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National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network Expansion Program (NITVAN II)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Support
Systems for Victims of Cyber-Based Identity Theft

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Funding Source:

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Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Deadline Date:

05/31/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, American Indian Nation governments, and community and faith-based organizations to expand support systems and networks serving victims of cyber-based identity theft. Applicants must submit an intent to apply and are advised to create or verify the required registrations in advance of the deadline.

Overview:

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) was competitively selected to lead activities for the National Identity Theft Victims’ Assistance Network Expansion Program (NITVAN II) with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), This effort seeks to further develop and expand the NITVAN networks and support systems established nationwide for victim service providers and advocates addressing identity theft and identity theft within the context of cybercrime. For the purposes of this program, cybercrime is defined as the use of an online platform to engage in activities where another individual's personally identifiable information (PII) is targeted or used as a principal tool for financial/personal gain.

NITVAN II will strengthen and increase the outreach and capacity of victim services to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cybercrime across the nation. The current service provider network will also receive support to address infrastructure, collaboration, and training to better assist victims of identity theft and cybercrime. The program for NITVAN II was developed to build capacity for new and improved policy development, training, and service delivery at the local, state, and regional levels to address the needs of victims of identity theft and/or cybercrime.

Program-Specific Information:

OVC funded the original NITVAN program in 2010 to expand the outreach and capacity of victim service programs throughout the Nation to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cybercrime. Through that technical assistance effort, OVC successfully funded the establishment of collaborative regional, statewide, and community-based coalitions in 10 sites across the Nation, dedicated to improving the response to victims of identity theft and/or cybercrimes. As a result, NITVAN has helped to improve the ability of coalition members to provide direct victim assistance, such as emotional support, practical guidance, and information; and has helped victims find local agencies that offer legal and other types of assistance.

NITVAN II is an expansion of the initial NITVAN effort to add an additional 20 coalitions to the network and to provide training, technical assistance, and policy guidance to programs and coalitions addressing the needs of victims of identity theft, with additional and growing emphasis on identity theft victims of cybercrime. NITVAN previously developed a toolkit and has resource materials readily available on the OVC Training and Technical Assistance (OVC TTAC) website; this expansion program effort will add to that existing toolkit.

Findings from OVC’s strategic-planning initiative, Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, noted a profound need to “build and institutionalize capacity through an infusion of technology, training, and innovation to ensure that the field is equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century.” The initiative further recognized that victims face seemingly insurmountable hurdles, and notes that, “multiple, complex challenges prevent the victim assistance field from realizing the common goal of reaching each victim in need of hope and help. New types of crime have emerged and proliferated as a result of changes brought about by technology, globalization, and evolving demographics in our society.” Emerging and new crimes, including online financial fraud, identity theft, cyber-stalking, sexual exploitation, computer hacking, and corporate data breaches, “present extreme challenges in investigating and prosecuting these crimes and providing assistance to these victims.” (Vision 21 Final Report, pages vii and 20.) With the advent of additional ways to use cyberspace to threaten and commit emotional and financial harm, the victim services field needs to work together to address complex challenges by using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach involving multiple stakeholders. In addition, findings from the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 (September, 2015), reveal that “an estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents aged 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014. Thirty-six percent of victims of multiple types of identity theft with existing account and other fraud reported that the crime was severely distressing.”

Program Strategy:

The goals of this program are to: (1) provide support and guidance to local/community-based, regional or statewide identity theft and/or cybercrime victim assistance programs and coalitions operating in a collaborative network; (2) encourage the expansion and enhancement of existing victim service programs and coalitions to address the rights and needs of these victims; and, (3) offer guidance to victim service programs and coalitions on strengthening current service delivery strategies at the local, regional and state levels to better address the needs of this underserved population.

ITRC, in coordination with OVC, intends to fund sub-awards to establish collaborative coalitions dedicated to improving the response to victims of identity theft and/or cybercrime. Each sub- grantee selected must coordinate the establishment or enhancement of a collaborative local/community-based, regional, or statewide coalition dedicated to improving its members’ assistance and outreach to victims. Sub-grantees must also be committed to receiving training and technical assistance to support coalition efforts.

As a coalition leader, each sub-grantee will work with its members to design and execute a long-term identity theft and/or cybercrime resource support system encompassing training, outreach, and best practices collaboration to improve members’ ability to provide direct victim assistance services.

Each applicant will be asked to clearly define the state or geographic region that their coalition will encompass. “Geographic regions” are defined as the combination of jurisdictions from a number of states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. OVC and ITRC are looking to ensure geographic diversity.

Some applicants may elect to focus their efforts on a particular group of victims that share common traits such as age, income, or language. Some applicants may elect to focus their efforts on a particular identity theft or cybercrime category such as financial identity theft with online scams and fraud. Electing to focus on a particular victim population or crime type focus is optional.

The overall goal of each coalition is to expand victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and/or cybercrime. This goal may be achieved through various means, including but not limited to:
-Community outreach and public awareness campaigns;
-Improved inter-agency infrastructure, coordination, and referrals; and
-Education and training of service professionals within the geographic region.

Success in meeting the overall NITVAN II project goals will be measured in:
-Increased number of entities participating in the coalition as members; Increased attendance of members in coalition activities;
-Increased level of collaboration amongst members;
-Increased number of identity theft and/or cybercrime victims served within the geographic region by coalition members or their partners (by type of identity theft/cybercrime);
-Increased types of victim services provided within the geographic region by coalition members or their partners (by type: legal assistance, counseling, remediation, etc.); Increased number of advocates, volunteers, and service providers trained to assist identity theft and/or cybercrime victims within the geographic area (by type of trainee); Increase in percent of trainees completing evaluations;
-Increase in percent of trainees reporting on evaluations an improved ability to perform their duties; and
-Ability to sustain the coalition beyond the sub-award period.

Program Services and Resources:

ITRC will provide (at no-cost to the sub-grantee): Custom support and assistance packages for each coalition encompassing technical assistance, training, oversight, and strategy guidance. The overall training and support methodology will be based on a needs assessment completed by each coalition that may include dissemination of materials such as train-the-trainer modules, assistance in coalition website content development, communications/outreach development, and the opportunity for sub-grantees to collaborate regarding best practices and ways to overcome obstacles. An introductory teleconference that will discuss a variety of helpful issues including:

-Subject Matter—developing a deeper understanding of issues facing victims of identity theft and cybercrime, and how to help meet their needs;
-Coalition Building—how to better collaborate to develop and sustain effective partnerships and networks, including identifying and reaching out to potential coalition members and partners;
-Grant Requirements—how to meet financial and programmatic requirements, and
-One (1) on-site visit, as necessary, per the initial needs assessment or implementation and progress challenges experienced. This may include a private meeting with the sub-grantee entity to provide training, assist in overcoming challenges experienced with coalition activities, and ensure compliance with grant requirements.

Sub-Grantees must be able to:
-Demonstrate the capacity to coordinate a regional or statewide coalition;
-Have the financial resources to pay for program costs before receiving reimbursement;
-Participate in the mandatory introductory webinar/teleconference;
-Host trainers at (a) an on-site training workshop during a coalition gathering and (b) the
private visit with the sub-grantee entity, should a visit be deemed necessary;
-Participate in regular teleconferences with ITRC regarding program progress;
-Be responsible for conducting regular coalition meetings;
-Prepare and submit programmatic and financial reports to ITRC;
-Participate in evaluation activities to be conducted by the program evaluator, including collecting applicable data;
-Report award information including the names and total compensation of the five (5) most highly compensated executives of the entity, as consistent with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA)—each sub-grantee must ensure that it has the necessary processes and systems in place to comply with the FFATA reporting requirements;
-Comply with all applicable federal statutes including those concerning non- discrimination, drug abuse, and prohibition against using federal funds to influence or attempt to influence members of Congress; and
-Create and submit a sustainability plan to demonstrate the ability to maintain an effective coalition beyond the grant period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183261

Number of Grants:

Up to ten (10) entities will be competitively selected. Of the ten (10) selected, at least one will be law enforcement and one will be an American Indian Nation government entity.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated program period is from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are limited to public or private victim serving entities. This includes nonprofit organizations (including American Indian Nation nonprofit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, federally recognized American Indian Nation governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), as well as local and state government entities.

Commercial “for-profit” organizations and federal agencies are not eligible to apply.

Examples of costs which are unallowable under the OJP Financial Guide include:
-Lobbying
-Alcoholic beverages
-Religious activities
-Capital improvements to buildings rented or owned
-Perpetrator services
-Relocation expenses
-Credit card fees, late payments, and finance fees
-Other costs unrelated to the planned project

Pre-Application Information:

The Office of Management and Budget requires that all applicants (other than individuals) for federal funds include a DUNS number in their applications. Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

Applicants are required to register with the System for Award Management (SAM). OJP requires all applicants (other than individuals) for federal financial assistance to maintain current registrations in the SAM database. Registration will be verified during the review process.

Applicants will submit their applications using a secure link via DropBox. This link will be provided to each applicant once written confirmation (via email) of the intent to submit the RFP is received by the Grant Manager, Sarah Goelz.

The deadline to submit the RFP and all supporting documentation is May 31, 2018.

An initial review will be done to verify an applicant’s SAM registration, DUNS number, and to ensure all sections are complete with required documentation. Should any application section be incomplete or not include the corresponding documentation, it will not proceed to peer review. If the submitted DUNS number/SAM registration cannot be verified, the applicant will be contacted for additional information. If the applicant entity does not respond within 3 calendar days, it will not proceed to peer review.

The peer review and scoring will be conducted by the NITVAN Peer Review Committee. This committee will make final recommendations to OVC. OVC will make the final selections and notify ITRC accordingly.

Applicants will be notified by ITRC of award/denial in September 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Sarah Goelz, Grants and Coalition Program Manager
sarah@idtheftcenter.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming