OVW Fiscal Year 2024 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Expanding Legal Services Initiative

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
December 14th, 2023
Close Date
February 13th, 2024
Total Funding
$3,200,000.00
Award Ceiling
$400,000.00
Award Floor
$399,000.00
Expected No. Awards
8
Opportunity No.
O-OVW-2024-171905

Agency

Office on Violence Against Women (USDOJ-OJP-OVW)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Law, Justice and Legal Services

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is offering the OVW Fiscal Year 2024 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Expanding Legal Services Initiative. This grant program aims to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The grant provides funds for comprehensive direct legal services to victims in legal matters related to or arising from the abuse or violence they have experienced. The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Program covers a wide range of legal assistance, including family, tribal, territorial, immigration, employment, administrative agency, housing matters, campus administrative, or protection or stay away order proceedings, and other similar matters. It also includes criminal justice investigations, prosecutions, and post-trial matters that impact the victim's safety and privacy. Additionally, alternative dispute resolution, restorative practices, or other processes intended to promote victim safety, privacy, and autonomy are covered. The grant also supports post-conviction relief proceedings in state, local, Tribal, or territorial court where the conviction of a victim is related to or arising from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sex trafficking. The Expanding Legal Services Initiative (ELSI) under the LAV Grant Program aims 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 financial and programmatic conditions are met. The grant has an award ceiling of $400,000 and an award floor of $399,000. The estimated total program funding is $3,200,000, and it is expected that eight awards will be granted. The grant does not require cost sharing or matching. Eligible applicants for this grant are limited to private nonprofit entities, territorial organizations, Indian tribal governments, and tribal organizations in the United States or U.S. territories. For more information on eligibility, please refer to the Eligibility Information section of the solicitation. The closing date for this grant opportunity is February 13, 2024. For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, interested parties can email OVW at OVW.LAV@usdoj.gov or call OVW at 202-307-6026. More information can be found in the full announcement available at this link.

Description

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 victims (ages 11 and older) of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking 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” includes assistance to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in: a) family, tribal, territorial, immigration, employment, administrative agency, housing matters, campus administrative, or protection or stay away order proceedings, and other similar matters; b) criminal justice investigations, prosecutions, and post-trial matters (including sentencing, parole, and probation) that impact the victim’s safety and privacy; c) alternative dispute resolution, restorative practices, or other processes intended to promote victim safety, privacy, and autonomy; and d) post-conviction relief proceedings in state, local, Tribal, or territorial court where the conviction of a victim is related to or arising from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or sex trafficking. 34 U.S.C. § 12291(a)(24)(C). 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 financial and programmatic conditions are met.

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