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Grants for Domestic Violence Programs


We have received requests from nonprofit organizations that need funding for family services programs, often specifically domestic violence programs. We recently noticed several grant opportunities related to domestic violence, most of them for women. In this article, we feature a few of the many grant opportunities that are available to support domestic violence programs. If you are interested in finding more sources, or if you would like to speak with one of our grant experts, please contact us today.

The Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Grant Programs

The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Grant Programs support services that help survivors of domestic violence better their financial independence. There are three different grant programs in the Moving Ahead Grant Program.

1)      Curriculum Grant Program: Funds financial literacy programs using some of all of The Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum. State domestic violence coalitions are eligible to apply for these grants. Dates regarding applications and deadlines are not published.Domestic Violence Grant

2)      Economic Empowerment Grant Program: Funds innovative economic empowerment programs. These include matched savings programs, job readiness and training, financial literacy, and micro-enterprise programs. State domestic violence coalitions, in collaboration with local service providers, are eligible to apply for these grants. In 2010, grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 were awarded to state domestic violence coalitions. Applications were last accepted in August 2012. Check the website for future announcements.

3)      Allstate Foundation Regional Grants: Provides local programs with the opportunity to receive support through Allstate’s Regional Offices for economic empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. According to its website, “On average, the regions give grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.” This program is not accepting unsolicited grant applications in 2013. For information on how to get noticed by a foundation or get an invitation to apply for unsolicited grant opportunities, see our previous blog article, “No Unsolicited Grant Proposals? How to Get Noticed By a Foundation.”


The United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Grant Programs

The USDOJ has a specific office, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which funds 21 different grant programs. Three of these programs are “formula” grants, meaning that lawmakers decide how funds are distributed. The other 18 programs are “discretionary,” meaning the OVW is responsible for creating program guidelines and how funds are spent.

The names of all 21 grant programs are too numerous to mention, but some include funding for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, rural programs, tribal and cultural programs, and transitional housing programs for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

Each grant program has different guidelines and deadlines. See each specific program for its unique details.


The Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program

The Mary Kay Foundation Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program awards a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state each year. In 2012, $20,000 grants were awarded to more than 150 women’s domestic violence shelters, for a total of $3 million.

Shelter Grant Applications for 2013 are available from now until April 30, 2013. Grant Recipients will be announced in the fall to coincide with October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Web of Benefit

According to its website, Web of Benefit promotes “liberation from domestic violence and ensure(s) the personal and financial independence of survivors, while breaking the inter-generational cycle of abuse.” Grants are awarded to survivors of domestic violence for housing stabilization, education, computers, child care, transportation, health care, and micro-financing small businesses.

Currently, only residents of the Boston and Chicago areas are eligible to receive grants from this program. Individuals can visit Web of Benefit’s webpage of services to see if they are eligible for a grant or to apply for a Self-Sufficiency Grant. There is a unique requirement regarding Web of Benefit grants. Each person who receives a grant is required to “pay it forward” by completing three good works for another woman in need. If you are interested in this foundation and how it all began, be sure to read or watch CNN’s story on Web of Benefit and its founder, Johanna Crawford.


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Homelessness Grant Opportunities and Resources


The Grant Helpers is here to help you obtain more funding so that you can meet your organization’s goals. So, when we come across great funding opportunities, we like to share those opportunities with you. In this blog article, we highlight some opportunities for homelessness assistance grants. We can help find more opportunities, develop a proposal, provide strategic advice – whatever steps of the process where we can help you most. Contact a grant expert if you have any questions or would like assistance.


Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sponsors the ESG Program, which replaced the Emergency Shelter Grants program. The ESG program makes grant funds available for assisting individuals and families to regain housing stability after experiencing a housing crisis. Grants are awarded to state governments, large cities, urban counties, and U.S. territories, which then make the funds available to subrecipients. Therefore, if an organization is interested in receiving homeless assistance funds, it needs to apply to a HUD-funded governing body, not directly to HUD itself.

Five program components are eligible to receive funding: street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing assistance, and data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

For more information on each of these five components and on ESG funding in general, visit the ESG webpage.

Deadline to apply: depends on funded government body 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care Program

Homeless GrantsHUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange offers the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The current round of funding opened on November 9, 2012, and will close at 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013.  According to the CoC’s webpage, “The CoC program is designed to assist individuals (including unaccompanied youth) and families experiencing homelessness and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing, with the goal of long-term stability.”

The program is also meant to promote community-wide use of resources that address homelessness, improve data collection and performance measurement, etc. For a full description of the program and for additional information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the CoC Program webpage.

Deadline to apply: 7:59 pm EST on January 18, 2013

See the U.S. HUD’s Homeless Assistance Programs webpage for additional programs, resources, and funding opportunities for homeless assistance.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Grant and Per Diem Program

The VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program is offered annually to provide funding to community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans, which includes building and providing housing, increasing veterans’ skill levels and/or income, helping homeless veterans get residential stability, and helping veterans have greater self-determination.

Only programs with supportive housing or service centers are eligible for this funding, and there are two levels of funding: the Grant Component and Per Diem Component.

The Grant Component: This funding is used for costs of acquiring, constructing, or renovating buildings for use as service centers or transitional housing for homeless veterans. Only 65% of the costs can be funded by these grants, leaving the other 35% to be matched by other funding sources.

The Per Diem Component: This funding can be used to pay for operational costs, including salaries. The maximum amount payable is $41.90 per day per veteran housed for supportive housing.

The 2013 application dates have not yet been announced, but in 2012, applications were open on March 1 and closed on May 30. For additional information on the rules and eligibility requirements for the Grant and Per Diem Program, visit their webpage.



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