Recipients must comply with the current version of the OVW Financial Grants Management Guide found at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/grantees.html. 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