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FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies
for Programs to Support Victims of Crime

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

Deadline Date:

07/25/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA public law enforcement agencies for programs to support and assist victims of crime while navigating the criminal justice process. Funding is intended for programs to connect victims of crime with community based programs that will quickly and effectively serve them.

This program will develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including by connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them. Among the most immediate needs are often referrals to victim assistance and compensation programs and informing them of their rights as crime victims.

Funding under this program will support an estimated 80 victim specialist grants to state, tribal, and/or local law enforcement agencies—preferably divided among small, mid-sized, and large jurisdictions—to hire staff to develop new programs or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim specialist programs. These programs should have a strong focus on assisting and supporting victims in high-crime areas and communities particularly affected by violence, and improving care and services to these crime victims.

In addition, significant funding is available for potential awards to support law enforcement based victim specialists focused specifically on serving tribal communities or populations.

Training and technical assistance (TTA) will be available to law enforcement agencies funded under this program.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:
https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19_Law-Enforcement-Based-Victim-Specialist-Program.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186178

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000

Number of Grants:

80

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small (non-federal departments employing fewer than 250 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $92,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $276,000.
- Medium (non-federal departments employing 250 to 1,000 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $150,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $450,000.
- Large (non-federal departments employing more than 1,000 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $275,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $825,000.
- Tribal – Additional awards are available of up to $150,000 per year with the maximum of $450,000.

Term of Contract:

OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019, and end on or by September 30, 2022 (no extensions are allowed).

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for the OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program are limited to public law enforcement agencies (including municipal, county, state, and tribal agencies).

Tribal agencies must be of federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). (A determination by the Secretary of the Interior is not required for tribes to which federal recognition was extended by virtue of Public Law 115-121, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.) Such federally recognized Indian tribal governments include Alaska Native villages and tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes. “Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community (including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.) that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. Additionally, an organization that is acting as the authorized designee of a federally recognized Indian tribe may apply. While all applications from tribal agencies will require a tribal resolution or other satisfactory evidence of legal authority from the tribe as part of the application, only organizations that are tribal designees must submit this documentation as part of their application.

OVC encourages applicants from small, mid-size and/or large jurisdictions. Sites within the Bureau of Justice Assistance Public Safety Partnership program are particularly encouraged to apply.

Note: Separate and unique funding is available for tribal applicants, and therefore OVC anticipates that they will not “compete” with non-tribal applicants due to the availability of that funding.

OVC will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 PM, eastern time, on July 25, 2019.

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 the recorded webinar:
https://youtu.be/xlBwGwv_jqI

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316401

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

For assistance with any programmatic requirements of this solicitation, please contact Laura Ivkovich, OVC Policy Analyst, by telephone at 202–616–3576, or by email at Laura.Ivkovich@ojp.usdoj.gov.

For requirements of this solicitation, please contact OVC’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll free at 800–851–3420
Via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Email to grants@ncjrs.gov
Fax to 301–240–5830
Web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

OVC-2019-15600

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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