OVW Technical Assistance Initiative


To provide communities with critical resources that help them forge partnerships across agencies and disciplines to respond effectively to violent crimes against women. OVW's Technical Assistance Program was created to provide grantees with the expertise and support they need to develop and implement successful local projects, increase victim safety, and bolster offender accountability. Grantees participate in educational initiatives, conferences, peer-to- peer consultations, and targeted assistance that allow them to learn from experts and one another about how to overcome obstacles and incorporate promising practices in their efforts to address violence against women. In addition, the Technical Assistance Program focuses on building the capacity of national criminal justice and victim advocacy organizations to effectively address violent crimes against women and examine issues of special interest to OVW and its constituents.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, Section 3(a), 42 U.S.C. ยง13925(b)(11).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are nonprofit national, tribal and statewide organizations and institutions of higher education. In rare circumstances, state/local government agencies or local nonprofits may be eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries are organizations or individuals partnered with organizations.
Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW.
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 through the on-line 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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants will be notified by 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 are included in an annual soliciation.
How may assistance be used?
OVW funds a constellation of technical assistance projects to support the activities of its grantees and to forge partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Grantees learn from national experts and each other how best to develop and implement locally responsive programs. OVW encourages applicants to the Technical Assistance Program to design educational initiatives that are interactive and experiential and that seek to change values and attitudes that have traditionally prevented victim advocates and criminal justice professionals from responding effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Applicants proposing education programs must detail the adult education methods they will use to promote new insight, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the individuals with whom they propose to work.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.
Not applicable.
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
24-36 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
Phone: 202-305-1177
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 16$36,638,163.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
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.