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National Tribal Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NTCSA)

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, IHE, or Tribal College
or University to Combat Crime Against Indigenous Women

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

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06/03/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, IHE, or tribal college or university for activities that assist Indigenous women who have fallen victim to violent crimes. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to provide technical support, educational programs, and training that enhance victim services and criminal and civil justice response relating to sexual assault on American Indian and Alaska Native women.

This program is authorized by Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260 (CDA #16.027). Beginning in 2012, Congress appropriated funds for a national clearinghouse to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) on issues related to sexual assault of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, designed to improve victim services for AI/AN sexual assault victims as well as increase offender accountability for such crimes.

Program Scope: The National Tribal Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault funding may be used to establish, sustain, and/or expand a repository that provides resources, training opportunities, educational materials, and TTA on issues relating to sexual assault of AI/AN women.

Purpose Areas:

Pursuant to Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260, funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Develop and maintain a website;
  • Provide TTA, including web-based training, regional, or national training, and/or on-site TTA, to a variety of audiences such as tribal and non-tribal victim service providers/organizations that work with significant numbers of AI/AN populations, both in Indian country and in urban areas (e.g., hospitals, schools, courts, victim and social services, law enforcement, prosecution offices, etc.);
  • Develop a project that addresses the unique cultural and traditional needs of AI/AN sexual assault victims; and
  • Develop and/or strengthen effective training to improve tribal medical responses (e.g., SANE programs), sexual assault advocacy, systemic responses to sexual assault (CCR, SART, etc.), and criminal justice responses.

Note: Applicants must be willing to work closely with OVW on the implementation of their projects, including the possibility of modifying project activities to more appropriately meet the needs of tribal communities and AI/AN victims.

OVW Priority Areas:

  • The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.
  • These values are also inherent in the grant programs supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As such, OVW is prioritizing support for projects that meaningfully address the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors, improve access to justice, enhance survivor safety, hold offenders accountable, and build a coordinated community response to violence against women. The National Tribal Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault was developed to address gaps in access to information, services, and justice experienced by AI/AN survivors of sexual assault.
  • FY 2021, funding priority under the National Tribal Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault will be given to applicants proposing innovative ways of reaching a national audience of entities addressing the sexual assault of AI/AN women, including tribal governments, tribal victim service providers, and tribal and non-tribal organizations within urban areas. Projects must demonstrate an understanding of the unique cultural and traditional needs of AI/AN sexual assault victims.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174482

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Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 24

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to:
(1) Nonprofit organizations with the capacity to provide nationwide tribal training and technical assistance (TTA): and
(2) Institutions of higher education, including tribal colleges and universities, with the capacity to provide nationwide tribal TTA.

Required Partnership: All applicants must demonstrate a meaningful partnership with a (1) nonprofit, nongovernmental Indian sexual assault victim services provider, such as a shelter program that provides sexual assault services or a rape crisis center; or (2) a nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal sexual assault coalition. Any tribal coalition applicant must partner with a nonprofit, nongovernmental Indian sexual assault victim services provider. A meaningful partnership must be demonstrated through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and described in the Proposal Narrative. At a minimum, the required partner must participate in the development of project deliverables and provide input about emerging issues and how any shifts in approach may impact AI/AN sexual assault victims, services, and tribal community responses.

Out-of-Scope Activities: The activities listed below are out of the program scope and will not be supported by this program’s funding. See also the list of unallowable costs in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation.
1. Research projects. Funds under this program may not be used to conduct research, defined in 28 C.F.R. § 46.102 as a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Surveys and focus groups, depending on their design and purpose, may constitute research and therefore be out-of-scope. Prohibited research does not include assessments conducted for internal improvement purposes only. For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the Solicitation Companion Guide.
2. Direct victim services and justice system interventions. OVW’s national tribal clearinghouse funds cannot support law enforcement activities, legal representation, direct services, or other interventions.
3. Applications focused on a single state, region, or local geographic community.
4. Project activities that do not address sexual assault, promote access to justice, build trust between law enforcement and communities (tribal and nontribal), or the specific cultural and traditional needs of AI/AN women.

Unallowable costs can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: June 03, 2021 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: June 10, 2021 11:59 PM
- OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2021.

Registration: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register online with SAM and with immediately, but no later than May 26, 2021.

Submission: Applications for this program will be submitted through a NEW two-step process: (1) submission of the SF-424 and SF-LLL in and (2) submission of the full application including attachments in the Justice Grants System (JustGrants). Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but not later than 24-48 hours before the deadline.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM):
- Federal regulations require that an applicant for federal funding: (1) be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.
- The unique entity identifier that applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements are required to have is a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. A DUNS number is a unique, nine-character identification number provided by the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Once an applicant has applied for a DUNS number through D&B, its DUNS number should be available within two business days.
- If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. There is no fee associated with these processes. These processes cannot be expedited. OVW strongly discourages applicants from paying a third party to apply or register on their behalf in an attempt to expedite these processes. To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants must have obtained a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with no later than May 26, 2021.

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