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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Crime Victim Services to Minority Communities

Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations

GrantWatch ID# 178271
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.889
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171482
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/02/23
Deadline: 02/27/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 03/02/23 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations for the development and implementation of services for minority and underserved victims of domestic and gender-based violence. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support coordinated community responses that hold offenders accountable and serve victims.

The Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program (Underserved Program) (CFDA# 16.889) provides funding to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at, and provide victim services to, adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations. Survivors from underserved populations face challenges in accessing comprehensive and effective victim services that are accessible, culturally relevant, and responsive. As a result, survivors from underserved communities often do not receive appropriate services. The Underserved Program supports projects that address these gaps. Funds may be used to: develop or enhance population specific victim services; develop or enhance outreach strategies to reach underserved survivors; build the capacity of population specific organizations to serve survivors of these crimes; build the capacity of victim service providers to provide victim services that are population specific; train and educate community partners and the criminal justice system on the needs of survivors from underserved populations; and develop culturally and linguistically appropriate materials for underserved survivors. 

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 20123(d), funds under this program must be used for the purpose of providing or enhancing population specific outreach and services to adult and youth victims in one or more underserved populations, including:

  1. Working with federal, state, tribal, territorial and local governments, agencies, and organizations to develop or enhance population specific services.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of underserved populations to provide population specific services.
  3. Strengthening the capacity of traditional victim service providers to provide population specific services.
  4. Strengthening the effectiveness of criminal and civil justice interventions by providing training for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other court personnel on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations.
  5. Working in cooperation with an underserved population to develop and implement outreach, education, prevention, and intervention strategies that highlight available resources and the specific issues faced by victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from underserved populations.
  6. Providing population-specific training to social and human services providers. 


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
501(c)(3) Status: Any entity that is eligible for this program based on its status as a nonprofit organization must be an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that Code. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(16)(B)(i).

Eligible applicants are limited to: population specific organizations or victim service providers that are: (1) Deaf programs (2) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organizations, (3) Religious minority organizations, and (4) Disability programs as further defined in the solicitation.

Activities that Compromise Victim Safety and Recovery or Undermine Offender Accountability: 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. Applications that propose any such activities may receive a deduction in points during the review process or may be eliminated from consideration. Information on activities that compromise victim safety and recovery or undermine offender accountability may be found in the Solicitation Companion Guide.

Ineligible Entities and Disqualifying Factors can be found at

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Proposal Conference
OVW will conduct a web-based pre-application information session. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period. The session is tentatively scheduled for February 2, 2023.

Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, contact the Underserved Program. Registration must be received at least three days prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email. The webinar will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program as soon as possible, but no later than January 19, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: February 27, 2023 11:59 PM ET
- Application JustGrants Deadline: March 02, 2023 9:00 PM ET
- OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2023.

Organizations applying for the first time for federal funding must complete a multi-step registration process with the following systems: System for Award Management (SAM),, and JustGrants (after successful SAM and registrations).

Applications will be submitted to OVW in two steps:
Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in -

Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OVW encourages applicants to review the Solicitation Companion Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

Letter of Intent:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by February 2, 2023. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

A detailed timeline can be found at

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 15 awards

Estimated Size of Grant
This program typically makes awards in the range of $550,000 - $600,000.

Term of Contract
The award period is 36 months. Budgets must reflect 36 months of project activity, and the total “estimated funding” on the SF-424 must reflect 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit Letter of Intent to

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

For technical assistance with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or

For technical assistance with JustGrants, contact OVW JustGrants Support at 1-866-655-4482 or

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