OVW FY 2014 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program

OVW FY 2014 Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program – The Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), codified at 42 U.S.C. §14043g, and is the first federal funding stream dedicated solely to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. The SASP encompasses four different grant programs for the following entities: 1) states and territories; 2) tribes; 3) culturally specific organizations; and 4) state, territorial, and tribal sexual assault coalitions. Overall, the purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, non-offending family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.

The Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program (Tribal SASP) provides funding directly to tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services. Tribal agencies, organizations, and nonprofits provide critical and culturally relevant services that are specifically responsive to the needs of sexual assault victims within tribal communities. For additional information on the Tribal SASP, including what past Tribal SASP grantees have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the Tribal SASP performance measures, see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/sasptribalmain.htm.

Letter of Registration: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of registration to Melissa.Schmisek@usdoj.gov by February 19, 2014. Current Closing Date for Applications: March 12, 2014.