OVW Technical Assistance Initiative

To provide communities with critical resources that help them forge partnerships across agencies and disciplines to respond effectively to violent crimes against women.

OVW's Technical Assistance Program was created to provide grantees with the expertise and support they need to develop and implement

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successful local projects, increase victim safety, and bolster offender accountability.

Grantees participate in educational initiatives, conferences, peer-to- peer consultations, and targeted assistance that allow them to learn from experts and one another about how to overcome obstacles and incorporate promising practices in their efforts to address violence against women.

In addition, the Technical Assistance Program focuses on building the capacity of national criminal justice and victim advocacy organizations to effectively address violent crimes against women and examine issues of special interest to OVW and its constituents.

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.


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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

OVW funds a constellation of technical assistance projects to support the activities of its grantees and to forge partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Grantees learn from national experts and each other how best to develop and implement locally responsive programs.

OVW encourages applicants to the Technical Assistance Program to design educational initiatives that are interactive and experiential and that seek to change values and attitudes that have traditionally prevented victim advocates and criminal justice professionals from responding effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Applicants proposing education programs must detail the adult education methods they will use to promote new insight, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the individuals with whom they propose to work.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are nonprofit national, tribal and statewide organizations and institutions of higher education.

In rare circumstances, state/local government agencies or local nonprofits may be eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are organizations or individuals partnered with organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

Specific criteria for the program are provided in an annual solicitation available at www.justice.gov/OVW. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is 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 OVW.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162, Section 3(a), 42 U.S.C. §13925(b)(11).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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

Appeals

No statutory rights of appeal.

Renewals

Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

24-36 months. Funds are released on an as needed basis to the grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0409-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $36,638,163; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program solicitations can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs. Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grantees.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Tia Farmer 145 N. St. NE, Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: tia.farmer@usdoj.gov Phone: 202-305-1177

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and are included in an annual soliciation.



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