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FY 2017 Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE for a Resource
Center to Meet the Needs of Mass Violence Victims

GrantWatch ID#: 181824
Agency Type:

Federal

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

08/09/17 5:00 PM ET

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Grant to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, or IHE for the operation of a resource center to address incidents of domestic terrorism and mass violence. The purpose of this grant is to ensure that governments and organizations are equipped and prepared to support communities affected by violent incidents.

The goal of this solicitation is to establish a Mass Violence Center. Working collaboratively with OVC, the successful applicant will develop a national victim-centric framework, applicable to various jurisdictions, which addresses best practices in preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism through training and technical assistance, identifying/creating best practices, and expanding expertise in this field.

Overview:

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. This solicitation will support one award to establish a resource center to support direct service efforts that address the comprehensive needs of victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism and assess the needs of victims of other large-scale criminal incidents that are not necessarily mass violence or domestic terrorism incidents but that result in large numbers of victims.

Program-Specific Information:

In recent years, the Nation has experienced a surge in incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism. These tragedies have impacted a range of communities—from small rural areas to large urban populations—and various locations such as schools, workplaces, nightclubs, and public settings. As these tragedies increase, OVC recognizes that we (federal, state, local, and tribal government and organizations) must become better prepared and equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and evidence-based strategies to appropriately plan for, respond to, and fully support victims and communities affected by mass violence.

OVC envisions a Nation where all communities are prepared and equipped to provide victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism with timely, diverse, and comprehensive services and support from crisis through long-term recovery. The goal of this solicitation is to establish a Mass Violence Center (MVC) through a cooperative agreement with OVC. The MVC will develop a national victim-centric framework that addresses best practices for preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism, and that government entities and organizations can adapt and use in their own strategies, preparations, and response plans to better support victims of these incidents. The MVC, working closely with OVC, will develop tools and strategies, engage communities and the Nation, and build the capacity to support victims, their families, and communities affected by mass violence and domestic terrorism through training and technical assistance (TTA), identifying/creating best practices, and expanding expertise in the field.

Mass violence and domestic terrorism are broad topics and this is an emergent issue and evolving field. Therefore, OVC anticipates this program will integrate lessons learned, best practices, and new studies to approach supporting communities and victims of these incidents. There has been some research examining why these events occur, what types of individuals perpetrate them, and suggestions for how to react to future events. There is far less research about victims of mass violence or domestic terrorism and the best approaches to supporting their unique needs and the communities in which they live.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

The goal of this solicitation is to establish an MVC to develop a national victim-centric framework, applicable to various jurisdictions (e.g., federal, state, tribal, local), which addresses best practices in preparing for and responding to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism.

The selected applicant will be expected to accomplish the following objectives:

1. Coordinate with OVC and stakeholders (e.g., federal partners; national and community organizations; state, local, and tribal governments; survivors) to determine existing resources and responses (e.g., what is available, what is working well, opportunities for better collaboration). The applicant will work closely with OVC to identify and convene stakeholders and then develop a long-term plan for continued communication and collaboration (e.g., hold subject matter expertise meetings, webinars, survivor focus groups).

Deliverables include a list of stakeholders currently involved in these efforts; a list of new stakeholders, updated quarterly; a quarterly list of meetings to include participants, outcomes, and action items; quarterly reports on coordination efforts needs and gaps; and long-term coordination plan. OVC also anticipates the applicant will produce recommendations from these efforts to yield information on gaps, collaborative responses, and promising practices.

2. Review and assess previous responses to victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism incidents to determine strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. This process will involve review and analysis of various publications—including existing protocols, guiding principles, resources, and other materials—and discussions with professionals and victims/survivors who have responded to or experienced mass violence or domestic terrorism events. The applicant is expected to work with OVC and other primary stakeholders to define the criteria on which these assessments will be based. The applicant will conduct an in-depth initial review and then periodic (TBD) reviews and assessments. The applicant will also make recommendations for possible future research agenda by evaluating support to victims of past events and new incidents. Such an assessment should consider the impact of these particular incidents, including analyses of the impact of the attacks being based on bias (e.g., ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity or orientation, nationality). In addition, any assessment should include an analysis of immediate, mid- range, and long-term effects of the incident on various populations of victims/survivors, families, first responders, and communities. Additionally, the applicant will work with OVC to determine the feasibility of trauma counseling telemedicine support to victims and work to establish that capacity, should OVC determine it is a practical approach to assisting victims.

Deliverables include a best practices and lessons learned report from past mass violence experiences; recommendations for suggested improvements; and periodically updated summaries, reports, and recommendations, including possible future research/study topics.

For the trauma counseling telemedicine aspect, the deliverable is a written product assessing the feasibility of developing trauma counseling for victims via telemedicine, and then establishing this capacity if OVC determines it is practical.

3. Develop and grow a mass violence and domestic terrorism consultant pool to better serve communities, organizations, and agencies that support victims of such incidents. Victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism often have unique needs due to the group nature and scale of such events. Consultants will provide TTA on a continuum of victim- related issues for a broad array of practitioners, including victim service providers, law enforcement and other first responders, the faith-based community, medical and mental health providers, civic leaders, and others who play important roles in shaping the responses to victims and stabilizing communities in the aftermath of these events. The applicant should expect to develop a multifaceted mobile team of trauma-focused victim advocates and mass violence experts (from various professions) that can be deployed (at an appropriate time) by OVC to impacted communities to support services to victims, first responders, and members of the larger community. This team will assist and liaise with other federal, state, tribal, and local responding agencies as needed, including assisting victims from outside the area where the incident occurred. As such, consultants who provide support and TTA to organizations supporting these victims need to be versed in these issues and capable of providing support to complex mass violence or domestic terrorism events. The applicant should expect to identify, vet, select, and retain consultants who are capable of providing appropriate services for such incidents. Furthermore, the applicant should develop appropriate procedures to execute this task, which may also be applicable for OVC use outside the MVC.

As part of this objective, the applicant is expected to work with OVC to ensure all mass violence TTA efforts are coordinated with other relevant resources funded by OVC, OVC TTAC, and (if applicable) other stakeholders to avoid duplication of efforts and maintain awareness of complimentary work. The applicant is expected to develop protocols for coordinating TTA efforts with relevant partners (e.g., OVC TTAC) to maximize TTA effectiveness, provide consistent approaches, and avoid duplication of efforts. The applicant will also need to maintain awareness of relevant TTA activities, research, and initiatives across the Federal Government and in the field.

Deliverables include a written process for plans to identify, vet, hire, and retain specialized consultants, and an implementation strategy and procedures to initiate, manage, and complete this task; supporting the TTA needs of OVC and communities through the delivery of TTA; and developing protocols for coordinating TTA efforts with relevant OVC partners, and actively engaging in this coordination.

4. Establish a process to work with OVC in the wake of mass violence and domestic terrorism incidents to determine if technical assistance is needed, deploy consultants with expertise in mass violence and domestic terrorism to provide assistance both onsite and remotely, and develop an after-action evaluation process of the response, including whether there is a need for the community to apply for an Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program grant. In developing an after-action evaluation process, OVC expects that the applicant will develop and implement assessment tools regarding OVC support to victims of mass violence and large-scale crimes.

Deliverables include a Standard Operating Procedure for how the MVC will respond in the wake of incidents of mass violence; a routinely updated list of staff and consultants, with descriptions of specialized expertise; a menu of the TTA available; a written after-action evaluation process; and written products to develop and implement assessment tools, including recommendations for evaluating and updating assessment tools.

5. Assess, develop, and/or provide specialized training and plans to ensure that practitioners in the field (e.g., victim advocates, mental health professionals, volunteers, the faith community) and government agencies are provided specialized training and support on how to plan for and provide trauma-informed and evidence-based care to victims, first responders, and victim advocates in the wake of mass violence and domestic terrorism incidents, including caring for victims who reside outside the geographic area where the event occurred. The team will assist local practitioners in developing short- and long-term care plans for assessing and addressing the mental health and crisis intervention needs of the community related to the incident. The applicant will develop and deliver training for local practitioners, as needed, on trauma-informed care and other relevant topics. This can be accomplished through partnerships with other organizations and federal agencies working with OVC.

Deliverables include a list of partners/organizations from qualified practitioners groups, an annual calendar of planned trainings, presentation materials, and training curriculums.

6. Advance the Helping Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism; Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit (Mass Violence Toolkit) in the following ways: 1) develop expertise in the use of OVC’s Mass Violence Toolkit; 2) apply the practical tools (e.g., checklists, templates) with stakeholders in preparation for and response to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism; 3) identify additional tools that are needed; and 4) work with OVC to develop those tools and incorporate them into the Mass Violence Toolkit. Tools should address areas such as guiding principles, communications protocols, donations management, needs assessments, and the use of telemedicine in mental health services.

Deliverables include a written analysis of existing tools and proposed additions, and draft and finalized new tools or revisions to existing tools. Deliverables must be completed on time and meet OVC expectations, including work products and processes.

7. Examine and assess the needs of victims of other large-scale criminal incidents that are not necessarily mass violence or domestic terrorism incidents but that result in large numbers of victims. In recent years, there have been several significant criminal incidents of this nature, including an incident at the New England Compounding Center, where tainted medication resulted in a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 individuals and sickened over 800; the Flint, Michigan water crisis; and the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This review and assessment will include discussions with OVC and other OJP staff to determine best practices for addressing such incidents.

Deliverables include a review and analysis of such incidents and suggested approaches for supporting victims of these incidents.

Evidence-Based Programs or Practices:

OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policymaking and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. OJP is committed to:
-Improving the quantity and quality of evidence OJP generates
-Integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field
-Improving the translation of evidence into practice

OJP considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence, generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations. Causal evidence documents a relationship between an activity or intervention (including technology) and its intended outcome, including measuring the direction and size of a change, and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. Causal evidence depends on the use of scientific methods to rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. The strength of causal evidence, based on the factors described above, will influence the degree to which OJP considers a program or practice to be evidence-based. The OJP CrimeSolutions.gov website is one resource that applicants may use to find information about evidence-based programs in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services.

OVC expects to make one award.

OVC expects to make an award of up to $18,000,000.

OVC expects to make an award for a 36-month performance period, to begin on October 1, 2017.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) and nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fees.

Applicants must demonstrate the knowledge and experience necessary to identify and work collaboratively with key stakeholders at the national, tribal, regional, state, and local levels to develop tools and strategies, engage communities and the Nation, and build the capacity to support victims affected by mass violence. This will be accomplished through planning, training and technical assistance, research, specialized expertise, etc. The applicant must also demonstrate an ability to oversee and manage a large-scale national effort, including the ability to recruit and manage project staff (including consultants, as relevant). All activities will be conducted in collaboration with OVC.

OVC welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees"). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.

OVC may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

The following will NOT be funded:
-Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies.
-Work that will be funded under another similar solicitation.
-Proposals that are not responsive to this specific solicitation.
-Applications that do not demonstrate the capability to perform the work proposed.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern time on August 9, 2017.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable System for Award Management (SAM) and unique entity identifier (currently, a Data Universal Numbering System [DUNS] number) requirements.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=OVC-2017-12840

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

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact:

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
support@grants.gov

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact:

Eugenia Pedley, Program Manager
eugenia.pedley@ojp.usdoj.gov

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