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Children and Youth & Engaging Men Program

The Children and Youth & Engaging Men (CYEM) Program supports comprehensive, community-based efforts that develop and expand prevention, intervention, treatment, and response strategies to address the needs of children and youth impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, the CYEM Program focuses on boys’ and men’s roles in ending violence against women by supporting projects that create educational programming and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through its grant awards, the CYEM Program aims to build safe, supportive, and accountable communities by preventing physical and sexual violence.

The CYEM program releases two separate solicitations under one program: 1) Children and Youth (CY) and 2) Engaging Men (EM).

The CY solicitation seeks applications that address one of three purpose areas:

  • Services and Training to Address Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (ages 0-10)
  • Creating Safer Communities for Youth: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Response Services for Youth Impacted by Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (ages 11-24); or
  • Providing School-Based Services: Prevention, Intervention, and Response to Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (ages 5-19).

The EM solicitation seeks applications that develop and implement strategies that engage, mobilize, and empower men and boys at individual, group, relational, and societal levels to serve as role models, positive influencers, change agents, and mentors to address and prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Eligible applicants are: nonprofit, nongovernmental entities; tribal organizations; Indian tribal governments; and units of local government or agencies of units of local government in the United States or U.S. territories.

In 2023, the CYEM program gave out 30 awards totaling $12.95 million.

Once posted, the solicitation to apply for this program can be found on OVW’s website. Members of the public can also sign up for notifications on that website, and grant announcements are posted to OVW’s Twitter.

Since FY 2012, this program has been authorized by federal appropriations acts, which consolidated four previously authorized and appropriated programs into one comprehensive program.

Children and Youth Program Awards

Center For Community Solutions San Diego California $500,000
Peace Over Violence Los Angeles California $500,000
Raksha Inc Atlanta Georgia $500,000
The Partnership Against Domestic Violence Atlanta Georgia $500,000
Children's Home & Aid Society Of Illinois Chicago Illinois $500,000
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders In Solidarity Des Moines Iowa $500,000
Safe Voices Lewiston Maine $322,854
Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Inc. Newburyport Massachusetts $500,000
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. Springfield Missouri $499,893
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Owyhee Nevada $496,857
Day One New York New York $500,000
My Sisters Place White Plains New York $500,000
Retreat Inc. East Hampton New York $500,000
Young Women's Christian Association Of Schenectady Schenectady New York $500,000
Domestic Violence Center Of Chester County West Chester Pennsylvania $271,717
Womens Center Shelter Pittsburgh Pennsylvania $469,882
Casa Juana Colon, Apoyo Y Orientacion A La Mujer, Inc Comerio Puerto Rico $500,000
Citizens Against Physical And Sexual Abuse Inc Logan Utah $500,000
Umbrella Inc St Johnsbury Vermont $500,000
Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center Shelton Washington $500,000
  Total Award Amount   $9,561,203
  Total Number of Awards   20

Nest Foundation, Inc. Los Angeles California $500,000
Network For Victim Recovery In The District Of Columbia Washington District of Columbia $500,000
Columbus Regional Shelter For Victims Of Domestic Violence, Inc. Columbus Indiana $500,000
Domestic Violence Network Of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. Indianapolis Indiana $500,000
Community Health And Social Services Center, Inc. Detroit Michigan $499,947
Sanctuary For Families, Inc. New York New York $500,000
Community Violence Intervention Center, Inc. Grand Forks North Dakota $500,000
A Woman's Place Doylestown Pennsylvania $498,379
Compass Center, The Sioux Falls South Dakota $500,000
Youth And Family Services Inc. Rapid City South Dakota $499,999
Safe Alliance, The Austin Texas $500,000
Alexandria, City Of Alexandria Virginia $500,000
Fairfax County Virginia Fairfax Virginia $500,000
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Renton Washington $499,997
Child Protect Of Mercer County Inc. Princeton West Virginia $500,000
Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc. Milwaukee Wisconsin $500,000
  Total Award Amount   $7,998,322
  Total Number of Awards   16

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Phoenix Arizona $500,000.00
Center for the Pacific-Asian Family, Inc Los Angeles California $499,976.00
Stanislaus Family Justice Center Foundation Modesto California $457,177.00
Weave Inc. Sacramento California $500,000.00
Be Strong International, Inc. Palmetto Bay Florida $500,000.00
Columbus Regional Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc. Columbus Indiana $195,100.00
New Orleans, City of New Orleans Louisiana $499,175.00
Caring Unlimited Corporation Sanford Maine $497,183.00
Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center Harrison Michigan $500,000.00
Center For Family Svcs, Inc. Camden New Jersey $500,000.00
Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, The New York New York $499,096.00
Helpmate, Incorporated Asheville North Carolina $500,000.00
Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc. Hugo Oklahoma $500,000.00
Sojourner House, Inc Providence Rhode Island $500,000.00
Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries Fresno Texas $500,000.00
Steps to End Domestic Violence, Inc. Burlington Vermont $499,945.00
  Total Award Amount   $7,647,652.00
  Total Number of Awards 16


Engaging Men Program Awards

Tucson Centers For Women & Children Tucson Arizona $350,000
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Inc Glastonbury Connecticut $315,000
Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault And Family Violence Hagatna Guam $350,000
The Center For Hope & Healing Inc Lowell Massachusetts $315,000
Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Dowagiac Michigan $350,000
Justice Innovation Inc New York New York $350,000
The Korean-American Family Service Center Inc Flushing New York $350,000
Young Women's Christian Association Of Northwest Ohio, The Toledo Ohio $350,000
The Sexual Assault Resource Agency Charlottesville Virginia $315,000
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Laramie Wyoming $350,000
  Total Award Amount   $3,395,000
  Total Number of Awards   10

Aid To Victims Of Domestic Abuse Inc. Delray Beach Florida $350,000
Gang Alternative, Inc. North Miami Florida $350,000
Tapestri Inc. Tucker Georgia $233,333
Rockford, City Of Rockford Illinois $349,998
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Chicago Illinois $350,000
Shalom Task Force, Inc. New York New York $350,000
Vera House Inc. Syracuse New York $350,000
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Warwick Rhode Island $350,000
YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee Nashville Tennessee $350,000
  Total Award Amount   $3,033,331
  Total Number of Awards   9

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County Santa Ana California $350,000.00
Turnaround Inc TOWSON Maryland $350,000.00
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Cambridge Massachusetts $350,000.00
Casa Protegida Julia De Burgos San Juan Puerto Rico $350,000.00
  Total Award Amount   $1,400,000.00
  Total Number of Awards 4


For awards issued before 2021, you can visit our grant awards program page.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Children and Youth & Engaging Men Program, you can email us or call 202-307-6026.