Your monthly Underserved Grant Resource Email

June 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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Underserved Summer Institute
We are excited to see those who will be attending the 2019 Underserved Summer Institute from July 16 - 18 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Institute will focus on three main skill building topic areas: 1) data collection and evaluation; 2) training and education; and 3) service provision.

All participants should have received a confirmation email with instructions for making hotel and travel arrangements. You must have already reserved your hotel room by this point.

You can find the agenda and institute information posted on ALSO's website , and the session materials will be posted on a rolling basis. Watch this space for more materials and information.

If you have any questions regarding the Institute, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Zarena Leblanc, at
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Semi-Annual Progress Reporting (Muskie)
The VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI) at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, provides training and technical assistance on the semi-annual progress reporting forms used by OVW grantees.

You can find resources on submitting these reports, due July 30, on ALSO's Underserved Tools and Resources Page under the OVW Grant Administration Resources & Webinars tab.

A tip:  Grantees should NOT use the form from the Muskie website to upload into GMS (Grants Management System) once it is open – they MUST download the form from GMS for the submission process to work. The copy on the Muskie website is for reference only.

If you have questions as you submit your grant progress report, please contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at , the   VAWA MEI project  at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, or your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller at .
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OVW Corner
Info from your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller:

Hello Underserved Grantees,
As summer begins, a few grant administrative matters:
REPORTING : Grantees have both their quarterly Federal Financial Report and Semi-annual Progress Report   due July 30 th ! Instructions can be found here .
CLOSEOUTS:  Many grant awards are scheduled to end on 9/30/2019. Grantees will have 90 days to close out their grant after their end date of 9/30/2019. If you are unfamiliar with the closeout process or just need a brief refresher please see these instructions . All funds must be obligated and activities must be completed by the approved project date. i.e. Grant funds cannot be used for anything that occurs after September 30 th .
EXTENSIONS:  Or, grantees may request a no-cost extension for up to 12 months by submitting a Grant Adjustment Notice at least 30 calendar days prior to the end of the award. Extensions can only be considered if all reports are filed and current, and all grant conditions are being met. Requests must be submitted through the Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) module in the GMS system. The request for extension must justify the need for the extension and indicate the additional time required. Please see these Extension Instructions for a list of what information must be included and this document for reference . NOTE: Requests for extensions will not affect a pending application. Grantees should move forward with extensions as appropriate regardless if they have a 2019 Underserved application pending. Notifications about applications occur  after  the period when grantees can request extensions and OVW does not grant retroactive extensions.
For additional information on reporting, extensions and closeouts, please refer to your grant conditions and the  DOJ Financial Guide

LGBT Power and Control Wheel
Below is the Power and Control Wheel for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans Relationships.

You can read more about the LGBT power and control wheel here .

This wheel does not assume the gender or sexual identity of either partner. It is inclusive of all relationships because it doesn’t make assumptions about the gender of the abuser.
Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars
Commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019: Centering Older Survivors in Your Work
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 
NCALL hosted a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019 webinar on June 5. In addition to revealing the heart and incredible strength of these older survivors, the videos also cast a light on the work that is carried out by advocates and the justice system, throughout the country, to lift up the voices of older survivors and to hold their offenders accountable for their crimes. The webinar also explored how the WEAAD 2019 theme,  Lifting Up Voices  and other initiatives are raising awareness about older survivors throughout the country. 

El impacto de la violencia, el trauma y la opresión racial en los/las sobrevivientes
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
Date: miércoles , 19 junio
This webinar will be presented in Spanish.
Este seminario web interactivo destacará la complejidad y las diversas formas de violencia que experimentan las comunidades históricamente marginadas. Se abordara estrategias de intervención y las respuestas intersectoriales empleadas por defensores y educadores que han trabajado con sobrevivientes afroamericanas musulmanas, nativ@s de los Estados Unidos y mujeres inmigrantes indocumentadas en edad universitaria.

Stopping It Where It Starts: Disrupting the LGBTQ Polyvictimization Pathway in Childhood
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
Date: Monday, June 24
Many victim service professionals have recognized that members of the LGBTQ community often experience polyvictimization, but did you know data shows victimization typically starts in childhood? LGBTQ children and youth often experience bullying not only in schools, but also at home. This webinar will illuminate how these lifelong victimization patterns start and, more importantly, how adults can easily and safely intervene to make a substantial and long-lasting difference in the life of a bullied LGBTQ child or youth. 

Report it Right: Underserved Populations Program
Time: 11:00 am PT, 12:00 pm MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
Date: Thursday, June 27
In this webinar, trainers will review the overall reporting process, why your data matters and how it is used, who to contact for help, how to respond to the questions on the form, and how to best document activities related to the re-authorization of VAWA 2013. There will also be time for trainers to answer your questions!

Insightful Reading
Title:  Caregiving in the LGBT Community, A Guide to Engaging and Supporting LGBT Caregivers through Programming
Approximate Reading Time:  30 minutes
This guide provides an overview of caregiving in the LGBT community, and specific ideas, lessons learned and best practices for expanding programming to reach and include LGBT caregivers and those caring for LGBT older adults. It’s applicable to both those serving LGBT people but not caregivers, and to those serving older adults/caregivers but not LGBT people. A list of resources, both for service providers and for caregivers themselves, is included.

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.