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Victims of Crime Act VOCA

Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Courts to Meet the Needs of Crime Victims

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

Deadline Date:

01/17/19 12:00 PM Noon

Description:

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Grants to Montana nonprofits, courts, government agencies, and non-governmental victim services programs to provide direct services to crime victims within the state. Eligible services are those that address the physical and emotional needs of victims; assist both primary and secondary victims in stabilizing their lives; help victims understand and take part in the criminal justice system; and provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security.

For the purposes of this program, a crime victim is a “person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime.” The four federally required priority categories are victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and underserved victim populations. The proposed program’s goal should be to provide 10% of services in each federally recognized priority area. If one of the victim categories is not served, applicants must explain why.

Allowable Direct Services:

The current Federal guidelines require that VOCA funds be used to provide direct services to individual crime victims. Direct services include, but are not limited to:

1. Crisis intervention;
2. Emergency services such as shelter, transportation, and food;
3. Support services such as follow-up counseling, personal or legal advocacy, referral to other service agencies;
4. Court related services such as legal advocacy, emotional support during trial, and parole/probation hearings;
5. Recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers who provide direct services to victims;
6. Personal advocacy such as intervention with employers;
7. Restitution advocacy;
8. Victim impact panels; and
9. Court Appointed Special Advocates working directly with child victims of crime or coordinating volunteers that work directly with child victims of crime.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178445

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2019 and concludes June 30, 2021. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to July 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For VOCA statutory Requirements and Office for Victims of Crime Requirements, see RFP: http://mbcc.mt.gov/Portals/130/Funding/RFP/DECEMBER%202018/VOCA_2019%20RFP.pdf?ver=2018-12-07-112657-367#page=3

Eligible applicants include State, local, and Tribal courts (including juvenile courts); Tribal governments; units of local government, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs, including community-based organizations.

First-time VOCA applicants must demonstrate a record of providing direct services to victims of crime.

Activities that are not allowed include but are not limited to:
1. Victim compensation costs which would otherwise be eligible for state or federal victim compensation reimbursement;
2. Crime prevention activities;
3. Lobbying for particular victim legislation, system improvement, etc.;
4. Offender rehabilitation/treatment; and
5. Needs assessments, surveys, manuals and protocols.

Funds shall not be used for land acquisition or construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule:
- RFP Issue Date: December 6, 2018
- Deadline for receipt of written questions: January 11, 2019
- Responses to questions will be posted on the MBCC website within 7 calendar days of receipt, through the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
- Application Submission Deadline: January 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon
- Staff and Committee Review: January 18, 2019 – April 25, 2019
- Application Review Committee (ARC): May 2019 (tentative)
- Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2019 (tentative)
- Project Start Date: July 1, 2019
- Project End Date: June 30, 2021

A new applicant must register with the Online Subgrantee Application System (OSAS) immediately to ensure meeting the application deadline.

Applicants are required to have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number and to maintain a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Matching contributions in the VOCA project (VOCA grant plus match) must be derived from nonfederal sources. All funds designated as match are restricted to the same uses as VOCA victim assistance funds and must be expended within the grant period.

First-time VOCA applicants must show that 25% of the Project Budget contains funds from non-federal sources.

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP must address these issues via the MBCC website on or before January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Questions shall be submitted using the online MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request form. Program specific questions cannot be addressed during the solicitation period.

Crime Statistics:

Applicants may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their proposals. Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System (MTIBRS) is an analytical/statistical tool. Users can select reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements or can create their own custom reports based on multiple variables. Data from 2005 to the most current complete calendar year is available.

For assistance in accessing MTIBRS or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, applicants should request information using the online MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request form. Assistance must be requested at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Question and Answer Form:
http://mbcc.mt.gov/Funding/Grant-Offerings/2019-Victims-RFPs

New applicants must register online at:
http://apps.mbcc.mt.gov/osas/Default.aspx

For applicants without internet access, who cannot apply electronically through the OSAS, contact MBCC at (406) 444-3604 or mbcc@mt.gov (listing “RFP # 19-01, Submission Assistance” as the email subject) for approval and submission instructions.

Board of Crime Control
5 S Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201408
Helena, MT 59620-1408

Main: (406) 444-3604
Fax: (406) 444-4722

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #19-01 (V)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana