#FundingFriday: Grants Supporting National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

In April, federal government agencies, along with a network of nonprofit organizations and individuals, have provided support and funding to raise awareness and prevent crimes of sexual assault.

This month is “an opportunity to underscore the scourge of sexual assault on our society and the trauma this violent crime imposes on its victims,” says Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson (OJP Works to Serve Victims of Sexual Assault, Office of Justice Programs Blog). Below are a range of federal funding opportunities that work to prevent future crimes and care for victims of sexual assault.

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Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project – Department of Justice (DOJ)

This Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. The competitively awarded state-level demonstration sites will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a collaborative and coordinated approach.

This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.


Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program – DOJ

The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office) Support for Adam Walsh Act Implementation Grant Program assists jurisdictions with developing and/or enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

SORNA was enacted to protect the public by establishing a comprehensive national system of standards for the registration and notification of convicted sex offenders. The SMART Office is interested in proposals that facilitate, enhance and maintain jurisdictional implementation of SORNA.


Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR) – DOJ

This National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant program will fund states, units of local government, and tribal governments to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). From the time an evidence SAK is collected to the time it leaves the laboratory and the case receives final disposition in court, the status and location of the SAK will be known.


Street Outreach Program – Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit.

This Administration for Children & Families (ACF) funding opportunity aids this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons.


Program to End Modern Slavery – Department of State (DOS)

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for grant funding to support Program to End Modern Slavery. Applicants are invited to submit innovative proposals describing how they will advance transformational programs and projects that seek to achieve a measurable and substantial reduction of the prevalence of modern slavery in targeted populations in priority countries or jurisdictions.