Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Services

The 67th Legislative Assembly appropriated $250,000 to the Office of Attorney General to fund grant awards for enhancing the quality and quantity of forensic nurse examiner services available to victims of assault. 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.  

  • The 2021 Grant Application deadline has passed. We are not accepting applications at this time.    

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.

Eligible Uses 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) funds can be used for any of the following purpose areas:

  • Developing a SANE program to ensure all victims of sexual assault who want a sexual assault forensic examination or sexually transmitted infection treatment receive that examination or treatment
  • Providing coordination between a hospital without staff specifically trained to perform a sexual assault forensic examination and a community-based sexual assault nurse examiner program that can provide proper care by a SANE.
  • Enhancing collaborative efforts among nurses, hospitals or clinics, law enforcement, states attorneys, and sexual assault advocates (Sexual Assault Response Teams)
  • Engaging in local, regional, and/or state-wide training efforts for new and/or existing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
  • Strengthening the quality of services provided to sexual assault victims requesting care through purchase of equipment and supplies.  

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

Length of Award

The grant award commences July 1, 2021, and continues through June 30, 2023.  Continued funding cannot be guaranteed.  Applicants should secure local funding so that projects may be continued after the grant ends.

This is a reimbursement-based grant. Quarterly financial reporting and semi-annual progress reports are required. Reimbursements may be withheld if reporting is not complete. only. Expenses must be supported by detailed documentation. The grant manager will conduct a site visit or desk review each year.

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

Grant Application

  • The 2021 Grant Application deadline has passed. We are not accepting applications at this time. 


Applications are submitted electronically to Application deadline is 11:59 PM (central time) on Friday August 6, 2021. Late applications will not be considered. 

Application/Award Timeline

  • June 2021:  Notice of funding availability is made.
  • August 2021:  Application deadline.
  • September 2021: 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. Awards are retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • June 2023: Funding award ends.

Grant Awards

Technical Assistance

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