On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill designed to speed up America’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the passage of this bill, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program received a historic increase in supplemental funding for domestic violence shelters, supportive services, tribes, sexual assault programs, and culturally specific programs.

In support of sexual assault (SA) and domestic violence (DV) survivors, this funding provides a total of $49.5 million for the FVPSA program to support culturally specific services. The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) along with our colleagues — Esperanza United, the National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community/UJIMA, Inc., the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC), and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC) — will utilize our expertise, networks, and resources  to provide technical assistance and support to local, community-based culturally specific programs that serve survivors from our respective cultural communities.

About the ARP Support for Survivors Program

As a result, API-GBV was awarded $13.2 million through FVPSA to distribute this funding to community-based, culturally specific organizations that serve SA and DV survivors in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. API-GBV will work in partnership with the National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) to distribute this funding and support community-based organizations in providing culturally responsive services and resources to: 

  • Address emergent needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency, and 
  • Promote strategic partnership development and collaboration in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors of SA and DV.

Program Details

API-GBV and NAPIESV are partnering to distribute subgrants to assist community-based organizations providing culturally specific services to adults, children, and youth impacted by SA and DV from Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI), and Middle Eastern (ME) communities in the United States and affiliated territories. Our three funding cycles under this program include:

Sexual Assault Microgrant Fund

Up to $25,000 per subaward to community-based, culturally specific programs serving sexual assault survivors.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Assault Violence (NAPIESV) in collaboration with Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) was awarded from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) under the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) to distribute funding to culturally specific organizations that serve sexual assault (SA) victims/survivors.

NAPIESV invites community-based Organizations to Apply for Subawards in Support of Culturally-Specific, Community-Based Projects to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence from Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and North African Communities in the United States.

The goal is to support culturally specific community-based organizations in providing culturally specific activities that:

  • Address emergent needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency; and
  • Promote strategic partnership development and collaboration in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors of SA.

NAPIESV will review applications in response to this Request for Proposal (RFP) as they are received. This project aims to PREVENT, PREPARE, and RESPOND to the impact of this pandemic in our communities while providing support to organizations who serve victims/survivors of sexual assault dealing with this pandemic.

View the Request for Proposal document here.

Submit the Sexual Assault Microgrant Fund Application here.

TIMELINE:

  • September 19th: Announcement of Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Week of September 26th: Webinars
    • There will be two webinars to ensure all interested applicants have multiple opportunities to attend
    • Wednesday, September 28th @11 AM (CST)
    • Thursdays, September 29th @5 PM (CST)
  • October 19th: Applications due on 11:59 pm, CST (last day to apply)
  • October 20th to November 19th: Review of Applications
  • Week of November 21st: Announcement of Subrecipients

Microgrant Timeline: December 2022 – June 2023

Domestic Violence Capacity Building Fund

Up to $300,000 per subaward to community-based, culturally specific programs serving domestic violence survivors.

More details about each funding opportunity and application process will be announced in the upcoming weeks across API-GBV and NAPIESV’s networks.

Sexual Assault Capacity Building Fund

Up to $300,000 per subaward community-based, culturally specific programs serving sexual assault survivors.

More details about each funding opportunity and application process will be announced in the upcoming weeks across API-GBV and NAPIESV’s networks.

More details about each funding opportunity and application process will be announced in the upcoming weeks across API-GBV and NAPIESV’s networks.

Technical Assistance

As national culturally specific resource centers on domestic violence and sexual assault, API-GBV and NAPIESV staff will be available to provide technical assistance on the application process for each funding opportunity. And, to subrecipients throughout the program. Subrecipients under the ARP Support for Survivors Program  will be provided: 

  • One-on-one, specialized technical assistance; 
  • Access to online training and educational resources;
  • A virtual learning community with peers in the program;
  • Opportunities to convene in person (if public health regulations permit) to share knowledge and resources, strengthen partnerships, strategically plan for the future, and honor the leadership and brilliance of our cultural communities;
  • Guidance on reporting, evaluation, special topics; and more.

Contact Information

Submit questions and requests for assistance with the application process to ARPsupport@api-gbv.org. Visit www.api-gbv.org/arpsupport for more information about the ARP Support for Survivors Program. Sign up for email updates about the program at www.api-gbv.org/listserv.