Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.
In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Pennsylvania criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Pennsylvania communities.
In FY2018-2019, STOP Program objectives are focused on the preservation of core services and activities, including:
‹Eligible applicants are Pennsylvania units of local government, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, faith-based and community-based victim service organizations providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.
Applications were to be submitted by June 4, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated every two years.
Up to $7,500,000 is available in FY2018-2019 to fund approximately 30 projects. Individual awards may be up to $250,000. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend 24-months, starting January 1, 2019.