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CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

16.833

Funding or PIN Number:

O-BJA-2022-171107

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Alabama;  Alaska;  Arizona;  Arkansas;  California;  Colorado;  Connecticut;  Delaware;  Florida;  Georgia;  Hawaii;  Idaho;  Illinois;  Indiana;  Iowa;  Kansas;  Kentucky;  Louisiana;  Maine;  Maryland;  Massachusetts;  Michigan;  Minnesota;  Mississippi;  Missouri;  Montana;  Nebraska;  Nevada;  New Hampshire;  New Jersey;  New Mexico;  New York City;  New York;  North Carolina;  North Dakota;  Ohio;  Oklahoma;  Oregon;  Pennsylvania;  Rhode Island;  South Carolina;  South Dakota;  Tennessee;  Texas;  Utah;  Vermont;  Virginia;  Washington, DC;  Washington;  West Virginia;  Wisconsin;  Wyoming USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);  Guam (USA);  Puerto Rico (USA);  Virgin Islands (USA);  Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #153228

Grant Description

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Grants to USA and territories government agencies, tribal governments, prosecutor's offices, and law enforcement agencies to improve judicial outcomes for victims of gender-based assault. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to respond to violent crime. The purpose of funding is to enhance the functioning of the criminal justice system through the investigation and prosecution of cases resulting from sexual assault kits (SAK) evidence and the collection of lawfully owed DNA.

SAKI provides funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams to inventory, track, and expeditiously test previously unsubmitted SAKs; collect and test lawfully owed DNA from offenders/arrestees; produce necessary protocols and policies to improve collaboration among laboratories, police, prosecutors, and victim service providers; provide resources to address the sexual assault investigations and prosecutions that result from evidence and CODIS hits produced by tested SAKs; and optimize victim notification protocols and services.

Category Titles

  • Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Approach to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits.
  • Purpose Area 2: SAKI for Small Agencies (including rural and tribal agencies).
  • Purpose Area 3: Expansion of DNA Databases to Assist with Sexual Assault Investigations and Prosecutions: Collection of Lawfully Owed DNA from Convicted Offenders and Arrestee DNA Collections.
  • Purpose Area 4: Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Sexual Assaults.
  • Purpose Area 5: Developing and Implementing a Sustainability Plan.

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative opportunity supports the Department’s priorities of reducing violent crime and supporting law enforcement officers and prosecutors by:

  1. Providing jurisdictions (including rural and tribal) with resources to address sexual assault kits in their custody that have not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing by Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)-eligible DNA methodologies;
  2. Improving investigation and prosecution in connection with evidence and cases resulting from the testing process; and
  3. Providing sites with resources to collect DNA samples from qualifying individuals who should have a sample in CODIS (based on the type and time of the offense in relation to applicable state law), but from whom a sample has never been collected or submitted to a laboratory for testing. 

In addition to unsubmitted SAKs, SAKI addresses partially tested SAKs, as defined in the solicitation, and untested evidence associated with sexually motivated homicides.

Based on research findings and the recommendations of subject matter experts, BJA created and is implementing a national response model to address the issue of unsubmitted SAKs. The three essential elements of that model are: 

  1. Inventory all unsubmitted SAKs
  2. Create a multidisciplinary working group
  3. Designate a site coordinator

For additional information about these essential elements of a SAKI BJA Model, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171107.pdf#page=7

Program Requirements: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171107.pdf#page=8

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2022-171107.pdf#page=9

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Areas 1, 3, and 4:
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- State law enforcement agencies
- Units of local government
- Governmental nonlaw enforcement agencies acting as their fiscal agents
- Prosecutor’s offices

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Area 2:
- Small law enforcement agencies or consortia of small law enforcement agencies

The following entities are eligible to apply for Purpose Area 5:
- Existing and/or previous SAKI grantees that have addressed their unsubmitted kits and have clearly demonstrated they have also addressed the downstream case activities under SAKI (investigation, prosecution) for at least 75 percent of their cases.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in Grants.gov by 8:59 pm on May 27, 2022.
The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 pm on June 1, 2022.

OJP urges applicants to submit their Grants.gov and JustGrants submissions prior to the due dates to allow sufficient time to correct errors and resubmit by the submission deadlines if a rejection notification is received. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the Grants.gov deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339132

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$55,000,000

Number of Grants:

32: Up to 12 awards for Purpose Area 1; up to 4 awards for Purpose Area 2; up to 4 awards for Purpose Area 3; up to 8 awards for Purpose Area 4; up to 4 awards for Purpose Area 5.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $2,500,000 each for Purpose Area 1
- Up to $500,000 each for Purpose Area 2
- Up to $1,500,000 each for Purpose Area 3
- Up to $1,500,000 each for Purpose Area 4
- Up to $1,200,000 each for Purpose Area 5

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/22 12:00 AM
- Performance Duration: 36 months

Contact Information:

For technical assistance with submitting the Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support, or email at support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. The OJP Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

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