RECOVERY ACT STATE VICTIM ASSISTANCE FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will award each eligible state victim assistance program a Recovery Act - VOCA victim assistance formula grant to support the provision of services to victims of crime throughout the Nation.

Services are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional
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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 such as boarding up broken windows and replacing and repairing locks.
In addition to fulfilling program-specific purposes, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Recovery Act, which are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Additional government-wide guidance that applies to Recovery Act programs may become available that could affect proposal narratives, time lines, budget requests, certifications and other matters including appropriate uses of funds and restrictions on uses of funds.

Interested applicants are encouraged to regularly check the OJP website for further information and updates.

All recipients of any funding under the Recovery Act will be required to follow any and all applicable provisions of government-wide guidance that may be issued pursuant to the Recovery Act, even if that guidance is not reflected in this CFDA posting.

To the extent (if any) that this Recovery Act program permits recipients to use funds for construction, renovation, or related projects, the recipient should be aware that special restrictions may be applicable under particular sections of the Recovery Act.

For example, see section 1605 of the Recovery Act (Buy American), section 1606 (wage rate requirements), section 1602 (preference for quick-start activities), and section 1554 (special contracting rules).

Recipients should also be aware of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.



Under the Recovery Act, funds may not be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Award Procedures

Successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115; Victims of Crime Act, Pub. L. 98-473, Title II, sections 1402(d)(4) and 1404(a) (codified at 42 U.S.C. 10601(d)(4) and 10603(a) respectively).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

See 28 CFR Part 18.

Renewals

No renewals are available with Recovery Act funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Consistent with the VOCA statue, awards will be made for the year of award, plus three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Financial and Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.



To fulfill the requirements of the Recovery Act and assist in fulfilling the Department s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.



Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required (including complete performance measure data) to be submitted by each recipient of funds to OJP within 10 calendar days of the end of each calendar quarter, throughout the life of the grant.

Reports should be submitted beginning July 10, 2009.

Financial and Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.



To fulfill the requirements of the Recovery Act and assist in fulfilling the Department s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.



Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required (including complete performance measure data) to be submitted by each recipient of funds to OJP within 10 calendar days of the end of each calendar quarter, throughout the life of the grant.

Reports should be submitted beginning July 10, 2009.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Effective 6/30/2004, all organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee"s fiscal yea

Records

Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds. Although Recovery Act funds may be used in conjunction with other funding as necessary to complete projects, tracking and reporting of Recovery Act funds must be separate, to meet the reporting and other requirements of the Recovery Act and other applicable law. There can be no commingling of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0910-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $47,500,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Recovery - VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant program will be administered by OVC under the applicable provisions of VOCA, 42 U.S.C. 10603(a), the Recovery Act - State Victim Assistance Formula Program solicitation, the Final Program Guidelines for the VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program (published in the Federal Register on April 22, 1997), and the applicable provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1., signed by the President on February 17, 2009. the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Toni L. Thomas Associate Director, Domestic and International Victim Assistance Services, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington 20531 Email: POC@DHS.gov Phone: (202)616-3579

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

This is a formula grant program; there is no discretionary selection by OJP of the principal recipients of this funding. To the extent that a formula grant recipient make discretionary sub-awards, in addition to its own requirements, and those requirements identified in the program solicitation, the recipient should consider including factors related to the purposes of the Recovery Act as a part of the selection process for sub-awardees. Such factors might include-

1) Project objectives that are linked to meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act, and the likelihood of achieving such outcomes, such as job creation and preservation.

2) Activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, and in a manner that maximizes job creation and economic benefit.

3) Sound financial systems and procedures that can track and report funds separately and in a clear, accurate, and timely manner.



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