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Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and
Tribes to Improve Services for Crime Victims

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)

Conf. Date:

05/12/21

Deadline Date:

06/14/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, IHEs, public agencies, and tribes to improve services for crime victims. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and/or to provide information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer-term help.

Through this program, OVC will support initiatives to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. Funding under this initiative may support technology development and maintenance; the staff required to operate, update, and maintain the proposed platform or service; training and technical assistance on the purpose and use of the technology (including outreach and publicity activities); and staff engaged in coalition-building activities regarding the use of technology. This funding should not supplant or duplicate currently funded initiatives in these areas. Applicants who propose to use this funding for ongoing, rather than new, initiatives must specify how these funds would be used to expand or enhance current services while not duplicating existing efforts.

Purpose Area 1: Innovative and technological solutions to enhancing access to services

The objective of this program is to identify gaps in technology that can be enhanced by building the organization’s technological capacity to increase access and provide timely victim services that are sustainable, safe, and align with OVC Model Standards.

Purpose Area 2: Enhancing capabilities of a national hotline (excluding the National Elder Justice Hotline)

The objective of this program is to expand a national hotline to interact directly with crime victims and/or to provide information, referrals, crisis assistance, and longer-term help. The hotline should be staffed by experienced case managers who provide direct service provision and personalized support to crime victims, using trauma-informed approaches that protect the safety and confidentiality of victims. The hotline, at a minimum, should incorporate the following approaches:

  • Utilize skilled case managers who can assess the needs of the victim and identify relevant next steps.
  • Identify appropriate reporting agencies, and provide information to callers to assist them in reporting, or connect callers directly (as a warm hand-off) with the appropriate agency.
  • Provide resources and referrals to other applicable services as needed.
  • Provide contact information to national or local level resources per the specific needs of the caller.

For information about deliverables, see: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2021/o-ovc-2021-91005.pdf#page=3

Priority Areas:

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. In FY 2021, OJP will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas. In addition, OJP will give priority consideration, if applicable, to applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties. For more details about priority areas, see: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2021/o-ovc-2021-91005.pdf#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181668

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,500,000

Number of Grants:

4

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Purpose Area 1: $1,000,000 (3 awards)
- Purpose Area 2: $1,500,000 (1 award)

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance start date: October 1, 2021
- Period of Performance duration: 36 months

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments),
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions
of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, Other

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO.

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).

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

Register here: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e67075fcfcd146bb0cc362d1315d4bcdb

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET) on June 14, 2021. 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.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants on June 28, 2021 by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET).

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process.

- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.

- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Obtain a DUNS number/Confirmation number:
Obtain your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number first; you cannot complete any of the steps below without it. It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number. Call DUN and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply at http://www.dnb.com/.

Register with SAM database/Confirm SAM number:
Organizational Entities Only - System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can takes up to 2 weeks. SAM registration procedures can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov/.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333170

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

For additional application information, see the “How to Apply (Grants.gov)” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide at https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#apply.

View the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/mv2Xe4ubFLs

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or email at support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVC-2021-91005

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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