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2019 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grants

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

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State

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

Deadline Date:

01/31/19

Description:

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Grants to North Carolina nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and local and state law enforcement agencies 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.

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), 1984, established the Crime Victim Fund to provide financial assistance to support a variety of services and activities to assist victims of crime. 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.

Each year, millions of dollars are deposited into this Fund from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments collected by U.S. Attorney's Offices, U.S. Courts, and the Bureau of Prisons. These dollars come from offenders convicted of Federal crimes, not from taxpayers. Previous legislation expanded the sources from which fund deposits occur.

Crime Victim Services VOCA Funding Priorities

Note: All of the following program priorities are of equal importance, regardless of their order.

Note: Special conditions contracts will be attached to grant award documentation to ensure each agency’s compliance with programmatic and fiscal reporting requirements.

A. Sexual Assualt/Spousal Abuse Victims' Services - Proposals should include a plan of action to provide core crisis intervention services to sexual assault and/or intimate partner abuse (domestic violence) victims to include:

- Client Outreach Services
- Legal Assistance
- Crisis Line Operation
- Relocation Expenses
- Evidence-based Mental Health Services
- Shelter Services
- Information and Referral Services
- Transitional Housing
- Language Crisis Line
- Sexual Assault Examinations/Rape Kits
- Facility Improvements/Equipment for the Care, Safety, Security, and Comfort of Victims

B. Child Advocacy Centers - Proposals should describe services provided by an accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) or by a provisional CAC who is developing child advocacy services and has a letter of support from CACNC. All applicants must have a signed interagency agreement with the District Attorney’s office, Department of Social Services & Law Enforcement (at a minimum).

Proposals may include costs to cover direct services personnel for the following services:

- Advocacy
- Evidence-based Mental Health Services
- Child Medical Evaluation
- Forensic Interviews
- Forensic Medical Evidence Collection Exams
- Facility Improvements/Equipment for the Care, Safety, Security, and Comfort of Victims (Note: Capital improvements or improvements that increase the value of the property are not allowable.)

For proposals addressing child abuse and neglect that do not provide direct services but seek to address system improvement, please refer to funding priorities with the Juvenile Justice Committee.

C. Legal Services for Victims of Crime: VOCA - Proposals will be accepted for state, regional or local legal non-profit agencies to provide assistance to victims of crime to include, but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and/or child abuse. All proposals must comply with NCGC 84-5.1. (Rendering of legal services by certain nonprofit corporations) and must also include a written interagency agreement to include local victim service providers.

Proposals will be considered for the following:

- Statewide legal agencies/organizations that provide assistance for legal services to crime victims. Examples include but are not limited to agencies such as Legal Aid of North Carolina.
- Local and/or Regional Non-Profits that provide assistance for legal services to crime victims. Examples include, but are not limited to, agencies such as local SA/DV/CACs

D. Family Justice Centers - Proposals should promote the collaborative effort of service providers in making services more readily available to victims and to promote the collaborative efforts of agencies within a local/regional area, proposals will be accepted for the development of Family Justice Centers across North Carolina.

Funding awarded under this priority will assist local communities in providing services to victims through the establishment of Family Justice Centers or other models of multi-agency co-located service provision.

- Each center should establish a collaborative plan specifying how victims will access services and obtain referrals for support and assistance. Information from the Family Justice Center Alliance (www.familyjusticecenter.org ) and the guidance of state coalitions (CACNC, NCCASA, NCCADV, NCHTC, CFW/YI, Legal Aid of NC) serve as good sources for developing these plans.
- Applicants for co-located service provision must provide evidence of pre-existing collaborative relationships in the community, including MOUs from previous years as well as collaborative agreements for participants in the Family Justice Center. These documents should be uploaded to the application.
- Co-location of all service providers is not a requirement. Proposals should include a plan of action and MOUs (with local partners) outlining how the group will provide core crisis intervention services to sexual assault, spousal abuse, and/or domestic violence victims.

Services that can be included are:

- Counseling services
- Information and referral services
- Client outreach services
- Legal Assistance
- Case Management
- Shelter/Transitional housing
- Medical/Forensic examination
- Evidence-based Mental Health

E. Victims of Human Trafficking - Proposals will be accepted from agencies to address human trafficking, including child victims of trafficking by increasing the level of awareness of human trafficking and by improving the level of service provided to victims. Funding awarded under this priority will increase the number of agencies and service providers who are qualified to work with trafficking victims.

Proposals should include a plan of action and a statement of collaboration to provide core crisis intervention services to victims of sexual, labor, or domestic trafficking, including:

- Case Management
- Evidence-based Mental Health Services
- Client Outreach Services
- Information and Referral
- Court Advocacy Services
- Shelter/Transitional Housing
- Legal Services
- Language/Translation Service

All human trafficking project proposals must include improving and/or developing multisystem, interagency, multi-disciplinary responses to the needs of human trafficking victims, including one or more of the following:

- Improving and/or developing interagency protocols on effective response.
- Improving and/or developing an advocacy council, task force and/or multidisciplinary team to, among other tasks, meet regularly to review current services/cases.

At a minimum, collaborative partners should include the NC Human Trafficking Commission and other victim service providers (such as sexual assault centers, domestic violence centers, child advocacy centers, or agencies involved in the direct provision of services to victims of human trafficking).

F. Other Services for Victims of Crime - 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, including:

- Transitional housing (Not to exceed 120 days per victim)
- Relocation services
- Forensic medical examinations (Not associated with sexual assault basic services)
- SANE Nursing Services
- Forensic interviews
- Emergency legal assistance
- Emergency medical assistance
- Client outreach services
- Court advocacy services (including civil legal services)
- Evidence-based mental health services
- Services to address victims of financial fraud and/or identity theft
- Services to victims addressing the intersection of violence and substance abuse (VOCA cannot address substance abuse treatment but can support those who are victimized as a result of substance abuse.)

G. Underserved Crime Victim Services - Underserved populations may be distinguished by the crime type or by demographic characterizations. These populations may have been overlooked in the past, may not have adequate services readily available and/or may require special consideration/services. This proposal looks to fund programs to develop and/or continue implementing programs that address underserved crime victim groups by providing an array of services. Programs that can be replicated are of special interest.

Proposals should describe services to a population that is defined by your community to be underserved. Examples of underserved victim populations include, but are not limited to:

- Rural Populations
- Disabled Victims of Crime
- African American Victims
- Family/Friends of Homicide Victims
- American Indians/Tribal Victims
- LGBTQ+ Victims of Crime
- Culturally Specific Populations
- Immigrant Crime Victims
- Male Victims of Crime
- Victims of Gang-related Crimes
- Elderly Victims of Crime
- Children Who Witness Family/Domestic Violence
- Support to Children/Adolescent Victims of Crime (safe schools, teen dating violence, bullying/cyberbullying)

Proposals may include costs to cover direct services personnel in the form of advocacy and/or licensed therapist. Proposals may also include things needed to support direct services personnel; such as, but not limited to: training, travel, equipment and outreach materials.

H. Automated Victim Notification Services - Proposals should focus on statewide automated victim notification systems and technology services – including other electronic and text notification systems – to include staff to provide services to alert victims on the status of offenders and to provide notification of changes in the status of the offender in 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.

The following is a listing of services, activities, and costs that are eligible for support with VOCA grant funds within a sub-recipient’s organization:

- Immediate Health and Safety
- Mental Health Assistance
- Assistance with Participation in Criminal Justice Proceedings
- Forensic Examinations
- Costs Necessary and Essential to Providing Direct Services
- Special Services
- Personnel Costs
- Restorative Justice

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179069

Term of Contract:

Commencement of awards funded under the VOCA Program for FY 2019 will begin October 1, 2019 and end on September 30, 2021. Awards will be made for a period of 24-months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

VOCA specifies that an organization must provide services to crime victims and be operated by a public agency, nonprofit organization, Native American tribe/organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations in order to be eligible to receive VOCA funding. Eligible organizations include victim service organizations whose sole mission is to provide services to crime victims. In addition to victim service organizations, there are many other public and nonprofit organizations that have components which offer services to crime victims. These organizations are eligible to receive VOCA funds, if the funds are used to expand or enhance the delivery of crime victims’ services. Additional information regarding eligible organizations is provided below:

- Nonprofit organizations providing direct services to crime victims. A nonprofit organization must be duly incorporated and registered under North Carolina statutes, unless it is a tribal governing body or a local chapter of national tax-exempt victim service organizations (i.e., Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Parents of Murdered Children);
- Public (government) agencies, such as criminal justice agencies, including 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 duties, 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;
- Native American tribes/organizations providing services to crime victims;
- Religiously-affiliated organizations, provided that services are offered to all crime victims without regard to religious affiliation and receipt of services is not contingent upon participation in a religious activity or event;
- Hospital and emergency medical facilities offering crisis counseling, support groups, and/or other types of victim services; and
- Others: State and local public agencies, such as mental health service organizations, state/local public child and adult protective services, state grantees, legal services agencies and programs with a demonstrated history of advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims, and public housing authorities that have components specifically trained to serve crime victims.

Additional Conditions of Eligibility:

VOCA establishes criteria that must be met by all organizations receiving VOCA funds. An agency must meet all of the following federal requirements to receive VOCA funds:

- Demonstrate a record of providing effective direct services to crime victims;
- Note: Programs that have not yet demonstrated a record of providing services may be eligible to receive VOCA funding, if they can demonstrate that 25% of their requested financial support comes from non-federal sources;
- Meet program match requirements;
- Use volunteers to provide or support direct victim services;
- Promote coordinated public and private efforts to aid crime victims within the community.

GCC supports the development of comprehensive projects that include true partnerships with multiple agencies (e.g., Family Justice Centers, Co-located Coordinated Community Response teams, etc.). The comprehensive projects must have MOU’s between all agencies involved. The project narrative for the lead agency should summarize the multidisciplinary nature of the project.

Unallowable Costs: The following services, activities, and costs, although not exhaustive, cannot be supported with VOCA grant funds at the sub-recipient level:

- Lobbying and Administrative Advocacy
- Perpetrator/Offender Rehabilitation and Counseling
- Audit Costs (except as an allocable percentage of mandatory audits)
- Property Insurance
- Personal Telephone/Fax/Cell phone (unless it can be explained why these items are needed for direct services)
- Food/Beverage (except as provided to victims)
- Trinkets (items such as hats, mugs, portfolios, t-shirts, coins, gift bags, etc., regardless of whether they include the conference name or OJP/DOJ logo) must not be purchased with DOJ funds as giveaways for conferences. Basic supplies that are necessary for use during the conference (e.g., folders, name tags) may be purchased.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Period: November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Required registrations:

1. DUNS Number: Each grantee MUST have a DUNS Number, prior to any funds being released! DUNS Numbers may be obtained from either of the following web links: www.dnb.com or http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
2. SAM Registration: SAM (System for Award Management) registration is required for all applicants and has taken the place of registration in CCR (Central Contractor Registration). If an applicant had an active record in CCR, that applicant has an active record in SAM. Applicants not previously registered in CCR should register in SAM prior to applying for a grant through the Governor’s Crime Commission. SAM information may be found at https://www.sam.gov/.
3. NCID: The Governor’s Crime Commission’s grants management system (GEMS) requires that applicants register with the North Carolina Identity Management Service (NCID). Applicants will be unable to access the online application without a valid NCID user ID and password.

Program Match Requirements: There is a 20% non-federal match requirement imposed on grant funds under this program (cash or in-kind). Sub-awards made under the VOCA program may not cover more than 80% of the total cost of each project.

Funds are paid on a reimbursable basis.

Information on the GEMS system:https://www.ncdps.gov/About-DPS/Boards-Commissions/Governors-Crime-Commission/GEMS

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online: https://gems.ncdps.gov/_layouts/ccps_fbausermanagement/ccps_customlogin.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fPages%2fDefault.aspx

If you need assistance in completing your project application, please contact:

Karen Jayson, Lead Planner
karen.jayson@ncdps.gov

Jim Lassiter, Crime Victim Services Planner
jim.lassiter1@ncdps.gov

ITS Service Desk is reachable 24- hours a day at 919-754-6000 or toll free at 1-800-722-3946.

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USA: North Carolina