Your monthly Underserved Grant Resource Email

January 2020
This product of the  ALSO Underserved TA Project  is designed for Underserved grantees to provide them with regular and concise information including resources, training opportunities,  open solicitations   and more.

You can always find more resources  on the  Underserved TA Tools and Resources page   on ALSO's website or through the  Online Private Portal   for OVW Underserved Grantees.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team
January Awareness Campaigns
January has multiple awareness campaigns that are important to acknowledge. Please read below for more information and resources.

National Stalking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

2020 Underserved Summer Institute
Image Description:  Downtown Jacksonville skyline from an aerial view with the words "2020 Underserved Summer Institute" in the upper left corner in maroon, and the words "Jacksonville, Florida" in the lower left corner in black.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO), will host the:

2020 Underserved Summer Institute*
Jacksonville, Florida
July 21-23, 2020

* Pending OVW a p proval
Do not make any travel arrangements at this time
This in-person event is mandatory for all active Underserved grantee organizations which are expected to send two project team members.

Keep an eye out for registration in the coming weeks!
Grant Progress (Muskie) Reporting
Grant progress reporting is due January 30!

Here are some resources from VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) at the Muskie School of Public Service. These resources are tailored for the Underserved Program to assist grantees in their reporting.

For any questions or to request hands-on technical assistance related to completing grant progress reports, you can reach out to VAMA MEI directly, which is funded by OVW to provide this assistance at no cost to grantees. Their contact information is below.

VAWA MEI Contact Info
Phone Number: 1-800-922-8292
Open OVW Solicitation
The solicitation is now available for the FY20 Underserved Program , as well as for other OVW programs. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) invites you to apply for their programs. Please be aware that the FY20 Underserved application is due February 12.

Please check out OVW's website to stay informed about this and other open OVW grant solicitations. 
Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars & In-Person Trainings*
Beyond Checking the Boxes: A Discussion on Education Program Evaluations
Time: 10:00 am PT, 11:00 am MT, 12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET
Date: Friday, January 17
Evaluation is critical to sustain the impact of our work and justify what we do. The webinar will discuss the critical points at which we should evaluate progress in the training design process, outline the types of information to collect, and provide tips for how to use data.

Serving Survivors who Have Service Animals
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
Date: Tuesday, January 21
Service animals are vital to some survivors with disabilities. However, domestic violence shelters and other residential programs might struggle with how to interact with service animals and balance the presence of service animals with needs of other survivors.

Stalking and Older Adults: An Overview
Time: 9:00 am PT, 10:00 am MT, 11:00 am CT, 12:00 pm ET
Date: Friday, January 31
January is Stalking Awareness Month. Participants will learn how to recognize stalking behavior, how stalking impacts older adults, and what resources are available to help them better respond to stalking.

2020 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan
Date:  April 14-16, 2020
Location:  Washington, DC
EVAWI's annual conferences focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. This three-day conference will highlight promising practices and emerging issues to effectively responding to these crimes in all of our communities.

National Sexual Assault Conference
Date: September 2-4, 2020
Location: Anaheim, California
The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) brings together over 1700 people who are invested in ending sexual violence. This annual conference provides opportunities to share information and resources, advance learning, develop new skills, and increase our capacity to assert the dignity of all people.

Registration will open Spring 2020
*   To use OVW grant funds for any training & technical assistance opportunities, you must submit a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) through the Grant Management System (GMS) to request approval. ALSO Underserved TA Project webinars and in-person trainings (including New Grantee Orientation) do not need prior approval.
Your ALSO TA Team
Image Description: ALSO's Underserved TA team posing
in a beige hallway at the 2018 Grantee Orientation.

From L-R: Quenette Walton, Lori Crowder, Lisa Gilmore,
Cristina Damiani, Zarena Leblanc, Topher Williamson 
Have Questions? We are here to help!
  • For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller at
  • For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues: Contact your ALSO Underserved TA point of contact at their individual email or the team at
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2019-TA-AX-K016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.