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Underserved Program

ALERT: On Sept. 13, the Justice Department announced 17 Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations awards totaling $10.66 million for the 2023 fiscal year.  Learn more

The Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations program (Underserved Program) was authorized to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations and to provide victim services to meet the needs of adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in underserved populations.

Funds under this program must be used for the purpose of providing or enhancing population specific outreach and services to adult and youth victims in one or more underserved populations.

Eligible applicants are limited to: population specific organizations and victim service providers. A “population specific organization” means a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that primarily serves members of a specific underserved population and has demonstrated experience and expertise providing targeted services to members of that specific underserved population.

In 2022, the Underserved Program gave out 10 awards, totaling $5 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. § 20123.

Underserved Program Awards

Norcal Services For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Sacramento California $450,000
Peace Over Violence Los Angeles California $450,000
Jewish Women International Washington District of Columbia $449,862
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. Prestonsburg Kentucky $450,000
Arab American Family Support Center Inc. Brooklyn New York $450,000
Barrier Free Living Inc. Bronx New York $450,000
Willow Domestic Violence Center Of Greater Rochester, Inc. Rochester New York $450,000
Bridges Oregon Salem Oregon $450,000
Mazzoni Center Philadelphia Pennsylvania $449,996
Sego Lily Center For The Abused Deaf Salt Lake City Utah $450,000
  Total Award Amount   $4,499,858
  Total Number of Awards   10

Los Angeles LGBT Center Los Angeles California $450,000.00
Deaf Overcoming Violence Through Empowerment Denver Colorado $447,511.00
Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, Inc., The Rockville Maryland $445,337.00
Cornerstone Advocacy Service Bloomington Minnesota $449,575.00
Icna Relief Usa Programs New Hyde Park New York $450,000.00
Rahama, Inc. Grand Island New York $450,000.00
Turning Point for Women and Families Flushing New York $450,000.00
Equitas Health, Inc. Columbus Ohio $449,999.00
LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA Harrisburg Pennsylvania $450,000.00
Northwest Network of Bisexual/ Trans, Lesbians and Gay Survivors of Abuse, The Seattle Washington $441,537.00
Milwaukee Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Community Center, Inc. Milwaukee Wisconsin $420,000.00
  Total Award Amount   $4,903,959.00
  Total Number of Awards 11

Zebra Coaliton, Incorporated Orlando Florida $450,000
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Cambridge Massachusetts $450,000
Fenway Community Health Center, Incorporated Boston Massachusetts $450,000
Our Deaf Survivors Center Worcester Massachusetts $450,000
In Our Own Voices, Incorporated Albany New York $450,000
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Incorporated New York New York $450,000
Shalom Task Force, Incorporated New York New York $450,000
Women for Afghan Women Fresh Meadows New York $450,000
SAFE Alliance Austin Texas $450,000
OPTIONS for Independence Logan Utah $448,368
Pride Center of Vermont Burlington Vermont $450,000
  Total Award Amount $4,948,368
  Total Number of Awards 11


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

Contact Us

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