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Grants to USA Nonprofits for Crime Related Professional
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U.S. Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

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02/26/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for professional development and capacity building services in eligible areas. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed no less than four weeks prior to the application due date. Funding is intended to support technical support and training for victim service providers and justice system professionals that reduce crimes against women and promote victim safety.

OVW administers grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership on issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW grants support coordinated community responses to hold offenders accountable and serve victims. 

The primary purpose of the OVW Training and Technical Assistance Initiative (TA Initiative) is to provide direct technical assistance to existing and potential grantees and sub-grantees to enhance their efforts to successfully implement projects supported by OVW grant funds. OVW’s TA Initiative is designed to strengthen and build the capacity of civil and criminal justice system professionals and victim service providers across the nation to respond effectively to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address these crimes.

OVW Priority Areas:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
  2. Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency.
  3. Increase efforts to combat stalking.
  4. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

For eligible purpose areas, see

Mandatory Program Requirements - Applicants that receive funding under this program will be required to engage in the following activities:

  1.  OVW-sponsored training and technical assistance.
  2.  An OVW-sponsored assessment or program evaluation, if applicable.
  3.  A planning period with the recipient’s OVW program specialist and project partners. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185479

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This initiative typically makes awards in the range of $150,000 - $2,000,000.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2020
- Length of Award Period: 12 to 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to: National, tribal, statewide, or other nonprofit organizations with the capacity to provide nationwide training and technical assistance. In limited circumstances, OVW may support institutions of higher education and state, local, or tribal governments or governmental agencies (e.g., police departments, prosecutor’s offices, or probation departments), or local nonprofit organizations.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.

Activities listed below will require prior approval in order to be supported by grant funds:
1. Surveys, whether conducted as part of a program or needs assessment, or for any other purpose. Prior approval is necessary to determine whether the activity is within the scope of the award and meets the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act.
2. In-person events, such as conferences, trainings, meetings, roundtables, and on-site TTA.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions.

Not funded:

1. A project that does not sufficiently address one of the enumerated purpose areas.
2. Research projects (This does not include assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes (up to one percent of the award). For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the heading on this topic in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation and the Solicitation Companion Guide.)
3. Direct victim services and justice system interventions. OVW’s TA Initiative funds are intended to support educational and training opportunities and technical assistance for current and potential OVW grantees and sub-grantees. They cannot support law enforcement activities, legal representation, direct services, or other interventions.
4. Applications focused on a single state, region, or local geographic community, unless specified in the purpose areas.

For Unallowable Costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will post a pre-recorded Pre-Application Information Session on its website for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. Listening to this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not listen to the prerecorded session are still eligible to apply. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by January 2, 2020 on the OVW website The session will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this initiative’s POC at or at 202-307-6026 as soon as possible, but no later than January 8, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 26, 2020.

OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2020.

To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than January 29, 2020.

If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by January 29, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Submitting a Letter of Intent will not obligate a potential applicant to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

There are three categories of technical assistance in FY 2020: Competitive Targeted; Competitive Comprehensive; and Non-Competitive Comprehensive. Applicants must submit separate and distinct applications for each purpose area for which they are applying. For example, an applicant interested in applying to a purpose area to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) for law enforcement should submit a separate application if it also want to apply to a purpose area to provide trial advocacy and/or litigation skills training for attorneys.

OVW will consider only one application per organization in response to each purpose area in this solicitation. If an applicant submits multiple applications for a purpose area, OVW will review only the most recent system-validated version submitted before the deadline.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Those wishing to submit a Letter of Intent (encouraged) should submit it to

Applications for this program will be submitted through For technical support with, contact Applicant Support Line at 1-800-518-4726.

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, email OVW at the above email address or call OVW at 202-307-6026.

For financial questions, contact 1-888-514-8556 or

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