Agencies encouraged to apply for violence against women grants

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky law enforcement agencies, women;s shelters and court programs can apply fr a share of $2 million in grants for programs to comabt violence against women.

Grant applications will be available Aug. 3, according to the state Public Safety Cabinet.

The funding comes from the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) formula grant.

Grant funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or dating violence, the state said in announcing the grant applications.

unds are received from the Office on Violence Against Women, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Funding priority is given to victim advocacy services (30%), prosecution (25%), law enforcement (25%), courts (5%), and discretionary programs (15%). The money should be used for projects that serve or focus on adults and youths age 11-24 who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

However, they may also support complementary new initiatives and emergency services for victims and their families, including children 10 and under. State agencies, local units of government and private not-for-profit organizations may apply for these funds.

“VAWA STOP funds are critical to helping survivors of violent crime stabilize their lives after victimization, and assist in developing prevention strategies to stop the violence before it starts,” said Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Mary Noble.

Applications and related information may be obtained by following the links on the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet webpage specific to the VAWA STOP grant program

All applications must be submitted online via the Justice and Public Safety Cabinets Electronic Grants Management System (eGMS).

New applicants are encouraged to establish a user account and familiarize themselves with the system in advance of the due date. Validation of new user accounts may take 48 to 72 hours, the state said.

Applications must be submitted no later than 6 p.m. EST, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

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