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Tribal Victim Services - Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Tribal Courts, Governments,
and Reservations for Programs to Assist Victims of Crime

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

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04/30/19 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to Montana nonprofits and Tribal courts, governments, and reservations for programs to meet the needs of victims of crime. Funding is intended for programs that address the physical, emotional, and legal needs of victims of crime and assist them in stabilizing their lives.

VOCA Federal Guidelines state that services are defined as those efforts that 1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; 2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization; 3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and 4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security. 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.” The four federally required priority categories are victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and underserved victim populations. The proposed program’s goal should be to provide 10% of services in each federally recognized priority area. If one of the victim categories is not served, applicants must explain why.

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 or 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.

Applicants that demonstrate use of evidence-based best practices in direct services to crime victims, will be given priority for funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185657

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Term of Contract:

The project period begins October 1, 2019 and concludes September 30, 2021. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to October 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nationally Recognized Montana Tribal Reservations, Tribal courts (including juvenile courts); Tribal governments; units of local Tribal government, and nonprofit, nongovernmental victim services programs, including community-based organizations.

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

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- RFP Issue Date: March 19, 2019
- Deadline for receipt of written questions: April 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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: April 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon
- Staff and Committee Review: April 30, 2019 – May 2019
- Application Review Committee (ARC): May 2019 (tentative)
- Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2019 (tentative)
- Project Start Date: October 1, 2019
- Project End Date: September 30, 2021

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

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).

Match Requirements are waived for Native American Tribes. Eligible Montana Tribes applying under this RFP are not required to provide match for the proposed request.

All grant funds are provided to subgrantees on a reimbursement basis, with proof of expenses incurred.

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

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For applicants without internet access, who cannot apply electronically through the OSAS, contact MBCC at (406) 444-3604 or

Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)
5 South Last Chance Gulch
PO Box 201408
Helena, MT 59620-1408

Phone (406) 444-3604
Fax (406) 444-4722
Montana Relay 711

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USA: Montana