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​                                       STOP Formula Grant Application

What are STOP Formula Grants?

How is STOP funding used?

2022-2025 STOP Implementation Plan

Overview of Requirements

Eligible Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Timeline

 

What are STOP Formula Grants?

The STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants are awarded to develop and strengthen the criminal justice system's response to violence against women and to support and enhance services for victims.  Each county recipient must allocate 25% of the grant funds to law enforcement, 25% to prosecution, and 30% to victim services. The remaining 15% is discretionary and must be used within the parameters of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

How is STOP funding used?

The primary purpose of STOP [the funds/grant program] is to support communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking through multidisciplinary collaboration.  The federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), which administers the STOP Program, strongly encourages the use of STOP funding to support projects that promote civil rights (including meeting the needs of underserved and marginalized survivors), improve access to justice, enhance survivor safety, and hold offenders accountable.

2022-2025 STOP Implementation Plan 

The goals and objectives for use of Pennsylvania's STOP Formula Grant funds are determined by a four-year implementation plan. The implementation plan emerges from a months-long strategic planning process convened by PCCD's Office of Victims' Services. The committee participating in the planning process is drawn from representatives of victim services, law enforcement, prosecution and the courts and reflects the diversity of the commonwealth's communities. A key part of the implementation planning process consisted of gathering and considering a variety of information about the needs of Pennsylvania in relation to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The goals and objectives in Pennsylvania's 2022-2025 STOP Implementation were created and affirmed by the statewide implementation planning committee as well as the Statewide Victims' Services Advisory Committee and the full Commission.

 

Overview of Requirements

The STOP Program requires cross-system collaboration to improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems' response to violence against women and to support and enhance services to victims. In order to achieve this, there must be collaboration among law enforcement, prosecution and victim services. The foundation of this collaboration is the STOP Coordinating Team.

To receive funding, each county in Pennsylvania must have a Coordinating Team for its STOP Project. The STOP Coordinating Team has several functions including providing leadership and direction to the STOP project; overseeing the creation, dissemination and implementation of the protocols required under the grant; tracking the progress made on grant goals and objectives; identifying and responding to issues in the response to violence against women; and evaluating the impact of the project. STOP Coordinating teams are expected to develop a mission statement, elect a chair, take substantive minutes and convene at least four times per year. STOP Coordinating Team Membership consists of required members and suggested members.

Required members (and/or their designee) must be part of the STOP Coordinating Team for the project to be funded. Suggested members are left to local discretion based on the goals and objectives of the applicant's proposal.

 

Eligible Applicants

STOP Program funding is available to all 67 counties in Pennsylvania; however, in order to be considered eligible there are certain requirements that grantees must agree to meet. Eligibility of these funds is open to county governments and non-profit victim service agencies are eligible to apply for STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Funding.

Applicants must be in good standing with PCCD to be eligible for these funds. The applicant and recipient agencies' historical success in implementing PCCD-funded programs/initiatives that met their intended goals will be considered in the review process.  Applicants are not required to have a prior funding history with PCCD to be eligible.

Competitive STOP Applications must be submitted electronically through PCCD's Egrants System. Paper copies will be rejected. To register to use PCCD's Egrants System, please click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the nature of competitive applications, all questions will need to be emailed to RA-OVSSTOPGRANTS@pa.gov. Questions and responses will be posted on the Funding Announcement QA page. Since many applicants have similar questions, we recommend that applicants review the questions and answers currently posted to the resource account before submitting new questions.

 STOP 2022-2024 Formula Grant Application Submission Webinar – July 6, 2021

STOP 2022-2024 Formula Grant Application Submission Webinar – July 6, 2021 -Power Point Presentation


Application Timeline

Release of Competitive 2022-2025 STOP Formula Grant Funding Announcement: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Recommended Egrants Agency Registration: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Recommended Egrants User Registration: Monday, July 19, 2021

Deadline for response to questions: Friday, July 30, 2021

Mandatory Egrants Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 (midnight)

Mandatory SAM Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Commission Meeting to approve applications: December 8, 2021

Initiation of funding for approved applications: Saturday, January 1, 2022