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

To develop and strengthen effective security and investigation strategies to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campuses, and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving such crimes against women on campuses, which may include partnerships with

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local criminal justice authorities and community-based victim services agencies.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of previously funded activities include: creating a sexual assault and domestic violence community task force, which includes representatives from campus and community organizations, as well as local police and victim services agencies; educating resident assistants, incoming students, sorority and fraternity members, athletes and university staff about violence against women and consequences for offenders; training for student health center doctors and nurses and Medical Center emergency room staff on responding to domestic violence; training campus judicial board members on violence against women; training campus and local law enforcement on responding to and investigating violence against women on campus; and providing prevention education to incoming students.


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories




Program Accomplishments

FY 2007 Applications: 117; Awards: 17; FY 08: Applications: 131, Awards: 21; FY 09: est. Applications: 131, Awards: 15.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for one or more of the following statutory program purpose areas: (1) To provide personnel, training, technical assistance, data collection, and other equipment with respect to the increased apprehension, investigation, and adjudication of persons committing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.

(2) To develop and implement campus policies, protocols, and services that more effectively identify and respond to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to train campus administrators, campus security personnel, and personnel serving on campus disciplinary or judicial boards on such policies, protocols, and services.(3) To implement and operate education programs for the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

(4) To develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services programs on the campuses of the institutions involved, including programs providing legal, medical, or psychological counseling, for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to improve delivery of victim assistance on campus.

To the extent practicable, such an institution shall collaborate with any entities carrying out nonprofit and other victim services programs, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victim services programs in the community in which the institution is located.

If appropriate victim services programs are not available in the community or are not accessible to students, the institution shall, to the extent practicable, provide a victim services program on campus or create a victim services program in collaboration with a community-based organization.

The institution shall use not less than 20 percent of the funds made available through the grant for a victim services program provided in accordance with this paragraph.

(5) To create, disseminate, or otherwise provide assistance and information about victims' options on and off campus to bring disciplinary or other legal action, including assistance to victims in immigration matters.

(6) To develop, install, or expand data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking campus security to the local law enforcement for the purpose of identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions with respect to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.

(7) To provide capital improvements (including improved lighting and communications facilities but not including the construction of buildings) on campuses to address the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

(8) To support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel, and local law enforcement to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 that are in compliance with the campus crime reporting requirements set forth in 20 U.S.C.

1092 (f) as amended by Public Law 105-244, 112 Stat.

1581, Sec.

486 (e) (1998).

A consortia of institutions of higher education may also apply for these grants provided that each individual consortium member is also eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Institutions of higher education.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must certify that they are in compliance with the campus crime reporting requirements set forth in 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f) as amended by Public Law 105-244, 112 Stat. 1581, Sec. 486 (e) (1998) In addition, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: 1) Collaborate with at least one nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services agency within the community and criminal justice or civil legal agencies 2) Create a coordinated community response to violence against women on campus 3) Establish a mandatory intervention and education campaign for all incoming students 4) Train campus police to respond effectively to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking 5) Train members of campus disciplinary boards to respond effectively to charges of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule) must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply through the on-line grants.gov portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. This program is subject to provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, an electronic notification will be sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

Contact the Office on Violence Against Women for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title III, Section 304, Pub. L. No. 109-162, 42 U.S.C. 14045b.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis and competitively selected.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Matching is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing to the costs of their projects. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 3 years. Funds are released on an as needed basis to the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Each grantee receiving funds under this Subpart shall submit semi-annual progress reports.

Upon completion of the grant period, the institution shall file a performance report explaining the activities carried out and including an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program.

In addition, grantee must provide the Office on Violence Against annual statistics on the numbers of victims served, gender, ethnicity, relationship to offender, type of victimization, language, disability, and the number of victims seeking services who were turned away for services.

Grantees must also submit quarterly financial reports.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

The award recipient must keep complete and accurate records on disposition of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0409-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $8,432,311; FY 08 est $6,537,812; and FY 09 est. $4,576,468.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$178,709 - $499,999; $311,324.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OJP Financial Guide is applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office on Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice, 800 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20530. Telephone: (202) 307-6026.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 and published program guidelines.



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