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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:

01/17/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt

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.

The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) is soliciting proposals for funding to implement the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP). 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. 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 for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault. SASP envisions a partnership among the MBCC, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), 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.

SASP Authorized Purpose Areas:

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

Unallowalbe Costs:
-Bad debts;
-Construction in general;
-Compensation and travel of federal employees;
-Costs incurred outside the project period;
-Donations and contributions;
-Entertainment;
-Fines, penalties, and interest expense;
-Food and beverages (including alcoholic);
-Fundraising and investment costs;
-Goods or services for personal use;
-Land acquisition/purchase of real property;
-Lobbying;
-Membership fees to organizations whose primary activity is lobbying;
-Pre-agreement costs;
-Purchase or lease of vehicles;
-Supplanting;
-Tips; and
-Uniform allowances.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168053

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$353,683

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2018 and concludes June 30, 2019. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Eligible applicants include private nonprofit agencies.

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

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

Unallowalbe Costs:
-Bad debts;
-Construction in general;
-Compensation and travel of federal employees;
-Costs incurred outside the project period;
-Donations and contributions;
-Entertainment;
-Fines, penalties, and interest expense;
-Food and beverages (including alcoholic);
-Fundraising and investment costs;
-Goods or services for personal use;
-Land acquisition/purchase of real property;
-Lobbying;
-Membership fees to organizations whose primary activity is lobbying;
-Pre-agreement costs;
-Purchase or lease of vehicles;
-Supplanting;
-Tips; and
-Uniform allowances.

Pre-Application Information:

New applicants must register online and are encouraged to register immediately upon intent of application.

Proposals must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by MBCC no later than 12:00 PM noon on January 17, 2018 to receive MBCC review and consideration.

To mitigate any potential application submission problems, MBCC strongly urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date.

RFP Questions or Clarification:

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP may address these issues using the Question and Answer Form. Clear reference to the RFP, section, page, and item in question must be included in the form. Questions will be answered and posted on the MBCC website every Friday by 5:00 PM. Questions received after the deadline will not be considered. Program-specific questions cannot be addressed during this solicitation period.

Crime Statistics:

Agencies may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their applications. MTIBRS Online Reporting (MOR) is an analytical/statistical tool that takes full advantage of Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System. Users can select custom reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements. Users can also create their own custom reports based on many variables and export the reports in multiple formats (XML, or comma-delimited). Data from 2005 to the most complete current calendar year is available.

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

Schedule:
-RFP Issue Date: December 6, 2017
-Deadline for receipt of written questions: January 10, 2018
-Responses to Questions posted to MBCC Website: Every Friday after the RFP is released until the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
-RFP Submission Deadline: January 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM noon
-Staff and Committee Review: January through April 2018
-Victim Application Review Committee: May 2018 (tentative)
-Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2018 (tentative)
-Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
-Project End Date: June 30, 2019

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/2018-Victims-RFPs

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

Tina Chamberlain, Program Specialist
(406) 444-4763
tchamberlain@mt.gov

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at:

mbcc@mt.gov

For more information about crime statistics, please contact:

Kathy Ruppert
(406) 444-2084
kruppert@mt.gov

Candy Kirby
(406) 444-3651
candyk@mt.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

Request for Proposals (RFP) #18-03 (WS)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana