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FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Services to Crime Victims in Tribal Communities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

07/18/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, public agencies, IHEs, and consortiums to enhance services available to crime victims in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.

Overview:

Through the Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will provide resources and coordination to increase the ability of American Indian and/or Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal communities to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate services to crime victims, their families, and the community. Using an approach designed to foster the emotional, mental, and physical health of victims, their families, and the community, the selected organization(s) will support the training and the technical assistance needs of Indian tribes and tribal consortia. The selected organization(s) will be expected to focus primarily on those Indian tribes and tribal consortia that receive grant funds from OVC through the FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, though, in coordination with OVC, the scope may be expanded to include TTA to other tribes and tribal consortia, and other organizations involved in tribal victim services.

Program-Specific Information:

The OVC Tribal Set-Aside Training and Technical Assistance Program assists communities with developing comprehensive victim services to AI/AN communities through the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program:

OVC anticipates that the FY 2018 Tribal Set-Aside Program funding will be available for use by Indian tribes and tribal consortia for a wide range of programs, activities, and tangible items to serve crime victims.

These are expected to include, but not be limited to:
-Assessing the victim assistance needs of the tribal community;
-Developing a strategic plan to create a victim assistance program;
-Developing a victim assistance program; expanding services provided to AI/AN victims (such as crisis intervention, mental health services, forensic interviewing of children, victim court advocacy, legal support, financial services, health services, court and victim advocacy, law enforcement- or prosecution-based victim services, bilingual/multilingual services, healing/cultural practices, etc.);
-Expanding populations served (such as children, older victims, individuals with disabilities, male victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence; adults who were victimized as children/adolescents, etc.); and/or
-Expanding types of crime addressed (such as human trafficking, financial crimes, child physical and sexual abuse, sexual assault, homicide, cybercrimes, opioid/drug-related criminal victimization, etc.).

Please note, applicants should anticipate that OVC may expand the scope of the project, such that the recipient will be expected to provide TTA to other OVC tribal-specific grantees (in addition to those grantees receiving tribal set-aside funding) identified by OVC. OVC may also request assistance for non-OVC grantees in support of enhancing services/resources for AI/AN victims of crime, and other OVC TTA provider(s).

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

The primary goal of the cooperative agreement(s) awarded under this solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance to OVC tribal set-aside grantees to enhance their response to victims of crime, their families, and the community. The deliverables (training, technical assistance, meeting and conference support, and information management) should be directed toward the development, continuation, expansion, and enhancement of the goals and objectives of OVC’s tribal victim assistance programs.

OVC anticipates funding up to two organizations with experience providing expertise on AI/AN victim issues and support and TTA to AI/AN communities. The funded organization(s) will be required to develop a program plan and deliver services with a focus on four specific goals:

-Supporting OVC tribal set-aside grantees in their efforts to develop, enhance, sustain, and/or procure victim assistance and services. This will be done on an “as needed” basis, and determined by the scope of activities and the needs of the grantees funded.

-Supporting OVC set-aside tribal grantees that will be developing or enhancing comprehensive victim assistance programs that provide coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary responses that are trauma-informed and meet the needs of AI/AN communities.

-Supporting OVC tribal set-aside grantees in the development of privacy certificates, community needs assessments, strategic plans, logic models, and/or other planning-related activities (as needed).

-Supporting OVC tribal set-aside grantees in meeting their grant objectives.

During the first year of implementation, each awarded technical assistance provider will assess the needs of their assigned OVC tribal set-aside grantees, and develop a TTA plan. This plan will include criteria for prioritizing requests and addressing varying levels of TTA.

Activities and Deliverables:

OVC seeks innovative approaches to designing and delivering training to support VOCA Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program grant recipients. OVC is particularly interested in approaches that deliver effective and cost-efficient training through a combination of tribal and traditional instruction and appropriate learning technologies.

OVC anticipates entering into a cooperative agreement with the successful applicant(s). In furtherance of the goals and objectives described above, OVC will:
-Review and approve major work plans, including changes to such plans and key decisions pertaining to project operations.
-Review and approve major project-generated documents and materials used in the provision of project services.
-Provide guidance and approval in significant project planning, meeting coordination, scheduling; and participation in project-sponsored training events or conferences.

The successful applicant(s) must plan to:
-Conduct an initial assessment of the TTA needs of their assigned OVC tribal set-aside grantees, and integrate the results into their technical assistance delivery plan.
-Reassess the TTA needs of each assigned OVC tribal set-aside grantee on a yearly basis.
-Identify, develop, and enhance tools to assist in the development of privacy certificates, needs assessments, strategic plans, and logic models.
-Assist OVC in providing training and resources targeted for all OVC tribal set-aside grantees and others as determined by OVC.
-Develop, implement, and provide TTA on victim services to assigned OVC tribal set- aside grant recipients.
-Develop strategies that will assist grantees to identify and adopt promising practices and successful partnerships to establish and sustain functional victim service programs, as appropriate, to the set-aside grantees.
-Design and maintain a data collection system to help grantees meet reporting requirements in a timely and accurate manner.
-Identify and maintain tribal model protocols, tribal codes, and victims’ rights codes.
-Identify and develop innovative training materials for OVC tribal set-aside grantees.
-Identify, review, and adapt tested strategies for OVC tribal set-aside grantees.
-Develop and implement a strategic plan for responding to a wide range of support requests including, but not limited to, teleconferences, event speaker assistance, subject matter deployment, on- and offsite technical assistance, and other tasks deemed appropriate, in consultation with OVC.
-Provide coordination, logistics, and onsite meeting support for training events and cross- site meetings to provide skill-building and information-sharing among OVC tribal grantee stakeholders. (In general, the OVC grantees will cover their own expenses to meetings and trainings; however, there may be occasions where the successful TTA applicant will be required to provide travel assistance.)
-If not already developed, create a system for receiving, tracking, and responding to requests for TTA, including an evaluation process that allows OVC to assess user satisfaction of services.
-Identify and maintain a cadre of OVC-approved experts who can conduct training and provide technical assistance to OVC tribal grant recipients on services to crime victims, their families, and the community.
-Coordinate with OVC staff to identify relevant federally funded TTA resources and incorporate these resources into TTA efforts.
-Coordinate with OVC to develop curriculum and provide in-person grantee trainings on varying technical assistance topics.
-Coordinate with OVC to create and participate in yearly new grantee orientation sessions.
-Develop or adapt assessment tools to measure the quality and effectiveness of delivered services.
-Develop a program assessment plan that includes assisting OVC and OVC tribal set- aside grantees with identifying measurable outcomes and implementing a data collection process.
-Participate in special projects. OVC may require the successful applicant(s) to conduct special projects, develop products, or work collaboratively with other OVC AI/AN TTA providers in support of this cooperative agreement. For example, OVC may wish to convene a roundtable meeting to provide specialized training to a targeted group of OVC tribal grantees.

Evidence-Based Programs or Practices:

OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making 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.

Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities:

DOJ has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that OJP may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.

Financial Management and System of Internal Controls:

Award recipients and subrecipients (including recipients or subrecipients that are pass-through entities1) must, as described in the Part 200 Uniform Requirements as set out at 2 C.F.R. 200.303:

(a) Establish and maintain effective internal control over the Federal award that provides reasonable assurance that [the recipient (and any subrecipient)] is managing the Federal award in compliance with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the Federal award. These internal controls should be in compliance with guidance in “Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government” issued by the Comptroller General of the United States and the “Internal Control Integrated Framework”, issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

(b) Comply with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the Federal awards.

(c) Evaluate and monitor [the recipient’s (and any subrecipient’s)] compliance with statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of Federal awards.

(d) Take prompt action when instances of noncompliance are identified including noncompliance identified in audit findings.

(e) Take reasonable measures to safeguard protected personally identifiable information and other information the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity designates as sensitive or [the recipient (or any subrecipient)] considers sensitive consistent with applicable Federal, state, local, and tribal laws regarding privacy and obligations of confidentiality.

To help ensure that applicants understand the applicable administrative requirements and cost principles, OJP encourages prospective applicants to enroll, at no charge, in the DOJ Grants Financial Management Online Training.

Also, applicants should be aware that OJP collects information from applicants on their financial management and systems of internal controls (among other information) which is used to make award decisions. Under Section D. Application and Submission Information, applicants may access and review a questionnaire—the OJP Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire—that OJP requires all applicants (other than an individual applying in his/her personal capacity) to download, complete, and submit as part of the application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183827

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,650,000

Number of Grants:

OVC estimates that it will make up to two awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1.325 million

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made for a 3-year period of performance, beginning on October 1, 2018.

OVC may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit, faith- and community-based organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), public agencies, and consortiums with demonstrated organization and community-based experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

OVC may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2018 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must acquire a unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number). Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. A DUNS number is usually received within 1-2 business days.

Applicants must acquire or maintain registration with SAM. Each applicant must update or renew its SAM registration at least annually to maintain an active status. SAM registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete (2 more weeks to acquire an EIN).

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application.

An application cannot be successfully submitted in Grants.gov until Grants.gov receives the SAM registration information. Once the SAM registration/renewal is complete, the information transfer from SAM to Grants.gov can take as long as 48 hours. OJP recommends that the applicant register or renew registration with SAM as early as possible.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 18, 2018.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission.

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, 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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=OVC-2018-14659

Contact Information:

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

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.841

Funding or Pin Number:

OVC-2018-14659

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