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Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office on Violence against Women (OVW)


    The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims. The Rural Program also recognizes the richness of diversity in rural communities and areas across the country, and encourages applicants to implement innovative approaches, through capacity-building and partnerships, to address the critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms a victim's culture, effectively addresses language and communication barriers, and ensures accessible services for all victims.

    Funds under the Rural Program may be used for the following purposes:

    1. To identify, assess and appropriately respond to child, youth, and adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities, by encouraging collaboration among sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence 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;
    2. To establish and expand nonprofit, nongovernmental, state, tribal, territorial, and local government victim services in rural communities to child, youth, and adult victims; and/or
    3. To increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities by:
      1. Dealing directly and immediately with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking occurring in rural communities; and
      2. Creating and implementing strategies to increase awareness and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.
    4. To develop, expand, implement, and improve the quality of sexual assault forensic medical examination or sexual assault nurse examiner programs. 

    OVW will only fund applications that propose projects that implement a collaborative response, support victim services and/or create a direct response to these crimes in rural communities. Proposed projects must devote at least 70% of their project activities and budget to Rural Program purpose areas 1, 2 and/or 3(A). Applicants may apply to address purpose area 3(B), but no more than 30% of the project budget and activities may be dedicated to prevention and awareness activities.

    In FY 2023, OVW is interested in supporting the following priority areas:

    • Advance racial equity as an essential component of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
    • Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses. 

    History of Funding

    2021 awards can be viewed at: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/awards/fy-2021-ovw-grant-awards-program#Rural

    $33,404,213 was awarded to 44 projects. Recipients can be seen here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1534671/download

    For additional information on the Rural Program, including what past Rural Program grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Rural Program performance measures and reporting data, see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/ruralgraphs.htm.

    Additional Information

    The following activities are outside of the program scope and will not be supported by Rural Program funding:

    1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 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 (see Limited Use of Funds below). For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide 

    2. 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. 

    3. 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. 

    4. 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. 

    5. 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. 

    6. For projects providing legal assistance, representation in tort cases. 

    Applications that propose activities deemed to be substantially out-of-scope may receive a deduction in points during the review process or may be eliminated from consideration. 

    Further, the following costs are not allowable with Rural Program funding: Lobbying; Fundraising; Purchase of real property; Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting); and Construction.


    OVW Rural Grant Program Management

    OVW Rural Grant Program Management
    145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
    Washington, DC 20530
    (202) 307-6026

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:

    • States and territories 
    • Indian Tribes 
    • Local governments; and 
    • Nonprofit (public or private) entities, including tribal nonprofit organizations. 

    Note: Public nonprofit entities include state, tribal, territory, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies and courts.

    In FY 2023, OVW will accept applications for this program from the following: 

    New: Applicants that have never received funding under this program or whose previous funding under this program expired on or before March 8, 2022. 

    Continuation: Applicants that have an existing or recently closed (after March 8, 2022) award under this program. Recipients of FY 2021 and FY 2022 Rural Program awards are not eligible to apply. Continuation funding is not guaranteed. 

    Note: Current grantees with a substantial amount of unobligated funds remaining (50 percent or more of the previous award) as of March 31, 2023, without adequate justification may not be considered for funding or may receive a reduced award amount if selected for funding in FY 2023.  

    Deadline Details

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent to ovw.rural@usd oj.gov by March 27, 2023. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

    The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by April 11, 2023 at 11:59 pm. The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by April 18, 2023 at 9:00 pm. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $32,000,000 is available in FY 2023 for an estimated 55 awards. New applications may request up to $500,000. Continuation applications with a 75% or more focus on sexual assault are limited to $950,000 for the entire 36 months.  Project periods extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2023. Cost sharing/matching is not required. 

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