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STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program (Colorado)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Colorado Department of Public Safety


    Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.

    In Colorado, the CO Department of Public Safety, Office for Victims Programs (OVP) is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Colorado criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Colorado communities.

    In Colorado, VAWA funds may be used for multiple purposes, including:
    • Comprehensive training projects (especially multi-disciplinary training).
    • Specialized units such as programs in law enforcement or district attorneys' offices.
    • Projects developing protocols, policies, and evaluation mechanisms.
    • Projects developing data collection and communication systems.
    • Sexual assault and domestic violence victim services programs.
    • Projects concerning stalking; projects designed for Native American women.
    • Projects addressing the needs of older, disabled, and other underserved women.
    • Projects supporting statewide multidisciplinary efforts; training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel.
    • Assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault victims with immigration matters.
    Allowable costs include: Personnel providing eligible services, operating costs associated with eligible services, eligible services skills training, supervision of project-related staff and activities, well justified travel, and professional services/consultants providing eligible services, indirect costs, supplies, and equipment.

    History of Funding

    Projects funded for 2019 and 2020 may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Ineligible activities and cost items include, but are not limited to:
    • Lobbying and administrative advocacy;
    • Construction or physical modification to buildings;
    • Law enforcement equipment such as uniforms, safety vests, shields and weapons;
    • Substance abuse counseling for victims;
    • Purchase or real estate or vehicles;
    • Research Projects;


    Ashley Riley Lopez

    Ashley Riley Lopez
    700 Kipling Street #1000
    Denver, CO 80215
    (303) 239-4529

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include Colorado units of local government, criminal justice agencies, departments of state government, non-governmental non-profit victim services agencies, Indian tribal governments, statewide crime victim services coalitions, and non-profit agencies that provide crime victim services.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 18, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated in 2022.

    Award Details

    The FY 2020 allocation to the state of Colorado was $2,661,298. Grants are awarded directly to the State. Funds are then competitively awarded to local Colorado agencies. Individual award amounts vary. Cost sharing/matching of 25% is required. Project periods extend up to 24-months, starting January 1, 2020.

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