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Montana Statewide Capacity Building Member Agencies Serving Victims of Crime

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Public Agencies
Providing Crime Victims Services for Capacity Building

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

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01/16/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt


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Grants to Montana nonprofit and public agencies that provide services to victims of crime for capacity building activities. This program is open to agencies that offer evidence-based, victim-centered, trauma-informed services to primary crime victims. Under this program, states and localities may use VOCA Assistance funds to increase their capacity to serve victims by strengthening and enhancing their interagency and multidisciplinary responses.

Funds can be used to help service providers coordinate with federal agencies to service victims of federal crimes, or to facilitate participation on statewide or other task forces. VOCA Assistance funds may pay the salaries and expenses of staff serving on direct service child and adult abuse multidisciplinary response teams, and to support victim satisfaction surveys and needs assessments to improve victim service delivery.

Funds for training may include events conducted by in-state or out-of-state experts, facilitated workshops, basic and advanced advocacy training, specialized trainings, etc. Funds may also be used to support member agencies’ travel to attend training events, as well help with program implementation and development of internal controls.

MBCC Authorized Purpose Areas under this RFP:

Capacity Building for member programs serving crime victims; in particular, primary crime victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and exploitation.
Allowable Direct Services under this Limited RPF:

The VOCA Federal guidelines requires that VOCA funds be used to provide direct services to individual crime victims. In order to support direct services in the field, MBCC is targeting Capacity Building in the follow direct service areas under this RPF:

1. Capacity Building for member agencies to conduct statewide coordination and training to enhance services to crime victims, in particular victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and exploitation.

2. Capacity Building for member agencies to facilitate and assist direct services providers with successful program implementation, delivery of trauma informed practices, and program/agency governance; including but not limited to, policies, procedures and internal controls.

3. Capacity Building for member agencies working to fill gaps in victim services for Montana youth, adolescents, adults, and senior citizen victims.

VOCA Authorized Purpose Areas:

A purpose area is one that offers comprehensive specialized services tailored to the special needs of one or more priority category victims. The four federally required priority categories are: victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and underserved victim populations.

VOCA Statutory Requirements:

1. Programs must be operated by a public agency, private nonprofit organization or a combination of such agencies;
2. Programs must demonstrate a record of providing effective services to crime victims. This includes having the support and approval of its services by the community, a history of providing direct services in a cost-effective manner, and financial support from other sources;
3. Programs may use volunteers in providing victim services capacity building;
4. The community must promote coordinated public and private efforts to aid crime victims;
5. Programs must provide assistance to potential recipients of crime victim compensation benefits; and
6. Programs cannot discriminate against victims because they disagree with the way the state is prosecuting the criminal case.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Requirements:

1. The minimum match (hard or soft) for projects other than those that provide victim assistance services by Native American tribes on Native American reservations must equal 20% of the total project cost. The minimum match for projects providing services by Native American tribes on Native American reservations must equal five (5%) of the total project cost. Match must be from a non-federal source;
2. Programs must maintain information on the demographic characteristics of the clients they serve. These data include information about the clients’ age, gender, nationality/ethnic origin and disability;
3. Programs must provide services to victims of federal crimes on the same basis as victims of state or local crimes;
4. Programs must provide services to crime victims, at no charge, through the VOCA- funded project;
5. Programs must maintain client-counselor confidentiality and confidentiality of research information; and
6. Complete Office of Civil Rights training and maintain records of certification.

Generally Allowable Costs:
-Advertising and public relations costs – restrictions apply;
-Audit costs – Agencies receiving less than $750,000 per year in total federal assistance, you will not be required to arrange for an audit and may not charge audit costs to your grant. Agencies receiving $750,000 per year or more in total federal assistance will be required to have an audit performed, in accordance with federal guidelines. Costs for such an audit should be charged proportionately to all programs being audited;
-Communication costs;
-Compensation for personal services – detailed time and attendance records are required
-Employee morale, health, and welfare costs;
-Equipment – must be integral of the project. Equipment is defined as having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost greater than $5,000;
-Insurance and indemnification – restrictions apply;
-Maintenance and repair costs – restrictions apply;
-Material and supplies costs;
-Meetings and conferences – restrictions apply;
-Memberships, subscriptions and professional activity costs – restrictions apply;
-Professional/consultant service costs must follow the applicable federal grant guidelines and state policy;
-Publication and printing costs – restrictions apply;
-Rental costs of buildings and equipment;
-Training costs; and
-Travel costs – mileage, per diem, and lodging cannot exceed state rates.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182654

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2018 and concludes June 30, 2019. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to Montana Statewide Member Agencies wherein the Mission of the Agency is to Serve Victims of Crime. Eligible applicants must demonstrate a history of successful program implementation and serving primary victims of crime.

Programs must be operated by a public agency, private nonprofit organization or a combination of such agencies.

Please note: Federal regulations require applicants to establish and maintain proper accounting systems and financial records to include policies and procedures.

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

VOCA Unallowable Activities:
1. Victim compensation costs which would otherwise be eligible for state or federal victim compensation reimbursement;
2. Lobbying for particular victim legislation, system improvement, etc.;
3. Offender rehabilitation/treatment.

Unallowalbe Costs:
-Bad debts;
-Construction in general;
-Compensation and travel of federal employees;
-Costs incurred outside the project period;
-Donations and contributions;
-Fines, penalties, and interest expense;
-Food and beverages (including alcoholic);
-Fundraising and investment costs;
-Goods or services for personal use;
-Land acquisition/purchase of real property;
-Membership fees to organizations whose primary activity is lobbying;
-Pre-agreement costs;
-Purchase or lease of vehicles;
-Tips; and
-Uniform allowances.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching contributions of 20% (cash or in-kind) of 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 the VOCA victim assistance funds and must be expended within the grant period. Do not provide more than the required 20% match. A Match Waiver may be request through the Project Director.

New applicants must register online and are encouraged to register immediately upon intent of application.

Proposals must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by MBCC no later than 12:00 PM noon on January 16, 2018 in order to receive MBCC review and consideration.

In an effort to mitigate any potential application submission problems, MBCC strongly urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the due date.

RFP Questions or Clarification:

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP must go to the Question and Answer Form. When submitting questions, follow the format directions of the online Q and A Form. Program-Development questions cannot be addressed during this solicitation period.

Crime Statistics:

Agencies may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their applications. MTIBRS Online Reporting (MOR) is an analytical/statistical tool that takes full advantage of Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System. Users can select custom reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements. Users can also create their own custom reports based on many variables and export the reports in multiple formats (XML, or comma-delimited). Data from 2005 to the most complete current calendar year is available.

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

-RFP Issue Date: December 6, 2017
-Deadline for receipt of questions: January 11, 2018
-Deadline for issuance of MBCC’s responses to questions: Within five working days of receipt of question.
-RFP Submission Deadline: January 16, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. noon
-Staff Review: January through April 2018
-Victim Application Review Committee: May 4, 2018 (tentative)
-Board of Crime Control Approval: June 8, 2018 (tentative)
-Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
-Project End Date: June 30, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Questions and Answers Form:

New applicants must register online at:

Kelly McIntosh, Program Specialist
(406) 444-1998

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at:

For more information about crime statistics, please contact:

Kathy Wilkins
(406) 444-4298

Candy Kirby
(406) 444-3651

Funding or Pin Number:

Request for Proposals (RFP) #18-08 (V)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana