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General Victim Assistance Program

Grants to Texas IHEs, Agencies, Hospitals, Nonprofits to
Help Crime Victims Recover and Navigate the Justice System

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 to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, hospital, and IHEs to provide direct services to crime victims in order to assist them in the criminal justice process and speed their recovery. Program areas include general victim services, college campus victim assistance, transitional housing and related support services, victim assistance system improvements, and forensic services for gender-based assault.

Eligible Activities and Costs:

The following list of eligible and ineligible activities and costs apply generally to all projects under this announcement. However, some purpose areas eligible under this funding announcement have special allowed or disallowed activities and costs – see the purpose-area sections in the program guidelines.

CJD Funding Announcement: General Victim Assistance Program Eligible:
1. Casework, non-licensed counseling, individual advocacy, or other support (including peer support groups, crisis services, system advocacy, accompaniment, emotional support, multi- disciplinary teams and case coordination, 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 (including vehicle purchases – see Program-Specific Requirements below for special conditions for vehicle purchases);
5. General law enforcement or public safety (public presentations or outreach designed to help identify victims or develop victim assistance programs only);
6. Legal assistance (for civil legal issues such as protective order assistance);
7. Program evaluation and assessment; and
8. Training, professional development, or technical assistance – received from others or performed in-house.

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.

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. This purpose area covers most grants under this funding announcement.

General Victim Services projects are typically the primary grant for service providers, but eligible organizations may also apply for additional grants under the Transitional Housing and Support Services, Sexual Assault Forensic Services, or Victim Assistance System Improvement purpose areas to augment their primary services.

Transitional Housing and Support Services:

Transitional Housing & Support Services Initiative projects are eligible for funding for expanded housing and services, but only organizations that offer or will offer extensive services are eligible. These projects are often layered on top of a General Victim Services project, and must be applied for separately.

These projects should focus on a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to providing transitional housing services that improve the well-being and stability of adult survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and/or human trafficking. Transitional housing programs, in addition to providing for basic shelter needs of survivors, provide direct service supports such as counseling, case management, and parenting classes to support survivors in achieving their goals.

Transitional housing is defined by CJD as non-emergency housing that may last for a period of 6 to 18 months. Residents must all have their own private living space, which may include apartments, rooms in a house, or other arrangement. There may be communal living areas such as kitchens and living rooms, however residents may not be required to share all spaces. The program provides for the reasonable safety and privacy needed by victims/survivors and shall offer access to necessary furniture and equipment.

Special additional eligible costs:
1. Transitional housing and relocation, including victims’ utility costs, rental assistance, and security deposits (individuals may receive housing for a maximum of 18 months); and
2. Support services that foster stability and independence, such as childcare.

Special required program services:
All Transitional Housing and Support Services applicants must written documentation prior to the project start date (but may be submitted after the application) certifying that if they do not currently offer all of the following services, the applicant will provide all such services within 30 days of the project start date or prior to the delivery of services, whichever occurs earlier: Employment assistance, education assistance, housing advocacy, economic assistance, in-person counseling, support groups, childcare, children’s services, and safety planning.

Prohibition on mandatory participation and charging rent:
Programs may not make participation in support services or other agency programs mandatory to receive transitional housing assistance. Programs may not charge victims for rent.

College Campus Victim Assistance:

Colleges and universities applying to provide direct services to victims must select this purpose area. This allows CJD to tailor assistance and oversight to the special needs existing on campuses, and requires applicants to offer and promote confidential access to services. CJD’s goal is to build a culture for victim services on Texas campuses that centers on readily meeting victims with empathy and support to quicken their recovery process, not bureaucratic requirements that hinder receiving services.

Special additional eligible activities and costs:
-Transitional housing and relocation (including victims’ utility costs, rental assistance, and security deposits); and
-Support services that foster stability and independence, such as childcare.

Special program requirement – Confidential Direct Service Providers:
All personnel compensated under these projects must follow CJD’s Confidential Direct Service Provider procedures. To verify this requirement, grantees must upload to eGrants a letter signed by the project’s Authorized Official certifying this fact prior to commencing grant activities.

Special program requirement – awareness campaign for confidential services:
To maximize the utilization of the confidential services provided through grant awards, CJD these grantees to submit a plan detailing efforts to raise awareness among students of 1) the confidentiality protections offered by campus Confidential Direct Services Providers; and 2) where and when confidential services are available, how to access them, and which service providers and authorities are covered by confidentiality provisions and which are not. These activities may include inclusion in student orientations, campus-wide emails, pamphlet materials, and/or outreach to peer leaders/influencers.

Sexual Assault Forensic Services:

Sexual Assault Forensic Services projects are eligible for expanded equipment and activities related to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART). Grantees under this purpose area are required to either include a victim advocate (a best practice for SARTs and SANEs) in their application or certify that they already have an advocate in place.

Through these projects, CJD seeks to improve and expand the support services associated with sexual assault forensic exams available to victims in the immediate aftermath of the crime by supporting the expansion of – and reinvestment in – sexual assault forensic service programs and the adoption of SANE and SART best practices. By increasing the availability and quality of immediate forensic services, the initiative will improve the long-term health and safety outcomes for survivors of sexual assault.

Special additional eligible activities and costs:

These projects may generally include funds for other services associated with the first-96-hours response to sexual assaults (excluding those prohibited under the general Eligible Activities and Costs), including:
1. Equipment, technology, and supplies used in the provision of forensic medical services (such as colposcopes or high-definition cameras);
2. Activities performed by SANE nurses that are not medical or legal services (such as emotional support, advocacy, or program coordination); and
3. Program coordination for Sexual Assault Response Teams.

Special program requirement – victim advocate:
Applicants must either include at least one victim advocate in their project budget or upload a certification to eGrants that they already have such advocates in-place.

Victim Assistance System Improvement:
Victim Assistance System Improvement projects are those that do not provide direct services to victims but seek to improve the overall system of victim assistance, including providing training or other support to direct services providers. However, research projects are not eligible.

Special additional eligible activities and costs:
1. Materials and curriculum development; and
2. Training, professional development, or technical assistance – provided to others.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168540

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$130,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum budget under this program is $10,000 and there is no maximum funding request. Exceptions apply to College Campus Victims Assistance and Victim Assistance System Improvement Projects.

College Campus Victims Assistance: The minimum award is $40,000 and there is no maximum.

Victim Assistance System Improvement: There are no special budget limits.

Term of Contract:

The earliest project start date is October 1, 2018 (exceptions for College Campus projects). The latest project start date is December 1, 2018 (exceptions for College Campus projects)

College Campus Victims Assistance projects must start on either August 1, 2018, or January 1, 2019.

First-year projects may not exceed a 12-month period, except Transitional Housing projects must have a 24-month project period. Continuation projects may not exceed a 24-month period. Projects receiving a 24-month award in 2017 may not apply for continuation funding.

Transitional Housing and Support Services projects must be for a 24 month period.

Victim Assistance System Improvement projects may not exceed a 24-month period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies, public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education, independent school districts, Native American tribes, councils of governments, nonprofit corporations (including hospitals and 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.

Special eligibility restrictions apply to the Transitional Housing and Support Services, College Campus Victim Assistance, and Sexual Assault Forensic Services Purpose Areas. See Eligible Purpose Areas for more information.

Transitional Housing and Support Services:

Applications may only be submitted by rape crisis centers, emergency shelters and other nonprofit, non-governmental organizations or tribal programs (e.g. transitional housing) with a primary focus of providing direct supportive services to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking victims/survivors.

For the purpose of this grant, applicants must have existing facilities that either already serve as transitional housing or that can be easily converted to serve such a purpose (i.e., a floor or level of an existing shelter), or be prepared and able to lease apartments under the agency. This grant will not fund agencies without a record of effectiveness with CJD, nor will it finance the purchase of property, renovations, or other capital expenses. Transitional housing is not emergency shelter.

Special additional ineligible costs:
1. Emergency shelter;
2. Victim-offender meetings;
3. Forensic interviews; and
4. Administrative costs.

College Campus Victim Assistance:

All public and private, nonprofit institutions of higher education applying to provide direct victim services on campuses or related to campuses must apply under this purpose area.

Sexual Assault Forensic Services:

Applications may only be submitted by rape crisis centers, emergency shelters and other nonprofit, non-governmental organizations or tribal programs (e.g. transitional housing) with a primary focus of providing direct supportive services to sexual assault and human trafficking victims/survivors. For the purpose of this grant, applicants may have existing SART or SANE teams or may use funding to start programs. Funding may also be used for related crisis services and programs. In cases where funding is used to establish new programs, applicants must demonstrate that the agency housing or sponsoring the program (i.e., a rape crisis center housing a SANE program) has a proven track record of providing effective victim services and that staff are qualified to establish such programs.

Special additional ineligible activities and costs:
While funding may be used to cover some costs associated with forensic services, grant funds may not be used to supplant funding from law enforcement or other agencies that currently reimburse service providers for forensic exams and other expenses, or other such funding required to be provided under statute. Grant funds may also not be used to supplant Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) funds. Grant funds may also not be used for administrative costs.

Victim Assistance System Improvement:

Special additional ineligible activities and costs:
1. Direct victim services.

Ineligible (All Programs):
1. Counseling or treatment for substance abuse (activities with a primary purpose – general counseling that includes a component addressing substance abuse is eligible);
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. Prosecutions or investigations (does not include forensic services explicitly allowed by this announcement under “counseling, therapy, or other care performed by a licensed professional);
7. Victim-offender meetings that serve to replace (or as a part of) criminal justice proceedings;
8. Services to incarcerated individuals;
9. Medical training;
10. Medical services other than forensic medical examinations and prophylaxis;
11. Forensic medical evidence collection;
12. Cash payments to victims, gift cards, or fuel vouchers;
13. Creation of a voucher program where victims are directly given vouchers for such services as housing or counseling;
14. Transportation, lodging, per diem or any related costs for third-party participants to attend a training, when grant funds are used to develop and conduct training;
15. Leasing of vehicles;
16. Research and studies, except for project evaluations under 28 CFR § 94.121(j);
17. Activities that may compromise victim safety; and
18. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state, or local law or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

Grantees must provide matching funds equal to 20% of the total project cost. The match requirement can be met through cash or in-kind contributions.

The due date is 2/20/2018, 5:00 PM CST

Timeline:
Online System Opening Date: 12/18/2017
-Final Date to Submit an Application: 2/20/2018 at 5:00 PM CST
-Earliest Project Start Date: 10/01/2018 (exceptions for College Campus projects)
-Latest Project Start Date 12/01/2018 (exceptions for College Campus projects)

Instructions for submitting an application kit through eGrants are available here:
https://egrants.gov.texas.gov//updates.aspx

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:
http://www.eGrants.gov.texas.gov

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

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USA: Texas