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Grants to USA Agencies, Tribes, and Nonprofits, to
Provide Shelter for Abuse Victims and their Animals

Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Conf. Date:

05/26/22

Deadline Date:

06/13/22 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 06/27/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local, tribal, and state government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and animal welfare organizations to provide shelter for domestic abuse victims and their companion animals. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations prior to applying. Applicants may apply for large or mini awards.

The decision to leave an abusive situation can be made ever more difficult for the victim when it involves leaving a pet behind. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 71% of petowning women entering domestic violence shelters reported that the abuser threatened, harmed, or killed the family pet. Animal abuse can also be an indicator of domestic violence and is an early warning sign of concurrent or future violence.

This grant program will enable domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly so that victims of domestic violence and their pets may seek safe shelter together. A large majority of domestic violence shelters do not allow pets, and the reasons for this may vary. Therefore, this program will provide funding for those shelters that want to be able to house domestic violence victims and their pets. Examples of program activities include purchasing kennels; installing pet amenities; partnering with veterinarians to provide species-specific medical care; housing relocation; pet boarding; shelter modifications; and other activities related to providing services to support housing domestic violence victims and their pets together.

The purpose of this program, per 34 U.S.C. 20127(b)(3), is to support projects that provide the following:

  • Emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with companion animals, including modifications to existing structures to provide for housing animals and the operating expenses of newly developed or existing emergency and transitional companion animal shelters for companion animals, regardless of whether such shelter is co-located at a victim housing service provider or is elsewhere within the community. (Note: Minor modifications or renovations to existing structures are permissible under this program. Construction involving the breaking of new ground is not permissible under OVC’s authorizing statute.)
  • Short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with companion animals, including expenses incurred for the temporary shelter, housing, boarding, or fostering of their companion animals and other expenses that are incidental to securing the safety of such an animal during the sheltering, housing, or relocation of such victims.
  • Support services designed to enable persons who are fleeing a situation of domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with the victim’s companion animal; safe accommodations for the victim’s companion animal; or companion animal-related services, such as transportation, care services, and other assistance.
  • Training for relevant stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; the needs of victims of domestic violence; best practices for providing support services to such victims; best practices for providing such victims with referrals to victim services; and the importance of confidentiality. 

Grantees will make the housing and supportive services described above available to a victim for a period of not more than 24 months, which may be extended an additional 6 months in the case of a victim who has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing for themselves and the victim’s companion animal during that 24-month period and has been unable to acquire permanent housing within that period. 

Note: Mini awards under this category are designed for shelters and other transitional housing services for victims of domestic violence and their companion animals that may be seeking funding only for smaller purchases such as kennels, cages, crates, pet supplies, beds, and other items that may be necessary to housing domestic violence victims and pets together. 

Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Timeline can be found at https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2022/o-ovc-2022-171309.pdf#page=7.

OJP Priority Areas can be found at https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2022/o-ovc-2022-171309.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189218

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Additional Information
- Category 1 awards will be up to $400,000 each;
- Category 2 awards will be up to $100,000 each.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Other:
- Units of local government
- Indian tribes
- Any other organization that has a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including - a domestic violence and sexual assault victim service provider; domestic violence and sexual assault coalition; any other nonprofit, nongovernmental organization.
- Any organization that works directly with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses and collaborates with any organization listed above, including- an animal shelter; an animal welfare organization.

For purposes of this solicitation, "state" means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 3:00–4:00 p.m., eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. Register for the webinar: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea72a03ea9d978467d47d34505d7aafbf

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Grants.gov Deadline: June 13, 2022 11:59 PM
- Application JustGrants Deadline: June 27, 2022 8:59 PM

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the Grants.gov deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. To register in Grants.gov, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at JustGrants.usdoj.gov. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OJP encourages applicants to review the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:
https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339908

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/iLUluT_3WcU

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Grants.gov Customer Support, or support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center by telephone at 800-851-3420 or TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. The OJP Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eastern time Monday-Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the solicitation closing date.

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVC-2022-171309

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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