Culturally and Linguistically Specific Services Program

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Voces Latinas Corporation $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. $ 299,861   2020-10-012022-09-30
Latin American Association, Inc. $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Sisters Against Abuse Society $ 299,912   2020-10-012022-09-30
Our Sisters House Inc $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
My Sisters House $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
New York Asian Women's Center, Inc. $ 299,285   2020-10-012022-09-30
Center For The Pacific-asian Family, Inc $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
East Los Angeles Women's Center $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Incorporated $ 280,000   2020-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used for the following statutory program purposes: (A) working with State and local governments and social service agencies to develop and enhance effective strategies to provide culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (B) increasing communities' capacity to provide culturally specific resources and support for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking crimes and their families; (C) strengthening criminal justice interventions, by providing training for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and correctional facilities on culturally specific responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (D) enhancing traditional services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the leadership of culturally specific programs offering services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (E) working in cooperation with the community to develop education and prevention strategies highlighting culturally specific issues and resources regarding victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (F) providing culturally specific programs for children exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; (G) providing culturally specific resources and services that address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including emergency assistance; or (H) examining the dynamics of culture and its impact on victimization and healing.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Community-based programs whose primary purpose is providing culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and community-based programs whose primary purpose is providing culturally specific services who can partner with a program having demonstrated expertise in serving victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Community and faith-based programs.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must apply on-line at the portal. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office on Violence Against Women policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Office on Violence Against Women, online notification is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to OVW.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005; Title I, Section 121, Public Law 109-162, 42 U.S.C. 14045a, as amended, Public Law 109-162, 119 Stat. 2991, 42 U.S.C 14045a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applicants will be notified by the end of the fiscal year.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Match is not required for this grant program; however, applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing the costs of their project. Supplemental contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards will be two years. Funds are released on an as-needed basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Periodic drawdowns should be based upon immediate disbursement/reimbursement needs and project progress.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are required as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual progress reports shall explain the activities carried out and include an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program, including number of persons served and numbers of persons seeking services who could not be served.

Quarterly Federal Financial Reports are required.

Grantees must monitor grant and subgrant supported activities to assure compliance with applicable Federal requirements and that performance goals are being achieved.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $5,910,000; FY 17 est $6,168,114; and FY 18 est $6,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $200,000-$300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program solicitations can be found at Recipients must comply with the current version of the DOJ Financial Grants Management Guide found at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tia Farmer 145 N. St. NE, Suite 10W121, Washington, District of Columbia 20530 Email: Phone: 202-305-1177

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Office on Violence Against Women and included in an annual solicitication.

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