The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking applications for 2021 National Service Line for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. These values are also inherent in the grant programs supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As such, OVW will prioritize support for projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, enhance survivor safety, and hold offenders accountable.
- The establishment of a steering committee comprised of individuals or entities representing diverse perspectives to help guide the planning phase of the Initiative and ensure that incarcerated individuals directly inform the project.
- A final Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the lead applicant and any formal project partner(s) that defines the roles/responsibilities of the lead applicant and any formal project partner(s). The lead applicant and partner(s) will develop the MOU in consultation with OVW in order to anticipate and prevent any possible conflicts of interest for Phase Two funding.
- A comprehensive assessment of the current research, literature, and practices in facilities across the nation related to mechanisms for inmates to report instances of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.
- A comprehensive assessment of the current research, literature, and practices in facilities across the nation related to access to support services for victims in confinement.
- An examination into how confinement facilities across the nation are or are not maintaining compliance with PREA Standards, as well as a discussion of the specific ways that these two Standards are complementary but also contain distinct requirements.
- An assessment of whether – and, if so, how – the development of a Service Line could assist facilities with maintaining compliance with one or both PREA Standards as appropriate, as well as ensure quality services to previously or currently incarcerated survivors based on their lived experiences.
- A comprehensive blueprint for the design and implementation of a Service Line for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual harassment occurring in confinement facilities that is responsive to the diversity of survivors. This plan should include discussions of the following:
- How the Service Line should be structured (e.g., a single national entity receiving and responding to reports and/or service requests or an entity that refers service requests to state or local providers in a network);
- Types of services and resources offered by the Service Line; How services should be tailored to individuals in different types of confinement facilities (including jails, police lockups, juvenile facilities, and prisons);
- How the service line would work in coordination with other state-run hotlines for survivors in confinement;
- How the service line would work in coordination with state sexual assault coalitions and local rape crisis centers;
- What type of geographic model would be best for the resource line (e.g., regional or national); and
- What considerations (i.e., qualifications and training requirements for service line staff, security constraints for confinement facilities, etc.) the organization administering the service line should follow for successful implementation.
- A final report summarizing the organization’s activities and recommendations during the Phase One planning stage.
- Anticipated Total Amount to be Awarded Under Solicitation: $600,000.00
- Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $600,000.00
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 1
- Period of Performance Start Date: 1/1/22 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Other.
- Eligible entities for this initiative are nonprofit organizations, victim service providers, and universities/institutions of higher education. Eligible applicants, including partners, must have expertise and experience working at the national level on projects related to corrections, the provision of services for survivors of sexual abuse, and implementation of the PREA Standards.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334512