** Update 12/16/22:**

Given revised guidance from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Program, API-GBV will now award up to 40 grants for both DV and SA, totaling close to $12 million USD! Applicants may submit either DV, SA, or combined (DV/SA) projects for consideration, and an applicant can apply for a grant up to $300,000 USD for two years. Once awarded, API-GBV will administer and monitor all grants. API-GBV will also collaborate with NAPIESV to provide capacity strengthening and training and technical assistance in the areas of DV and SA, respectively.

The following changes have been made to the DV/SA Capacity Building Fund application:

    • Deadline to submit applications – The deadline has been changed from December 23, 2022 to January 13, 2023.
    • Work plan and budget templates updated – The project workplan and budget templates provided below now accommodate dual (DV/SA) organizations and project proposals.
    • Financial form attachment – In addition to the budget template, applicants must complete and upload the financial form found below
    • Additional examples of how funds can be used  – Additional examples of how funds can be used have been provided and divided into 4 scope of work focus areas:
  1. Culturally specific supportive services for AANPI and ME survivors;
  2. Virtual services and data security that attend to the needs of AANHPI and ME survivors;
  3. Meeting emergent and culturally specific services needs of AANHPI and ME survivors impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  4. Workforce expansions and capacity building for AANHPI- and ME-specific DV and SA programs.

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

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) was awarded $13.2 million through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) under the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) to distribute this funding to culturally specific organizations that serve domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) survivors. 

Working in partnership with SA training and technical assistance provider, the National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV), our collective goal is to support culturally specific community-based organizations in providing culturally specific activities that: 

  • Address the emergent needs of survivors and the programs that serve them, 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 DV and SA.

The ARP Support for Survivors Program aims to prevent, prepare, and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on survivors from Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI), and Middle Eastern (ME) communities in the U.S. Subgrants under the ARP Support for Survivors Program will be equally distributed between DV and SA projects, and organizations may apply for DV funding, SA funding, or a combination of both. 

Program Details

Under the ARP Support for Survivors Program, API-GBV will distribute, monitor, and manage subgrants through the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Capacity Building Fund to assist culturally specific organizations providing DV and SA services in AANHPI and ME communities in the United States and U.S. territories. Subgrants will be accompanied by programmatic training and technical assistance from API-GBV to DV grantees and NAPIESV to SA grantees, while the administration of the funding will be conducted by API-GBV.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DV/SA) Capacity Building Fund

  • Up to $300,000 over a two-year project period (March 2023 – February 2025) per subaward
  • Up to 40 subawards will be distributed to DV and SA programs or “ARP subgrantees”
  • Purpose: support the provision of services developed by culturally specific, community-based DV and SA programs implementing culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate programs, services, and supports for individuals and families from Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S.

Grant Application How-To Guide

Grant Application User Account Registration (Required to access online application)

Online Application

Request for Proposals (RFP) Announcement (Updated 12/5/22!)

 Application FAQ

Informational Session Recording and Slides

Grant Writing 101 Webinar Recording and Slides

Grant Application How-To Video

Budget Template

Budget Template for Dual Orgs & Proposals (New!)

Financial Form

Sample Work Plan Template (Updated 12/16/22!)

Eligibility

  1. Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS or Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS but are fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit who has 501(c)(3) status (culturally specific fiscal sponsors are preferred);
  2. Whose primary purpose is providing culturally specific services to Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern communities residing in the continental United States, Hawaiʻi, and U.S. territories;
  3. Have demonstrated ability in providing supportive services (often referred to as “direct services”).

Eligible community-based organizations with projects that seek to collaborate with other organization(s) are encouraged to apply. In the case of partnership proposals, only one eligible community-based organization should apply as lead applicant.

Scope of Proposed Projects

API-GBV and NAPIESV will select community-based programs that are responsive to the needs of Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern survivors of DV and SA and their dependents residing in the continental U.S., Hawaiʻi, and the U.S. territories. API-GBV and NAPIESV invite proposals focused on: 

  1. Culturally specific supportive services for AANHPI and ME survivors;
  2. Virtual services and data security that attend to the needs of AANHPI and ME survivors; 
  3. Meeting emergent and culturally specific services needs of AANHPI and ME survivors impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  4. Workforce expansions and capacity building for AANHPI- and ME-specific DV and SA programs.

 

Key Dates

  • Announcement of DV/SA Capacity Building Fund RFP, Online Application Opens: November 4, 2022
  • Informational webinars
  • Grant Writing 101 webinar
  • Announcement of Revised Guidance and RFP: December 6, 2022
  • Applications due: January 13, 2023 at 11:59pm PST
  • Review of applications: January 16, 2023 – January 27, 2023
  • Applicants notified of status of application: By February 3, 2023
  • DV/SA Capacity Building Fund Project Period: March 1, 2023 – February 28, 2025

Technical Assistance

API-GBV staff are available to provide technical assistance on the application process. As national culturally specific resource centers on domestic violence and sexual assault, API-GBV and NAPIESV staff will provide technical assistance throughout the project period. 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 and regular peer support meetings with ARP subgrantees in the program;
  • Opportunity for all ARP subgrantees and ARP Support for Survivors Program staff to convene at least once in-person (if public health regulations permit) during the project period
  • Guidance on reporting, evaluation, and special topics as needed

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.