Overview of Granting Process

ICADV administers approximately $20 million in federal Victims of Crime Act and Violence Against Women Act funds each year. These are federal funds that flow to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). ICJIA contracts with ICADV to administer a portion of those funds for the provision of services to victims of domestic violence and their children.

ICADV funds approximately 50 domestic violence agencies each year to provide the following types of services:

  • legal advocacy to survivors seeking orders of protection
  • legal advocacy to survivors seeking criminal prosecution of her/his abuser
  • medical advocacy
  • counseling and therapy
  • services to Latinas
  • services to survivors of domestic violence from rural areas
  • services to survivors of domestic violence who also have chemical dependency issues

To learn more, read ICADV’s Policies and Procedures for Grant Administration.

If you are a client or employee of an ICADV funded agency and feel your civil rights have been violated, you may choose to file a written complaint to ICADV using this form.

Funding Eligibility

Eligibility for each funding opportunity is specifically outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for that project.

  • Is a legally incorporated not for profit organization whose principal mission is to provide services to victims of domestic violence. Services consist of one or more of the following: information, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, referral, counseling, advocacy, or emotional support.
  • Has a record of providing effective, victim-centered services for the past two years. Victim-centered services are those that promote empowerment and self-determination of victims and which hold abusers accountable for their behavior.
  • Provides services that are free, nondiscriminatory and confidential;
  • Provides all staff and volunteers with 40 hours of domestic violence training. Staff trained after July 1, 2004, must be trained by a site approved by the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals;
  • Provides 24 hour telephone accessibility by personnel without requiring the victim to make a second phone call or wait for a return phone call;
  • Provides access to safe housing, including access to trained staff and services to effectively meet the needs of victims;
  • Has demonstrated ability to utilize an intake assessment to determine eligible clients and uses appropriate service plans for eligible clients;
  • Assists victims in seeking available crime victim compensation benefits;
  • Promotes coordinated public and private efforts within the local community to aid crime victims;
  • Has credibility within their service community regarding provision of services to domestic violence victims.

Additional criteria may also be outlined in funding opportunity announcements. If you are interested in receiving funding opportunity announcements from ICADV, please contact us.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence is currently accepting applications for Victims of Crime Act Services to Victims of Domestic Violence with Disabilities for FY20. The Notice of Funding Opportunity describing program requirements along with application forms for completion are available below for download. Please email grants@ilcadv.org for assistance downloading materials or if you have questions about the application requirements.

Important Due Dates