National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, administered by BJA, provides funding through a competitive grant program to support multi-disciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions? approaches to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously un-submitted

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sexual assault kits (SAKs).

Un-submitted kits (those in in police custody that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory for testing with CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies) and untested kits (those that have been submitted to crime labs but are delayed for testing, e.g.

as a result of a backlog of work in the laboratory) are separate and distinct issues.

The focus of this effort is on those un-submitted kits that have never been submitted to a crime laboratory.

The goal of the SAKI is the creation of a coordinated community response that ensures just resolution to these cases whenever possible through a victim-centered approach, as well as to build jurisdictions? capacity to prevent the development of conditions that lead to high numbers of un-submitted SAKs in the future.

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.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Cuyahoga, County Of $ 1,395,078   2021-10-012024-09-30
City Of Tulsa $ 2,047,390   2021-10-012024-09-30
Emergency Services And Public Protection, Department Of $ 1,971,259   2021-10-012024-09-30
State Attorneys Office For The Fourth Judicial Circuit, Florida $ 1,000,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
Fulton, County Of $ 2,500,000   2021-10-012024-09-30
State Attorneys Office For The Fourth Judicial Circuit, Florida $ 1,953,447   2021-10-012024-09-30
Minneapolis, City Of $ 2,000,000   2021-01-012023-12-31
Orleans Parish District Attorney $ 1,949,672   2020-11-012023-10-31
Public Safety, Utah Department Of $ 1,500,000   2020-10-012023-09-30
Law, Virginia Department Of $ 2,084,762   2020-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: More than 45,000 SAKs inventoried by 32 SAKI sites (represents 26 states) Over 12,000 SAKs sent for DNA testing Nearly 1,000 DNA hits in CODIS Identification/apprehension of numerous violent offenders/increased public safety. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds will be provided to address the issue of un-submitted SAKs and address the underlying issues that lead to the problem occurring.

See the current solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See the current solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs website

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. Citizen.


The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative. For specifics, please see the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


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


An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.


Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.


BJA may, in certain cases, provide supplemental funding in future years to awards made under this program. Important considerations in decisions regarding supplemental funding include, among other factors, the availability of funding, strategic priorities, assessment of the quality of the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and assessment of the progress of the work funded under the award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The assistance is available for up to 36 months. There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports in accordance with the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


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. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice?s Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $38,393,725; FY 17 est $45,000,000; and FY 18 est $45,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Angela Williamson U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-307-5831

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at

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