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Culturally Specific Services Program

The Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Culturally Specific Services Program) supports culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims in a manner that affirms a victim’s culture.

Advocates report that survivors are more inclined to seek services from organizations that are familiar with their culture, language, and background and that there is no “one size fits all” approach to adequately address these critical needs. Culturally specific community-based organizations are more likely to understand the complex, multi-layered challenges and obstacles that victims from their communities face when attempting to access services. Culturally specific community-based organizations are also better equipped to form essential relationships and engage their communities in the creation and implementation of services relevant to the diverse and unique needs of the victims.

Eligible applicants are limited to: private nonprofit organizations for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks, or Hispanics.

In 2022, the Culturally Specific Services Program gave out 40 awards, totaling over $12.9 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.

This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 20124.

Culturally Specific Services Program Awards

Campesinos Sin Fronteras Somerton Arizona $375,000
Casa De La Familia Santa Ana California $300,000
Center For The Pacific-Asian Family, Inc. Los Angeles California $300,000
Centro La Familia Advacasy Service Fresno California $375,000
Narika Fremont California $300,000
Positive Results Corporation, The Los Angeles California $375,000
South Asian Network Artesia California $295,525
Kingdom Builders' Family Life Center Colorado Springs Colorado $267,293
Voces Unidas For Justice Colorado Springs Colorado $299,978
Ayuda Washington District of Columbia $300,000
La Clinica Del Pueblo, Inc. Washington District of Columbia $300,000
Nuevo Sendero Inc. Orlando Florida $300,000
Latin American Association, Inc. Atlanta Georgia $263,577
Raksha Inc. Atlanta Georgia $300,000
Tapestri Inc. Tucker Georgia $300,000
DVSA Communities Naperville Illinois $300,000
Kan-Win Park Ridge Illinois $374,926
Mujeres Latinas En Accion Chicago Illinois $300,000
Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer (L.U.N.A.) Des Moines Iowa $300,000
Northeast Native Network Of Kinship And Healing Incorporated, The Vineyard Haven Massachusetts $299,973
Alternatives For Girls Detroit Michigan $300,000
Centro Multicultural La Familia, Inc. Pontiac Michigan $375,000
Sisters Against Abuse Society Westland Michigan $300,000
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, Inc. Saint Paul Minnesota $300,000
SEWA-AIFW (Asian-Indian Family Wellness) Maple Grove Minnesota $375,000
Our House Inc. Greenville Mississippi $375,000
Organization For Refugee And Immigrant Success Manchester New Hampshire $300,000
Access Family Services Inc. Newark New Jersey $375,000
Casa Fortaleza Albuquerque New Mexico $375,000
Enlace Comunitario Albuquerque New Mexico $299,920
Hispanics United Of Buffalo Inc. Buffalo New York $300,000
In Our Own Voices Inc. Albany New York $375,000
New York Asian Women's Center, Inc. New York New York $300,000
Sakhi For South Asian Women New York New York $300,000
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. New York New York $300,000
Self Enhancement, Inc. Portland Oregon $375,000
Solo Por Hoy San Juan Puerto Rico $365,000
Saheli Austin Texas $375,000
Boat People S.O.S., Inc. Falls Church Virginia $300,000
Our Sisters House Inc. Tacoma Washington $375,000
  Total Award Amount   $12,966,192
  Total Number of Awards   40

Alaska Native Justice Center Inc Anchorage Alaska $300,000.00
Jenesse Center Inc Los Angeles California $300,000.00
Korean American Family Services, Inc., (KFAM) Los Angeles California $250,000.00
Latina Center, The Richmond California $300,000.00
Sahara South Asian Helpline & Referral Agency Artesia California $300,000.00
Progressive Life Center Washington District of Columbia $300,000.00
Caminar Latino Inc. Doraville Georgia $300,000.00
Ser Familia, Inc. Acworth Georgia $300,000.00
Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity Des Moines Iowa $300,000.00
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Inc. Boston Massachusetts $300,000.00
New Mexico Asian Family Center Albuquerque New Mexico $285,000.00
Korean-American Family Service Center, Inc., The Flushing New York $300,000.00
North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence Inc. Brooklyn New York $300,000.00
Sepa Mujer, Inc. Patchogue New York $300,000.00
Asian Services in Action, Inc. Akron Ohio $300,000.00
Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. Philadelphia Pennsylvania $299,247.00
Casa Juana Colon, Apoyo y Orientacion a La Mujer, Inc. Comerio Puerto Rico $300,000.00
CASALUZ Memphis Tennessee $299,992.00
Asians Against Domestic Abuse Inc (AADA) Houston Texas $300,000.00
Daya, Inc. (DAYA) Houston Texas $300,000.00
Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Incor Annandale Virginia $250,000.00
Api Chaya Seattle Washington $300,000.00
Wise Women Gathering Place Green Bay Wisconsin $300,000.00
  Total Award Amount   $6,784,239.00
  Total Number of Awards 23

Chicanos Por La Causa, Incorporated Phoenix Arizona $299,861
Asian Women's Shelter San Francisco California $300,000
Center for the Pacific-Asian Family, Incorporated Los Angeles California $300,000
East Los Angeles Women's Center Los Angeles California $300,000
Maitri Santa Clara California $300,000
My Sister's House Sacramento California $300,000
La Clinica del Pueblo, Incorporated Washington District of Columbia $300,000
Latin American Association, Incorporated Atlanta Georgia $300,000
Raksha, Incorporated Atlanta Georgia $300,000
KAN-WIN Park Ridge Illinois $299,958
Sisters Against Abuse Society Westland Michigan $299,912
In Our Own Voices, Incorporated Albany New York $300,000
New York Asian Women's Center, Incorporated New York New York $299,285
Sakhi for South Asian Women New York New York $299,954
Violence Intervention Program New York New York $300,000
Voces Latinas Corporation Jackson Heights New York $300,000
SEAMAAC, Incorporated Philadelphia Pennsylvania $300,000
Taller Salud, Incorporated Loiza Puerto Rico $225,000
Saheli, Incorporated Austin Texas $299,997
Our Sisters' House Tacoma Washington $300,000
Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Incorporated Eau Claire Wisconsin $280,000
United  Migrant Opportunity Services/UMOS, Incorporated Milwaukee Wisconsin $300,000
  Total Award Amount $6,503,967
  Total Number of Awards 22


For awards issued before 2020, you can visit our grant awards program page.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Culturally Specific Services Program, you can email us or call 202-307-6026.