Domestic Violence Forensic Medical Exams

The 68th Legislative Assembly approved an appropriation to the Office of Attorney General to fund grant awards for providing domestic violence forensic medical examination program grants for community-based or hospital-based domestic violence examiner programs. Funds will be awarded through a competitive process to organizations that are able to demonstrate involvement in providing services related to sexual assault victims, in coordination with state and local governments.


  • Grant applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2025 biennium.



Eligible Program Participants


Grant funds can only be disbursed through a political subdivision partnering with non-government programs.


  • For purposes of the grant, a political subdivision is defined as a county, township, park district, school district, city, and any other unit of local government which is created either by statute or by the Constitution of North Dakota for local government or other public purposes.
  • Grant funds cannot be awarded directly to non-government organizations, but a grantee may contract for services from such an organization.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the participating/cooperating agencies must be provided with the application, if applicable.
  • A current SANE program must already be in place with at least 12-15 SANE exams completed in the last year. This will be verified before awards are made.



Eligible Uses


Domestic Violence Forensic Medical Examinations funds can be used for any of the following purpose areas:


  • Expanding existing SANE programs to include Domestic Violence Forensic Medical Exams
    •  Please note your agency MUST already have a SANE program in place to apply for this grant. See Grant Guidance for details.
  • Providing coordination between a hospital without staff specifically trained to perform a domestic violence forensic examination.
  • Engaging in local, regional, and/or state-wide training efforts for domestic violence exams



Prohibited Uses


Grant funds cannot be used to supplant state and local funds.  In addition, grant funds cannot be used for:


  • Lobbying
  • Research/research projects
  • Fundraising
  • Construction/remodel projects
  • Providing out of state direct services or training



Length of Award


The grant award commences July 1, 2023, and continues through June 30, 2025.  Continued funding cannot be guaranteed.  Applicants should secure local funding so that projects may be continued after the grant ends.



Grant Application


  • Grant applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2025 biennium.


Submitted expenses must be supported by complete and detailed documentation, such as invoices, time-sheets, payroll records, training agendas, travel itineraries, etc. Reimbursement may be withheld if reporting is not complete. The grant manager may conduct a site visit or desk review during the award period.


Law Enforcement Agencies – UCR reporting must be current at time of award and kept current throughout the funding cycle.



Application/Award Timeline


  • July 2023:  Notice of funding availability is made.
  • August 2023:  Application deadline.
  • September 2023: Drug & Violent Crime Policy Board meets to review applications and make funding recommendations to the Attorney General.
    • Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants by mid-October. Awards are retroactive to July 1, 2023.
  • June 2025: Funding award ends.



Grant Awards


Quarterly financial reporting and semi-annual progress reports are required and must be accompanied by complete documentation. Reimbursement may be withheld if reporting is not complete. Current audits and a financial questionnaire will need to be submitted prior to receiving funds.


Technical Assistance


If you require any assistance regarding the grant application process, please call 701-328-2210 and ask for the grants management section.

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