According to the Mary Kay Foundation, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Organizations across the country are working together to reduce that statistic. Following are some grants that can help such organizations.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women has several grant solicitations currently open for grants to assist with domestic violence needs. Application deadlines vary, with most due in February and one due in March. Also located on the website linked above is a schedule of the Office on Violence Against Women’s proposed grant solicitation dates for 2018. This calendar would be a helpful tool to plan for upcoming applications.
One of the grants available now is the Consolidated Grant Program to Address Children and Youth Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Assault and Engage Men and Boys as Allies. This grant is a two-pronged grant opportunity. The first portion of this grant funds comprehensive projects that serve children and youth who are victims of or are exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. These grants are available to non-profit and governmental entities. The second part of this grant supports projects to engage men and boys. Non-profits or municipalities that create effective public education campaigns to encourage men to work as allies with women and girls are eligible to apply. These campaigns should help prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sex trafficking. The deadline for this grant is Feb. 15.
The Mary Kay Foundation provides funding for the creation and support of domestic violence shelters across the country. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than 150 women’s shelters. A grant is awarded yearly to at least one shelter in every state that applies. Remaining funds are distributed based on each state’s population. Applications are available now until April 30.
Finances often play an important role when victims of domestic violence are considering leaving their abusive relationship. This organization’s Moving Ahead Grant Programs help non-profits assist survivors in building financial independence by addressing their unique financial needs. This grant awards money to state domestic violence coalitions to provide financial empowerment programs for domestic abuse survivors. The program funds four project areas: financial literacy, microloans, job readiness and job training, and microenterprise. In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million to state domestic violence coalitions through grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000. The request for applications will be released in July, with applications due in August.
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