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FY 2018 STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
for Women's Victim Services and Violence Prevention

Agency Type:

State

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Nebraska Crime Commission

Deadline Date:

01/24/19 5:00 PM CST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Nebraska nonprofit organizations and government or tribal agencies for multifaceted strategies to address violent crimes against women. Funding is intended to support victim services to disadvantaged populations, training and awareness education programs, legislation and policy efforts, protection and outreach programs, and criminal justice response.

The Nebraska Crime Commission, in partnership with the federal Office on Violence Against Women, offers the S.T.O.P. (STOP) Grant Program designed to support multifaceted approaches to responding to the crimes of domestic violence (including intimate partner violence), dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The STOP Grant Program helps provide victims across the live span with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while improving community capacity to hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

Priorities / State Planning: STOP Grant Program funds are to be used to address the violent crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This can be accomplished through improved coordinated criminal justice system response efforts; quality direct services that address victim safety; outreach and services to unserved and underserved populations; offender accountability efforts; targeted training and technical assistance approaches; public awareness and education; and assisting in the development and promotion of legislation and polices that enhance best practices for responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

20 STOP Purpose Areas:

Grant funds must be used to address one or more of the following 20 purpose areas outlined in the federal 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. All areas are considered priority needs; however, numbers 1 – 5 are identified as high priorities for Nebraska (refer to STOP Implementation Plan).

1. Train law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors to more effectively identify and respond to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Training can include information related to non-immigrant status (specifically T and U visas).

2. Develop, train, or expand units of law enforcement officers, judges, other court personnel, and prosecutors specifically targeting violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

3. Develop and implement more effective police, court, and prosecution policies, protocols, orders, and services specifically devoted to preventing, identifying, and responding to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as well as the appropriate treatment of victims.

4. Develop, enlarge, or strengthen victim services and legal assistance programs, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking programs, develop or improve delivery of victim services to underserved population, provide specialized domestic violence court advocates in courts where a significant number of protection orders are granted, and increase reporting and reduce attrition rates for cases involving violence crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Legal assistance can be provided on such matters as separation, divorce, and custody.

5. Develop and strengthen policies, protocols, best practices, and training for law enforcement agencies and prosecutors relating to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases and the appropriate treatment of victims.

6. Support formal and informal statewide, multidisciplinary efforts, to the extent not supported by State funds, to coordinate the response of State law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, victim services agencies, and other State agencies and departments, to violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

7. Develop, install, or expand data collection and communication systems, including computerized systems, linking police, prosecutors, and courts or for the purpose of identifying, classifying, and tracking arrest, protection orders, violations of protection orders, prosecutions, and convictions for violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

8. Develop, enlarge or strengthen programs addressing the needs and circumstances of Indian tribes in dealing with violent crimes against women, including the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

9. Train sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and providing expert testimony and treatment of trauma related to sexual assault.

10. Develop, enlarge, or strengthen programs to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and others to address the needs and circumstance of older and disabled women who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including recognizing, investigating, and prosecuting instances of such violence or assault and targeting outreach and support, counseling, and other victim services to such older and disabled individuals.

11. Provide assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in immigration matters.

12. Maintain core victim services and criminal justice initiatives, while supporting complementary new initiatives and emergency services for victims and their families.

13. Support the placement of special victim assistants (to be known as “Jessica Gonzales Victim Assistants”) in local law enforcement agencies to serve as liaisons between victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and personnel in local law enforcement agencies in order to improve the enforcement of protection orders. Jessica Gonzales Victim Assistants shall have expertise in domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and my undertake the following activities:
- Develop, in collaboration with prosecutors, courts, and victim service providers, standardized response polices for local law enforcement agencies, including the use of evidence-based indicators to assess the risk of domestic and dating violence homicide and prioritize dangerous or potentially lethal cases;
- Notify persons seeking enforcement of protection orders as to what responses will be provided by the relevant law enforcement agency;
- Refer persons seeking enforcement of protection orders to supplementary services (such as emergency shelter programs, hotlines, or legal assistance services); and
- Take other appropriate action to assist or secure the safety of the person seeking enforcement of a protection order.

14. Provide funding to law enforcement agencies, victim services providers, and State, tribal, territorial, and local governments (which funding stream shall be known as the Crystal Judson Domestic Violence Protocol Program) to promote (At this time, the Crime Commission will not be funding requests for this purpose area):
- The development and implementation of training for local victim domestic violence service providers, and to fund victim services personnel, to be known as “Crystal Judson Victim Advocates,” to provide supportive services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence committed by law enforcement personnel;
- The implementation of protocols within law enforcement agencies to ensure consistent and effective responses to the commission of domestic violence by personnel within such agencies (such as the model policy promulgated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (“Domestic Violence by Police Officers: A Policy of the IACP, Police Response to Violence Against Women Project” July 20013));
- The development of such protocols in collaboration with State, tribal, territorial and local victim services providers and domestic violence coalitions.

15. Develop and promote State, local or tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

16. Develop, implement, or enhance Sexual Assault Response Teams, or other similar coordinated community responses to sexual assault.

17. Develop, enlarge, or strengthen programs addressing sexual assault against men, women, and youth in correctional and detention settings.

18. Identify and conduct inventories of backlogs of sexual assault evidence collection kits and developing protocols and polices for responding to and addressing such backlogs, including protocols and policies for notifying and involving victims.

19. Develop, enlarge, or strengthen programs and projects to provide services and responses targeting male and female victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, who ability to access traditional services and responses is affected by their sexual orientation or gender identity.

20. Develop, enhance, or strengthen prevention and educational programming to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. (No more than 5% of the total award can be used towards prevention efforts)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177890

Estimated Size of Grant:

STOP Grant Program funds are allocated as follows:

- Law Enforcement: $292,408
- Prosecution: $343,662
- Courts (includes Juvenile Courts and Probation): $58,482
- Victim Services (VS): $350,890; of the total victim services allocation, $35,089 will be allocated to Culturally Specific services
- Discretionary: $175,445
Total Funds Available: $1,220,887

Of the Total Funds Available, State allocation requirements are:

- Meaningful Sexual Assault Services (Must be taken from at least 2 of the categories - LE, Prosecution, Courts or VS) $259,919
- Prevention & Education: $64,979

Term of Contract:

Project periods cannot exceed 12 months. Applicants with a project period extending beyond June 30, 2020 and approved for an award will be subject to additional Special Conditions. All funded projects are required to be implemented within 30 days from the start date listed on the Grant Award or another date as specified by the grant administrator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:

- State and local units of government and Indian tribal governments.
- Nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services providers. Proof of 501(c)(3) status must be attached to the grant application.

A victim services provider is a nonprofit, nongovernmental or tribal organization or rape crisis center, including a State or tribal coalition, that assists or advocates for domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking victims, including domestic violence shelters, faith-based organizations, and other organizations with a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Funding to Faith-based and Community Organizations:

Consistent with Executive Order 13279, December 12, 2002 and 28 CFR Part 38, it is the policy of the Crime Commission that faith-based and community organizations that statutorily qualify as eligible applicants under the STOP grant program are invited and encouraged to apply for assistance awards to fund eligible grant activities. Faith-based and community organizations will be considered for awards as are other eligible applicants, and if they receive assistance awards, will be treated on an equal basis with all other grantees in the administration of such awards. No eligible applicant or grantee will be discriminated against on the basis of its religious character or affiliation, or religious name. Faith-based and community organizations are required to abide by the same regulations and requirements specifically associated with the program under which they are awarded a grant, as any other agency awarded funding.

The following expenses are not allowed (include but are not limited to the following):

- Lobbying.
- Fundraising.
- Research projects.
- Construction and physical modification to buildings including minor renovations such as painting or carpeting.
- Federal funds cannot be used to match other federal funds. An exception is Indian tribes who may use funds appropriated by Congress for the activities of any agency of an Indian tribal government or for the activities of the Bureau of Indian Affairs performing law enforcement functions on any Indian lands.
- Legal or defense services for perpetrators including defense for women who assault, kill, or otherwise injure their abusers.
- Costs to help a victim move household goods to a new location or for acquiring furniture or housing in a new location.
- Activities that may compromise victim safety and recovery. (For full list, see Instructions listed in Supporting Documents below.)
- No funds (federal and/or match) can be used to purchase food and/or beverages for any meeting, conference, training or other event and all such events must be approved by the Crime Commission before any contracts are signed or arrangements finalized. Therefore, food and beverage costs are now unallowable under any grant, cooperative agreement and/or contract. This restriction does not impact direct payment of per diem amounts to individuals attending a meeting or conference, as long as they fall within the guidelines.
- Purchases of standard issued law enforcement items such as uniforms, safety vests, shields, weapons, bullets and armory.
- Support for chemical dependency or alcohol abuse programs that are not an integral part of a courtmandated batterer intervention program.
- Development or presentations of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking curriculum for primary or secondary schools including prevention curricula for schools. Funds cannot be used to teach primary or secondary school students from already existing curriculum.
- Voucher programs.
- Gift cards.
- Purchase of a vehicle.
- Immigration fees for battered immigrant women.
- Payment for substance abuse counseling.
- Funds cannot support services that focus exclusively on children.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Completed applications are due in the Nebraska Crime Commission Office by 5:00 p.m. CST on January 24, 2019.

Applications must be received by the time and date indicated. They are to be submitted in a single email, or they may be mailed or delivered to the office. Faxed copies are not accepted.

Funding Process and Tentative Timeline: (listed times are CST)

- Nov 5, 2018: Solicitation Announced & Technical Assistance Available
- January 24, 2019: Application Due at the Crime Commission by 5:00 PM
- Jan. 25, 2019: Technical/Administrative Review begins
- March 7, 2019: Staff Review conducted and recommendations for funding are determined.
- April 4, 2019: Crime Commission Funding Panel conducts review and final funding determinations.
- April 11, 2019: Applicants notified of approval/denial and any contingencies requiring action.
- May 2019: Grand Awards and Special Conditions due to the Crime Commission

If technical assistance is needed in the development of your 2018 STOP VAWA application, please contact Merry Wills. Technical assistance will be offered on a one-on-one basis. Please schedule a time to discuss any questions prior to January 24, 2019.

For additional information on the STOP VAWA application process, please access the various videos and webinars posted at https://ncc.nebraska.gov/grant-training.

Grant Management Training (GMT) is required for any new project; continuation projects who have not attended GMT since July 2017; and subgrantees with new project personnel (Project Point of Contact, Project Coordinator, Fiscal Point of Contact). Others are welcome to attend. All entities awarded funds by the Nebraska Crime Commission are required to attend. Details about the training will be provided in the award letter.

Coordinated Response Team training and technical assistance is available through the Statewide Coordinated Response Team. For additional information, contact the grant administrator.

State Plans – Funding requests must be within the documented needs of the State. Resources available for this information are the STOP Implementation Plan for 2017-2020 and the Nebraska’s Strategic Plan for Victims and Survivors of Crime (NSPVSC) 2015 – 2000. (View plans at https://ncc.nebraska.gov/strategic-plans.)

Grant Requirements:

- Coordination – coordination with victim service programs must be evident in the grant application. Letters of Support or Memorandums of Commitment from participating CRT victim service providers are requirement. At a minimum, a Letter of Support must be included however; if an MOC is provided no letter is necessary.
- Contracts – Any request for a contract of $150,000 or more will require additional approval from the federal Office on Violence Against Women. Contracts must adhere to established procurement processes. Contracts are utilized to purchase specific services and are based on set fees.
- Subawards – Also referred to as sub-subrecipients must be issued and monitored for compliance with federal requirements by the lead agency identified on the application information page. Subawards involve the passing down of federal funds to a partner agency based on actual costs.
- Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exams – Recipients (including subawards) of STOP funding are required to coordinate with their service area health care providers to ensure that victims of sexual assault are aware of the availability of a forensic medical exam at no cost (to the victim). For more information access Nebraska Revised Statue 81-1429.03 at http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=81-1429.03.
- Applicant Disclosure of Pending Applications – (chart provided with application) Applicants are to disclose whether they have pending application for federally and or state funded grants that include requests for funding to support the same project being proposed under this solicitation and will cover the identical cost items outlined in the budget in the application under this solicitation. The Crime Commission seeks this information to help avoid any inappropriate duplication of funding. Applicants that have pending applications as described above are to provide the following information about pending applications submitted within the last 12 months: the federal or state funding agency; the solicitation name/project name; and the point of contact information at the application funding agency.

A Supplemental Funding Chart must be completed to show total program income from all sources as well as other funds available to this project.

A state or local government agency cannot use federal funds to supplant (replace) other existing funds. Any request must address how the request is not supplanting of funds. (Nebraska defines a local government or political subdivision as any unit of government within the state including villages, cities of all classes, counties, school districts, learning communities, public power districts, and entities created pursuant to the Interlocal Cooperation Act or Joint Public Agency Act.)

All payments from the Crime Commission will be on a reimbursement basis.

DUNS Number – All applicants are required to include a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number in their application. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit sequence recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of entities receiving federal funds. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, simple, one-time activity. To obtain a DUNS number or to see if the applicant agency already has a DUNS number, call 1-866-705-5711 or go to http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

System for Award Management (SAM) Registration – All applicants must be registered on the SAM (formerly Central Contractor Registration/CCR) database. This is the repository for standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. If you had an active CCR, you have an active record in SAM. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration. Information to register or update your entity records can be accessed at https://www.sam.gov/

Certified Assurances, Drug Free Workplace and Lobbying – As a recipient of federal fund, the Crime Commission must sign and pass on certain Certified Assurances and requirements to its subgrantees. Certified Assurances, the Drug Free Workplace, and Lobbying forms must be signed and included with the grant application.

Debarment – A Debarment form, which certifies the agency or individuals in the agency are not barred from doing business with the federal government, must be signed and returned with the application.

Match Requirements: A 25% cash or in-kind match of the total costs for the project is required except for the funds used by nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs to provide services to victims. Victim services does not include coordination of CRT efforts or the provision of BIP type services. Victim service providers are not required to provide match however, such entities often have access to sources of in-kind match that may be helpful in demonstrating their commitment, sustainability, and efforts to leverage funding. Program match is also helpful in Nebraska’s efforts to receive continued STOP VAWA funds. Grant funds used for law enforcement, prosecution, courts, probation, and discretionary funds used for these purposes are required to provide 25% cash or in-kind match for the total project cost for that specific piece of the project. All sources of match must be identified, and meet the following criteria:

- Do not come from Federal funding sources;
- Relate directly to the project goals and objectives whether match is cash or in-kind;
- Match funds are tracked and documented in the same financial manner as the grant funds;
- Match funds are expended within the project period; and
- Designated match is restricted to only allowable activities and costs under the STOP Grant Program.

Memorandums of Commitment (CRT/SART Members) and Letters of Support: Applicants must provide written evidence that the community has been involved in the development of the application. It is required that during the development of the grant application that collaboration has occurred with a victim services provider in order to ensure proposed activities and requests promote for victims and survivors safety, confidentiality, and economic independence.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the application in one of the following ways:

1. Email (The application should be submitted in a single email):

Kristy.nguyen@nebraska.gov
Email subject line: 2018 STOP (applicant agency name)

2. Mail or Deliver:

Mailing Address:
Nebraska Crime Commission
PO Box 94946
Lincoln NE 68509

Personal Delivery/Overnight:
Nebraska Crime Commission
5th Floor
301 Centennial Mall South
South Lincoln, NE 68509

Contact:

Merry Wills, Federal Aid Administrator
Nebraska Crime Commission
(402) 471-3416
Merry.Wills@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Crime Commission
Phone (402) 471-2194
Fax (402) 471-2837
NCC.Webmaster@Nebraska.gov

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