OVW FY 2023 Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response Program Solicitation Now Open

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FY 2023 Solicitation Announcement

NOW OPEN: OVW's FY 2023 Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response Program Solicitation

The Grants to Improve the Criminal Justice Response Program (ICJR Program) encourages state, local, Tribal governments, and courts to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law, and to seek safety and autonomy for victims, by requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system.

The foundation of the ICJR Program is a Coordinated Community Response (CCR). A CCR brings together a diverse group of community partners to work together to address the widespread impact of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to provide multiple pathways to support, healing, and accountability for families.

Eligible applicants include states, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, tribal organizations, nongovernmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and victim service providers.

New This Year

The ICJR program has several changes for FY23 and below are two highlighted changes expanding the scope of the program. Please see the solicitation for all new program changes.

  • Applicants may now apply to support comprehensive civil legal services, outside of assistance seeking orders of protection. Applications that include civil legal services must limit direct civil legal services to no more than 30% of project activities.
  • Applicants may apply to two new purpose areas: developing statewide databases on sexual assault nurse examiners; and supporting alternative methods of reducing crime in communities that supplant “punitive” programs or policies (i.e., ones that penalize victims for requesting law enforcement or emergency assistance or because of criminal activity at a victim’s residence).

Important Dates and Information 

  • Application deadline for Grants.gov: April 20, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. ET
  • Application deadline for JustGrants: April 27, 2023 – 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Letter of Intent: April 6, 2023 
  • Pre-application call: March 30, 2023

To submit an application, all applicants must register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov. To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants should register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than April 10, 2023.

Contact: OVW.ICJR@usdoj.gov or 202-307-6026