OVW Grants and Programs

About OVW Grant Programs  |  Formula Grant Programs Discretionary Grant Programs  
Formerly Authorized Grant Programs |  Awards by State and Program

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About OVW Grant Programs

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) currently administers 19 grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 and subsequent legislation. Four programs are "formula," meaning the enacting legislation specifies how the funds are to be distributed. The remaining programs are "discretionary," meaning OVW is responsible for creating program parameters, qualifications, eligibility, and deliverables in accordance with authorizing legislation. These grant programs are designed to develop the nation's capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.

Read a short piece on "Measuring the Effectiveness of Grants" or get the full Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Grants, 2014-2016 (PDF).  

See a 1-page list of OVW grant programs (PDF) or a 4-page list with descriptions of the programs (PDF). Click here for some tips on a strong grant application.

See staff responsible for each program on the grant program contacts page.   

For a list of State Administering Agencies that are awarded STOP Formula and Sexual Assault Services Formula Program funds, see the STOP Administrators Contact List page.

Formula Grant Programs

Discretionary Grant Programs

OVW also administers a Technical Assistance Program to provide OVW grantees with the training, expertise, and problem-solving strategies they need to meet the challenges of addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. OVW’s technical assistance projects offer in-person and online educational opportunities, peer-to-peer consultations, site visits and tailored assistance for OVW grantees and potential grantees. In more limited circumstances, OVW's technical assistance projects offer technical assistance to a small number of pilot sites through demonstration initiative or for assessments of newly developed training curricula or tools. 

Formerly Authorized Grant Programs

Updated December 16, 2022

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