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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) - Youth Victims

Grants to Montana K-12 Schools for
Programs to Support Child Crime Victims

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

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01/24/19 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to Montana K-12 schools and school-based programs for direct services to child victims of crime. Eligible services are those that address the physical and emotional needs of victims; assist both primary and secondary victims in stabilizing their lives; help victims understand and take part in the criminal justice system; and provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security. Applicants that demonstrate a collaborative approach in program development and execution will be given priority for funding.

For the purposes of this program, a crime victim is a “person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime” and a youth is defined as a person between the ages of birth and 21 years of age.

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 must utilize volunteer(s);
4. Within the community, programs 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 based on disagreement with the state’s prosecution of the criminal case.

Office for Victims of Crime Requirements: See the RFP document in Supporting Documents below, page 2.

Allowable Direct Services:

The current Federal guidelines require that VOCA funds be used to provide direct services to individual crime victims. Direct services include, but are not limited to:

1. Crisis intervention;
2. Emergency services such as shelter, transportation, and food;
3. Support services such as follow-up counseling, personal or legal advocacy, referral to other service agencies;
4. Court-related services such as legal advocacy, emotional support during trial, and parole/probation hearings;
5. Recruitment, training, and coordination of volunteers who provide direct services to victims;
6. Personal advocacy such as intervention with employers;
7. Restitution advocacy;
8. Victim impact panels; and
9. Court Appointed Special Advocates working directly with child victims of crime or coordinating volunteers that work directly with child victims of crime.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184996

Term of Contract:

The project period begins April 1, 2019 and concludes May 31, 2021. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to School-Based Programs and projects providing direct services to youth and their families or accredited Public and/or Private K-12 Schools recognized by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

First-time VOCA applicants must demonstrate a record of providing direct services to youth victims of crime.

Activities that are not allowed include, but are not limited to:
1. Victim compensation costs which would otherwise be eligible for state or federal victim compensation reimbursement;
2. Crime prevention activities;
3. Lobbying for particular victim legislation, system improvement, etc.;
4. Offender rehabilitation/treatment; and
5. Needs assessments, surveys, manuals, and protocols.

Funds shall not be used for land acquisition or construction projects.

Pre-Application Information:

- RFP Issue Date: December 13, 2018
- Deadline for receipt of written questions: January 18, 2019
- Responses to questions will be posted on the MBCC website within 7 calendar days of receipt, through the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
- Application Submission Deadline: January 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon
- Staff and Committee Review: January 24, 2019 – April 25, 2019
- Application Review Committee (ARC): May 2019 (tentative)
- Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2019 (tentative)
- Project Start Date: April 1, 2019
- Project End Date: May 31, 2021

A new applicant must register with the Online Subgrantee Application System (OSAS) immediately to ensure meeting the application deadline.

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

To mitigate any potential submission difficulties, MBCC strongly urges application submission 72 hours prior to the deadline.

Matching contributions in 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 VOCA victim assistance funds and must be expended within the grant period.

First-time VOCA applicants must show that 25% of the Project Budget contains funds from nonfederal sources.

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP must address these issues via the MBCC website on or before January 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Questions shall be submitted using the online MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request form. Program specific questions cannot be addressed during the solicitation period.

Crime Statistics:

Applicants may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their proposals. Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System (MTIBRS) is an analytical/statistical tool. Users can select reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements or can create their own custom reports based on multiple variables. Data from 2005 to the most current complete calendar year is available.

For assistance in accessing MTIBRS or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, applicants should request information using the online MBCC RFP Question and Answer Request form. Assistance must be requested at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

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:

Applicants must register online at:

For applicants without internet access, who cannot apply electronically through the OSAS, contact MBCC at (406) 444-3604 or (listing “RFP # 19-05, Submission Assistance” as the email subject) for approval and submission instructions.

Board of Crime Control
5 South Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201408
Helena MT 59620-1408

Main: (406) 444-3604
Fax: (406) 444-4722

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #19-05

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana