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Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Grant Status Closed

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program is the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. The purpose of the program is to: (1) assist states in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; and (2) assist states in efforts to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents. FVPSA is a program under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children and Families.

Eligible Entities

Eligible entities include local public agencies or nonprofit private organizations that assist victims (and their dependents) of family violence, domestic violence or dating violence, and have a documented history of working effectively in those areas. Nonprofit private organizations include:

  • faith-based and charitable organizations
  • community-based organizations
  • tribal organizations
  • voluntary associations

If selected, FVPSA grantees must protect the privacy and confidentiality of those being provided services and must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal.

All grants from ICJI Victim Services are reimbursement grants.

Required Allocations

The FVPSA program requires that ICJI award a percentage of funds to residential and non-residential domestic violence programs.

Not less than 70% of the total funds awarded must be to programs whose primary purpose is to provide immediate shelter and supportive services to adult and youth victims (residential programs).

Not less than 25% of the total funds awarded must be to programs whose primary purpose is to provide supportive services and prevention services (non-residential programs).

The award period for the current solicitation is: October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024.

Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 10408(a) and 42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(A)), funds under this program must be used to prevent incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence by providing immediate shelter and supportive services for adult and youth victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence (and their dependents), and that may provide prevention services to prevent future incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence.

  • Provision, on a regular basis, of immediate shelter and related supportive services to adult and youth victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents, including paying for the operating and administrative expenses of the facilities for such shelter (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(A);

  • Assistance in developing safety plans and supporting efforts of victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence to make decisions related to their ongoing safety and well-being (42 U.S.C.§ 10408(b)(1)(B));

  • Provision of individual and group counseling, peer support groups, and referral to community-based services to assist family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence victims, and their dependents, in recovering from the effects of the violence (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(C));

  • Provision of services, training, technical assistance, and outreach to increase awareness of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and increase the accessibility of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence services (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(D));

  • Provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(E));

  • Provision of services for children exposed to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, including age-appropriate counseling, supportive services, and services for the non- abusing parent that support that parent’s role as a caregiver, which may, as appropriate, include services that work with the non-abusing parent and child together (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(F));

  • Provision of advocacy, case management services, and information and referral services concerning issues related to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence intervention and prevention, including: 1) assistance in accessing related federal and state financial assistance programs; 2) legal advocacy to assist victims and their dependents; 3) medical advocacy, including provision of referrals for appropriate health care services (including mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse treatment), which does not include reimbursement for any health care services; 4) assistance locating and securing safe and affordable permanent housing and homelessness prevention services; 5) provision of transportation, child care, respite care, job training and employment services, financial literacy services and education, financial planning, and related economic empowerment services; and 6) parenting and other educational services for victims and their dependents (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(G)); and,

  • Provision of prevention services, including outreach to underserved populations (42 U.S.C. § 10408(b)(1)(H)).

Personnel, employee benefits, and cost of supplies and travel to perform the following activities are allowable costs:

  • Prevention services such as outreach, parenting, employment training, educational services, promotion of good nutrition, disease prevention, and substance abuse prevention.

  • Counseling with respect to family violence, counseling or other supportive services provided by peers, either individually or in groups, and referral to community social services.

  • Safety plan development and supporting the efforts of victims to make decisions related to their ongoing safety and well-being.

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate services such as interpreters and/or having documents translated into other languages.

  • Technical assistance with respect to obtaining financial assistance under Federal and State programs.

  • Housing advocacy to assist in locating and securing safe and affordable permanent housing and homeless prevention services.

  • Medical advocacy including referrals for healthcare services (including mental health and alcohol and drug abuse treatment), but shall not include reimbursement for any healthcare services.

  • Legal advocacy to provide victims with information and assistance through the civil and criminal courts, and legal assistance.

  • Children’s counseling and support services, and childcare services for children who are victims of family violence of the dependents of such victims, and children who witness domestic violence.

The following costs are allowable for shelters who provide emergency housing to victims:

  • Operating expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) of the facilities for a shelter at a prorated amount.

  • Supplies for shelter including clothing and toiletries.

The following costs are allowable for the purpose of preventing future incidence of violence:

  • Transportation.

  • Temporary refuge for emergency and immediate shelter including safe homes, rental subsidies, and hotel vouchers. This does not include transitional or permanent housing.

The budget items listed below are ineligible and will not be supported by this program’s funding:

  • Direct financial assistance to a client such as cash, gift cards, or checks.

  • Moving costs for victims.

  • Food and beverages except emergency food and beverages for victims.

  • Lobbying.

  • Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions) and time spent procuring funding including completing federal and state funding applications.

  • Purchase of real estate.

  • Construction.

  • Physical modification to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting).

  • Purchase of vehicles.

  • Overtime is allowed, but to claim the increased rate, there must be a separate line item in the budget that includes the overtime rate of pay.

To participate in the program, a 20% non-federal match is required. Grants awarded through the FVPSA program are subject to the matching requirements in 42 U.S.C. §10406(c)(4). No grants hall be made to any entity other than a state or tribe unless the entity agrees that, with respect to the cost to be incurred by the entity in carrying out the program or project for which the grant is awarded, the entity will make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-federal contributions in an amount that is not less than $1 for every $5 of federal funds provided under the grant or 20% of the project cost. The non-federal contributions required may be in cash or in kind.

(Total Federal Funds Portion ÷ Federal Percentage) - Federal Funds Portion = Required Match
($12,000 ÷ 80%) - $12,000 = $3,000

All match amounts must be FVPSA allowable and are subject to the same requirements, restrictions, and conditions as the federal FVPSA funds. Subgrantees must maintain records that clearly show the source, the amount, and the period during which the match was allocated. The basis for determining the value of personal services, materials, equipment, and space must be documented.

Webinar on the 2023-2024 FVPSA RFP

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Time: 10 am - noon (ET)

In this webinar, ICJI’s Victim Services Division discussed the 2023-2024 FVPSA grant and request for proposal, important features of the program, and how to apply in IntelliGrants.



Subrecipients are required to submit programmatic reports based on their specified timeline. To submit a report via IntelliGrants, click the link below.


  • 2021 Awards

    Number of Awards: 36
    Total Amount Awarded: $2,173,819

    OrganizationCountyAward Amount
    Adams Wells Crisis CenterAdams$27,630
    Amani Family ServicesAllen$45,387
    Center for Nonviolence, Inc.Allen$56,516
    YWCA Northeast IndianaAllen$128,706
    Columbus Regional Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.Bartholomew$104,972
    A Better Way Services, Inc.Delaware$122,351
    Crisis Connection, Inc.Dubois$48,026
    The Center for Women and FamiliesFloyd$35,436
    Hope Springs Safe House, IncorporatedFountain$22,502
    Family Service SocietyGrant$61,661
    Prevail Inc. of Hamilton CountyHamilton$43,681
    Family Service Association of Howard County, IncHoward$63,472
    North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center, Inc.Jasper$30,623
    Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. DBA Beaman HomeKosciusko$66,064
    St. Jude House, Inc.Lake$71,881
    Haven House, Inc.Lake$21,099
    Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, IncorporatedLaPorte$55,490
    Alternatives Incorporated of Madison CountyMadison$94,007
    Beacon of Hope Center for WomenMarion$42,396
    Children's BureauMarion$95,493
    Coburn Place SafeHaven II Inc.Marion$52,849
    The Julian Center, Inc.Marion$100,312
    The Salvation ArmyMarion$24,405
    Middle Way House, Inc.Monroe$77,654
    Family Crisis ShelterMontgomery$57,886
    Desert Rose Foundation, Inc.Morgan$32,000
    Prisoner & Community Together, Inc.Orange$53,804
    The Caring PlacePorter $21,820
    Putnam County Family Support ServicesPutnam$62,982
    Safe Passage, Inc.Ripley$55,609
    Rush County Victims Assistance, Inc.Rush$6,051
    YWCA North Central IndianaSt. Joseph$78,204
    YWCA Greater LafayetteTippecanoe$81,412
    Albion Fellows Bacon, Inc.Vanderburgh$87,599
    YWCA of Evansville, IN Inc.Vanderburgh$84,938
    Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc.Vigo$58,902
  • Past RFPs

FVPSA 2023-2024 Update to Program Reports

In this webinar, ICJI’s Victim Services Division discussed updates to the 2023-2024 FVPSA grant report


Technical Assistance

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the ICJI Helpdesk, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, except state holidays. ICJI is not responsible for technical issues with grant submission within 48 hours of grant deadline.

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FVPSA Clients Served

As the State Administering Agency, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is responsible for administering FVPSA funds. Click the link below to see who is being served and what services are being delivered. This dashboard reflects quarterly program report data as entered by subgrantees and is combined with quarterly DVPT data.


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