Your monthly
Underserved Grant
Resource Email is here!

March 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
Grantee Closeout Procedure
As some grantee organizations approach the end of their awards for, here are a few reminders about the close-out process.

  • You will receive an email with specific instructions from your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller. Here is a document with instructions on the closeout process.
  • There is a 90 (ninety) day period after the end of your award for you to complete the close-out process.
  • Any questions can be directed to your ALSO point of contact or to Kara Moller at
ALSO TA Point of Contact
Each grantee organization is assigned an ALSO TA point of contact, who is that grantee's main connection to ALSO for their technical assistance needs. All grantee organizations should have received information about their point of contact, begun correspondence, and started scheduling check-in calls. If you have not started this communication, please set this up soon.

If you have questions about who your point of contact is, please email .
Image Description: OVW Program Manager Kara Moller sitting at her desk with numerous posters on the wall.
OVW Corner
Info from your OVW Program Manager Kara Moller:

You need prior approval to use grant funds for any travel/training events. Requests are submitted through the Grant Management System (GMS) by Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN).

See the attached form that outlines what information is needed.

If you have any questions, you can send them to Kara Moller at .
Image Description: Logo for the I Ask campaign with the following text: I Ask Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2019
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Here are some resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) to help you prepare. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Los recursos en Español .

Resources include handouts, graphics, social media kits, and ideas for creative ways for grantee org anizations to participate in this campaig n.

Additional resources are available from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and include a week-to-week guide to help individuals and organizations get involved.

To learn more about the intersections between sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking, click here to read a report from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) .
Non-Underserved Sponsored Webinars
Thinking Outside the "Kit" Transportation Options for Improving Access to Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams
Date: Archived
Survivors of sexual assault face numerous hurdles in the aftermath of the crime, not the least of which is ensuring they can access a medical-forensic exam conducted by a trained medical professional. Hosts engage in a discussion with guests representing organizations around the country that are providing a range of transportation options for sexual assault survivors.

Substance Use, Trauma and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues, Promising Approaches
Date: Archived
Substance use is a challenging issue facing domestic violence survivors and the programs that serve them. This webinar will highlight strategies for addressing the multiple factors that contribute to substance use in the context of domestic violence; promising approaches to the opioid epidemic by rural domestic violence programs; and an evidence-based intervention to increase safety for people dealing with substance use and trauma.

Meetings/Conferences *
Title: Empowerment is Healing: 6th Annual National Pacific Island Violence Prevention Conference
Date: April 11-13, 2019
Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Engage in discussions of the impact culture plays in preventing violence, planning intervention and healing from violence in the Pacific Island Community living in America. Designed for service providers, this conference also provides connection, education and resources for those who work with Pacific Islanders and other ethnic communities of color. CEU Credits are earned.

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: Considerations When Using Interpreters for Victims with Limited English Proficiency
Approximate Reading Time: 10 minutes
This document provides suggestions for ways to ensure accurate interpretation and confidentiality while avoiding conflicts of interest. This tipsheet gives six basic steps to follow to ensure thoughtful and competent use of interpreters.

Your ALSO TA Team
Image Description: ALSO's Underserved TA team posing
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.