Your monthly Underserved Grant Resource Email

June 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
Resources Regarding COVID-19
The Underserved TA Team has curated a  COVID-19 Resource Guide on the ALSO website that is tailored to Underserved grantees that include population specific resources, organizational preparedness resources, wellness resources, and information from OVW. We will continue to add more resources as they become relevant and available to us.
VAWA MEI Underserved Populations Program Reporting Webinar
Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 11:00 am PT / 12:00 pm MT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET

Join VAWA MEI staff for a live webinar about completing the progress report for your OVW Underserved Populations Program grant. They'll review the reporting form, delve into the details, provide examples, and answer questions about reporting challenges related to COVID-19.
Image Description: Screenshot of Zoom video chat of VAWA MEI staff with 14 people smiling in separate video boxes.
Underserved TA Save-the-Date Announcement!
The ALSO Underserved TA Team is excited to announce the topics, facilitators, and dates for a series of six virtual trainings over the course of this summer. Attendance is not mandatory, however, we strongly encourage all funded project staff, including from partner organizations to participate in as many of these virtual offerings as possible. More details about registration forthcoming. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to the team at or your TA point of contact.

Topic: Pandemics & Trauma
Facilitators: Quenette Walton, PhD, LCSW and Lisa Gilmore, LCPC, M.Ed.
Date: Wednesday, July 15

Topic: Wellness
Facilitators: Quenette Walton, PhD, LCSW and Lisa Gilmore, LCPC, M.Ed.
Date: Tuesday, July 28

Topic: Sustainability in a Virtual World
Facilitator: Sharmili Majmudar, MSW
Date: Tuesday, August 11

Topic: Sustainability in a Virtual World: TA Clinic
Facilitator: Sharmili Majmudar, MSW
Date: Thursday, August 20

Topic: Active Listening (Part I)
Facilitator: Avi Bowie, LCSW, MSW
Date: Pre-recorded - to be released on Tuesday, September 1

Topic: Active Listening (Part II)
Facilitator: Avi Bowie, LCSW, MSW
Date: Wednesday, September 16

All webinar times are at 12:00 pm PT / 1:00 pm MT / 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET
Insightful Reading
Title: COVID-19 Survivor Impact Brief: LGBTQ+
Approximate Reading Time: 15 minutes

Non-Underserved TA Sponsored Webinars
The Way Forward: Shaping the Future with Culturally Specific Innovations
Time: 11:00 am PT / 12:00 pm MT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
Date: Tuesday, June 23
This dynamic virtual roundtable will highlight the need to lift up the pre-pandemic innovations being made by culturally specific organizations in reaching and supporting survivors from communities of color. Participants will be provided with culturally specific responses that extend beyond leaving, going to shelter, and calling the police. Participants will also hear what survivors and advocates of color are seeing, hearing, and feeling in their communities. 

Faith Matters: Supporting Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Survivors of Domestic Violence 
Time: 12:00 pm PT / 1:00 pm MT / 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET
Date: Wednesday, June 24
This workshop will help advocates adopt a faith-sensitive lens and best practices for supporting families who are guided by their faith. Participants will learn how faith can be a resource or a barrier to hope, help, and healing, gain insight into faith-specific understandings, be aware of best practices and resources for engaging faith leadership as allies, and begin to strategize for working with them in their communities.

Resilience, Trauma & Hope: A Healing Response - Webinar II of the Self-Care & Healing During COVID-19 Series 
Time: 12:00 pm PT / 1:00 pm MT / 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET
Date: Tuesday, June 30
Part II of the series will focus on the impact of trauma and will explore how to center hope, healing, and resilience for ourselves and our community. The presenters will introduce a holistic healing approach involving culture, spirituality, civic action and collective healing.

Crafting Narratives Webinar: Telling the Stories Behind Your Data
Time: 1:00 pm PT / 2:00 pm MT / 3:00 pm CT / 4:00 pm ET
Date: Wednesday, July 15
Have you ever wondered what to include in the narrative sections of your progress report? You can use these sections to illustrate the impact of your agency's work, but it can be hard to know where to begin. Sign up for this webinar co-hosted by VAWA MEI and OVW for suggestions and examples!

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 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
  • For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller 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.