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2021 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and Government and
Law Enforcement Agencies for Crime Victim Services

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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NC Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), Governor's Crime Commission (GCC)

Deadline Date:

01/31/21 12:00 PM (Noon)

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, Tribes, and local and state law enforcement agencies and courts for services that address the needs of crime victims and their families. Priority is given to programs serving rural areas, underserved populations, and groups that currently lack services. The Commission encourages programs that involve partnerships, collaborations, and best practices to meet the needs of crime victims.

Services under this grant program are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization; (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security as appropriate to their victimization.

All funding priorities are of equal importance, regardless of their listed order. Sexual assault, domestic violence, and child advocacy center projects are mandated priorities and have formula-driven funding allocations. Priorities are:

  • Sexual Assualt/Domestic Violence Victims/Services (for designated agencies only)
  • Child Advocacy Centers (for designated agencies only)
  • Underserved Crime Victims Services
  • Legal Services for Victims of Crimes
  • Collaborative/Multi-Agency Models (Family Justice Centers)
  • Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Child Abuse Victims' Services
  • Other Services for Victims of Crimes: Proposals will be considered for the development of enhanced services for victims of crime that are allowable under Victims of Crime Assistance regulations. Proposals should include a plan of action and a statement of collaboration to provide enhanced services to victims, which may include:
    • Transitional Housing (not to exceed 365 days per victim)
    • Adults Victimized as Children
    • Relocation Services
    • Forensic Medical Examinations (not associated with sexual assault basic services)
    • Emergency Medical Assistance
    • Forensic Interviews
    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Services
    • Client Outreach Services
    • Court Advocacy Services
    • Evidence-based Mental Health Services
    • Services for Victims of Financial Fraud and/or Identity Theft
    • Services for Victims Addressing the Intersection of Violence and Substance Use Disorder

For additional information about priority funding areas, see: https://files.nc.gov/ncdps/documents/files/2021-VOCA-RFA.pdf#page=12

Proposals should focus on statewide automated victim notification systems and technology services, including via text notification and other electronic systems. Proposals may include staff who provide services to alert victims on the status changes of offenders in the jail, correctional, or court systems. Proposals should include the provision of both incoming and outgoing call service 24/7 including other electronic and text notifications with multiple language capability and operator assistance available.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179069

Term of Contract:

Grant Project Period of Performance: October 1, 2021 -September 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations in North Carolina, which provide direct services to crime victims, include and are not limited to the following entities:
- Victim Service Providers
- Legal Service Programs
- State Agencies and Offices
- Local Government Agencies
- Indian Tribal Governments
- State Law Enforcement Agencies
- Local Law Enforcement Agencies
- Community-based Organizations
- Faith-based Programs
- State and Local Courts

The Victims of Crime Act specifies that eligible programs must be operated by a public agency or a nonprofit organization, or a combination of such agencies, that provide services to crime victims. Eligible organizations in North Carolina are those whose purpose includes providing direct and supportive services to crime victims regardless of a victim’s participation in the criminal justice process. Victim eligibility for services is not dependent on a victim’s immigration status.

Eligible organizations must meet the following Federal requirements to receive funding through VOCA:
- Nonprofit organizations must be duly incorporated and registered under North Carolina statutes, unless it is a tribal governing body or a local chapter of a national, tax-exempt victim service organization;
- Public (government) agencies, such as criminal justice agencies, include law enforcement, prosecutor offices, courts, corrections departments, probation and paroling authorities for victim services that exceed the boundaries of their mandate. For example, a police department may use VOCA funds to provide crime victim services that exceed a law enforcement official’s normal duty, such as a victim crisis response unit. Regular law enforcement duties, such as crime scene intervention, questioning of victims and witnesses, investigations of the crime, and follow-up activities may not be paid with VOCA funds;
- Religiously-affiliated and faith-based organizations must offer services to all crime victims without regard to religious affiliation and receipt of services is not contingent upon participation in a religious activity or event.

The use of volunteers by VOCA-funded programs is mandatory. This requirement may be waived by providing a written request which documents efforts to recruit and maintain volunteers, or otherwise demonstrate why circumstances prohibit the use of volunteers.

GCC supports the development of comprehensive projects that include collaborative partnerships with multiple agencies (e.g., Family Justice Centers, Coordinated Community Response teams, etc.). These comprehensive projects must have Memoranda of Understanding between all agencies involved. The project narrative for the lead agency should summarize the multidisciplinary nature of the project.

For a list of expressly unallowable costs, see:
https://files.nc.gov/ncdps/documents/files/2021-VOCA-RFA.pdf#page=10

Pre-Application Information:

Application Period: November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021 by 12:00 PM Noon

All applicants must provide proof that they have a valid federal DUNS number and are currently registered with www.SAM.gov at the time of submission.

You may submit questions regarding this document and the application process to CVS staff. Responses to questions regarding the RFA and application process received by CVS staff by November 20, 2020 will be compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions document that will be made available on the Governor’s Crime Commission website beginning December 4, 2020.

Applicants must have a NCID login to access the application in GEMS. To obtain your NCID username and password, you must register your organization or State/Local Government Unit at: https://ncid.nc.gov/idmdash/

Agencies may submit no more than three (3) total competitive applications with only one application per program priority.

Sub-recipients are required to contribute 20% of the total cost of each project and identify the source of the match and how match funds will be used. Match can be cash or in-kind, through donated goods and services. Sub-recipients that are federally-recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribes, or projects that operate on tribal lands, are excluded from the match requirement.

Funds are paid on a reimbursable basis.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through GEMS: https://gems.ncdps.gov/

If you have questions about the RFA, the application process or require assistance with developing your proposal, please contact the CVS Planning Team:

- Sandy Dixon, Lead Planner, Crime Victim Services at sandy.dixon@ncdps.gov
- Adonicca McAllister, VOCA Administrator at adonicca.mcallister@ncdps.gov
- Jim Lassiter, VOCA Administrator at jim.lassiter1@ncdps.gov
- Karen Lombri, VAWA Administrator at karen.lombri@ncdps.gov

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Governor’s Crime Commission
1201 Front Street
Raleigh, NC 27609

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