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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Courts to Improve Services for Families That Have Experienced Violence and Assault

Justice for Families Program

GrantWatch ID# 178273
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
CFDA Number: 16.021
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171466
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: 01/12/23
Deadline: 02/13/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 02/16/23 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, Tribal governments, courts, legal service providers, and victim service providers to improve services for families that have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, or allegations of child sexual abuse. Required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 12464. The Grants to Support Families in the Justice System Program (referred to as the Justice for Families Program) (CFDA # 16.021) was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) to improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program supports the following activities for improving the capacity of courts and communities to respond to families affected by the targeted crimes: court-based and court-related programs; supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training for people who work with families in the court system; civil legal services; and the provision of resources in juvenile court matters.

For Program Scope and Purpose Areas, see For OVW Priority Areas, see

For additional information about this program and related performance measures, including how awards contribute to the achievement of program goals and objectives, see:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are limited to: States, units of local government, courts (including juvenile courts), Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and victim service providers in the United States or U.S. territories.

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)(15)(B)(i).

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12464(a), the following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1. States, meaning any of the states and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands (34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(37)).
2. Units of local government, meaning any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state (34 U.S.C. §12291(a) (47)).
3. Courts (including juvenile courts), meaning any civil or criminal, tribal, and Alaska Native Village, federal, state, local or territorial court having jurisdiction to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, including immigration, family, juvenile, and dependency courts (34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(7)). This does not include prosecutors’ offices.
4. Indian tribal governments, meaning a tribe, band, pueblo, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.)), that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians or the governing body of an Indian tribe (34 U.S.C. § 12291(a) (43)).
5. Nonprofit organizations, meaning 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 such Code (34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(15)(B)(i)).
6. Legal services providers, meaning entities that provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This does not include for-profit organizations.
7. Victim service providers, meaning a nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organization or rape crisis center, including a state or tribal domestic violence and/or sexual assault coalition, that assists or advocates for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking victims, including a domestic violence shelter, faith-based organization or other organization, with a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(50). Victim service providers must provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking as one of their primary purposes and have a demonstrated history of effective work in this field. Organizations that provide supervised visitation and safe exchange services to families with a history of domestic violence are considered victim service providers. Culturally specific organizations, Tribal organizations, and population specific organizations serving underserved communities that meet the definition of 'victim service provider' are eligible to apply.

Faith Based and community organizations, including culturally specific organizations, tribal organizations, and population specific organizations, that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation.

Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 90.2(g), the following are not considered units of local government and are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant – police departments, pre-trial service agencies, district or city attorneys’ offices, sheriffs’ departments, probation and parole departments, and universities.

Applications submitted by ineligible entities or that do not meet all program eligibility requirements may not be considered for funding. In addition, an application deemed deficient in one or more of the following categories may not be considered for funding: 1. activities that compromise victim safety, 2. out-of-scope activities, 3. unallowable costs, 4. pre-award risk assessment, 5. completeness of application contents, and 6. timeliness. Failure to comply fully with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements (see Application and Submission section for more information on these requirements) will result in removal from consideration. An applicant with past performance issues, long-standing open audits, or an open criminal investigation also may not be considered for funding.

Note: Any nonprofit organization that holds money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in section 511(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is not eligible for a grant from this program. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(15)(B)(ii).

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. For more information and for Out-of-Scope Activities, see

For Funding Restrictions, see

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:
January 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Participation in a pre-application information session is optional and not a requirement to be eligible to apply.

To register, contact the Justice for Families Program at or at 202-307-6026. Registration must be received at least two 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 at or at 202-307-6026 as soon as possible, but no later than December 28, 2022.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: February 13, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: February 16, 2023 9:00 PM ET

Letter of Intent: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by January 12, 2023. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Registration: OVW encourages first time applicants to apply for funding. 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). Organizations that have applied for funding previously must ensure their accounts with SAM,, and JustGrants are active and up to date. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the registration process or ensure that all accounts are active and up to date by January 23, 2023.

Applicants must register with the systems listed below to successfully submit an application.
1. SAM. Registration with SAM includes receiving a UEI. (Average registration completion time – 2-3 weeks)
2. (Average registration completion time – 1 week)
3. JustGrants. Registration with SAM and must be completed before an applicant can register with JustGrants. (Average registration completion time – 3 days)
Note: registration time frames are estimates. Applicants experiencing registration challenges (including lengthy registration wait times) should refer to the “OVW Policy for Applicants Experiencing Technical Difficulties During the Registration and Submission Processes section of this solicitation for guidance on how to proceed.”

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 anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2023.

This program has no matching or cost-sharing requirement.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
OVW estimates that it will make up to 20 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
This program will make awards in the range of $600,000 - $700,000.

Funding levels under this program for FY 2023 are:
1. Standard projects: up to $600,000 for the entire 36 months.
2. Comprehensive projects: up to $700,000 for the entire 36 months.

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 Alternatively, interested parties may call OVW at 202-307-6026.

- Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with SAM should go to
- Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with should contact
- Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with JustGrants should contact

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