Violence Against Women Act Court Training and Improvement Grants


To improve court responses to adult and youth domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2011: FY11:
40 applications
11 awards. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title I, Section 105, Public Law 109-162, 42 U.S.C. 14043a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local courts or court-based programs; and national, State, tribal, territorial, or local private, nonprofit organizations with demonstrated expertise in developing and providing judicial education about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Courts and nonprofit organizations.
Applicants must certify in writing that: (A) any courts or court-based personnel working directly with or making decisions about adult or youth parties experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking have completed or will complete education about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (B) any education program developed under section 14043 of this title has been or will be developed with significant input from and in collaboration with a national, tribal, State, territorial, or local victim services provider or coalition; and (C) the grantee's internal organizational policies, procedures, or rules do not require mediation or counseling between offenders and victims physically together in cases where domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is an issue. 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 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.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must apply on-line at the 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 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 electronically 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.
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 solicitation.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for the following statutory program purposes: (1) improved internal civil and criminal court functions, responses, practices, and procedures; (2) education for court-based and court-related personnel on issues relating to victims' needs, including safety, security, privacy, confidentiality, and economic independence, as well as information about perpetrator behavior and best practices for holding perpetrators accountable; (3) collaboration and training with Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local public agencies and officials and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations to improve implementation and enforcement of relevant Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local law; (4) enabling courts or court-based or court-related programs to develop new or enhance current -- (A) court infrastructure (such as specialized courts, dockets, intake centers, or interpreter services); (B) community-based initiatives within the court system (such as court watch programs, victim assistants, or community-based supplementary services); (C) offender management, monitoring, and accountability programs; (D) safe and confidential information-storage and -sharing databases within and between court systems; (E) education and outreach programs to improve community access, including enhanced access for underserved populations; and (F) other projects likely to improve court responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and (5) providing technical assistance to Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local courts wishing to improve their practices and procedures or to develop new programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Quarterly financial reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial 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. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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.
The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal dollars by contributing to the cost of the project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Christina Murray 145 N Street, NE, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20530 Email: Phone: 2023070344
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 11 $2,500,977; FY 12 est $2,607,255; and FY 13 est $2,607,255
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $50,000 - $ 341,054
Average: $227,362.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The OVW Financial Guide is applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.