Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Community Sponsorships

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) takes place every February. This is an issue that impacts everyone - not just teens - but their parents, teachers, friends, and communities. To address the issue of teen dating violence together, Fact Forward is sponsoring organizations committed to hosting an event that promotes safe, healthy relationships. These events can take place through April 8th. 

We will fund creative ideas to engage parents, trusted adults, and your community in ways that align with our core values.

Submissions are due by February 25, 2022. 

Submit Application


  1.  Application Due:  February 25, 2022
  2.  Applicants notified: March 4, 2022
  3.  Return W9, Terms and Conditions Agreement: By March 10, 2022
  4.  50% of the proposed award amount mailed: By March 18, 2022
  5.  To receive reimbursement, the applicant must email the following documents to sponsorships@factforward.org no later than 30 days after the event.
    • Summary of the event.
    • Updated of the budget w/ corresponding receipts and/or invoices.
    • Photos from the event
    • Registration or Sign-In Sheet
    • Evaluations if applicable.

NOTE: If the applicant fails to submit these documents within the designated timeframe, they forfeit reimbursement.

We Believe

  • Parents should be equipped to be the primary educators of their children about love, sex and relationships.
  • The most effective health and sexuality education is age-appropriate and medically accurate, emphasizes abstinence and provides information about contraception.
  • The use of research proven curricula and programs will reduce teen pregnancy. The target of this funding opportunity is community education and outreach. Fact Forward supports evidence- informed strategies to achieve these goals. If you are interested in learning more about research proven curricula for use in your community, our staff can help you find the best program to fit your audience.
  • Having a group of community members that represent diverse segments of the population allows for shared resources, increases knowledge, and greater support for policies and programs to help reduce teen birth rates.
  • Young people should be respected for their unique traits and characteristics and empowered to take control of their own reproductive health and wellness. Different backgrounds, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, family situation, and more should be taken into consideration as we seek to meet the reproductive health and wellness needs of all youth.

Eligibility Criteria 

We are currently accepting applications from organizations that meet the following criteria: 

  • The proposal must serve residents of South Carolina.
  • Organizations must apply online for community sponsorship funding and provide the required supporting documentation.
  • Organizations from all 46 counties are encouraged to apply.
  • Organizations from Orangeburg and Richland Counties are encouraged to apply.
  • The focus of the events and activities during Teen Dating Violence Awareness month must include resources that informs young people how to distinguish between healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships. The young people also must understand what it means to have positive friendships, and glean the ability to recognize that only they can establish their boundaries. Additionally, the power to consent is an individual decision.
  • Applications must be submitted by February 11, 2022 at 5:00pm.
  • The programs, activities, and events for which you seek funding must comply with Fact Forward’s mission and priorities.

The following are NOT eligible for Community Sponsorship funding 

  • Any organization that currently receives funding from Fact Forward is not eligible to receive a sponsorship. However, we do encourage currently funded partners to recruit other organizations in their community to apply.
  • Individuals and families (We encourage you to partners with a local organization to execute the idea).
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, veteran status, disability or other characteristic protected by law; or
  • Political or governmental groups

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Toolkit

We've created a toolkit for you to make raising awareness within your community simple. In the toolkit you'll find sample social media posts, graphics to share and a discussion guide. On top of that, you'll find the pledge you and your friends can take that shows your commitment to being a safe space for victims to confide in.