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Grants to USA Tribal Organizations and Agencies to Address
Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Trafficking

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women

Conf. Date:

04/05/21

LOI Date:

04/12/21

Deadline Date:

04/22/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to USA Tribal communities, organizations, and governments for programs to address trafficking, stalking, assault, and domestic violence in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Applicants must develop projects in consultations with qualified nonprofit or governmental partners, such as victim services programs, domestic violence shelters, or rape crisis centers.

The Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program (referred to as the Tribal Governments Program) (CFDA # 16.587) was authorized to assist tribal governments and authorized designees of tribal governments to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking in their communities.

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §10452, funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Develop and enhance effective governmental strategies to curtail violent crimes against women and increase the safety of Indian women consistent with tribal law and custom.
  2. Increase tribal capacity to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking crimes against Indian women.
  3. Strengthen tribal justice interventions including tribal law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities.
  4. Enhance services to Indian women victimized by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking.
  5. Work in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies directed toward issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking.
  6. Provide programs for supervised visitation and safe visitation exchange of children in situations involving domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking committed by one parent against the other with appropriate security measures, policies, and procedures to protect the safety of victims and their children.
  7. Provide transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses such as security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing, and support services to enable a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing and integrate into a community.
  8. Provide legal assistance necessary to provide effective aid to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters arising as a consequence of that abuse or violence, at minimal or no cost to the victims.
  9. Provide services to address the needs of youth (ages 11 – 24 years old) who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking and the needs of youth and children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including support for the non-abusing parent or caretaker of the youth or child.
  10. Develop and promote legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to violent crimes against Indian women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking.
  11. Develop, strengthen, and implement policies, protocols, and training for law enforcement regarding cases of missing or murdered Indians as described in 25 U.S.C. § 5704.
  12. Compile and annually report data to the Attorney General related to missing or murdered Indians, as described in 25 U.S.C. § 5705.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, OVW is interested in supporting the priority area(s) identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention. 
  2. Empower victims to become survivors by focusing on long-term safety and sustainable economic independence. 
  3. Increase resources for courts and tribes to register protection orders in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and give access to tribes to crime information systems.
  4. Increase efforts to combat stalking.

Applicants may propose to implement either a Standard project, Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 2 project or an
Improving Tribal Responses to Violence Against Native Women (ITR) Capacity-Building project.

  • Standard project: Applicants must propose activities under one or more of the twelve statutory purpose areas.
  • CTAS Purpose Area 2 project: Applicants that were previously funded under CTAS Purpose Area 2 with an approved justice system-wide strategic plan under CTAS may propose activities under one or more of the twelve statutory purpose areas. Applicants must submit their approved CTAS Purpose Area 2 strategic plan with their Tribal Governments application.
  • Improving Tribal Responses to Violence Against Native Women (ITR) Capacity-Building project: ITR Capacity-Building applicants will initially engage in a comprehensive assessment process that identifies the strengths and gaps of their community’s responses to domestic and sexual violence. Following the assessment, a customized project implementation plan will be developed in consultation with an OVW-designated Technical Assistance Provider(s). The plan will detail short-term and long-term strategies to reduce violence against Indian women and administer justice and strengthen services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194714

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$41,000,000

Number of Grants:

60

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $900,000
Award Floor: $1

This program typically makes awards in the range of $900,000 for Standard and CTAS Purpose Area 2 projects and anticipates making awards in the range of $600,000 for ITR Capacity-Building projects.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM

Peiod of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. §10452, the following entities are eligible to apply for this program:

1. Indian tribal government, any tribe, band, pueblo, nation, or other organized group or community (including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.) that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(36).
2. Tribal designee, an organization that is acting as the authorized designee of an Indian tribal government, as defined above.
3. Tribal consortium, a coalition of two or more separate Indian tribes that join together for the purpose of participating in self-governance.

Required Partnerships: Applicants must demonstrate that the proposal was developed in consultation with a qualified partner. A “qualified partner” is: (1) a nonprofit, nongovernmental Indian victim services program, such as a domestic violence shelter program or rape crisis center; (2) a nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalition; or (3) an advisory committee that includes women from the community to be served by the proposed project.

The activities listed below are out of the program scope and will not be supported by this program’s funding. See also the list of unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.

1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Surveys and focus groups, depending on their design and purpose, may constitute research and therefore be out-of-scope. Prohibited research does not include assessments conducted for internal improvement purposes only (see Limited Use of Funds below). For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
2. Grant funds may not be used to directly address child abuse, child endangerment, other family violence issues (such as violence perpetrated by a child against a parent or by a sibling against another sibling), or neglect or exploitation.
3. Grant funds may not be used to provide substance abuse treatment services. However, grant funds may be used for counseling and referrals related to substance abuse issues.
4. Grant funds may not be used for education and prevention activities for students not specifically related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking and/or stalking, such as “sexual harassment,” “bullying,” or “character building.”
5. Grant funds may not be used for criminal representation of victims charged with crimes.

For funding restrictions, see pagees 15-16 of the RFA document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct one optional web-based pre-application information session. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for: April 5, 2021. Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, contact the Tribal Governments Program (see Contact Information below). Registration must be received at least five days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email. The webinar will be captioned in English and Spanish.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants.gov Deadline: April 07, 2021 11:59 PM
Application JustGrants Deadline: April 22, 2021 11:59 PM

Letter of Intent: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by April 12, 2021. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than April 7, 2021.

Submission: Applications for this program will be submitted through a NEW two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in Grants.gov and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SFLLL as early as possible, but not later than 24-48 hours before the Grants.gov deadline.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331599

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs to: OVW.TribalAffairs@usdoj.gov

Ph: 202-307-6026

For technical assistance with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or OVW.JustGrantsSupport@usdoj.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.587

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVW-2021-67001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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