Rape and Sexual Assault

Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Grant

Funding is provided to community based organizations to implement primary prevention strategies that reduce sexual violence perpetration and victimization in the state of Utah, including childhood sexual violence, particularly in underserved communities.

The VIPP approaches sexual violence from a public health perspective – recognizing that primary prevention, including efforts to change cultural norms, behaviors, and practices – is essential to create a community climate free from violence.

Application Details

Application Open: May 8, 2017

Application Deadline: 11:59PMSunday, June 11, 2017

 

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Eligible Applicants: Governmental and non-profit organizations

The Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program (UDOH/VIPP) is requesting proposals to implement primary prevention strategies that reduce sexual violence perpetration and victimization in the state of Utah, including childhood sexual violence, particularly in underserved communities. For the purposes of this RFP, the targeted population is individuals aged 5-25 years (or parents, caregivers, or providers of individuals aged 5-25). Additional weight will be given to applicants who demonstrate how they will serve underserved communities, including: communities of high need, tribal communities, rural communities, or LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communities.


Approximately $600,000 in one-time funding is expected to be available and it is anticipated that there will be 20-30 awards. Please note: This amount is subject to change.    

Floor for individual awards: $10,000
Ceiling for individual awards: $50,000
Ceiling for joint applications (2 or more collaborating agencies): $70,000

Applicants must submit program and budget proposals reflecting programming for the anticipated funding period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

 

If alternative submission method is requested, please contact Megan Waters, (801)538-6626, mewaters@utah.gov.

Eligibility Details

1. Applicants must be governmental or non-profit organizations, located in the state of Utah.

2. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of the dynamics of sexual violence, the principles of prevention and show how they will address these complex issues.

3. Applicants must also show the level of commitment to the issues and why they believe they are the best organization to address these issues in the proposed target community.

4. Previous awardees MUST be in good standing with the UDOH/VIPP by demonstrating that they have submitted any required documentation and reports in a timely manner and are showing satisfactory progress on any current contracts.

5. An applying agency must abide by the UDOH General Provisions. The RFP Review Committee reserves the right to deny funds to those organizations that do not meet the requirements of this grant.

Have some questions?

View our Q&A document it will answer questions that have been received from applicants.

What is primary prevention?

The CDC defines sexual assault primary prevention as “approaches and activities that take place before sexual violence has occurred to prevent initial perpetration or victimization.”

The working definition of sexual violence prevention for the RPE program is population-based or environmental and system-level strategies, policies and actions that prevent sexual violence from initially occurring. Such prevention efforts work to modify and/or entirely eliminate the events, conditions, situations, or exposure to influences (risk factors) that result in the initiation of sexual violence and associated injuries, disabilities, and deaths. Additionally, sexual violence prevention efforts address perpetration, victimization, and bystander attitudes and behaviors; and seek to identify and enhance protective factors that impede the initiation of sexual violence not only in at-risk populations, but also the community at large.

Social Ecological Model

The social ecological model allows incorporation of risk and protective factors from multiple domains. The model not only addresses an individual’s risk factors, but also the norms, beliefs, and social and economic systems that create the conditions for the occurrence of sexual violence.

  • Individual: The first level identifies biological and personal history factors that increase the likelihood of becoming a victim or perpetrator of violence. Some of these factors are age, education, income, substance use, or history of abuse.
  • Relationship: The second level includes factors that increase risk because of relationships with peers, intimate partners, and family members. A person's closest social-circle peers, partners, and family members influence their behavior and contributes to their range of experience.
  • Community: The third level explores the settings, such as schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, in which social relationships occur and seeks to identify the characteristics of these settings that are associated with becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.
  • Societal: The fourth level looks at the broad societal factors that help create a climate in which violence is encouraged or inhibited. These factors include social and cultural norms. Other broad societal factors include the health, economic, educational and social policies that help to maintain economic or social inequalities between groups in society. “Sexual Violence Prevention: Beginning the Dialogue” identifies concepts and strategies, including use of the social ecological model, that may be used as a foundation for planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence primary prevention activities.