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$1M in funding for sexual assault awareness, prevention programs on campuses now available


Applications are now being accepted from public and non-public Michigan colleges and universities for $1 million in grant funding available through the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP) to help support ongoing efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campuses across the state.

This is the fourth round of grants after the program was announced in June 2015 following First Lady Sue Snyder’s “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit. The money was appropriated from Michigan’s Fiscal Year 2019 General Fund budget—the largest investment in the program to date.

“These grant dollars play a critical role in fostering long-overdue culture change in Michigan by enabling schools to develop and implement innovative approaches to combat campus sexual assault,” Snyder said. “I thank the Governor and our partners in the Legislature for renewing and increasing this critical investment to promote the health and safety of Michigan’s students.”

In 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder recommended and the Michigan Legislature appropriated $500,000 from the FY 2016 General Fund to support the grant program. An additional $500,000 to support the program was authorized for FY 2017 and was renewed again for FY 2018 for $600,000.

Last year, 16 awards were made for projects that included developing mobile reporting applications for students and faculty, developing student-driven training videos, providing trauma-informed sexual assault training to first responders, and creating sexual assault networks for colleges to share resources and innovative programs.

On Sept. 24, the First Lady will host the fourth “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit at Western Michigan University. The summit will continue the conversation of campus assault and is an ongoing campaign to inform communities, empower individuals and ultimately bring an end to campus sexual assault.

The grant application can be found at www.michigan.gov/CJgrants. Applications will be accepted until noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

Eligible applicants are permitted to submit up to two applications for projects in the following five program areas: education, awareness, prevention, reporting and bystander intervention, or for campus improvements related to student safety, which may include lighting, security cameras, secure entrances, and more.

Applicants are encouraged to research and develop their projects with state and national sexual assault experts, as well as model their proposals after evidence-based sexual assault programs. Campus upgrades related to student safety require applicants to work collaboratively with their campus or local police department and include a letter of support from the campus or local police department with their application.

The application deadline is 12 p.m. (noon) EDT on Oct. 8, 2018.

For questions regarding the grant program or to submit an application, email msp-csagrant@michigan.gov.
 

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