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Violence Against Women Act Court Training and Improvement Grants

Number: 16.013
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Violence Against Women Office

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
16.013 Violence Against Women Act Court Training and Improvement Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice
Authorization (040):
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Title I, Section 105, Public Law 109-162, 42 U.S.C. 14043a.
Objectives (050):
To improve court responses to adult and youth domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used for the following statutory program purposes: (1) improved internal civil and criminal court functions, responses, practices, and procedures; (2) education for court-based and court-related personnel on issues relating to victims' needs, including safety, security, privacy, confidentiality, and economic independence, as well as information about perpetrator behavior and best practices for holding perpetrators accountable; (3) collaboration and training with Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local public agencies and officials and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations to improve implementation and enforcement of relevant Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local law; (4) enabling courts or court-based or court-related programs to develop new or enhance current -- (A) court infrastructure (such as specialized courts, dockets, intake centers, or interpreter services); (B) community-based initiatives within the court system (such as court watch programs, victim assistants, or community-based supplementary services); (C) offender management, monitoring, and accountability programs; (D) safe and confidential information-storage and -sharing databases within and between court systems; (E) education and outreach programs to improve community access, including enhanced access for underserved populations; and (F) other projects likely to improve court responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and (5) providing technical assistance to Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local courts wishing to improve their practices and procedures or to develop new programs.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Federal, State, tribal, territorial, or local courts or court-based programs; and national, State, tribal, territorial, or local private, nonprofit organizations with demonstrated expertise in developing and providing judicial education about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Courts and nonprofit organizations.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants must certify in writing that: (A) any courts or court-based personnel working directly with or making decisions about adult or youth parties experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking have completed or will complete education about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (B) any education program developed under section 14043 of this title has been or will be developed with significant input from and in collaboration with a national, tribal, State, territorial, or local victim services provider or coalition; and (C) the grantee's internal organizational policies, procedures, or rules do not require mediation or counseling between offenders and victims physically together in cases where domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking is an issue. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must apply on-line at the portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Requirements set forth in 28 CFR parts 66 and 70 and 2 CFR parts 225 and 230 apply.
Award Procedure (093):
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 electronically by an authorized official and returned to OVW.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal dollars by contributing to the cost of the project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Information regarding length of awards will be included in an annual solicitation for the program. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Quarterly financial reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the OVW Financial 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. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 11 $2,500,977; FY 12 est $2,607,255; and FY 13 est $2,607,255
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range: $50,000 - $ 341,054
Average: $227,362.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2011: FY11:
40 applications
11 awards. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
The OVW Financial Guide is applicable.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Christina Murray 145 N Street, NE, Washington DC, District of Columbia 20530 Email: Phone: 2023070344
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and included in an annual solicitation.