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Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office on Violence against Women (OVW)


    The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. The Rural Program welcomes applications that propose innovative solutions to achieving this goal and encourages collaboration among criminal justice agencies, victim services providers, social services agencies, health professionals, and other community organizations to overcome the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and ensure that victim safety is paramount while providing services to victims. The Rural Program also recognizes the richness of diversity in rural communities and areas across the country, and encourages applicants to implement innovative approaches, through capacity-building and partnerships, to address the critical needs of victims in a manner that affirms a victims culture, effectively addresses language and communication barriers, and ensures accessible services for all victims.

    Funds under the Rural Program may be used for the following purposes:

    1. To identify, assess and appropriately respond to child, youth, and adult victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities, by encouraging collaboration among sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking victim service providers; law enforcement agencies; prosecutors; courts; other criminal justice service providers; human and community service providers; educational institutions; and health care providers, including sexual assault forensic examiners;
    2. To establish and expand nonprofit, nongovernmental, state, tribal, territorial, and local government victim services in rural communities to child, youth, and adult victims; and/or
    3. To increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities by:
      1. Dealing directly and immediately with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking occurring in rural communities; and
      2. Creating and implementing strategies to increase awareness and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.

    OVW will only fund applications that propose projects that implement a collaborative response, support victim services and/or create a direct response to these crimes in rural communities. Proposed projects must devote at least 70% of their project activities and budget to Rural Program purpose areas 1, 2 and/or 3(A). Applicants may apply to address purpose area 3(B), but no more than 30% of the project budget and activities may be dedicated to prevention and awareness activities.

    In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the following priority areas:

    • Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety.
    • Empower victims to become survivors
    • Increase efforts to combat stalking

    History of Funding

    For additional information on the Rural Program, including what past Rural Program grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Rural Program performance measures and reporting data, see

    Additional Information

    The following activities are outside of the program scope and will not be supported by Rural Program funding:
    • Research projects
    • Child abuse or family violence issues such as violence perpetrated by a child against a parent, or violence perpetrated by a sibling against another sibling;
    • Services to children for anything other than child sexual assault or services beyond ancillary services provided to a victims child when there is an inextricable link between a parents victimization and the childs need for services and in connection to providing victim services for the parent. For example, funds may be used to provide services to children of battered clients residing in a shelter; and
    • Education and prevention for students not specifically related to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking, such as bullying or character building educational programs.
    Further, the following costs are not allowable with Rural Program funding: Lobbying; Fundraising; Purchase of real property; Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting); and Construction.


    OVW Rural Grant Program Management

    OVW Rural Grant Program Management
    145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
    Washington, DC 20530
    (202) 307-6026

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include states; Indian tribes; territories; local governments; and non-profit entities, including tribal nonprofit organizations. Grant recipients that received new or supplemental/continuation funding for 36 months in FY 2018 or FY 2019 are NOT eligible to apply.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by January 27, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

    Award Details

    Up to $35,000,000 is available in FY 2020 for an estimated 50 awards. New applications may request up to $500,000. Continuation applications may request up to $750,000. Project periods extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2020. Cost sharing/matching is not required. 

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


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