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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Family Violence Prevention And Services/Grants For Battered Women's Shelters-Grants To States And Indian Tribes


Federal Agency




Title III, Child Abuse Amendments of 1984, Public Law 98-457, 42 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.; Family Violence Prevention and Services Act(FVPSA) of 1986, as amended; Child Abuse Prevention, Adoptions, and Family Services Act of 1988, Public Law 100-294; Public Law 102-295; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, Public Law 103-322; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) OF 1996, Public Law 104-235; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, Public Law 106-386; Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, Public Law 108-36; Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162.






To assist States and Indian Tribes in the prevention of family violence and the provision of immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds are used by States for grants to local public agencies and nonprofit private organizations to prevent incidents of family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance to victims of family violence. States must give special emphasis to the support of community-based projects of demonstrated effectiveness carried out by nonprofit private organizations, particularly those projects where the primary purpose is to operate shelters for victims of family violence, and those which provide counseling, advocacy, and self-help services to victims and their children. States and Indian Tribes may not impose an income eligibility standard on individuals receiving services supported by funds appropriated under this Act and Federal funds may not be used as direct payment to any victim of family violence. No less than 70 percent of the funds distributed must be used for immediate shelter and related assistance, and no less than 25 percent for related assistance.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and federally recognized Indian Tribes.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This program will benefit victims of family violence and their dependents.


States and Indian Tribes must submit an application for approval by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR, Parts 74 and 92.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Grants to States are covered under E.O. 12372 for State plan consolidation and simplification only. Federally-recognized Indian tribes are exempt from all provisions and requirements of E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. No standard application forms are required. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Award Procedure

Formula grants are awarded directly to States, U.S. territories and insular areas, and eligible Indian Tribes.


For deadlines please contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



See 45 CFR, Part 16, Procedures of the Department Appeals Board.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

(1) Each State shall be allotted for payment in a grant authorized under section 303(a), $600,000, with the remaining funds to be allotted to each State in an amount that bears the same ratio to such remaining funds as the population of such State bears to the population of all States; (2) Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands shall be allotted not less than one eighth of 1 percent of the amounts available for grants under section 303(a) for the fiscal year for which the allotment is made; and (3) to carry out section 303(b) the Secretary shall make available not less than 10 percent of such amounts to make grants to Indian Tribes, tribal organizations and nonprofit private organizations approved by an Indian Tribe. No grant may be made to any entity other than a State or an Indian Tribe unless the entity provides for the following non-Federal matching local share: with respect to an entity operating an existing program under this title, not less than 20 percent, with respect to a new program under this title, not less than 35 percent. The local share maybe cash or in-kind, may not include any Federal funds other than provided under this title.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

State allocations must be (expended) by States and Indian tribes by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the grant was received.


Post Assistance Requirements


Fiscal and program reports are required annually.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees are required to maintain records documenting the purposes for which expenditures were made. Requirements are found in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $99,784,800; FY 08 $98,041,600; and FY 09 est $98,041,600.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

States: $694,424 to $7,284,240; Indian Tribes: $26,709 to $2,337,036.


Program Accomplishments

During fiscal year 2007, 234 grants were made to States and Indian Tribes for immediate shelter and related assistance. Support continued for shelters in rural and underserved areas, special programs for children of victims of family violence, support for public awareness programs to break the cycle of violence, and demonstration of service models that address elder abuse. The same services will be provided in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Regulations codified in 45 CFR 1300. Final Rulemaking was published February 22, 1996, at 45 CFR 1370.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Marylouise Kelley, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 8216 Washington, DC, 20024. Telephone: (202) 401-5756. FTS is not available.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

93.044, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part B-Grants For Supportive Services And Senior Centers
93.556, Promoting Safe And Stable Families
93.612, Native American Programs
93.645, Child Welfare Services-State Grants
93.667, Social Services Block Grant
93.669, Child Abuse And Neglect State Grants


Examples of Funded Projects

States determine the sub-State services and activities to be funded. These may include funding for shelters for victims of family violence, counseling and self-help services, and projects to address elder abuse.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Each State and eligible jurisdiction, including eligible federally-recognized Indian Tribes, will receive its respective share of funds if the application submitted meets the necessary requirements.


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