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Family Justice Center (FJC) Project

Grants to Tennessee Agencies to Establish Local
Centers to Aid Victims of Violence and Human Trafficking

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Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration - Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP)

LOI Date:

02/15/19

Deadline Date:

03/15/19 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants to Tennessee local government agencies for the development of family justice centers in local communities throughout the State. An Intent to Apply must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the establishment of new centers in communities where none currently exist, or additional branch offices in other counties.

The FY2020 Family Justice Center Project awards funding to units of local government interested in planning, developing and establishing a Family Justice Center in their community. A Family Justice Center is a co-location of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who work together, under one roof, to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence which must at a minimum address victims of domestic violence, but can also include sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse. The core concept is to provide one place where families can go to receive services to promote their safety and well-being. It is often called a “one-stop shop” for domestic violence and other victims of crime seeking assistance.

Funding may also be used for:

- Establishing a position to be funded for the purpose of ensuring the activities of the grant are implemented as indicated
- Promoting and educating the community on the concept and benefits of establishing a Family Justice Center
- Coordinating the activities involved to assess the community readiness for creating a Family Justice Center
- Assist with creating a strategic plan and the implementation process for that plan
- Building partnerships between public and private entities to aide in supporting the FJC

JAG funds may be used by the subrecipient for personnel costs, training and technical assistance, equipment, operational costs, and information systems. For specific allowable use of funds, see the Solicitation Packet in Supporting Documents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185195

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of federal funding allowed for this award is up to and not to exceed $240,000.

Each year subrecipients must set aside $5,000 for travel.

Term of Contract:

These will be 3-year contracts. This is a thirty-six (36) month award that will begin on 7/1/19 and end on 6/30/22.

The Family Justice Center established must provide services from a location by July 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible entity is a unit of local government. As defined in 42 U.S.C. § 3791, "unit of local government" is established under applicable State law and has the authority to, in a manner independent of other State entities, establish a budget and impose taxes. Examples include county executive and city mayors offices.

Eligible applicants include those whose community currently does not have a Family Justice Center as well as existing Family Justice Centers wishing to open satellite offices in other counties.

Preference will be given to agencies who employ evidence-based programming in their grant project or who use best practices (as identified by research) in the implementation of their proposed project.

Applications must submit a High Risk Designation Certification as part of the application. (This is a requirement to disclose whether recipient is designated "high risk" by a federal grant-making agency.)

Unallowable Use of JAG Funds:

- Food and Beverages
- Construction:
- Vehicle Purchase
- Land Acquisition
- Supplanting: Federal funds must be used to supplement existing State and local funds for program activities and must not supplant those funds that have been appropriated for the same purpose.
- Legal Fees
- Costs in applying for this grant
- Any expense prior to the grant award date
- Lobbying or advocacy for particular legislative or administrative reform
- First class travel
- Entertainment
- Management studies or research and development
- Honorariums
- Fines and penalties
- Fund raising and any salaries or expenses associated with it
- Losses from uncollectible bad debts
- Memberships and agency dues
- Contributions and donations
- Sole source contractors (without prior written approval from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs)
- Lobbying

Pre-Application Information:

- Intent to Apply is due February 15, 2019.
- Application is due March 15, 2019.

Schedule of Events:

1. Grant Solicitation Issued: January 18, 2019
2. Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline: 4:30 p.m., February 15, 2019
3. Commitment Questionnaire Deadline: 4:30 p.m., February 15, 2019
4. Letters of Commitment Deadline: 4:30 p.m., March 1, 2019
5. Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2019
6. Contract Start Date: July 1, 2019

The State reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to adjust the Grant Solicitation Schedule of Events as it deems necessary.

Applicants will enter into a highly collaborative, three step graduated process which may result in the opportunity to submit a grant application:

1. Commitment Questionnaire (see link for more information) must be completed by KEY agencies (Deadline 2/15/19.)
2. Selected applicants will participate in On-site Readiness Assessment.
3. Letters of Commitment from all KEY agencies will be due March 1, 2019. Letters should be emailed to Jessica Cleveland.
4. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a grant application.

Completion of the Intent to Apply form creates no obligation, but is a prerequisite for submitting an application and necessary to ensure receipt of any Grant Solicitation updates or other notices and communications relating to this Grant Solicitation. The Intent to Apply and all documents must reference the Grant Solicitation Identification Title (FY2020 Family Justice Center Project).

This application is highly collaborative and will involve a multi layered process. Applicants will be required to submit letters of support from the local Chief of Police, Sheriff, Domestic Violence Program, City/County Mayor, District Attorney, Civil Legal authorized official and local Child Advocacy Center.

All applicants are required to have a DUNS number, register via SAM, and provide employee compensation information (if applicable) to be eligible for this funding.

OCJP Grants Manual: https://www.tn.gov/finance/office-of-criminal-justice-programs/ocjp/ocjp-grants-manual.html

Contact Information:

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

To submit the Intent to Apply: https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/intent_to_apply_solicitation

Commitment Questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZCNH3P6

Prospective Applicants must direct any communications and application materials (except for the Intent to Apply, which is an online document) concerning this Grant Solicitation to the following email designated and indicate which Grant Solicitation Title ( i.e. FY2020 Family Justice Center Project) in the subject line:

Jessica.Cleveland@tn.gov

State of Tennessee
Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Department of Finance and Administration
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, Suite 1800
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1102

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USA: Tennessee