The Office on Violence Against Women is pleased to announce the applications for Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program (Rural Program) to support efforts that enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas.
- Pursuant to funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:
- To identify, assess, and appropriately respond to child, youth, and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities, by encouraging collaboration among domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victim service providers; law enforcement agencies; prosecutors; courts; other criminal justice service providers; human and community service providers; educational institutions; and health care providers, including sexual assault forensic examiners;
- To establish and expand nonprofit, nongovernmental, State, tribal, territorial, and local government victim services in rural communities to child, youth, and adult victims;
- To increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities, by– (A) dealing directly and immediately with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking occurring in rural communities; and (B) creating and implementing strategies to increase awareness and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; and
- To develop, expand, implement, and improve the quality of sexual assault forensic medical examination or sexual assault nurse examiner programs.
- In addition to the purpose areas, Rural Program grantees are required to implement at least one of the strategies set forth:
- Implementing, expanding, and establishing cooperative efforts and projects among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other related parties to investigate and prosecute incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including developing multidisciplinary teams focusing on high-risk cases with the goal of preventing domestic and dating violence homicides;
- Providing treatment, counseling, advocacy, legal assistance, and other long-term and short-term victim and population specific services to adult and minor victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in rural communities, including assistance in immigration matters;
- Working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies directed toward such issues;
- Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing sexual assault, including sexual assault forensic examiner programs, Sexual Assault Response Teams, law enforcement training, and programs addressing rape kit backlogs; and
- Developing programs and strategies that focus on the specific needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who reside in remote rural and geographically isolated areas, including addressing the challenges posed by the lack of access to quality sexual assault examinations by trained health care providers, shelters and victims services, and limited law enforcement resources and training, and providing training and resources to Community Health Aides involved in the delivery of Indian Health Service programs.
- Award Ceiling: $950,000
- Period of Performance Duration (Months) 36.
- The activities listed are out of the program scope and will not be supported by this program’s funding. unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.
- Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 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. For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
- Child abuse or family violence issues such as violence perpetrated by a child against a parent or violence perpetrated by a sibling against another sibling.
- Services to children for anything other than child sexual assault or services beyond ancillary services provided to a victim’s child when there is an inextricable link between a parent’s victimization and the child’s need for services and a connection to providing victim services for the parent. For example, funds may be used to provide services to children of battered clients residing in a shelter.
- Education and prevention for students not specifically related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, such as “bullying” or “character building” educational programs.
- For projects providing legal assistance, criminal defense of victims charged with crimes, except for representation in post-conviction relief proceedings with respect to the conviction of a victim relating to or arising from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking of the victim.
- For projects providing legal assistance, representation in tort cases.
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- County governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- State governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized).
For more information, visit Grants.gov.