SFDA Victim Services Division Announces $750,000 Request for Proposal Grant Opportunity to Expand Services to Crime Victims


News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón


January 29, 2019
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CONTACT: ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931   |   MARISA RODRIGUEZ (415) 553-1323 


SAN FRANCISCO — Today, District Attorney George Gascón joined Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s Victim Services Division, to announce the release of the 2019 Victim of Crime Services Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). Through the Victims of Crime Services Grant Request for Proposals (RFP), qualified community-based organizations will be able to apply for grants between $50,000 and $100,000 from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. This grant opportunity will expand the Victim Services Division’s partnership with community-based service providers who serve victims and survivors of violent crime at any point during their trauma and recovery.


“The Request for Proposal Grant is an important step toward ensuring equitable access to services for victims and survivors of crime,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “These services are essential to the healing and recovery process and need to be accessible, inclusive, and adaptable to the specific needs of the individual.”


The Request for Proposal is particularly for those who are the most vulnerable, marginalized, and for those who have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing services. The Victim Services Division is specifically looking for innovative proposals from community-based service providers that reflect the values and standards of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. There are approximately four grants totaling $750,000 to be given over a two-year period. The focus will be on survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.


“We are excited to expand and build on our partnership and collaboration with the community by providing funding to our non-profit partners to reach victims and survivors of violent crime in need of support, resources, and services,” said Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of the Victim Services Division. “The health, well-being, and safety of the community is a priority for our office and this funding will allow more people to access what they need to recover rebuild following a violent crime.”


Each year, the Victim Services Division reaches more than 8,500 victims of violent crime, but unfortunately there are more victims and survivors in need of vital support. This grant will allow more victims and survivors to access trauma-informed services in their neighborhood, in multiple languages, and with strategies that are responsive and tailored to our most vulnerable community members. By collaborating and coordinating together, we can expand our reach to provide resources and services to those in the community who have been touched by violence and crime.


Today, Dr. Gena Castro Rodriguez was joined by Dr. Emily Murase, Director of the Department on the Status of Women, Beverly Upton, Executive Director of the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, and Shawna Reeves, Director of the Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging.