STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program (Indiana)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Indiana Criminal Justice Institute


    Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is interested in supporting the priority areas identified below. In shaping their strategies, OVW encourages states and territories to develop and support projects that:

    • Advance racial equity as an essential component of ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
    • Increase access to justice for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including through exploration of survivor-centered criminal justice system reform.
    • Strengthen efforts to prevent and end sexual assault, including victim services and civil and criminal justice responses.
    • Expand economic justice and financial advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including as a tool for violence prevention.
    • Improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities.

    In Indiana, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Indiana criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Indiana communities. 


    History of Funding

    In 2022, Indiana awarded 51 applicants for a total of $2,971,442.

    In 2021, Indiana awarded 53 applicants for a total of $3,068,243.

    Recipients can be seen here:

    Additional Information

    Ineligible activities and cost items include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Direct financial assistance to victims.
    • Alcohol, food (except emergency food for victims) and entertainment costs.
    • Lobbying.
    • Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions) and time spent procuring funding including completing federal and state funding applications.
    • Purchase of real estate.
    • Construction.
    • Physical modification to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting).
    • Purchasing vehicles.
    • Immigration fees.
    • Costs may not be included or used to meet match requirements of any other federal grant.
    • Overtime is allowed, but to claim the overtime rate, there must be a separate line item in the budget that includes the overtime rate of pay.


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  • Eligibility Details

    The following entities are eligible for the STOP formula grant program:

    • State agencies
    • Units of local government
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Faith-based organizations

    Deadline Details

    Completed applications and all required documentation were to be submitted through IntelliGrants no later than 11:59 pm (ET) on July 25, 2023.

    Award Details

    ICJI estimates providing approximately 65-75 awards in the amount of $10,000 to $150,000. A 25% funding match is required. If the applicant agency is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that is recognized by the IRS under section 501(c)3 of Title 26, the match requirement is waived. If the non-profit is providing services in the law enforcement or prosecutor category (e.g., training law enforcement officers), match is required must be provided by the state. The non-profit can voluntarily provide match to meet this requirement on behalf of the state.

    Award period for this grant cycle is October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024.

    Indiana, as all states, must allocate STOP Violence Against Women funding within the parameters of the act as follows:

    • 5% to court programs
    • 25% for law enforcement
    • 25% for prosecution
    • 30% for victim services (of which 10% must go to culturally specific community-based organizations)
    • 15% to further support law enforcement, prosecution, court, or victim services programs, at the state's discretion.
    • 20% amongst two categories above must be allocated for programs or projects that meaningfully address sexual assault, including stranger rape, acquaintance rape, alcohol or drug-facilitated rape, and rape within the context of an intimate partner relationship.

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