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Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

Grants to Montana Nonprofits for
Services to Victims of Gender-Based Assault

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

Deadline Date:

01/17/19 12:00 PM Noon

Description:

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Grants to Montana nonprofit organizations to provide a range of support services to victims of gender-based assault within the state. Funding is intended to support crisis centers, as well as other programs that assist assault victims. Services may include advocacy, accompaniment, intervention, support services, and other related assistance.

MBCC is soliciting proposals for Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) to be funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. SASP was created by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 and is the first Federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault. SASP envisions a partnership among the MBCC, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and underserved communities in implementing SASP throughout the State. The intent of the partnership is to increase focus on sexual assault to address the lack of available direct intervention and related assistance services and the unique aspects of sexual assault trauma from which victims must heal. Women and men of all ages, as well as children, can be victims of sexual assault. The perpetrator can be a relative, acquaintance (e.g., boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, coworker, neighbor), or stranger. Nationally, one in six women and one in thirty-three men will be sexually assaulted in his or her lifetime.

For many victims, it may take years to recover from the physical and psychological trauma caused by rape and other forms of sexual violence. To heal from the trauma, survivors often need support from family and friends, as well as critical direct intervention and related assistance for victim-centered social service organizations such as rape crisis centers, through 24-hour sexual assault hotlines, crisis intervention, and medical and criminal justice accompaniment. SASP will support these services by assisting the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other relevant programs dedicated to assisting those victimized by sexual assault.

Purpose of Funds:

The purpose of SASP is to provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance to:
- Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault;
- Family and household members of such victims; and
- Those collaterally affected by the victimization, except for the perpetrator of such victimizations (e.g., friends, coworkers, classmates).

Note: SASP emphasizes the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, non-governmental organizations, such as dual programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault, for the provision of direct intervention, core services, and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault.

By statute, funds under SASP may be used for the following purpose:

To support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of rape crisis centers and other programs and projects to assist those victimized by sexual assault. Meaningful sexual assault services must be comprehensive and tailored for different forms of sexual assault and address the effects of trauma through supportive healing processes. Services must be provided by staff specializing in or specifically trained to meet the unique needs and concerns of sexual assault victims/survivors. Because the needs of sexual violence survivors are not the same as those of domestic violence survivors, dual/multi-services agencies will need to demonstrate the specific intent to serve sexual assault victims/survivors outside the context of interpersonal violence and how those services will be provided.

The Sexual Assault Services Program shall be used to provide grants to rape crisis centers and other nonprofit, non-governmental organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, for programs, and activities that provide direct intervention and related assistance. Intervention and related assistance may include:
- 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral;
- Accompaniment and advocacy through medical, criminal justice, and social support systems, including medical facilities, police, and court proceedings;
- Crisis intervention, short-term individual and group support services, and comprehensive service coordination and supervision to assist sexual assault victims and family or household members;
- Information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family or household members;
- Community-based, linguistically, and culturally specific services and support mechanisms, including outreach activities for underserved communities; and
- The development and distribution of materials on issues related to the services described in the previous bullets.

Priority will be given to programs that:
- Support rape crisis centers by providing direct intervention and related assistance to services; and
- Support dual programs that provide sexual assault and domestic violence services to enhance the provision of sexual assault-related direct intervention and related assistance services.

Application must include description of how the agency ensures the following:
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies have a mission, strategic plan, and specific goals established for their sexual violence programs
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies have strong leadership that is committed to addressing sexual violence
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies understand the connection between sexual violence and oppression and work to end both
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies provide services to the full continuum of sexual violence survivors, including adult, youth, and child survivors
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies provide comprehensive sexual assault services that meet long-term and short-term needs of sexual violence survivors
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies provide specific advocacy training on sexual violence and core service provision
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies have a plan that is both proactive and responsive to vicarious trauma experienced by staff and volunteers
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies work with systems
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies listen to the community
- Strong dual/multi-service agencies speak to the community about sexual violence

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168053

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$350,000

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2019 and concludes June 30, 2020. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to July 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include private nonprofit agencies.

Unallowable Activities:
1. Sexual Assault Response Teams
2. Fundraising
3. Research projects
4. Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner projects
5. Criminal justice-related projects
6. Providing domestic violence services that do not relate to sexual violence

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule:
- RFP Issue Date: December 6, 2018
- Deadline for receipt of written questions: January 11, 2019
- Responses to questions will be posted on the MBCC website within 7 calendar days of receipt, through the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
- Application Submission Deadline: January 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon
- Staff and Committee Review: January to April, 2019
- Application Review Committee (ARC): May 2018
- Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2019 (tentative)
- Project Start Date: July 1, 2019
- Project End Date: June 30, 2020

A new applicant must register with the Online Subgrantee Application System (OSAS) immediately to ensure meeting the application deadline.

Applicants are required to have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number and to maintain a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Applications must be submitted online, on or before January 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon. Applications will be submitted in the OSAS under the registered applicant.

To mitigate any potential submission difficulties, MBCC strongly urges application submission 72 hours prior to the deadline.

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP must address these issues via the MBCC website on or before January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Questions and Answers Form:
http://mbcc.mt.gov/Funding/Grant-Offerings/2019-Victims-RFPs

Applicants must register online at:
http://apps.mbcc.mt.gov/osas/Default.aspx

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at:
(406) 444-3604
mbcc@mt.gov

Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)
5 South Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201408
Helena MT 59620-1408

Funding or Pin Number:

Request for Proposals (RFP) #19-03 (WS)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana