Statistics tell us that each year over 10 million people experience physical abuse by an intimate partner. Domestic violence makes up 15% of all violent crime. It costs over $8.3 billion annually, including lost wages for survivors who miss work. But statistics and price tags can't ever fully capture the human toll that domestic violence takes. In addition to the physical wounds, survivors have an increased risk of post traumatic stress syndrome, depression, substance abuse and suicide. This October marks the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Thursday, people all across the country will wear purple to acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness Day. We found several flexible foundation grants that address needs surrounding domestic violence, from prevention and outreach, to short- and long-term survivor support services.
Mary Kay Domestic Violence Shelter Grant
Every year the Mary Kay Foundation awards at least $3 million to 150 shelters across the country, picking at least one from every state. Awardees are announced in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The application period runs annually from January 15 to April 30. Grants are unrestricted, so they may be used for general operating costs. Eligible entities are nonprofits.
The Lawrence Foundation
Although not exclusive to projects related to domestic violence, The Lawrence Foundation's area of interest are the environment, human services, and disaster relief. Nonprofits, public school districts and libraries are eligible to apply. Awards may support indirect costs. Applications are due on November 1 and April 30 each year.
PetSmart Charities Keeping Pets & Families Together
PetSmart Charities is one of a growing number of organizations that want to help people keep their pets in times of crisis, including homelessness and domestic violence situations. Acceptable request include building or increasing spaces within shelters to house pets. Although the 2017 application period is closed, their website encourages visitors to check back in 2018. Last year the deadline for this grant was the last day in June.
While national foundation grants related to domestic violence do exist, there are many more at the regional and local levels. Selected examples include:
The Pacific Power Foundation Program provides funds to programs related to health, welfare, social services and other community needs, including domestic violence treatment and prevention programs. They prioritize long-term projects that have the potential to be replicated successfully in other settings. Eligible entities are state and local governments, academic institutions, schools and nonprofits in Oregon, central/southeastern Washington, and Northern California. Each category has its own deadline throughout the year. For justice and law, housing, neighborhood or community-based groups, and state and local government agencies, the deadline was June 15. For health and human service agencies and youth organizations, the deadline is December 15.
The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has funding priorities, eligibility requirements, and deadlines identical to the Pacific Power Foundation. It serves communities in Utah, Wyoming, and southeastern Idaho.
The BNSF Railway Foundation has a category for health and human services including spousal abuse prevention and support for transitional shelters. Native American tribes, local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Location near a BNSF mainline is one of several considerations; refer to their website for more details. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The TJX Foundation seeks to help families build a better future by supporting projects that focus on critical needs of families and children including freedom from domestic violence. Eligibility is limited to nonprofits whose projects will take place within 15 miles of their enterprises. Letters of inquiry are due November 17, 2017.
Resources for Referrals
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 with speakers in 200 languages. Their website has live chat from 12 pm to 6 pm Central. It also has tips on how to support those experiencing domestic violence.
Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has a form to create a personalized safety plan among other resources on their site.
- DomesticShelters.org maintains an online database where one can find shelters and other help in their area by entering their zip code.