Established in 2009, the Sexual Assault Services Grant Program is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and assistance for victims of sexual assault by supporting rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations.
The purpose of SASP is to provide core services, direct intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (i.e., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services and related assistance to:
- Adult, youth and child victims of sexual assault;
- Family and household members of such victims and those collaterally affected by the victimization (i.e., friends, coworkers, classmates), except for the perpetrator of such victimization.
Funds provided through the SASP Formula Grant Program are designed to supplement other funding sources directed at addressing sexual assault on the state and territorial level. Grant funds cannot be used to support sexual assault forensic examiner projects or criminal justice activities (e.g., law enforcement, prosecution, courts, or forensic interviews).
Eligible applicants include non-profit, nongovernmental organizations and Indian tribal organizations.
A Request for Proposals will usually be issued early spring for applicants seeking funding consideration. Applications are submitted to the Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR).