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Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Program

Program Overview

This discretionary grant program is designed to enhance services available to rural victims and children by encouraging community involvement in developing a coordinated response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. Eligible applicants are states, Indian tribes, local governments, and nonprofit, public or private entities, including tribal nonprofit organizations, proposing to serve rural areas or rural communities. Not less than 75 percent of the total funding available for the program is for eligible entities located in rural states. Depending on the size of appropriations, 25-40 percent is set aside for services that meaningfully address sexual assault.

As a result of VAWA 2000, all grant recipients are statutorily required to report on the effectiveness of their projects, and the Attorney General must report to Congress on the effectiveness of each grant program. Therefore, grantees funded under this program must collect and maintain data that measures their effectiveness. Grantees are required to submit a Semi-Annual Progress Report.


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