Grants

Grants

EVAWI has secured $11.7 million in public and private grants to date, funding national training and technical assistance initiatives to improve sexual assault response and investigation, innovative technology solutions to increase reporting options for survivors, and the global Start by Believing campaign which is transforming responses to sexual assault.

Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice

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Training and TA for OVW Demonstration Program on Trauma-Informed Victim-Centered Training for Law Enforcement (Abby Honold Program)
2023-2026

This project will improve sexual assault investigations and treatment of survivors, by providing in-depth training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and community partner organizations across the country. Specifically, EVAWI will: (1) Identify existing training curricula on trauma-informed and victim-centered investigative techniques; (2) Develop new training products, including sample policies, protocols, and micro-courses; (3) Create an online repository of new and existing resources on EVAWI’s website; and (4) Present project findings at EVAWI’s annual International Conference.

SEEK THEN SPEAK: A Survivor-Centered Alternative Pathway to Justice and Services
2023-2026

The goal of the project is to enhance and expand the utilization of SEEK THEN SPEAK, an interactive web-based tool for sexual assault survivors to privately gather information, explore options, and take action, including beginning the process of reporting their sexual assault to law enforcement, if they choose. Over the course of this 3-year project, EVAWI will: (1) Gather and enact expert feedback on how SEEK THEN SPEAK can better serve diverse survivor populations; (2) Host, maintain, and update the technology platform; and (3) Provide training and technical assistance for communities seeking to implement the tool.

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Virtual Practicum (3 awards)
2018-2025

The Virtual Practicum is an interactive training program for health care providers and allied professionals on sexual assault medical forensic examinations (SAMFEs). First launched in 2008, the Practicum was updated in 2018-2021 by EVAWI and a diverse array of project partners. Current funding supports free access to the Practicum and additional technical assistance for users.

Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement (9 awards)
2004-2021

Training and technical assistance was provided for law enforcement and allied professionals to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault, with particular focus on sexual assault investigations. Over the course of 18 years, funding supported more than 250,000 hours of professional training in live and online training opportunities and the development and dissemination of new resources accessed through 13.8 million page views on EVAWI’s website.

Forensic Compliance Technical Assistance Grants (4 awards)
2009-2020

Training and technical assistance was provided to help professionals design and implement victim-centered response systems that are compliant with requirements for sexual assault medical forensic examinations outlined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Often referred to as “forensic compliance,” these VAWA provisions ensure sexual assault victims have access to a medical forensic exam, free of charge and regardless of whether they participate in the criminal justice process. VAWA also requires community notification of this right.

National Conference Support: EVAWI Annual Conference
2008

Support was provided for EVAWI’s 2009 annual conference, and scholarships for select professionals to attend.


Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Victim Link: Connecting Victims with Advocacy, Services and Reporting
2017-2020

In partnership with a technology firm, EVAWI developed Victim Link, an innovative program offering sexual assault survivors a way to gather information, explore options, and connect with services – even begin the process of reporting to law enforcement, if they choose.

National Conference Support / Crime Victim Scholarships (6 awards)
2008-2013

Support was provided for EVAWI’s annual conference, and scholarships for select professionals and survivors to attend.


Foundation Grants

William H. Donner Foundation
2023

Financial support allowed technology partner EBinRA to make a number of enhancements to SEEK THEN SPEAK, to increase the ease of use for sexual assault survivors and support people. A new administrative portal also allows EVAWI greater flexibility, adaptability, and anonymous data tracking.


MrBallen Foundation
2023

Two Honor Grants were awarded to: (1) Expand the Start by Believing campaign to reach more sexual assault survivors, providing in-depth assistance to agencies launching, sustaining, or extending their local initiatives; and (2) Enhance SEEK THEN SPEAK, a self-guided online interviewing tool that offers a new pathway to justice and services for survivors and support people.


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Sorenson Legacy Foundation (4 awards)
2019-2023

Communities were provided hands-on assistance to launch and sustain Start by Believing campaigns that spread the message, “We believe and support survivors.” This includes free toolkits to educate the public through live and virtual events, teaching them what to say and do when a survivor discloses, as well as extensive resources on survivor support and best practices for law enforcement and other professionals, improving every facet of the community response.


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Williamsen Family Foundation
2021

Provided communities hands-on assistance to launch and sustain Start by Believing campaigns that spread the message, “We believe and support survivors.”


American Bar Endowment Opportunity Grant
2021

EVAWI partnered with technology firm EBinRA to create SEEK THEN SPEAK, a self-guided online interviewing tool that can be accessed from any digital device, for sexual assault survivors to gather information, explore options, and begin the process of reporting their sexual assault to law enforcement, if they choose.


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Uber: Driving for Change Program
2019

Expanded Start by Believing outreach efforts around the world, helping develop, launch, and sustain campaigns and promote Start by Believing Day.


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William H. Donner Foundation: Board Development Grants (3 awards)
2010-2018

Built the level of governance, management, and leadership capacity needed to support EVAWI’s organizational growth, and developed messaging to attract both new donors and larger contributions from existing donors.

William H. Donner Foundation: Making a Difference Project (6 awards)
2003-2009

Challenged the status quo and lack of prosecution for sexual assault in eight US and eight Canadian communities, by providing training, support, and in-depth research to serve as a model for reforms internationally.


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Horizons Foundation (2 awards)
2005-2006

Built organizational capacity, allowing EVAWI to provide training and technical assistance, promote the Online Training Institute (OLTI), and seek continuing education accreditation for law enforcement in several states.


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Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation (2 awards)
2005-2006

Built organizational capacity, allowing EVAWI to provide training and technical assistance, promote the Online Training Institute (OLTI), and seek continuing education accreditation for law enforcement in several states.


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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
2005

Supported scholarships for community-based victim advocates to attend EVAWI’s 2005 annual conference.