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STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program (Iowa)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Iowa Office of the Attorney General


    Established by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program seeks to develop and implement law enforcement and prosecution strategies to effectively decrease violent crimes against women. These grants also help to develop and enhance services provided to the victims of violent crimes.

    In Iowa, the Iowa Office of the Attorney General, Crime Victim Assistance Division is responsible for coordinating VAWA funds with local agencies. Funds through VAWA provide systematic and sustained focus on permanent systems change within the Iowa criminal justice system, while simultaneously developing a comprehensive network of domestic violence and sexual assault victim service advocates and programs throughout Iowa communities.  

    VAWA funds may be used for multiple purposes, including:
    • Comprehensive training projects (especially multi-disciplinary training).
    • Specialized units such as programs in law enforcement or district attorneys' offices.
    • Projects developing protocols, policies, and evaluation mechanisms.
    • Projects developing data collection and communication systems.
    • Sexual assault and domestic violence victim services programs.
    • Projects concerning stalking; projects designed for Native American women.
    • Projects addressing the needs of older, disabled, and other underserved women.
    • Projects supporting statewide multidisciplinary efforts; training of sexual assault forensic medical personnel.
    • Assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault victims with immigration matters.
    For more information, see Iowa's Implementation Plan for Violence Against Women Formula Funds at:

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Ineligible activities and cost items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Lobbying and administrative advocacy;
    • Construction or physical modification to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting);
    • Law enforcement equipment such as uniforms, safety vests, shields and weapons;
    • Substance abuse counseling for victims;
    • Purchase or real estate or vehicles;
    • Research Projects;
    • Fundraising campaigns, endowment drives, or solicitation of gifts and bequests;


    Lori Miller

    Lori Miller
    1305 E. Walnut Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    (515) 281-5044
    (515) 281-8199

  • Eligibility Details

    ‹Eligible applicants include Iowa units of local government, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, faith-based and community-based victim service organizations providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants must begin with a letter of intent to apply for funds.  This letter is typically due in November, annually.  Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal in January.

    Award Details

    The FY 2019 allocation to the state of Iowa was $1,759,074. Individual award amounts vary. A 25% funding match is required, unless the applicant is a private, nonprofit victim services organization. Awards will be made for a period of 12-months, beginning July 1, 2019.  

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