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VOCA Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Professionals

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE to Enhance
Child Abuse Victim Services and Court Prosecution

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

05/11/17 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, or IHE to develop and implement model training and technical assistance programs to enhance services to victims of child abuse. The program will involve the training of child abuse professionals and improve the prosecution of child abuse cases in court.

The successful applicant will develop and operate a model national training and technical assistance program for child abuse professionals that is developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and, when appropriate, gender specific, to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing training and technical assistance, developing and disseminating publications, and promoting methods to provide project assessment and increase coordination among other VOCA programs. Other VOCA programs include the Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers 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 coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse. Consistent with the program’s statutory authority, a national organization to which a grant is made shall develop and provide training and technical assistance to improve the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases.

OJJDP seeks proposals that support efforts to provide information regarding improved child interview techniques, thorough investigative methods, interagency coordination, and effective presentation of evidence in court. It is expected that the training developed will be developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and gender specific, when appropriate.

Additionally, OJJDP seeks to support projects that provide training and technical assistance to facilitate the development and establishment of coordinated multidisciplinary programs that address child maltreatment. The training and technical assistance funded under this solicitation will assist and train community agencies and professionals responding to child abuse in support of those programs. In addition, the grant recipient will be required to coordinate efforts with other VOCA programs (to be identified by OJJDP).

To achieve its goal, OJJDP has established the following objectives for this program:

-Develop training opportunities for multidisciplinary teams of child abuse professionals at the local, state, regional, and national levels. These teams may include but are not limited to law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers, Child Protective Services (CPS) investigators, social workers, and adult and juvenile probation officers.

-Provide technical assistance at the state and local levels for child abuse professionals to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

-Develop publications and resources for child abuse professionals to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

-Promote coordination among VOCA programs.

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

-Training sessions (onsite, cross-site, telephone, web based, etc.) for child abuse 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; and identify 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.

-Technical assistance at the state and local levels for child abuse professionals that is designed to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse and to improve the judicial system’s handling of child abuse and neglect cases. Applicants should assess the state of the field and propose criteria for deciding the communities in which to devote project resources.

-Publications and resources designed to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse. The applicant will indicate the topics, types, quantity, audiences, and production schedule for proposed publications; and identify the authors and contributors. The applicant will create a plan to disseminate publications and measure their impact by, at a minimum, collecting data on the number of copies disseminated, the number of times online versions are accessed, and the types of users.

-Training and technical assistance for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and other child abuse professionals specifically related to working with victims of child sex trafficking.

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

-Methods to increase coordination among other VOCA programs.

The successful applicant is expected to coordinate its training and technical assistance activities with the previous training and technical assistance provider, VOCA regional CACs, the VOCA Children’s Advocacy Advisory Board (to be established), and all other VOCA grantees, as OJJDP directs.

Specifically, OJJDP will expect the successful applicant to leverage resources by incorporating deliverables previously developed under this program into its training and technical assistance project design. In addition, OJJDP may direct the successful applicant to enhance, disseminate, or build on existing program deliverables.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154576

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

OJJDP expects to make one award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2.5 million

Term of Contract:

The grant will be made for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to national organizations that have, or are affiliated with, an organization 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.

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.

OJJDP may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 11:59 PM eastern time (ET) on May 11, 2017.

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

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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=OJJDP-2017-11100

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:

Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.gov

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center:

Phone: 800-851-3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp

CFDA Number:

16.758

Funding or Pin Number:

OJJDP-2017-11100

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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

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