Grant Details

Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence & Stalking on Campus

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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 Campus Program encourages a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable. The funding supports activities that develop and strengthen trauma informed victim services and strategies to prevent, investigate, respond and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

    The development of campus-wide coordinated responses involving campus victim service providers, law enforcement/campus safety officers, health providers, housing officials, administrators, student leaders, faith-based leaders, representatives from student organizations, and disciplinary board members is critical. To be effective, campus responses must also link to local off-campus criminal justice agencies and service providers, including local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors offices, courts, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim advocacy and victim services organizations.

    Campuses are encouraged to create or revitalize large-scale efforts that treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as serious offenses by adopting effective policies and protocols, developing victim services and programs that prioritize victim safety, ensuring offender accountability, and implementing effective prevention approaches. Colleges and universities should demonstrate to every student that these crimes will not be tolerated, that perpetrators will face serious consequences, and that holistic services are available for victims. Funds under the Campus Program may be used for the following purposes:
    • To provide personnel, training, technical assistance, data collection, and other equipment with respect to the increased apprehension, investigation, and adjudication of persons committing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
    • To develop, strengthen, and implement campus policies, protocols, and services that more effectively identify and respond to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, including the use of technology to commit these crimes, and to train campus administrators, campus security personnel, and personnel serving on campus disciplinary or judicial boards on such policies, protocols, and services.
    • To implement and operate education programs for the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
    • To develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services programs and population specific services on the campuses of the institutions involved, including programs providing legal, medical, or psychological counseling, for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to improve delivery of victim assistance on campus. To the extent practicable, such an institution shall collaborate with victim service providers in the community in which the institution is located. If appropriate victim services programs are not available in the community or are not accessible to students, the institution shall, to the extent practicable, provide a victim services program on campus or create a victim services program in collaboration with a community-based organization. The institution shall use not less than 20 percent of the funds made available through the grant for a victim services program provided in accordance with this paragraph, regardless of whether the services are provided by the institution or in coordination with community victim service providers.
    • To create, disseminate, or otherwise provide assistance and information about victims' options on and off campus to bring disciplinary or other legal action, including assistance to victims in immigration matters.
    • To develop, install, or expand data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking campus security to the local law enforcement for the purpose of identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions with respect to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus
    • To provide capital improvements (including improved lighting and communications facilities but not including the construction of buildings) on campuses to address the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
    • To support improved coordination among campus administrators, campus security personnel, and local law enforcement to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.
    • To develop or adapt and provide developmental, culturally appropriate, and linguistically accessible print or electronic materials to address both prevention and intervention in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
    • To develop or adapt population specific strategies and projects for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from underserved populations on campus.
    In FY 2018, OVW is interested in supporting the priority areas:
    • Strengthen coordinated community response and multi-disciplinary teams for community colleges.
    • Meaningfully increase access to OVW programming for specific underserved populations.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

      Funds may not be used for:
      • Research projects (This does not include program assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes);
      • Projects that focus primarily on alcohol and substance abuse;
      • Activities that focus primarily on sexual harassment;
      • Education or prevention programs for elementary and secondary students on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking;
      • Mandatory self-defense classes, or self-defense classes as the only means of providing prevention and education to students;
      • Theater performances that do not specifically address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking; or
      • Developing products and/or materials that are not specifically focused on the dynamics of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
      • Lobbying;
      • Fundraising;
      • Purchase of real property;
      • Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting) except those modifications outlined in purpose area 7 
      • Construction;
      • Providing victim assistance not directly related to the victimization;
      • Supporting Title IX Investigator or Coordinator position


      OVW Campus Program Management

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

    • Eligibility Details

      Eligible applicants are only institutions of higher education, as defined under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Grant recipients that received new or supplemental/continuation for the Campus Program funding for 36 months in FY 2016 and 2017 are NOT eligible to apply

      Deadline Details

      Applications are to be submitted by March 7, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 

      Award Details

      Up to $20,000,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY18. Up to 40 awards are expected to be made. Awards will be up to $300,000 for Individual Projects; up to $550,000 for two to five campus consortia; and up to $750,000 for five or more campus institutions. Awards will last for 36 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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