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Solicitation Companion Guide | Resources for Applicants | Program Specific Resources

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) invites you to apply for our programs. Submit your application to Please carefully review and follow the instructions that follow.

  1. Go to This will take you to the home page. If you already have a account, you may search for grant opportunities. If you do not have a account, go to the Get Registered link on the right hand side of the home page, select to register as an Organization or an Individual, and follow the steps outlined to register in
  2. To search for grant opportunities, go to the Find Grant Opportunities link on the left side of the home page. Select Browse by Agency. Select Department of Justice. All available Department of Justice grant opportunities will be displayed. Click on Close Date or Agency to sort the search results.
  3. Find the program for which you wish to apply and then click on the Opportunity Title to view a synopsis of the grant opportunity. Click on the Application link on the upper right hand side to download the application package from Click the download link on the pop-up screen. Click Download Application Package on the pop-up screen.
  4. Follow the instructions at the bottom of page 1 of the application package to complete the application package. On the application package, required fields are highlighted in yellow.
  5. Your opportunity to submit your application in ends at 11:59 p.m. E.T., on the due date for the selected program. You must submit in within the specified dates and within the specified times. There are no other opportunities for you to submit an application.

Access the Applicant Resources section for tools and documents to help applicants navigate the system.

If you have technical questions regarding, contact the Contact Center at 800-518-4726 or (24 hours a day, 7 days a week except federal holidays). If you have programmatic questions, please contact the Office on Violence Against Women at 202-307-6026.

Solicitation Companion Guide

OVW developed the Solicitation Companion Guide to assist potential grantees in applying for grants from OVW. The Guide offers general assistance on all OVW grant programs, including information on post-award requirements for applicants who receive awards. It is not a substitute for program-specific solicitations or for the applicable statutes, regulations, or policies that govern OVW's programs.

Applicants should read individual solicitations in their entirety and follow the instructions set forth in each solicitation. Visit the Open Solicitations page to learn which grant programs are currently accepting applications.  

Download the FY 2018 OVW Solicitation Companion Guide.

Resources for applicants

Grant Writing Tips (PDF)
Applicant Financial Capability Questionnaire (PDF)
Sample Budget Detail Worksheet and Summary (PDF)
2013 Financial Guide (PDF)
Federal Financial Report SF425 (PDF)
Budget Detail Worksheet 
Sample Audit Letter (PDF)
Sample Certification Letter (PDF)
Sample Letter of Intent (PDF)
Sample Letter of Nonsupplanting for Grant Applicants (PDF)
Supplanting Examples (PDF)
Sample Memorandum of Understanding (PDF)
Sole Source Justification Guidelines (PDF)
Standard Forms and Instructions 
Tips for Providing Match (PDF)
Revised Confidentiality Acknowledgement Form (PDF)

Program specific resources

Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant Applications

Resources for other programs

Updated November 8, 2017

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