Sample Memorandum of Understanding
WHEREAS, [Applicant X], [Partner 1] and [Partner 2] have come together to collaborate and to
make an application for [name of OVW Grant Program] grant; and
WHEREAS, the partners listed below have agreed to enter into a collaborative agreement in which
[Applicant X] will be the lead agency and named applicant and the other agencies will be partners in
this application; and
WHEREAS, the partners herein desire to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding setting forth
the services to be provided by the collaborative; and
WHEREAS, the application prepared and approved by the collaborative through its partners is to be
submitted to the Office on Violence Against Women on or before [application due date];
I) Description of Partner Agencies
For each member of the collaborative, provide some background on the agency or organization and
its work regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking.
II) History of Relationship
y Provide a brief history of the collaborative relationship between the partners, including when and
under what circumstances the relationship began and when each partner joined the collaboration.
Specify how often the collaborators meet.
y Describe any changes in the collaboration, including an explanation or description of any new or
additional partners that have been added, or any partners that would no longer participate.
y Describe the critical and long-range goals of the collaboration.
III) Development of Application
y Discuss the circumstances under which this application began and how recent collaboration aided
in the development of the application.
y Specify the extent of each party’s participation in developing the application.
IV) Roles and Responsibilities
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby agreed by and between the partners as follows:
y Clearly state the roles and responsibilities each organization or agency will assume to ensure the
success of the proposed project.
y Describe the resources each partner will contribute to the project either through time, in-kind
contribution or with the use of grant funds, e.g. office space, project staff, training.
y Identify the representatives of the planning and development team who will be responsible for
planning, developing, and implementing project activities and describe how they will work together
and work with project staff.
y Demonstrate a commitment on the part of all partners to work together to achieve stated project
goals and to sustain the project once grant funds are no longer available.