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Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund

Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund Grant

Grant Status Closed

Funded by the Indiana General Assembly, the Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund (SAVAF) program aims to provide a comprehensive statewide response for victims of sexual assault. Funding is awarded to: (1) establish and maintain rape crisis centers, (2) enhance services provided by existing rape crisis centers, and (3) develop, implement, and expand trauma informed sexual assault services.

For purposes of this solicitation, "trauma informed sexual assault services" refers to services that address the physical, psychological, and emotional needs of sexual assault victims throughout their journey. SAVAF is a reimbursement-based grant.

Allowable Activities

Allowable activities and costs are those that support the operations and services delivered to victims of sexual assault statewide. Examples of those services include:

  • 24-hour crisis line and 24-hour on-call advocate to respond onsite to hospitals and other locations where a victim presents.
  • Direct services to victims including informational and referral services, advocacy, legal advocacy, and case management.
  • Counseling or therapy services for victims including support groups.
  • Emergency flexible funding for victims including emergency transportation, shelter, clothing, and food.
  • Expenses associated with providing services to victims including travel, phones, interpretation, equipment, printing of materials, and training costs.
  • Overtime for grant funded staff is an allowable cost, but to claim the increased rate, there must a separate line item in the budget that includes the overtime rate of pay.

Eligible Entities

Public social service entities, nonprofit organizations, and nongovernmental organizations that provide services to victims of sexual assault may apply for funding.

If selected, SAVAF 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.

The award period for the current grant cycle is from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022.

The priority area of funding is to establish and maintain rape crisis centers that are providing trauma informed sexual assault services and are meeting the components of a rape crisis center.

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

  • Administrative costs over 10% of the total grant budget including time to complete SAVAF required financial and programmatic documentation, reports, and required statistics.

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

  • Food and beverages except emergency food and beverage 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.
  1. Total Agency Budget: If the applicant agency is a nonprofit, nongovernmental entity, please complete and upload a “Subgrantee Basic Budget (non-profit Applicant budget form)”. Be sure to complete both the Organizational tab and the Employee tab. The form can be found here. This does not apply to units of government.

  2. Indirect Cost Rate and/or de minimis rate is an unallowable expense on SAVAF.

  3. Sustainability Plan: Please attach a document detailing the applicant’s plan to maintain the program once the grant fund period expires.

  4. Timeline: Please attach a timeline for the completion of the project and/or expenditure of the grant funds.

  5. Letters of Endorsement: Please attach at least one letter of endorsement evidencing community support for the applicant’s FVPSA ARP program.

  6. Miscellaneous
    • Completed and signed EEOP certification.
    • If applying for funds for personnel costs, attach the relevant job descriptions.
    • If applicable, attach other requested information.

Webinar on the 2022 SAVAF RFP

To assist subgrantees, ICJI's Victim Services Division conducted a webinar about the Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Fund grant RFP, which included a basic overview of the program, important highlights and what to know before applying.


  • 2022 Awards

    Number of Awards: 11
    Total Amount Awarded: $1,650,000



    Award Amount

    A Better Way Services, Inc.



    The Center for Women and Families



    Prevail, Inc. of Hamilton County



    North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center, Inc.



    Assist Indiana, Inc.



    Fair Haven, Inc.



    Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Inc.



    Children's Bureau



    Middle Way House, Inc.



    Safe Passage, Inc.



    YWCA Greater Lafayette



  • Past RFPs

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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SAVAF Funding Breakdown

As the State Administering Agency, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is responsible for administering SAVAF funds. This dashboard reflects quarterly program report data as entered by subgrantees and may contain duplicated victim counts.


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