Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) - Office of Research and Child Advocacy
09/28/18 11:59 PM EST Electronic Receipt, or Postmarked by Date.
Grants of up to $75,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and municipalities for innovative programs that help underserved child victims of abuse. Priority is given to programs that promote regional and cross-system coordination of services.
The goal of the Endowment Act - Direct Victim Service Org. solicitation is to support direct victim service agencies in meeting the needs of child victims of sexual abuse within the Commonwealth. Funds may be used to enhance victim service programs to specifically provide services to child victims of sexual abuse and/or increase the use of innovative programs that reach child victims of sexual abuse who are underserved/unserved.
Funds for the proposed program must be used to support any/all/one of the following:
- Direct victim services program enhancements to specifically serve child victims of sexual abuse. Examples of enhancements include, but are not limited to, providing a victim advocate that works at both the victim service organization and the CAC, or providing support groups for children and their non-offending caregivers.
- Innovative programs that reach child victims of sexual abuse who are underserved/unserved populations, including providing direct services in a non-traditional setting (e.g. serving victims at locations other than the agency’s prime location).
- Establishing coordination and collaboration across Victim Service Organizations and CACs to encourage information sharing, joint service planning, and identification of roles and responsibilities.
- Enhancing medical and mental health services that meet NCA standards.
Act 1 states: “Unless otherwise expressly stated in the agreement, the funds may only be used within the Commonwealth for the benefit of the residents of this Commonwealth and on any of the following:
(i) Programs or projects preventing child sexual abuse and/or assisting the victims of child sexual abuse.
(ii) Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams established under 23 Pa.C.S. (relating to domestic relations).
(iii) Child Advocacy Centers.
(iv) Victim service organizations that provide services to children subjected to sexual abuse.
(v) Training of persons who are mandated by law to report child sexual abuse or to treat victims of child sexual abuse.”
For the purposes of this funding announcement, the term “child” refers to an individual under 18 years of age, and “sexual abuse” shall refer to the definition of “sexual abuse or exploitation” under 23 Pa.C.S. §6303 (relating to definitions).
All programs receiving funding under this solicitation must meet victim service standards set by organizations with oversight of their operations, i.e., Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), and/or National Children’s Alliance (NCA).
Applicants requesting funding to support therapy must implement evidence based therapeutic models shown to be effective for children with histories of trauma. For purposes of this funding announcement, the term “evidence-based” is reserved for programs that have been tested in mor
e than one scientifically rigorous study (such as randomized control trials) and have consistently been shown to work better than a placebo or no treatment/intervention. For more information about what constitutes an “evidence-based” program please refer to Appendix A.
Please note that funding under this solicitation is limited to serving child victims of sexual abuse only. PCCD will be releasing additional Endowment Act funding to support adult survivors of child sexual abuse in early 2019.
GrantWatch ID#: 174467
PCCD expects to fund approximately 10 grants.
Maximum awards of $75,000 are available.
Contingent upon availability of funds, applications approved at the December 12, 2018 Commission meeting will be 18-month projects and have a start date of January 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2020.
Eligibility for these funds is open to any for-profit entity, nonprofit entity, or unit of local government whose principle mission is to provide services to crime victims and part of the services offered target child victims of sexual abuse.
Sexual assault programs, children’s advocacy centers, and centers providing comprehensive victim services seeking funding under this solicitation must demonstrate how they meet relevant statewide or national organizational standards in order to be eligible for funding.
Applicants must be in good standing with PCCD in order to be eligible for these funds. The applicant and recipient agencies’ historical success in implementing PCCD-funded programs/initiatives that met their intended goals will be considered in the competitive review process. Applicants are not required to have a prior history with PCCD to be eligible.
Applicants who are in the process of developing a CAC, but are not yet an NCA member, must abide by the non-member requirements of Act 28 of 2014.
PCCD is not liable for costs incurred prior to the official start date of the award.
Funding must not be used to supplant/replace state, federal or local funds that would otherwise be available to provide for program-related services. PCCD funding is to be used in addition to other funds that are made available for services.
Conferences are not an allowable expense under this funding announcement. Training costs are limited to no more than $5,000. Under this initiative, training does not include conferences. PCCD expects that any training proposed under this solicitation will result in a certification or expertise. International trainings are prohibited.
The following program activities are not eligible for funding:
a. Luxury items.
b. Conference costs.
c. International trainings.
d. Proposed projects not related to victim service organizations providing services to children subjected to sexual abuse who are residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
All applications must be submitted electronically through PCCD’s Egrants system no later than Friday, September 28, 2018 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Please note: The Egrants Help Desk is available to assist with questions until 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
Applying for PCCD funding requires registering through Egrants. The process can take several business days, so be sure to allow enough time to register before applying for a grant.
Applications entered in Egrants by the deadline are not considered complete unless the required original Signature Page and any other required signed documents are also received at PCCD. The original Signature Page and any additional required information that could not be submitted electronically must be received or postmarked by September 28, 2018 and either mailed or sent via express delivery services.
Please note: PCCD considers the United States Postal Service date stamp as the official postmark. Applicant postage meters, or stamps administered by the applicant will not be considered the official postmark.
Since staff is not available at this location on Saturday and Sunday, Applications should not be sent by Express Mail or courier service on Friday. Use U.S. Mail when mailing over a weekend, as long as the document is postmarked September 28, 2018.
- Recommended Egrants Agency Registration Date: September 14, 2018
- Recommended Egrants User Registration Date: September 21, 2018
- Mandatory Egrants Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
PCCD Program Staff will field questions to clarify the funding announcement. Questions must be sent by email. (Please put Endowment Act – Direct Victim Service Org. in the subject line). All questions regarding this funding announcement must be received by close of business on September 19, 2018.
Applicant agencies may submit only one application under this funding announcement.
All travel costs must adhere to Federal GSA guidelines: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100120
Questions and Answers:
PCCD Egrants User Registration:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be mailed:
Via US Mail:
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Attention: Grants Management
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Via Express Delivery Services:
3101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
For questions regarding the funding announcement: firstname.lastname@example.org
Egrants Help Desk:
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