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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, and Territorial Organizations for Programs to Benefit Victims of Violence

Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program Expanding Legal Services Initiative

GrantWatch ID# 207258
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVW-2023-171487
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: 01/26/23
Deadline: 03/06/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 03/08/23 9:00 PM ET - JustGrants Deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and territorial organizations to establish programs to benefit victims of violence. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to benefit victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 20121. The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program (CFDA 16.524) is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth (ages 11 to 24) victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault, by providing funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. “Legal assistance” is assistance in: a) divorce, parental rights, child support, tribal, territorial, immigration, employment, administrative agency, housing, campus, education, healthcare, privacy, contract, consumer, civil rights, protection or other injunctive proceedings, related enforcement proceedings, and other similar matters; b) criminal justice investigations, prosecutions, and post-conviction matters (including sentencing, parole, and probation) that impact the victim’s safety, privacy, or other interests as a victim; c) alternative dispute resolution, restorative practices, or other processes intended to promote victim safety, privacy, and autonomy, and offender accountability, regardless of court involvement; or d) post-conviction relief proceedings in state, local, Tribal, or territorial court, with respect to a conviction of a victim relating to or arising from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sex trafficking victimization of the victim. 

The LAV Grant Program’s Expanding Legal Services Initiative (ELSI) is intended to enable eligible organizations that do not currently offer legal services to establish a program that provides legal representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Organizations funded under this solicitation may be eligible for up to five years of funding, two years under this solicitation and an additional three years of noncompetitive funding, provided certain conditions are met. 

For information about funding purpose and priorities, see the following link:


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have 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
Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 20121(c), the following entities are eligible to apply for this
1. Private nonprofit entities.
2. Indian tribal governments, including tribal consortia. A “tribal government” is the governing body of an Indian tribe or 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. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(43).
3. Tribal organizations. A “tribal organization” is the governing body of any Indian tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body of a tribe or tribes to be served, or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities; or any tribal nonprofit organization. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(45). A “tribal nonprofit organization” is a victim services provider that has as its primary purpose to assist Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and that has staff and leadership with a demonstrated history of assisting American Indian or Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(44).
4. Territorial organizations. For the purposes of this solicitation, a “territorial organization” is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking within a United States Territory, which includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Eligible applicants are limited to the entities above that:
1. Has their mission or purpose serve victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The organization may be a larger multi-service organization that does not solely address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking but has a distinct division or program that that has the mission or purpose of serving victims of these crimes; and
2. Do not currently offer in-house legal representation services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking by attorneys who are employed by the lead applicant.

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 (see “Faith-Based Organizations” on the OVW website for more information).

For information about out of scope activities, see the following link:

For information about ineligible entities and disqualifying activities, see:

For information on 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 19, 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 LAV Grant program at the contact information listed below.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: March 06, 2023 11:59 PM ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: March 08, 2023 9:00 PM ET

Applicants intending to apply for FY 2023 funding under this program are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent. The letter should state that the applicant is registered and current with SAM and with The letter should be submitted to OVW by January 26, 2023.

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

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).

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.

Organizations that have applied for funding previously must ensure their accounts with SAM,, and JustGrants are active and up to date.

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For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $400,000.00

Term of Contract
The award period is 24 months. Budgets must reflect 24 months of project activity, and the total “estimated funding” on the SF-424 must reflect 24 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit letters of intent to

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

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