Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
Your Monthly Underserved Grant
Resource Email is here!

July 2018
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.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team

ALSO Hosted Underserved Project In-person Training 

October 9-11, 2018 

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 
2018 Underserved In-Person  Institute in 
Chicago, IL

Everyone who plans to attend the Institute must complete the registration in order to confirm participation even if you previously completed the pre-registration. 

The focus of this in-person Institute will be outreach and services, so please take this into consideration when determining who from your organization will be attending. 

This meeting is mandatory for 2016 and 2017 grantees. If your organization is unable to attend, please contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at  Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.
Grant Progress Reporting

This is a reminder that  progress reports (aka Muskie reports) covering grant activities from January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018, are due July 30, 2018.

To assist grantees with completing their progress report, the University School of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service will be hosting two webinars specifically for Underserved Grantees.

Title: Underserved Populations Program
Date : July 16, 2018
Time : 1:00pm- 3:00pm CT

Title: Underserved Access Database Tutorial
Date: July 25, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Other Webinars & In-person Training Opportunities*


TitleWho's in there: Demystifying Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Assault
HostIowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Date: July 18, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm CT
Who are they? Are their needs different from survivors "on the outside?"  Do you have concerns about whether or not your advocacy skills will transfer into a corrections setting, to working with male survivors, or to working with survivors who may also have been perpetrators? If so, this is the webinar for you. We will unpack some common misconceptions about people in detention and you will hear from incarcerated survivors and advocates.

TitleEliminating Bars as Barriers: Offering Confidential Victim Services to Incarcerated and Detained Survivors of Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking
Host: Victims Rights Law Center
Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 10:00pm-11:30pm PT
This webinar will provide an overview of confined survivors' privacy needs, discuss barriers to confidential support services, and explore opportunities for delivery of confidential services in correctional and detention settings, including sharing ideas from advocates and lawyers engaged in this work. 
This webinar is pending OVW Approval. Contact 
PrivacyTA@victimrights.org for more information. 

TitleSupporting LGBTQ Immigrant Survivors of Sexual Assault
Host: Victim Rights Law Center
Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm EST
For immigrant survivors who identify as LGBTQ+, additional barriers to accessing services exist. In this webinar, participants will learn to identify unique case considerations for LGBTQ+ immigrant survivors of sexual violence, issue-spot immigration remedies for LGBTQ+ sexual assault survivors, and understand the unique safety planning and privacy  needs of LGBTQ+ immigrant survivors and possibilities for advocacy.
This webinar is pending OVW Approval. Contact 
Katie Hardiman at 
for more information. 

TitlePublic Trust: Confronting Law Enforcement Sexual Misconduct in the MeToo Era
Host: End Violence Against Women Internation (EVAWI)
Date: August 14, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:30am PT
This webinar will encourage courageous conversations and inspire proactive leadership strategies to address and prevent law enforcement sexual misconduct. 

Title: Help is on the Line: Providing Hotline Services for Incarcerated Survivors
Host: Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Date : August 15, 2018
Time : 2:00pm-3:30pm CT
We will focus on how rape crisis centers can adapt their existing hotline for a correctional setting. It will cover strategies for working with inmates, including how to ensure that calls are kept confidential.

Archived Webinars

Title:How Do We Use Restorative Justice to Transform a Culture of Sexual Harm?
Host: Zehr Institute 

In-Person Trainings/Events

Title : Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
Hosts: Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender- Based Violence, Asian Women's Shelter, Red Wind Consulting, and Ujima
Location: Portland, OR
Date: September 19th- September 20th, 2018 
Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a 2 day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities.
Application Deadline: August 17th, 2018
*To use OVW grant funds for any training & technical assistance opportunities, you must send an email to your OVW Program Manager, Kara Moller, at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov to request approval. ALSO Underserved TA Project webinars and in-person trainings (including New Grantee Orientation) do not need prior approval.
Grant Administration Tip 

This tip is brought to you by your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller! 

A Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is required for any programmatic, administrative, or financial change to a grant, as well as for approval to use funds for certain purposes. GANs must be submitted electronically through the GAN module in Grant Management System (GMS). Think of GMS as the "official file" for your grant award in OVW. Anything that needs to be documented about the grant award, goes in GMS.
Key Points to Remember  
  • GANs can be approved, denied or change requested when additional information or changes are required.
  • Untimely responses to change requested GANs could delay the processing of the GAN. An untimely response may also result in the request being denied.
  • Grantees are notified by GMS via e-mail when a GAN is approved, denied, or change requested.
  • Do not move forward with requested changes or activity until you have a final-approved GAN. 
  • GANs can take anywhere from 7-30 days to be approved. Certain types of GANs can take longer.
  • Some types of GANS Grantees submit include:
Change in Grantee  Authorized Signing Official ( the person who is responsible for authorizing and signing official documents) and/or or their contact information
Change in Grantee Point of Contact and/or their contact information
  Budget Modifications , when the budget modification:
  • Proposes a cumulative change greater than 10% of the total award amount.
  • Changes the scope of the project.
  • Affects a cost category that was not included in the original budget
Changes in Project Scope , for significant areas such as:
  • Altering programmatic activities
  • Change in the project site
  • Altering the purpose of the project
  • Change in the organization with primary responsibility for implementation of the grant
  • Contracting out, sub-granting, or otherwise obtaining the services of a third party to perform activities that are central to the purpose of the award
  • Changes in scope that affect the budget
Change in Project Period
  • Grantees may request a no-cost extension for up to 12 months
Consultant Rates , when above  $650 per 8-hour day, or $81.25 per hour, even if approved in the budget at the higher rate.
  • Type of GAN used is called "Program Office Approval"
Project Deliverables  including, but not limited to, products, publications, advertisements, flyers, brochures, training curriculum, etc.
  • Type of GAN used is called "Program Office Approval"
Change/Add Key Project Personnel / Partners / Consultants / Contractors
  • Type of GAN used is called "Program Office Approval"
Changes/Revision to the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Type of GAN used is called "Program Office Approval"
Conferences, Events and Trainings , except those offered by the Underserved TA Provider (ALSO) for Underserved grantees, even if identified in the project and/or budget.
  • This includes any event that involves travel and where grant funds would be used, even if just salary.
  • Prior approval is required by GAN whether it is to participate, present, or just attend the event.
  • Type of GAN used is called "Program Office Approval"
  For GMS technical assistance  

Grantee Spotlight    

Your work inspires us every day and we are confident it will inspire others too! Help us shine a spotlight on your or one of your partners work. Please contact us at   underservedtaproject@also-chicago.org   or reply to this email with any content highlights that your organization is celebrating, working on, and/or engaged in. 
Have Questions?

We are here to help!

For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.

For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues: Contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at underservedtaproject@also-chicaog.org  
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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.