By MATTHEW CARNERO MACIAS

Units of local government, public agencies, and nonprofits may now apply for funding under the Violence Against Women Act, Services, Training, Officers, Prosecution Formula Grant program, made effective on Aug. 2 by Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Some $2.2 million is anticipated to be awarded under solicitation for the current award period, which ends Sept. 15, officials said.

The VAWA STOP formula grant program is a dynamic approach to meet the needs of the affected communities. Its mission is to support “communities in their efforts to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat violent crime against women and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.”

In 2013, VAWA was reauthorized and updated. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 reinforced support for victims and survivors.

“I strongly encourage victim advocacy services, law enforcement agencies, local units of governments, and other eligible applicants to apply. Let’s work together to end domestic violence, dating violence. Sexual assault and stalking once and for all,” Beshear said in a prepared statement.

Funding priority is given to victim advocacy services. “These funds should be used for projects that serve or focus on adults and youth (age 11 to 24) who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. However, they may also support complementary new initiatives and emergency services for victims and their families, including children 10 and under,” according to a news release.

Prosecution, law enforcement, courts, and discretionary programs are other sectors available for priority funding.

As stated in the VAWA STOP program and financial guidelines and instructions, the Office on Violence Against Women requires states to allocate at least 30% of funds to nonprofit and non-governmental victim services, of which at least 10% is reserved for culturally specific community-based organizations.

Funding is administered by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Grants Management Division. The VAWA STOP grant application closes on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. ET.