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Grants Management Division

Violence Against Women Act

Violence Against Women Act Formula Program 

(VAWA) Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution (STOP) Formula Grant Program funds may be used to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services throughout Kentucky in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or dating violence. Funds are received from the Office on Violence Against Women, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Funding priority is given to victim advocacy services (30%), prosecution (25%), law enforcement (25%), courts (5%), and discretionary programs (15%).  These funds should be used for projects that serve or focus on adults and youth (age 11-24) who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. However, they may also support complementary new initiatives and emergency services for victims and their families, including children 10 and under. State agencies, local units of government and private not-for-profit organizations may apply for these funds.
Interested organizations may learn more about the federal VAWA program at:
Office on Violence Against Women 

Annual VAWA Application
The annual Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) program solicitation opens August 2, 2021. Applications must be submitted no later than 6:00pm (EST), on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The new award period is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of award decisions via email.  

Related Documents
To view the most recent year's VAWA application cycle announcement, please select the link below:
To view the current Annual VAWA Program and Financial Guidelines, please select the link below:
To view the most recent year's VAWA awards list, please select the link below:
To view the Current Kentucky STOP Implementation Plan, please select the link below:

Please note: the current VAWA Implementation Plan was set to expire in 2020; however, it has been extended for another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Presently, GMD is developing a new VAWA Implementation Plan that will take effect beginning in 2022.