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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Family Violence Grant

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits and Agencies
to Provide Direct Services to Crime Victims

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Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance (ICDVVA)

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03/16/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Idaho nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support a range of programs that offer services to crime victims. LOIs are due January 19. Available program funding categories broadly include direct victim services, family violence, and domestic violence.

Authorized Direct Victims Services:

NOTICE: Each of the grant funding sources administered by the ICDVVA has specific criteria for the programs and activities that qualify for the use of funds.

Certain activities and expenses are only allowable under certain funds. As you prepare your budgets, carefully review the activity and the funding source. In the event of a discrepancy with the federal or state guidelines, the decision of the ICDVVA will prevail. The ICDVVA reserves the right to exercise discretion and policy in final determinations regarding whether or not to allow an expense.
Funding Sources: ICDVVA funding sources are:
A. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
B. Family Violence Prevention & Services
C. Domestic Violence Project (Funds from assessments collected on marriage license and divorce filing fees)

Victims of Crime Ace (VOCA):

As a general rule, VOCA funds cannot be used for administrative services costs, but must be used for direct victim services or indirect costs. Administrative services are defined as activities unrelated or remotely related to the provision of direct service to the victims of crime. VOCA funds may be used to support administrative time to maintain the mandatory time and attendance activity sheets, programmatic documentation, reports, statistics, records of crime victims, and the prorated share of mandatory audit costs; and VOCA funds may also be used to support a coordinator of volunteers or interns, if this is determined to be a cost-effective way of serving more crime victims. Under VOCA these are considered indirect costs. This requires approval of the state VOCA administrator.
I. Eligible Direct Victim Services: Activities directly related to the immediate health and safety of a crime victim and services that restore a crime victim’s sense of security. The following, although not exhaustive, is a listing of services, activities and costs that are allowable services considered to be eligible for support with victim assistance grant funds:

A. Services that immediately respond to the emergency emotional and/or physical needs (excluding medical care) of crime victims, such as crisis intervention; accompaniment to hospitals for medical examinations; hotline counseling; emergency food, clothing, transportation, and shelter, and other emergency services intended to restore the victim’s sense of security.

B. Services and activities that assist the primary and secondary victims of crime in understanding the dynamics of victimization and in stabilizing their lives, such as follow-up counseling, group treatment, and therapy. 

C. Legal advocacy on behalf of crime victims; accompaniment to criminal justice offices and court; transportation to court; child care to enable a victim to attend court; notification of victims regarding trial dates, case disposition and parole consideration procedures and assistance with victim impact statements. Projects devoted to restitution and advocacy on behalf of specific crime victims are also allowable.

D. Expanded legal services. Victims may now receive legal services that extend beyond the immediate aftermath of the crime, including services to protect one's safety, privacy or other interests in a criminal proceeding directly related to the victimization; motions to vacate or expunge a conviction; and other legal actions that are reasonably necessary as a direct result of the crime. Victims are also now entitled to receive comprehensive legal assistance in custody proceedings, divorce hearings, immigration cases and housing negotiations.

E. Correctional institutions' ability to work with rape crisis centers. Rape crisis centers can now use VOCA assistance funds to serve victims who are incarcerated, an important development in light of the high incidence of sexual assault experienced by justice-involved women. The change also enables corrections agencies working to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act to call on rape crisis centers to be an additional source of service and support for victims.

F. Housing services. Recognizing the critical need for shelter for victims of domestic abuse, the new rule allows service providers to use funding for certain aspects of transitional housing and relocation costs.

G. Forensic examinations for sexual assault victims only when no other funding sources are available and when examinations conform to state evidentiary collection requirements.

H. Costs necessary and essential to the provision of direct services. This includes pro-rated costs of rent,* telephone service, transportation costs for victims to receive services, emergency transportation costs that enable a victim to participate in the criminal justice system, and local travel expenses for service providers.

I. Costs that are directly related to providing direct services such as: staff salaries and benefits, malpractice insurance, advertising to recruit VOCA funded personnel, and training for paid and volunteer staff to enhance direct victim service skills.

*Please note—VOCA regulations regarding rent or space follows:

Space—The cost of space in privately or publicly owned buildings used for the benefit of the program is allowable subject to the conditions stated below:

A. The total cost of space may not exceed the rental cost of comparable space and facilities in a privately-owned building in the same locality.

B. The cost of space procured for the program usage may not be charged to the program for periods of non-occupancy without authorization of the Federal awarding agency.

Rental Cost—The rental cost of space in a privately owned building is allowable. Rent cannot be paid if the building is owned by the grantee or if the grantee has a substantial financial interest in the property. However, the cost of ownership is an allowable expense. Similar costs for a publicly-owned building are allowable where “rental rate” systems or equivalent systems that adequately reflect actual costs are employed. Such charges must be determined on the basis of actual cost (including depreciation based on the useful life of the building, operation and maintenance, and other allowable costs). Where these costs are included in rental charges, they may not be charged elsewhere. No costs will be included for purchases or construction that was originally financed by the federal government.

II. Indirect Victim Services

A. The services and activities discussed in this section, though not direct crime victim services, are often necessary to ensure that quality direct services are provided. Before these costs can be supported with VOCA funds, the state administrator and applicant must agree that: (1) direct services to crime victims cannot be offered without VOCA support of these expenses; (2) the program has no other source of support for them; and (3) only limited amounts of VOCA funds will be used for these purposes.

B. Refer to Subgrantee Training Guide under Indirect Services for information on the following: Skills training for staff, training materials, training-related travel, equipment and furniture, advanced technologies, contracts for professional services, operating costs, supervision of direct service providers, repair or replacement of essential items and public presentations.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA):

The FVPSA State Formula Grant funds shall be used to identify and provide subgrants to eligible entities for programs and projects within the state that are designed to prevent incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence by providing immediate shelter and supportive services; and which may include paying for the operating and administrative expenses of the facilities for a shelter, for adult and youth victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents: and which may be used to provide prevention services to prevent future incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence (Section 10408 (a)).

FVPSA funds awarded to subgrantees shall be used for but are not limited to:

-Assistance in developing safety plans and supporting efforts of victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence to make decisions related to their ongoing safety and well-being.
-Provision of individual and group counseling, peer support groups, and referral to community-based services to assist family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence victims, and their dependents, in recovering from the effects of the violence.
-Provision of services, training, technical assistance, and outreach to increase awareness of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and increase the accessibility of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence services.
-Provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
-Provision of services for children exposed to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, including age-appropriate counseling, supportive services, and services for the non-abusing parent that support that parent’s role as caregiver, which may, as appropriate, include services that work with the non-abusing parent and child together.
-Provision of advocacy, case management services, and information and referral services concerning issues related to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, intervention and prevention, including : 1) assistance in accessing related federal and state financial assistance programs; 2) legal advocacy to assist victims and their dependents; 3) medical advocacy, including provision of referrals for appropriate health care services (including mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse treatment), which does not include reimbursement for any health care services; 4)assistance locating and securing sage and affordable permanent housing and homelessness prevention services; 5) transportation, child care respite care, job training and employment services, financial literacy services and education, financial planning, and related economic empowerment services: and 6) parenting and other educational services for victims and their dependents.

Domestic Violence Project Account:

Only programs that meet the ICDVVA minimum standards for domestic violence programs and personnel are eligible for these state funds collected on marriage license and divorce filing fees.
I. Direct Victim Eligible Services:
1. Counseling;
2. Educational services for community awareness, for prevention of domestic violence and for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of parties to domestic violence;
3. Support groups; and
4. Assistance in obtaining legal, medical psychological or vocational services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140276

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include victim service programs whose sole mission is to provide services to crime victims. This may include public and non-profit organizations that have components serving crime victims. These organizations are eligible for ICDVVA funding, if the funds are used to expand or enhance the delivery of crime victim services.
At a minimum, to qualify for funding from the ICDVVA, a program must:
1. Be operated by a public agency or nonprofit organization, or a combination thereof that provides direct services to crime victims.
2. Promote community efforts to aid crime victims.
3. Not discriminate in admissions or services.
4. Demonstrate providing effective services to crime victims that include a history of providing services in a cost-effective manner and financial support from other sources.
5. Require staff and volunteers to hold confidential any information that would identify individuals unless required by law.
6. Use volunteers, unless compelling reasons exist to waive this requirement. The program must submit the request for a waiver in writing. This request must have written approval from the ICDVVA.
7. Provide crime victims with information and/or assistance in applying for crime victim compensation benefits.
8. Provide services to victims at no charge.
9. Provide services to victims of federal crimes.
10. Meet basic applicable standards as established by the ICDVVA. Domestic Violence Shelters must be in compliance with ICDVVA standards at the time of application.
11. Comply with all contractual, program and financial standards, reporting, monitoring and training requirements of the ICDVVA. Failure to comply may result in the reduction, suspension or termination of funding.
12. Provide in-kind and/or cash match. Must retain documentation supporting match.
13. Provide current certificates of worker’s compensation insurance at the time of application and during the grant award contract.
14. Provide current proof of a $500,000.00 minimum comprehensive general liability insurance policy, including personal injury, broad form liability endorsement or blanket contractual liability at the time of application and during the grant award contract. (Cannot use ICDVVA funds.)
15. Provide current proof of professional (malpractice) liability insurance at the time of application and during the grant award contract. (Can use ICDVVA funds.)
16. Ensure that ICDVVA funds will not be used to supplant Federal, State or other local funds.
17. Comply with State and Federal rules regulating grants, and abide by the guidelines set forth.
18. Report any criminal, civil, or administrative investigations and/or convictions, and findings regarding the funded program in writing to ICDVVA.

In addition to victim service programs, other organizations that may be eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Criminal justice agencies include: Law enforcement, prosecutors’ offices, courts, corrections departments, probation, and parole. These agencies are eligible to receive ICDVVA funding to help pay for victim services. Examples of services provided by current criminal justice grantees include: Victim witness programs, victim impact statements, statements of pecuniary damage for purposes of criminal restitution, victim offender mediation programs, and victim impact panels. In general, ICDVVA funding may be used to provide crime victim services that exceed the normal duties of law enforcement or criminal justice agencies. Duties associated with crime scene investigation, questioning of victims and witnesses, and testifying in court are not to be paid for with grant funds.

2. Faith-Based Organizations: Faith-based organizations must ensure that services to all crime victims will be provided without regard to religious affiliation and that the receipt of services is not contingent upon participation in any religious activity or event. Receipt of funds must not create an “excessive entanglement” of church and state.

3. Hospitals and Emergency Medical Facilities: Many crime victims require medical services. Such organizations must provide crisis counseling, support groups, and other types of victim services.
Programs will use funding to address the immediate health and safety of crime victims. Examples of services include: crisis intervention, crisis lines, shelters, advocacy, and emergency services that are intended to restore the victim’s sense of security.

Examples of Ineligible Activities:

There are certain activities that do not qualify as direct victim services. The following is a partial list of ineligible use of funds. 

A. Lobbying and Administrative—Advocacy—funds cannot be used to support victim legislation or administrative reform.

B. Prosecution activities: activities that are directed at prosecuting an offender or improving the criminal justice system. These activities include witness notification, expert witness testimony at trials, and victim witness protection costs and subsequent lodging and meal expenses.

C. Fundraising.

D. Indirect Organizational costs: costs of liability insurance on buildings, capital improvements, security and body guards, property losses and expenses, real estate purchases, mortgage payments, and construction may not be supported with VOCA funds.

E. Reimbursing—Reimbursing crime victims for expenses incurred as a result of a crime, such as insurance deductibles, replacement of stolen property, funeral expenses, lost wages, and medical bills, is not allowed.

F. Most Medical Costs—Funds cannot pay for nursing home care, home health-care costs, inpatient treatment costs, hospital care, and other types of emergency and non-emergency medical and/or dental treatment resulting from victimization.

G. Administrative staff expenses, salaries, benefits, fees, and reimbursable expenses associated with administrators, board members, directors, consultants, coordinators, and other individuals are not supported by VOCA funds, unless these expenses are incurred providing direct services to crime victims. Administrative service costs cannot be considered as a match.

H. Development of protocols, interagency agreements, and other working agreements.

I. Costs of sending individual crime victims to conferences.

J. Activities exclusively related to crime prevention.

K. VOCA assistance funds cannot be used for victim/offender meetings that serve to replace criminal justice proceedings. VOCA funds cannot be used for any perpetrator services or perpetrator rehabilitation.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Requirements:
-VOCA: 20% cash or in-kind of the VOCA funds awarded to the grantee.
-Family Violence: 20% cash or in-kind of the FV funds awarded to the grantee.
-State Domestic Violence: 25% cash or in-kind of the State funds awarded to the grantee.

No federal funds may be used for the match.

A mandatory Letter of Intent is due January 19, 2018

One copy of the application must be received by The Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance by 4:00 PM on March 16, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kimberly Conklin, Grants/Contracts Officer

Idaho Council on Domestic Violence
and Victim Assistance
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036

Phone: (208) 332-1540
Toll-Free: 1-800-291-0463
Fax: (208) 334-2279

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