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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance and services for victims of crime.
Vision 21 is a strategic planning initiative based on an 18-month national assessment by OVC that systematically engaged the crime victim advocacy field and other stakeholder groups in assessing current and emerging challenges-and opportunities-facing the field.
The initiative is designed to address identified needs including the need for more victim-related data, research and program evaluation; holistic legal assistance for crime victims; resources for tribal victims; and capacity building to provide technology- and evidence-based training and technical assistance.
OVC will undertake several initiatives related to Vision 21.
These include: (1) Tribal assistance for victims of violence; (2) Funding and enhancing the provision of direct victim services; and (3) Providing funding to the States to address victims multiple legal issues through a broad and coordinated community network of "wraparound" pro bono legal services and to help jurisdictions build their technological infrastructure in order to improve provision of services to victims of crime.
Grantees will need to address one of these initiatives.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
OJP is committed to ensuring a fair and open process for awarding grants. OVC reviews the application to make sure that the information presented is reasonable, understandable, measurable, and achievable, as well as consistent with the solicitation.
Peer reviewers will review the applications submitted under this solicitation that meet basic minimum requirements. OVC may use internal peer reviewers, external peer reviewers, or a combination, to review the applications. An external peer reviewer is an expert in the subject matter of a given solicitation who is NOT a current DOJ employee. An internal reviewer is a current DOJ employee who is well-versed or has expertise in the subject matter of this solicitation. A peer review panel will evaluate, score, and rate applications that meet basic minimum requirements. Peer reviewers ratings and any resulting recommendations are advisory only. In addition to peer review ratings, considerations for award recommendations and decisions may include, but are not limited to, underserved populations, geographic diversity, strategic priorities, past performance, and available funding.
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with OVC, reviews applications for potential discretionary awards to evaluate the fiscal integrity and financial capability of applicants, examines proposed costs to determine if the Budget Detail Worksheet and Budget Narrative accurately explain project costs, and determines whether costs are reasonable, necessary, and allowable under applicable federal cost principles and agency regulations.
Absent explicit statutory authorization or written delegation of authority to the contrary, all final award decisions will be made by the Assistant Attorney General, who may consider factors including, but not limited to, underserved populations, geographic diversity, strategic priorities, past performance, and available funding when making awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
P.L. 113-76, Division B, Department of Justice Appropriations Act 2014, Office of Justice Programs, State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Subparagraph (30).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
From 1 to 15 days. Within 24-48 hours after submitting the electronic application, the applicant should receive an e-mail validation message from Grants.gov. The message will state whether the application has been received and validated, or rejected due to errors, with an explanation. It is possible to first receive a message indicating that the application is received and then receive a rejection notice a few minutes or hours later. Submitting well ahead of the deadline provides time to correct the problem(s) that caused the rejection. Important: OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time 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.
From 120 to 180 days. Some solicitations will have the potential for non-competitive supplemental funding based on performance and availability of appropriations, which will involve re-application for each eligible year for invited grantees.
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
Varies by solicitaiton. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursable.
Post Assistance Requirements
No program reports are required.
No cash reports are required.
Semiannual programmatic progress reports.
Quarterly financial status reports.
Grant managers will review the progress reports submitted by grantees.
Grant managers will conduct regular assessments of the grant"s progress.
this may also require an on site visit.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Applicants selected for awards must agree to comply with additional legal requirements upon acceptance of an award. OJP encourages applicants to review the information pertaining to these additional requirements prior to submitting an application. Additional information for audits can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/other_requirements.htm under Financial and Government Audit Requirements
Regular audit processes for the Office of Justice Programs grantees.
All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years after receiving notification from the awarding agency that the award has been financially and programmatically closed.
(Project Grants) FY 13 Not Seperately Identifiable(Exp: New Program); FY 14 Not Seperately Identifiable; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$250,000 to $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
US Department of Justicee, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Victims of Crime 810 Seventh St, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 8003630441
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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