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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Cities Encouraged to Apply for Federal DOJ & Art Development Funding

January 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are offering several grant opportunities of interest to cities and local governments.
 
The League strongly encourages cities review the opportunities listed below and apply for these beneficial funds.

U.S. Department of Justice Grants
 
The Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) is offering the following opportunities:
  • The Justice for Families Program was authorized in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 to improve the response to all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system for families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The program includes purpose areas previously authorized under the Safe Havens and the Courts Programs, along with new purpose areas and applicant requirements. The program has an estimated $15.5 million in funding with award floor and ceiling limits set at $50,000 and $400,000 respectively. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due Jan. 23.   
  • The Transitional Housing Assistance Grant Program for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault Program (Transitional Housing Assistance Program) focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Grants in this program support projects that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance and related supportive services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of flexible and optional services that reflect the differences and individual needs of victims in addition to allowing victims to choose the course of action that is best for them. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due Feb. 18.  
  • The Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program furthers the DOJ’s mission by encouraging state, local and tribal governments as well as state, local (including juvenile) and tribal courts to treat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system and community-based victim service organizations. The program has an estimated $50 million in funding with award ceiling limits set at $900,000. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due Feb. 19.     
  • The Technical Assistance Program provides direct technical assistance to existing and potential grantees and sub-grantees to enhance and support their efforts to successfully implement projects supported by OVW grant funds. In addition, OVW is focused on building the capacity of criminal justice and victim services organizations to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as well as to foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address violence against women. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due March 6.  
National Endowment for the Arts Grants
  • The purpose of the Art Works program is to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Art Works refers to three things: the works of art themselves; the ways art works on audiences; and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. This program supports works or projects that meet these criteria. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due Feb. 20.  
  • The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth and seniors) does not qualify a group as being underserved and at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Matching grants are for $10,000. Grant information and application guidelines are available online. Grant applications are due May 8.


 
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