The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is now inviting applications for its Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program for Law Enforcement to support communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
- Funding for this grant opportunity is limited to law enforcement activities only. Law enforcement activities include but are not limited to:
- Investigation of a crime
- Training law enforcement to more effectively identify, investigate, and respond to crimes against women
- Developing more effective protocols
- Training forensic examiners in the collection of evidence
- Funds under this program must be used for one or more of the areas of the following purposes related to law enforcement:
- Training law enforcement officers to more effectively identify and respond to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including the appropriate use of nonimmigrant status.
- Developing, training, or expanding units of law enforcement officers, specifically targeting violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
- Developing and implementing more effective police protocols, orders, and services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as well as the appropriate treatment of victims.
- Training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and providing expert testimony and treatment of trauma-related to sexual assault.
- Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs to assist the law to address the needs and circumstances of older and disabled women who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, including recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of such violence or assault and targeting outreach and support, counseling, and other victim services to such older and disabled individuals.
- Developing and strengthening policies, protocols, best practices, and training for law enforcement agencies relating to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases and the appropriate treatment of victims.
- Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing sexual assault against men, women, and youth in correctional and detention settings.
- The estimated funding available for this grant opportunity is $400,000 for this 27-month grant cycle and ICJI estimates awarding 2-4 grants to eligible applicants.
- Grant recipients may apply for future grant funding every year through the competitive grant application process.
- The award period for this grant shall be July 1, 2022 – to September 30, 2024.
- Projects should begin on July 1, 2022, and must be in operation no later than sixty (60) days after this date.
- Failure to have the funded project operational within sixty (60) days will result in the termination of the grant and the de-obligation of all awarded funds.
- All projects must conclude, and all funding obligations must be made no later than September 30, 2024.
- All outstanding expenses must be paid, and the Final Fiscal Report must be submitted via IntelliGrants within 30 days of September 30, 2024.
- Proof of payment for all expenses must be provided with the Final Fiscal Report. Any expenses that have not been paid within 30 days after September 30, 2024, will not be reimbursed. Late fiscal and programmatic reports will not be accepted.
- Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to apply for this solicitation.
- However, other entities are eligible including nonprofit organizations, state agencies, and units of local government, if the proposal pertains to law enforcement and is an allowable activity under the solicitation.
- If selected, sub-recipients must protect the privacy and confidentiality of those being provided services and must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal.
- This is a reimbursement-based grant.
For more information, visit https://www.in.gov/cji/victim-services/vawa-stop/stop-for-law-enforcement/