Domestic Violence Prevention Program: Forensic Healthcare Services

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for grants that will develop and/or expand Forensic Healthcare (FHC) services.

Donor Name: Indian Health Service (IHS)

Country: United States

State: All States

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/02/2022

Size of the Grant: $250,000

Grant Duration: 5 Years


The purpose of this IHS grant is to provide access to treatment for AI/AN victims of domestic and sexual violence by supporting the development of and/or expansion of FHC services that are culturally appropriate and trauma-informed. The intent is to impact FHC services in each IHS Area (provided by Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian organizations). This also includes promoting treatment, intervention, and prevention efforts for the social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of victims, including victims of child maltreatment. To address domestic and sexual violence, including victims of sexual exploitation/human trafficking, applicants are encouraged to use Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) approaches. Using these types of team approaches is crucial – especially among local, state, and Federal agencies that includes health care providers, law enforcement, child protective services, social services, legal services, domestic violence coalitions, behavioral health services, and victim advocacy. The MDT/SART are community-based approaches in responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse victims. Without the advantage of a team approach method, a program is more likely to fail. Improving collaboration through formal inter-agency agreements can improve the response time for sexual assault victims.

Funding Information

The total funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2022 is approximately $2,500,000. Individual award amounts for the first budget year are anticipated to be $250,000.

Period of Performance

The period of performance is for 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this new FY 2022 funding opportunity, applicants must be one of the following:

  • A federally recognized Indian Tribe. The term “Indian Tribe” means any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group, or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.
  • A Tribal organization. The term “Tribal organization” has the meaning given the term in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act: “Tribal organization” means the recognized governing body of any Indian Tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities: provided that, in any case where a contract is let or grant made to an organization to perform services benefiting more than one Indian Tribe, the approval of each such Indian Tribe shall be a prerequisite to the letting or making of such contract or grant. Applicant shall submit letters of support and/or Tribal Resolutions from the Tribes to be served.
  • An Urban Indian organization. The term “Urban Indian organization” means a nonprofit corporate body situated in an urban center, governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities. Applicants must provide proof of nonprofit status with the application, e.g., 501(c)(3).

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