RECOVERY ACT VOCA CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE DISCRETIONARY GRANT PROGRAM

The objective of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Recovery Act - VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program is to improve the capacity of victim service providers and allied practitioners in advancing rights and services for crime victims.



OVC will award funding

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for training, technical assistance, and demonstration projects that are (1) national in scope (defined as relevant and useful to many or most communities and states across the Nation); and either (2) address gaps in the field in the areas of training and technical assistance; or (3) develop promising practices, models, or programs through demonstration projects.



All initiatives, whether related to training, technical assistance, or development of promising practices, models, and programs, must focus on improving the capacity of victim service providers and allied practitioners in advancing rights and services to victims in the following areas: Elder abuse, sexual assault, victim restitution, child abuse, youth victimization (including cybercrime victimization), victim services in corrections settings, stalking, the implications of forensic technologies for victims, and training and technical assistance on crime victims rights.



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

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.

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 (www.ojp.usdoj.gov) 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Civil Defense/Disaster Prevention and Relief/Emergency Preparedness.

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Community Development (includes Federal surplus property); Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Other public institution/organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization

Credentials/Documentation

See program solicitation for details (available on the OVC website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application form furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR Part 66 (Common Rule) must be used for all grants made by OVC.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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.

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. Detailed application procedures are set forth in the Recovery Act program solicitation for this discretionary program, which is available on the OVC website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System (GMS) at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/.. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made on a competitive basis with applications reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who will assess application submissions based on established criteria and forward a recommendation to the Director.

All final grant award decisions will be made by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, who may also give consideration to factors including, but not limited to, underserved populations, strategic priorities, past performance, and available funding when making awards.

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. No. 111-5; Victims of Crime Act, Pub. L. No. 98-473, Title II, sections 1402(d)(4) and 1404(c) (codified at 42 U.S.C. 10601(d)(4) and 10603(c) respectively).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

See 28 CFR Part 18.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required 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 cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required 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.

Performance Measures: 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.



Additional performance measures reporting may be required throughout the grant period.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Effective June 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 nine months after the end of the grantee"s fis

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

15-0402-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $5,000,000; FY 10 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Recovery Act - VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program will be administered by OVC under the applicable provisions of the Victims of Crime Act, 42 U.S.C. 10603(c); the program solicitation for the OVC Recovery Act discretionary program; the applicable provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, 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

Richard Greenough Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington 20531 Phone: 202-616-8715

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

A peer review panel will review the applications that pass an initial eligibility screening, and score these applications in the following categories: Project Abstract, Statement of the Problem, Project Goals and Objectives, Project Design and Implementation, Organizational Capability and Project Management, Budget, Impact/Outcomes and Evaluation/Performance Measure Data Collection Plan. The peer reviewers ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only. In addition to peer review ratings, considerations may include, but are not limited to, underserved populations, strategic priorities, past performance, and available funding.

Applications for funding under the Recovery Act - VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Program may also be evaluated based on the following criteria:

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.

To the extent that a grant recipient makes discretionary sub-awards, in addition to its own requirements, and those requirements identified in the program solicitation, the recipient should also consider the above factors as a part of the selection process for sub-awardees.



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