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Violence Against Women Justice and Training program

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Address Violent Crimes Affecting Women

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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State of Texas Governor’s Office - Criminal Justice Division (CJD)

Deadline Date:

02/20/18 5:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to Texas government agencies, IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments to better respond to violent crimes against women. Applicants requesting funds for local and regional projects are advised to contact the appropriate officer early in the application process.

The purpose of this funding is to solicit applications for projects that promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improve the justice system’s response to violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, commercial sex trafficking, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.

Eligible Purpose Areas:

Projects must fall under one of the eligible purpose area categories: General Victim Services, Targeted Criminal Justice Response, Recidivism Reduction, or Prevention or Intervention.

Related Opportunity for Victims Services Projects: Only a limited amount of funds is available for direct victim services projects statewide. Applicants for such projects may instead wish to apply under the General Victim Assistance Program, which has up to $120 million reserved specifically for victim services. Applicants may not submit the same or substantially similar applications under both programs.

Eligible Activities and Costs:

The following list of eligible and ineligible activities and costs apply generally to all projects under this announcement, unless otherwise noted in the purpose area-specific sections below.

Eligible:
1. Casework, non-licensed counseling, individual advocacy, or other support (including crisis services, multi-disciplinary teams and case coordination, domestic violence high-risk teams, victim-offender meetings, system advocacy, etc.);
2. Counseling, therapy, or other care performed by a licensed (or certified) professional (including forensic interviews of victims not performed by law enforcement officers or prosecutors);
3. Emergency shelter or transportation;
4. Equipment and technology;
5. General law enforcement or public safety (public outreach sessions only);
6. Legal assistance (for protective order assistance only);
7. Program evaluation and assessment;
8. Targeted prosecution or investigation (including forensic interviews performed by law enforcement officers or prosecutors and court services/improvements addressing violence against women, including specialized courts but excluding Specialty Courts authorized under Ch. 121 of the Texas Government Code);
9. Training, professional development, or technical assistance – received from others or performed in-house;
10. Supplies and direct operating costs; and
11. Indirect costs (see the Guide to Grants and Grantee Conditions and Responsibilities for further guidance and restrictions).

Eligible Purpose Areas:

Applications must designate in eGrants which of the following six purpose areas corresponds to their project:

Victim Services
-General Victim Services

Targeted Criminal Justice Response
-Targeted Investigations
-Specialized Prosecutions
-Targeted Response Operational Support

Recidivism Reduction
-Diversion and Community Supervision

Prevention or Intervention
-Criminal Behavior Prevention

Applications must also contain target measures that demonstrate the scope of the project. These targets will be one measure of project success and grantees will be required to report periodic progress towards them. Each of the purpose areas have measures that correspond to them and specific activities.

Victim Services:

Note: Only a limited amount of funding is set-aside for direct victim services projects statewide. Applicants for such projects may instead wish to apply under the General Victim Assistance Program, which has up to $120 million reserved specifically for victim services. Applicants may not submit the same or substantially similar applications under both programs.

-General Victim Services. General Victim Services projects provide direct services to victims of crime, with the goal of speeding their recovery and aiding them through the criminal justice process.

Targeted Criminal Justice Response:

Targeted Criminal Justice Response projects respond to specific crimes or criminal elements, with the ultimate goal of increasing the successful prosecutions of those crimes. Applications for these projects should clearly define the targeted set of crimes or criminal elements, have data on the severity of the problem, and how the project will identify and pursue offenders.

Projects should fall under these sub-categories:

-Targeted Investigations. These projects increase successful clearances for targeted sets of crime. Example: A project to conduct proactive investigations on a specific type of crime such as human trafficking, sexual assault, or domestic violence.

-Specialized Prosecutions. These projects increase successful prosecutions (including convictions, deferred adjudications, and diversions) for targeted sets of crimes. Example: A project to provide a specialized prosecutor for human trafficking, domestic violence, or sexual assault.

-Operational Support: These projects will improve the general capacity and capability of targeted criminal justice responses through direct support of investigations or prosecutions, including equipment and training. Examples: 1) A project that replaces and/or upgrades forensic equipment used in the investigation or prosecution of specific crimes; 2) A project to provide targeted training for law enforcement officers on forensics, human trafficking, highway interdiction, gangs, border patrol, and drug trafficking; 3) A project to provide analysis of sexual assault forensic evidence kits to reduce a backlog.

Recidivism Reduction:

Recidivism reduction projects have an ultimate goal of reducing crimes committed by offenders.

-Diversion and Community Supervision. These projects prevent recidivism among non-incarcerated offenders, including those enrolled in specialty court programs. Example: A project that provides increased case management and supervision for individuals on probation for domestic violence.

Prevention or Intervention:

Prevention or Intervention projects reduce criminal behavior and opportunities to commit crime, with the goal of reducing criminal offenses.

-Criminal Behavior Prevention. These projects work with individuals at-risk of criminal behavior. Example: A community-based program that provides early intervention services to individuals at risk of becoming domestic violence offenders.

Program-Specific Requirements:

In addition to the special requirements for specific purpose areas detailed above, all projects under this funding announcement must meet these requirements:

Budgeting requirement:
Applicants are strongly cautioned to only apply for the amount of funding they can responsibly expend in the grant period. CJD will be tracking expenditure rates throughout the life of the grants and may take action to avoid large de-obligations at the end of grant periods.

Demonstrated capabilities or funding:
Applicants must have a demonstrated record of providing effective victim services. In rare cases where services are critically needed, CJD may award funds to entities that have not yet demonstrated a record of providing services, if they can demonstrate that (1) 25 percent of their financial support comes from non-federal sources (to demonstrate financial stability); and (2) the entity is already operational at the time of application.

Cultural competency:
Applicants must be culturally competent when providing services to victims. Victim service providers must have the ability to blend cultural knowledge and sensitivity with victim restoration skills for a more effective and culturally appropriate recovery process. Cultural competency occurs when: (1) cultural knowledge, awareness and sensitivity are integrated into action and policy; (2) the service is relevant to the needs of the community and provided by trained staff, board members, and management; and (3) an advocate or organization recognizes each client is different with different needs, feelings, ideas and barriers.

Victim services assessment survey:
All recipients of funding under this announcement may be required to participate in a victim services assessment during their grant period, as directed by CJD.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168539

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum budget under this program is $5,000 and there is no maximum funding request.

Term of Contract:

Continuation projects may not exceed a 12-month period.

The earliest project start date is September 1, 2018. The latest project start date is December 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies, public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments, councils of governments, nonprofit corporations (including faith-based organizations) and units of local government, which are defined as a non- statewide governmental body with the authority to establish a budget and impose taxes (includes hospital districts).

Other local governmental agencies must be submitted by a unit of government affiliated with the agency, including an authorizing resolution from that unit of government. For example, police departments must apply through their municipal government; and community supervision and corrections departments and district attorneys must apply through their affiliated county government (or one of their affiliated counties, in the case of agencies that serve more than one county).

Agencies applying for funds to support a CASA or Children’s Advocacy Center program must apply through either Texas CASA, Inc. or Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.

Ineligible:
1. Counseling or treatment for substance abuse (activities with a primary purpose);
2. Remodeling and construction;
3. Instruction and support for academic programs;
4. Instruction and support for employment or workforce programs;
5. Instruction and support for life, social, or emotional skills;
6. Materials or curriculum development;
7. Processing DNA evidence;
8. Victim-offender meetings that serve to replace (or as a part of) criminal justice proceedings;
9. Services to incarcerated individuals, including re-entry rehabilitative services related to the crime for which they are incarcerated;
10. Medical training;
11. Medical services other than forensic medical examinations and prophylaxis;
12. Forensic medical evidence collection for sexual assault offenses;
13. Cash payments to victims, gift cards, or fuel vouchers;
14. Creation of a voucher program where victims are directly given vouchers for such services as housing or counseling;
15. Leasing or purchasing vehicles;
16. Research and studies;
17. Overtime;
18. Legal defense services for perpetrators of violence against women;
19. Criminal defense work, including for women who assault, kill, or otherwise injure their abusers;
20. Liability insurance on buildings;
21. Major maintenance on buildings, including minor renovations, lawn care, landscaping, painting, plumbing and HVAC repair;
22. Reimbursement to crime victims for expenses incurred as a result of a crime, such as insurance deductibles, replacement of stolen property, funeral expenses, lost wages, and medical bills;
23. Services for programs that primarily focus on children and/or men;
24. Activities exclusively related to violence prevention, such as media campaigns to educate the general public about violence against women, public awareness, and community education campaigns are also prohibited;
25. Prosecution of child sexual abuse when the victim is now an adult;
26. Relocation expenses for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking such as moving household goods to a new location in another state or acquiring furniture or housing in a new location;
27. Development or presentation of a domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking curriculum for primary or secondary schools (educating students from an existing curriculum would also be prohibited);
28. Law enforcement equipment that is standard department issue;
29. Activities that may compromise victim safety; and
30. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state, or local law or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

Grantees must provide matching (cash or in-kind) funds equal to 29% of the total project cost.

Contact your regional criminal justice planner (local and regional projects only): The regional Council of Governments’ (COG) Criminal Justice Advisory Committee will review local and regional applications first, and some COGs have additional, mandatory application procedures. Applicants should contact their COG’s criminal justice planner early as possible.

Timeline:
-Online System Opening Date: 12/18/2017
-Final Date to Submit an Application: 2/20/2018 at 5:00PM CST
-Earliest Project Start Date: 9/01/2018
-Latest Project Start Date: 12/01/2018

Each applicant is required to submit a complete Grant Application Kit to OOG through eGrants. Instructions for submitting an application kit are available here:
https://egrants.gov.texas.gov//updates.aspx

Resources for Applicants and Grantees:
https://gov.texas.gov/organization/cjd/resources

Contact Information:

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

Applications under this funding announcement must be submitted in eGrants at:
http://eGrants.gov.texas.gov

For more information, contact the eGrants help desk at:
(512) 463-1919
eGrants@gov.texas.gov

A directory of COG contacts is available at
http://txregionalcouncil.org/regional-programs/criminal-justice/cjcontacts/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas