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Program Objective
STOP formula grants and subgrants are intended for use by states; state, local, and tribal courts; Indian tribal governments; units of local government; and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs. Grants and subgrants supported through this program must meet one or more of the following statutory program purpose areas:

  • Training law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors to more effectively identify and respond to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence.
  • Developing, training, or expanding units of law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors specifically targeting violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Developing and implementing more effective police, court, and prosecution policies, protocols, orders, and services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Developing, installing, or expanding data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking police, prosecutors, and courts for the purpose of identifying and tracking arrests, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions for violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Developing, enlarging, or strengthening victim services programs, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence programs; developing or improving delivery of victim services to underserved populations; providing specialized domestic violence court advocates in courts where a significant number of protection orders are granted; and increasing reporting and reducing attrition rates for cases involving violent crimes against women, including crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence.
  • Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs addressing stalking.
  • Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs that address the needs and circumstances of Indian tribes dealing with violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Supporting formal and informal statewide, multidisciplinary efforts, to the extent not supported by state funds, to coordinate the response of state law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, victim service agencies, and other state agencies and departments to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence.
  • Training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and providing expert testimony and treatment of trauma related to sexual assault.
  • Developing, enlarging, or strengthening programs to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and others to address the needs and circumstances of older and disabled women who are victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, including recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of such assault or violence and targeting outreach and support, counseling, and other victim services to such older and disabled individuals.
  • Providing assistance to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in immigration matters.

Funding Sources 
STOP grants are funded through an annual federal appropriation.

Funding Cycle 
Grant periods are July 1 through June 30 of each calendar year. Grant applications must be submitted annually.

Eligible Applicants 
Public entities, including political subdivisions including state, county and municipal agencies or not for profit organizations.

Application Procedure 
Every application must include a project description, detailed goals and objectives, a problem statement, action plan, evaluation plan, and a financial worksheet outlining the anticipated program budget. Upon review and approval, programs are awarded grant funds.

Matching Requirements 
Applicants must provide a cash or in-kind (or combination) match of 25% of the total project cost.

Restrictions
Recipients of STOP grant funds must use the funds to provide services to victims of crime and their children in the aforementioned service areas.

Selection Criteria 
Grant recipients are selected based on VAWA requirements and the community need with a preference for effective continuation programs. Careful consideration is given to programs serving the needs of the undeserved.

Range of Financial Assistance 
Grant awards are based on the number of applications received and the number of grants awarded is dependent on the amount of federal funds received in each grant year.

Award Procedure 
Following review of all grant applications, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) staff will make funding recommendations to the ICJI Board of Trustees. Upon review and approval, programs are awarded grant funds.

Examples of Funded Programs 

  • Sexual assault treatment centers
  • Coalitions against domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Outreach programs for female victims of crime
  • Rape crisis shelters
  • Domestic violence emergency shelters

Grant Documents

Muskie Report Documents