Oregon Department of Justice

Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

NEW Competitive Funding Opportunity Available as of August 14, 2015:

Request for Applications (RFA)

CVSD is seeking applications from eligible entities for the FY 2016 – 2017 Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) Competitive Request for Applications (RFA).  Approximately $600,000 will be distributed to eligible applicants to fund approximately 5-6 projects for the  January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017 grant period. 

Eligible applicants include

  • Nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations;
  • Tribal organizations; and
  • Governmental entities (cannot be part of the criminal justice system and must be able to offer a comparable level of confidentiality as a nonprofit entity that provides similar victim services)

In addition, all applicants must

  • provide services to individuals who have been victimized by sexual assault, without regard to the age of the individual;
  • be able to demonstrate that they provide population specific services; and
  • be able to demonstrate that they are, or are developing as, a population specific organization or program.

Funding Priorities

  • Enhance and strengthen meaningful access to population specific and culturally proficient services to adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault who are members of an underserved population, including services to family and household members of such victims and other non-offending individuals impacted by the victimization.
  • Direct funding to address one or more of the gaps identified in the 2014 Assessment of Services to Survivors of Sexual Assault Survey and the 2015 Sexual Assault Underserved Populations Survey: Advocacy Services, Counseling and Support Group Services, Emergency Financial Support Services, Medical and Legal Accompaniment, System Collaboration and Outreach, and other locally documented services gaps.
  • Direct funding to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of providing population specific services.
  • Enhance equitable distribution of grants and grant funds in rural areas.
  • Prioritize distribution of grants and grant funds to organizations that fully meet the criteria for population specific organizations.

Underserved Population Priorities

  • Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) priorities: communities of color, tribal, LGBT, individuals with disabilities, and Deaf individuals.
  • Additional CVSD priorities: immigrants and refugees, limited English proficient, elderly, and children/adolescents/teens.

Applicants may attend one of the two teleconference calls offered to provide clarification to the RFA.  The schedules are listed on page 4 of the RFA.  All applications must be completed in CVSD E-Grants and submitted by September 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM.  More information regarding the CVSD E-Grants system is available at: CVSD eGrants Applicant User Guide.

For information regarding this solicitation please contact:

Jeanette Ewald
Jeanette.Ewald@doj.state.or.us

Federal Civil Rights Requirementsederal Civil Rights Requirements

A Civil Rights Requirements page has been added under CVSD Grantee Information. This page provides information and links that will assist Grantees in complying with the civil rights laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in federally assisted programs or activities, the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) guidelines, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Plans (EEOP) that are required of recipients of SASP funding through the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD).

SASP Overview

The SASP Formula Grant Program was created by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to helping survivors heal from sexual assault trauma by funding organizations that provide services to survivors of sexual assault. SASP directs grant dollars to support rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organizations that provide core services, direct intervention, and related assistance for adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of such victims; and those collaterally affected by the victimization. Some of these services include:

  • 24-hour sexual assault hotlines

  • Crisis intervention services

  • Medical care, criminal justice and social support accompaniment and advocacy

  • Information and referral

  • Short-term individual and group support counseling

  • Culturally specific services including outreach activities for underserved communities

2014-2015 SASP Competitive Grant Awards were allocated through a competitive application process to fund six projects serving nine counties across the state. The following priorities were developed by the CVSD SASP Subcommittee and determined the projects that received funding:

  • Enhance and strengthen meaningful access to population specific and culturally proficient services to adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault who are members an underserved population, including services to family and household members of such victims and those collaterally affected by the victimization.

  • Direct funding to address one or more of the gaps identified in the Assessment of Services to Survivors of Sexual Assault Survey and the 2014 Sexual Assault Underserved Populations Survey: Advocacy Services, Counseling and Support Group Services, Emergency Financial Support Services, Medical and Legal Accompaniment, System Collaboration and Outreach, and other locally documented services gaps.

  • Direct funding to organizations that can demonstrate a track record of providing population specific services.

  • Enhance equitable distribution of grants and grant funds in rural areas.

All SASP must meet the 40-hour DOJ/DHS Training Requirement and designate a Lead Sexual Assault Advocate to support victim access to sexual assault services while ensuring that culturally specific services are made available to marginalized or underserved communities.

The SASP Subcommittee has also set a requirement that each funded project and any staff partially or fully funded by SASP must receive an additional 24 hours of advanced sexual assault training. Training on population- and culturally-specific services and practices may substitute for a portion of the required training hours.

For more information please contact:

Jeanette Ewald, Fund Coordinator
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096
Jeanette.Ewald@doj.state.or.us
503-378-6881