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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant Program

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Regions to Assist Crime Victims

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State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division (CPJAD)

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04/08/20 4:00 PM HST Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for services that assist and support victims of crime. Funding is intended to create, improve, or enhance core victim services; develop, maintain, or expand innovative services to assist victims of crime; and/or to maintain existing VOCA-funded victim services. Service areas include the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui (including Molokai and Lanai), and the City and County of Honolulu.

Services are defined as those efforts that (1) Respond to the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of crime victims; (2) Assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization; (3) Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; or (4) Restore a measure of security and safety for the victim.

The VOCA Rules define a “victim of crime” or “crime victim” as a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. The definition does not require the crime victim to report the crime to any law enforcement agency in order to receive VOCA-funded services. Although VOCA-funded programs in general cannot reimburse crime victims for expenses incurred as a result of the crime, victims are eligible for counseling, criminal justice advocacy, and other support services offered by VOCA-funded victim assistance programs.

For additional information about program requirements, see Pages 23-27 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

For information about Scope of Work, see Page 29 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

The Department will give priority to proposals providing services to victims in underserved populations through the awarding of additional points to the proposals during the proposal evaluation process. The following are populations that the Department has designated as “underserved populations” for the purposes of this RFP:

  • Elderly Victims
  • Homeless Victims
  • Immigrant Victims and Victims with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Questioning
  • (“LGBTQQ”) Victims
  • Native Hawaiian Victims
  • Survivors of Homicide and Negligent Homicide Victims
  • Tourist/Visitor Victims
  • Victims with Disabilities
  • Victims with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Issues
  • Victims Residing in Rural or Geographically Isolated Areas
  • Victims of Sex Trafficking
  • Victims of Violent Property Crimes
  • Youth (13 – 24 years old) Victims Aging Out of the Foster Care System
  • Youth Offenders (13 – 24 years old) Who Are Also Victims

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GrantWatch ID#: 169587

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Number of Grants:

Multiple contracts will be awarded under this request for proposals.

Estimated Size of Grant:

VOCA grant funding requests shall be for a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $800,000, for a two- year grant period.

Term of Contract:

The term of any contract will be a 24-month period beginning July 1, 2020. No extensions will be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies, or a combination of the two, are encouraged to apply.

The victim witness units of the county prosecutors’ offices are not eligible to apply for funding under this RFP.

For information about services, activities, and costs that are not supported with VOCA grant funds, see Page 22 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) orientation to be conducted by the Department on February 24, 2020, starting from 1:30 p.m. and ending 4:00 p.m. HST, or until all questions are discussed, whichever is earlier

Leiopapa A Kamehameha Building
235 S. Beretania Street, Room 302
Honolulu, HI

If you are unable to attend the RFP orientation in person, an RFP orientation will also be available via GoToMeeting on February 25, 2020 starting from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HST, or until all questions are received and discussed, whichever is earlier. To register for the RFP orientation via GoToMeeting, email the RFP point-of-contact no later than 1:30 p.m. HST on February 24, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals shall be mailed, postmarked by the United States Postal Service, on or before April 8, 2020, and received no later than ten (10) days from the submittal deadline. Hand delivered proposals shall be delivered no later than 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, on March 25, 2020.

The deadline for submission of written questions is 1:00 p.m. HST on March 2, 2020. All written questions will receive a written response from the Department on or about March 9, 2020.

The VOCA Grant requires a 20% match contribution (cash or in-kind) of the total project cost. The total project cost consists of the federal funds plus the agency match contribution.

-Public notice announcing Request for Proposals (RFP): February 12, 2020
-Distribution of RFP: February 12, 2020 - March 25, 2020
-RFP orientation sessions: February 24 and 25, 2020
-Closing date for submission of written questions for written response: March 2, 2020, by 1:00 PM HST
-Final Addendum: March 9, 2020
-Discussions with applicants prior to proposal submittal deadline: February 12, 2020 - March 25, 2020
-Proposal submittal deadline: March 25, 2020, by 4:00 PM HST
-Discussions with applicant after proposal submittal deadline (optional): TBD
-Final revised proposals (optional): TBD
-Proposal evaluation period: Marc 25, 2020 - May 31, 2020
-Provider selection: April 6, 2020 - May 31, 2020
-Notice of statement of findings and decision: June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020
-Contract start date: July 1, 2020

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

Mail applications or hand-deliver to:
Department of the Attorney General
Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division
235 South Beretania Street, Suite 401
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Ms. Calleen Ching, RFP Coordinator
P: (808) 586-1054
F: (808) 586-1097

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