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VOCA Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Prosecutors

Grants to a USA National Organizations to Train Attorneys
Involved in the Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Deadline Date:

05/07/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA national organizations to provide a nationwide technical assistance and training program for attorneys and others involved in the prosecution of child abuse cases. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Victims of Child Abuse Act Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Prosecutors program. This program furthers the Department’s mission to reduce crime and victimization by providing funding for a national training and technical assistance program to enhance the effectiveness of attorneys and others who investigate and prosecute child abuse cases.

Program-Specific Information:

The successful applicant will operate a national training and technical assistance program for attorneys and others involved in prosecuting child abuse cases in state or federal courts to enhance the effectiveness of the investigation and prosecution of such crimes.

The successful applicant will provide technical assistance and training, develop and disseminate publications, promote methods to provide program assessment, and increase coordination among other OJJDP-funded VOCA programs. Other VOCA programs include the Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers Program, Training and Technical Assistance to Child Abuse Professionals Program, Children’s Advocacy Centers Membership and Accreditation Program, and Children’s Advocacy Centers Subgrant Program.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

The program’s goal is to enhance the effectiveness of the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. Section 214A of the VOCA Act authorizes grants to national organizations to provide technical assistance and training to attorneys and others involved in the prosecution of child abuse cases in state or federal courts, for the purpose of improving the quality of criminal prosecution of such cases. The successful applicant will be required to provide training and technical assistance that includes information regarding improved child interview techniques, thorough investigative methods, interagency coordination, and effective presentation of evidence in court, including the use of alternative courtroom procedures.

This training and technical assistance program will address a wide range of topics related to improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect. Training and technical assistance will be provided to prosecutors who prosecute child abuse cases in juvenile and adult courts. The training and technical assistance program will address emerging topics in the field, such as serial child torture, abusive head trauma, prosecution of abusive burn cases, drowned child cases, and defending the forensic interview at trial.

Overview:

To achieve its goal, OJJDP has established the following objectives for this program:
-Develop and provide training opportunities for prosecutors in juvenile and adult courts and related criminal justice professionals.
-Deliver technical assistance to prosecutors in juvenile and adult courts and related criminal justice professionals.
-Develop and promote publications and resources for prosecutors in juvenile and adult courts and related criminal justice professionals.
-Coordinate proposed training and technical assistance with other OJJDP VOCA programs to avoid duplication.

The successful applicant will develop plans for achieving the above objectives by designing and implementing the following activities:

-Deliver training sessions (onsite, cross-site, telephone, web-based, etc.) for prosecutors in juvenile and adult courts and related criminal justice professionals at the local, state, regional, and national levels. The applicant will propose the topics, types, quantity, duration, audiences, timing, and means of delivery of training sessions, identifying trainers with relevant expertise and audiences with significant need. The applicant will include plans for evaluating training sessions to include measuring changes in participants’ knowledge, attitude, and behavior. OJJDP will have final approval of all proposed training sessions funded through this grant program.

-Provide technical assistance at the state and local levels for prosecutors in juvenile and adult courts and related criminal justice professionals designed to enhance the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

-Conduct training and technical assistance that will address—among other relevant topics identified by the applicant—improved child interview techniques, thorough investigative methods, interagency coordination, and effective presentation of evidence in court.

-Create publications and resources to enhance the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. The applicant will indicate the topics, types, quantity, audiences, and production schedule for proposed publications, identifying the authors and contributors. The applicant will create a plan to disseminate publications and measure their impact and, at a minimum, collect data on the number disseminated, the number of times online versions are accessed, and the types of users.

-Develop methods to provide ongoing project assessment relating to training and technical assistance efforts.

-Coordinate proposed training and technical assistance with other OJJDP VOCA programs to avoid duplication.

OJJDP will assign major tasks and deliverables under this solicitation that are based on a review of the successful application. OJJDP will expect the successful applicant to coordinate any training and technical assistance activities with all other VOCA grantees, as OJJDP directs.

Evidence-Based Programs or Practices:

OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policymaking and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. OJP is committed to:
-Improving the quantity and quality of evidence OJP generates.
-Integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field.
-Improving the translation of evidence into practice.

OJP considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence, generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations. Causal evidence documents a relationship between an activity or intervention (including technology) and its intended outcome, including measuring the direction and size of a change, and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. Causal evidence depends on the use of scientific methods to rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. The strength of causal evidence, based on the factors described above, will influence the degree to which OJP considers a program or practice to be evidence-based.

The OJP CrimeSolutions.gov website and the OJJDP Model Programs Guide website are two resources that applicants may use to find information about evidence-based programs in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

OJJDP training and technical assistance awardee standards. OJJDP has developed the Core Performance Standards for Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation to promote among providers the consistency and quality of OJJDP-sponsored training and technical assistance and to advance common expectations of performance excellence. The standards present minimum expectations that providers must meet for effective practice in the planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation of training. Award recipients must coordinate with OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) in the assessment and delivery of services to ensure the effective use of OJJDP grant funding.

Requirements related to coordination of activities will include, but are not limited to:

-Coordination with OJJDP NTTAC. OJJDP requires all training and technical assistance projects to coordinate their activities with OJJDP NTTAC by complying with all OJJDP/NTTAC protocols to ensure coordinated delivery of services among providers and the effective use of OJJDP grant funding. OJJDP reserves the right to modify these protocols at any time with reasonable notice to the grantee prior to project completion.

-OJJDP-funded webinars. The award recipient must comply with OJJDP’s Webinar Guidelines, as described in the core performance standards. Minimally, OJJDP training and technical assistance providers will submit information to OJJDP NTTAC in advance of all events for the online calendar, use the approved OJJDP presentation template, and record events and provide the final files which are compliant with Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act to OJJDP or OJJDP’s representative.

-Training information sharing. OJP will collect information from its program offices on OJP- funded training and technical assistance events. Award recipients must use OJJDP’s standard electronic training request form, submit information to NTTAC on all training events (e.g., name of requestor, description of request, dates of event) 30 days in advance of the event date, and report additional data, as OJJDP requires.

Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities:

The Department of Justice has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that OJP may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154574

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$750,000

Number of Grants:

OJJDP expects to make up to one award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $750,000

Term of Contract:

OJJDP expects to make an award for a 12-month period to begin on October 1, 2018.

OJJDP may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports) and the progress of the work funded under the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to national organizations that have, or are affiliated with one that has, broad membership among attorneys who prosecute criminal cases in state courts and have demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance for prosecutors. Nonprofit organizations that hold money in offshore accounts for the purposes of avoiding paying the tax described in 26 U.S.C. § 511(a) are not eligible to apply.

Note: A prospective recipient of grant funds that is found to have an “unresolved audit finding” from a DOJ Office of the Inspector General audit, as described at 34 U.S.C. § 20307, will be ineligible to receive grant funds during the period specified in that statute. See 34 U.S.C. § 20307(1)(A).

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

OJJDP welcomes 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). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must acquire a unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number). Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

Applicants must acquire or maintain registration with SAM. Each applicant must update or renew its SAM registration at least annually to maintain an active status. SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete (2 more weeks to acquire an EIN).

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

An application cannot be successfully submitted in Grants.gov until Grants.gov receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to Grants.gov can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time (ET) on May 7, 2018.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

OJJDP expects to make awards by no later than September 30, 2018.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=OJJDP-2018-13720

Contact Information:

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

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.758

Funding or Pin Number:

OJJDP-2018-13720

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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