Your monthly
Underserved Grant
Resource Email is here!

April 2019
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
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Underserved Summer Institute

The 2019 Underserved Summer Institute will be July 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute will focus on the following three main skill building topical areas: 1) data collection and evaluation; 2) training and education; and 3) service provision.

The final day to register for the Institute was Friday, April 26. If your organization has not had two participants register, please register here as soon as possible . Further information regarding travel and hotel logistics will be coming soon.
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Upcoming ALSO-hosted Webinar
ALSO will be hosting a webinar on trauma-informed decisions when designing spaces for survivors.

This will be faciltated by ALSO consultant Lisa Gilmore and will feature speakers from Designs for Dignity and Apna Ghar, Inc .

This webinar will take place on May 29 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM CT.

Please keep a watch for an announcement with a link to register and more details soon.
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OVW Corner
Info from your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller:

This month’s OVW Corner highlights the OVW Technical Assistance (TA) Program  and the  TA2TA – The TA Provider Resource Center .
The primary purpose of the  OVW TA Program  is to provide direct technical assistance to OVW grantees to enhance and support their efforts to successfully implement projects supported by OVW grant funds; to build capacity to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking; and to foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address violence against women. The  TA2TA Project  was designed to address challenges and foster opportunities for OVW technical assistance providers to enhance their capacity to meet the needs of OVW grantees. This website is a resource for you, as a grantee, to connect with the TA organizations that can enhance your provision of services. The website is public and does not need a login.

The  TA2TA website   has four areas that you will find useful:
Calendar   - The TA2TA calendar hosts information about TA provider events, both in-person and on-line educational opportunities.
Directory   - The TA Provider Directory is a resource that provides information about OVW TA providers, a description of their TA projects, the project point of contact information, and the grant programs served.
Library  - The TA2TA library is a centralized location where TA providers, grantees, potential grantees, and subgrantees can access materials developed by OVW TA providers.
Webinars  - These webinars provide information on developing and implementing your grant including, but not limited to, grants financial management, grant fraud investigations, federal civil rights obligations, and the grant management system.
NOTE: Underserved Grantees are only pre-approved to attend in-person events hosted by the  Alliance of Local Service Organizations  (ALSO). Prior approval is required for all other opportunities that involve use of grant funds.
Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars
Responding with RAHMA: Removing Roadblocks for Muslim Survivors
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
This webinar is part of Safe Havens' 2019 webinar series on domestic and sexual violence and faith. It will be presented by HEART Women and Girls, which focuses on sexual violence and sexual health education in the Muslim community in the United States. 

Issue Spotting Sexual Assault Survivors’ Needs: Conducting a Holistic Legal Intake
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
This free online course consists of an interactive, web-based training module; a series of short, self-directed assignments; and a live, instructor-led webinar. This course explores the impact trauma can have on a sexual assault legal intake and invites participants to develop strategies to work effectively with survivors to identify and address their legal needs.

Please contact Katie Hardiman at for more information.
Ordinary Magic: Working with Survivors of Violence
Host: National Resource Center for Reaching Victims
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 7:00 am PT, 8:00 am MT, 9:00 am CT, 10:00 am ET
Resilience builds our ability to overcome risk, oppression and adversity to succeed in life. Researchers have been studying resilience for about 50 years and find that resilience is everywhere. It only takes ordinary interactions to help build or bolster the magic of resilience. That resilience helps people overcome the challenges in their lives while we try to change the conditions that create those challenges. This webinar will explore how we can work with survivors in a way that continues to build their resilience.

Meetings/Conferences *
Title: Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute)
Date: May 15-17, 2019
Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota
Futures Without Violence hosts the Supporting Organizational Sustainability Institute (SOS Institute), an interactive 2.5-day training for OVW grantees to enhance their organization’s capacity and infrastructure. The SOS Institute includes organizational development topics such as staff leadership ability & professional growth and action planni ng for future organizational development.

* 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.
Insightful Reading
Title: Multi-Level Preparations for Domestic Violence Programs to Address Sexual Violence
Approximate Reading Time: 20 minutes
This TA brief provides suggestions for advocates, survivor/victims, communities, agencies, and service providers to address sexual violence. it takes into account the discomfort and vulnerabilities advocates themselves may face, issues related to language access, and intervention.

Your ALSO TA Team
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in a beige hallway at 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

  • Remember to check out the TA Tools and Resources page on ALSO's website. Please also register for the Private Portal for access to resources available only to Underserved Grantees. Contact ALSO Program Assistant Topher Williamson at for assistance navigating these resources.
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K034 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.