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The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) currently administers 25 grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and subsequent legislation. Four programs are “formula,” meaning the enacting legislation specifies how the funds are to be distributed. The remaining programs, including six formerly authorized programs that still have open or active grants, are “discretionary,” meaning OVW is responsible for creating program parameters, qualifications, eligibility, and deliverables in accordance with authorizing legislation. These grant programs are designed to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.

The most recent OVW solicitations are included below. To review the complete list of OVW open solicitations, click here. For additional grant writing resources, including instructions on how to apply, grant writing tips, and sample documents, visit the OVW How to Apply page.

The Restorative Justice Response to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Dating Violence on Campus Demonstration Initiative Solicitation

This solicitation is for phase one of a two phase demonstration initiative designed to develop and pilot test a restorative justice framework for college and university campuses. The goal of this demonstration initiative is to develop an effective RJ framework in the campus setting to enhance current student conduct processes. To be considered effective, the framework to be developed must empower victims by providing options for addressing the harm they have experienced, improve campuses’ capacity to fully remedy the harms that these crimes cause to victims and the broader campus community, and increase offenders’ accountability for rectifying these harms and preventing recurrence.

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The Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program

The Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Developing campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations. Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting effective, culturally relevant policies and protocols, developing victim services and advocacy programs, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims.

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The Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies

The Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men Program provides the opportunity for communities to increase collaboration among non-profit victim service providers, community service organizations including those focused on engaging men as role models, schools, tribes and tribal governments, and local government agencies to enhance prevention, intervention, and response efforts in addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in children, youth and young adults ages 0-24.

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