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Fri, Feb 8, 2013 @ 13:02 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

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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