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FY 2018 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Community Awareness Projects

Grants to a USA Nonprofit Organization or Agency to
Promote Crime Victim Rights and Services Nationwide

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) - Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

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06/18/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grant to a USA or territories nonprofit organization or public agency to support communities nationwide in implementing public awareness activities related to crime victim’s rights and services. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for the implementation of the 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Community Awareness Projects. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting public awareness, community outreach, and education activities for crime victims’ rights and services.


This cooperative agreement will enable an organization to provide financial and technical assistance to approximately 90 communities nationwide to conduct public education and awareness activities on crime victims’ rights and services in their jurisdictions during the 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). All final decisions as to which communities will be funded by the intermediary will be made by the OVC Director. Depending on grantee performance and funding availability, additional funding may be provided for the planning and execution of the 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Projects (CAP).

Project-Specific Information:

OVC is committed to enhancing the nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. True to its mission, OVC is responsible for implementing several important pieces of federal legislation that are intended to advance victims’ rights and services, as well as improve the skills, knowledge, and abilities of crime victim advocates, service providers, and allied professionals, who are responsible for intervening on behalf of victims and witnesses.

The four key pieces of federal legislation that guide and direct OVC funding activities are:

-the 1982 Victim and Witness Protection Act 18, at U.S.C. § 1501, as amended, which promotes rights and services for victims of crime within the federal system and serves as the foundation of the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance;

-the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), as amended, at 34 U.S.C. § 20101, which establishes the Crime Victims Fund and authorizes programs to support grants for victim compensation, victim assistance services, and improvements in child abuse investigations and prosecutions, as well as discretionary grants for training, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and program evaluation;

-the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, at 22 U.S.C. § 7101, as amended, which is intended to combat trafficking of persons through prevention, prosecution, enforcement, protection, and assistance to victims of trafficking; and, most recently,

-the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004, at 18 U.S.C. § 3771, as amended, which is intended to protect federal crime victims’ rights, including the following: the right to be protected from the accused; the right to be heard at any public proceeding involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused; the right to be treated with fairness and respect; the right to timely notice of any public proceeding involving the crime or any release or escape of the accused; the right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; the right to confer with a government attorney; and the right to full and timely restitution.

Every April since the first NCVRW was observed in 1981, OVC has supported local communities throughout the nation in their NCVRW observances. Victim service providers typically conduct rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of other events during this week to promote awareness of victims’ rights and needs. To support these activities, and to minimize the financial burden on victim assistance agencies, OVC distributes an annual Resource Guide that contains resources such as sample public service announcements, victimization statistics, camera-ready art files, and a short NCVRW educational video. The full guide is available online. Although many victim assistance agencies have conducted awareness activities over the years, these initiatives have not always been successful in reaching out to the full range of victim service providers, or they may not have been focused on all types of crime victimization. Many victim assistance agencies have extremely limited funding and staff to support their public education and awareness activities. Consequently, these service providers have limited opportunities to expand the reach of their campaigns and to implement innovative outreach strategies for greater impact.

To address these issues, OVC implemented a competitive funding opportunity in 2004 that, through an intermediary, provides local communities with up to $5,000 in funding for costs associated with NCVRW awareness activities. To date, this initiative has enhanced the ability of more than 500 communities throughout the United States to raise awareness of and access to crime victims’ rights and services. The after-action reports provided by the organizations receiving funding indicate that most were able to use this funding to take their activities to a higher level. They leveraged the funding from OVC to obtain in-kind support from their community business, civic, education, faith, mental health, medical, and media sectors. The awareness campaigns were more comprehensive and inclusive, integrating the efforts of other disciplines that serve crime victims and reaching greater numbers of crime victims.

OVC is continuing this initiative, and the selected applicant will serve as the technical assistance provider to the competitively selected subgrantees and will work cooperatively with OVC in the application review and selection process.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

The project goal is to financially, programmatically, and administratively support approximately 90 subgrants of up to $5,000 each to communities and victim assistance organizations nationwide and to provide technical assistance to the recipient organizations to promote 2019 NCVRW in communities across the nation. The approximately 90 recipient subgrant organizations will use this funding and technical assistance to support the following activities:

-Promote 2019 NCVRW events and victims’ rights and services.
-Design and print educational materials.
-Purchase supplies and materials used in community awareness events and activities.
-Support NCVRW event speakers (not to exceed $650 per speaker per day, based on an 8-hour day).
-Develop a broad, collaborative approach that highlights services for all types of crime victims.

Subrecipient Eligibility: Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions committed to ensuring the rights of and services for crime victims will be eligible to apply for the reimbursable contract funding for the CAPs held during 2019 NCVRW. A nonprofit organization that serves crime victims does not need to have 501(c)(3) status to apply. VOCA-funded organizations are also eligible to apply. Applicants selected for funding will be required to submit an after-action report on their NCVRW activities, including data on performance measures and financial outlays.

A successful applicant for this project must be positioned to undertake a nationwide solicitation for proposals and the delivery of technical assistance to recipient organizations. The successful applicant must be capable of marketing the project so that it meets the goal of funding a project in every state. A group of expert reviewers who are familiar with NCVRW and the victim assistance field, and who are willing to volunteer their services to review every application received and be a part of the selection process, must be assembled.

Project activities and deliverables include the following:
-Develop and administer the community awareness project outreach and application processes (final recommendations require the approval of the OVC Director).
-Establish a Review Committee to review, grade, and comment on each application submitted. The Review Committee should meet, either in-person or virtually, after all applications are scored to discuss and determine which applications will move forward for final approval.
-Advertise and publicize the funding availability through OVC and other public venues.
-Establish an NCVRW CAP website to advertise the funding opportunity, provide FAQs for first-time applicants, link to the main OVC NCVRW website, and establish user names and passwords for the selected applicants to provide them with assistance to carry out their projects.
-Provide technical assistance to each selected subrecipient organization through use of an interactive Internet-based video conferencing program and individual consultation via email and telephone.
-Send Certificates of Appreciation to all of the successful CAP applicants.
-Adhere to the DOJ Grants Financial Guide (
-Receive, review, and summarize after-action reports, including documentation and verification of expenses and requests for reimbursement.
-Submit quarterly financial and biannual progress reports.
-Prepare a final report for OVC on the overall project, including recommendations for improvement and a list of innovative practices for inclusion in future NCVRW Resource Guides.

CAP subrecipients may be approved for up to $5,000 reimbursement under this funding for the following activities:
-Purchase print media, radio, television, or outdoor advertising to promote NCVRW events and victims’ rights and services.
-Design and print promotional or educational materials.
-Reimburse NCVRW event speakers’ fees (NOT to exceed $650 per day for each speaker). Supplemental funding from other sources cannot be used to exceed this daily limitation.
-Rent space to conduct NCVRW activities and events.
-Purchase supplies, materials, and equipment used in public awareness events and activities.

The following reimbursements will NOT be approved for subrecipients:
-Organizational overhead or operational costs.
-Refreshment costs not associated with public awareness events or programs. o Entertainment (such as bands).
-Costs associated with a fundraising activity or event.
-Bar charges or alcoholic beverages.
-Food and beverage costs associated with award events or ceremonies.
-Construction costs.
-Cash prizes, including gift cards, associated with contests, raffles, or drawings. o Costs associated with promotional items, such as pins, buttons, or badges that are not directly tied to the 2019 NCVRW theme.

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.

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 the Office of Justice Programs 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#: 155975

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Number of Grants:

OVC expects to make one award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $600,000

Term of Contract:

OVC expects to make the award for a 12-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2018.

OVC may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, including tribal nonprofit organizations, faith-and community-based organizations, and public agencies. A nonprofit organization that serves crime victims does not need to have 501(c)(3) status to apply for grant funding under this solicitation.

OVC may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2018 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

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 prior to submitting an application.

An application cannot be successfully submitted in until receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to 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 p.m. eastern time on June 18, 2018.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from 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, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs. Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035

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
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