The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is soliciting applications for the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) Grant Program.
The Sexual Assault Services Grant Program (SASP) was established under the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005). SASP is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Services Grant Program (SASP) was established under the Violence Against Women Act and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), 42 U.S.C. SASP is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance to victims of sexual assault.
- Activities supported by the SASP Formula Grant Program are determined by statute, federal regulations, and OVW policies. If an applicant receives an award, the funded project is bound by the provisions of this solicitation, the OVW Financial Guide, any updates to the Financial Guide, and the conditions of the recipient’s award
- Overall, the purpose of the SASP Formula Grant Program is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance to:
- SASP Formula grants shall be used to provide grants to rape crisis centers1 and other non-profit, nongovernmental organizations or tribal programs for programs and activities that provide direct intervention and related assistance. Intervention and related assistance to sexual assault victims may include:
- 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral;
- Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings;
- Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and non-offending family or household members;
- Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and non-offending family or household members;
- Community-based, culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities; and
- The development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in the previous bullets
- The SASP Formula Grant Program emphasizes the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, such as dual programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault, for the provision of direct intervention, core services, and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault. Under the SASP Formula Grant Program, grant funds cannot be used to support sexual assault forensic examiner projects or criminal justice activities (e.g., law enforcement, prosecution, courts, or forensic interviews). SASP grant funds may not be used for lobbying, fundraising, education programs, training for allied professionals or the general public, prevention efforts (funds may be used for outreach to inform public about the services provided by the specific program), research projects, SART support, or the purchase of food and beverage.
Activities that Compromise Victim Safety and Recovery
- The following activities have been found to jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions:
- Procedures or policies that exclude victims from receiving safe shelter, advocacy services, counseling, and other assistance based on their actual or perceived age, immigration status, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health condition, physical health condition, criminal record, work in the sex industry, relationship to the perpetrator, or the age and/or gender of their children,
- Procedures or policies that compromise the confidentiality of information and privacy of persons receiving OVW-funded services,
- Crafting policies that deny individuals access to services based on their relationship to the perpetrator,
- Developing materials that are not tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault or the culturally specific population to be served,
- Crafting policies or engaging in practices that impose restrictive conditions to be met by the victim in order to receive services (e.g., counseling, seeking an order for protection), and
- Crafting policies that require the victim to report the sexual assault to law enforcement.
- Awards are limited to FY 2021 award recipients. Please note that the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has approved individual allocation amounts for this solicitation.
- Any award made pursuant to this solicitation is dependent upon the receipt and availability of federal grant awards and any requirements/conditions attached thereto.
- Awards are limited to rape crisis centers and nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organizations that provide services to crime victims in order to be eligible to receive SASP funds. These organizations include, but are not limited to, sexual assault and rape crisis centers.
Additional Specific Eligibility Requirements
- OVW SASP established eligibility criteria that must be met by all organizations receiving funds. These funds are to be awarded to subgrantees only for providing services to victims of crime through their staff.
- Each subgrantee organization shall meet the following requirements. Failure to meet the federal statutory requirements may jeopardize funding for the entire state of Georgia.
- Public or non-profit organization
- Record of effective services
- Promote community efforts to aid crime victims
- Crime Victims Compensation
- Comply with federal rules regulating grants
- Comply with CJCC grant requirements
- Services to victims of federal crimes
- Promote victim safety
- No charges to victims for SASP-funded services
- Maintain Confidentiality
For more information, visit https://cjcc.georgia.gov/grants/funding-opportunities/current-grant-opportunities