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The Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) was established in 2016 by the Rhode Island General Assembly R.I.G.L. § 12-29-12, creating a fund which has as its primary purpose the prevention of domestic violence and dating violence.

The DVPF is administered by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is used to promote evidence-informed primary prevention programs in Rhode Island aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts.

Funded projects address shared risk and protective factors for violence and have a primary focus on changing systems, policies, social and cultural norms, and community conditions that allow intimate partner violence to occur.


Applications for 2017-2018 DVPF Community Micro-grants are now being accepted!

Please find the Request for Proposals below. Deadline for submission is September 5, 2017. Apply today!

Request for Proposals
  • 2017-2018 Request for Proposals


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Domestic Violence Prevention Fund 2017-2018 Request for Proposals

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is now accepting proposals for short-term projects aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts.

The RICADV welcomes applications that address shared risk and protective factors for violence and have a primary focus on changing systems, policies, social and cultural norms, and community conditions that allow intimate partner violence to occur. 

The RICADV will award 5 to 6 one-time Community Micro-grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the availability of funds.

The RICADV will also continue to fund 2016 Implementation Project Award grantees Progreso Latino, Sojourner House, and YWCA RI into 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions


The following questions were either emailed in advance for, or posed on, the August 11, 2017 Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) Community Micro-grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Applicant Technical Assistance Call, with the answers below provided on the call.

Best of luck to all applicants. Together, we can prevent domestic violence and dating violence in Rhode Island!

Q 1.) Is state government eligible to apply?

A 1.) Public and not-for-profit community-based organizations, faith institutions, and Rhode Island middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply for DVPF Community Micro-grants. Only established 501(c)(3) organizations that have been operating for at least 2 years will be considered. Community groups and associations that are not 501(c)(3) can use a local fiscal agent to apply.

Q 2.) Can you share examples of funded Community Micro-grant projects?

A 2.) Princes 2 Kings received a $5,000 Community Micro-grant to develop an engaging and educational stop-motion animation film addressing teen dating violence. Princes 2 Kings works primarily with middle school and high school males of color in the West End and South Side of Providence. The script is being developed by the program participants, and they will also perform, record, and edit the film.

Youth in Action (YIA) received a $10,000 Community Micro-grant to support the development and implementation of a series of youth-designed community events in 2017. Youth In Action will provide training to YIA staff on recognizing, responding, and referring families experiencing intimate partner violence; develop a youth-led film and discussion series for 75 young people; and launch a social media campaign to create awareness and drive participation in the film and discussion series.

Applicants were directed to the RICADV’s website for additional examples of DVPF funded projects and to access the prevention resource “Our Future Depends On Preventing Domestic Violence.” 

Q 3.) Can we focus our project on a college campus?

Q 3.) Yes. The RFP is open to proposals that engage populations across the lifespan. Please note that priority will be given to proposals that focus on altering norms, policies, and community conditions that impact girls and boys of color and LGBTQ and Two-Spirit youth. Priority will also be given to proposals that support the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act in schools through climate and systems change strategies. Additionally, priority will be given to short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts, help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence, and encourage bystanders to take action and get involved.

Q 4.) Can the DVPF be used to work with youth in grades K-3? (The caller described "Hands are Not for Hitting" and a puppet show and emailed a link after the call, included here.)

A 4.) The RICADV cannot set aside funds from the DVPF for this project or any project. The RICADV must use an RFP to solicit project proposals from the community in order to disperse funds. Applicants can reach out to a school or local non-profit and submit a proposal for this type of project, as it is an eligible activity.

 

Implementation Project Awards

Priority was given to proposals that focused on altering norms, policies, and community conditions that impact girls and boys of color and LGBTQ and Two-Spirit youth, and that support the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act in schools.

  • Progreso Latino

  • Sojourner House

  • YWCA RI

Progreso Latino is a community based organization located in Central Falls whose mission is to empower Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities to achieve greater self-sufficiency and socioeconomic progress by providing transformational programs that support personal growth and social change.

Progreso Latino received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to execute Teen & Adult Prevention Program (TAPP), a prevention program that will use a holistic public health approach to build the community’s capacity to address intimate partner violence in the Blackstone Valley area.

TAPP will create youth and adult social action groups that will assess community challenges and then mobilize the community to identify and lead social change efforts and policy reforms. Progreso Latino has partnered with the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the local domestic violence agency in that area, to provide domestic violence prevention education to social action groups and local schools.

Sojourner House is the local domestic violence agency serving Providence and Northern Rhode Island. The organization's mission is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, and education for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and to effect systems change.

Sojourner House received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to launch Interpersonal Violence Youth Peer Advocacy Network Program in the communities of Providence and Woonsocket.

With support from three community based youth serving organizations, Youth Pride Inc., Youth In Action, and Youth Works 411, and the Providence Student Union, Sojourner House will train youth activists and establish a peer advocacy program that will support schools with the implementation of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act.

YWCA Rhode Island is a social justice organization and movement providing direct service to, collaborating with, and advocating on behalf of the most structurally disenfranchised people in our society, including low-wage workers, the unemployed, women and girls, people of color, English language learners, immigrants, survivors of abuse, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as current military and veterans.

YWCA Rhode Island received a $55,000 Implementation Project award to train educators, youth workers, service providers, and community members on the historical and current ways that institutional and structural racism impact girls of color and to provide a proven practice for building resiliency in girls.

Community Micro-Grant Awards

Priority was given to short-term projects that foster and increase community cohesion through public awareness, education, and the arts, and that help community members make a personal connection to the issue of intimate partner violence by encouraging bystanders to take action.

  • Princes 2 Kings

  • Youth in Action

Princes 2 Kings is a multicomponent program that combines academics and tutoring in STEAM, as well as athletics, mentoring, cultural enrichment activities, and workforce development for program participants year-round, with a goal of improving high school graduation rates among middle school and high school males of color in the West End and South Side of Providence.

Princes 2 Kings received a $5,000 Community Micro-grant to develop an engaging and educational stop-motion animation film addressing teen dating violence. The script will be developed by the program participants, and they will also perform, record, and edit the film.

Youth in Action is a youth-led organization whose focus is on engaging youth to be full participants and leaders in their communities, serving as agents of social change. Youth In Action (YIA) uses digital media arts, community health, and student centered techniques to engage youth and build a context for passion and closing the achievement gap.

Youth In Action received a $10,000 Community Micro-grant to support the development and implementation of a series of youth-designed community events in 2017.

Youth In Action will:

  • provide YIA staff training on recognizing, responding, and referring families experiencing IPV;
  • develop a youth-led film and discussion series for 75 young people; and
  • launch a social media campaign to create awareness and drive participation in the film and discussion series.