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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.524:  Domestic Violence Victims' Civil Legal Assistance Program

Popular Name:  CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Objectives:  The primary purpose of the Domestic Violence Victims' Civil Legal Assistance Discretionary Grant Program (hereafter referred to as the Program) is to strengthen direct civil legal assistance available to domestic violence victims. It provides Federal financial assistance to law schools and nonprofit organizations, either public or private, that support or provide direct civil legal services to domestic violence victims. The goal is to develop innovative, collaborative programs within the civil legal system that strengthen battered women's ability to secure a safe life and home for themselves and their children, if any.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


16.524 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Eligible grantees for this Program are nonprofit organizations, either public or private, that provide legal services to victims of domestic violence or that work with victims of domestic violence who have civil legal needs. State law schools that provide or are planning to provide civil legal assistance to domestic violence victims are also eligible. To be eligible for a grant, applicants, other than domestic violence victim service agencies, are required to enter into a collaborative working relationship with a nonprofit, nongovernmental domestic violence victim advocacy organization from the community to be served. Grants are available to such entities as: law school legal clinics, legal aid or legal services programs, shelters for battered women, Bar associations, tribal governments and tribal civil legal service programs. The Civil Legal Assistance program funds projects that establish or strengthen direct legal assistance for domestic violence victims. To be eligible, therefore, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed programs are designed primarily to help victims of domestic violence seeking relief within the civil legal system. All applicants must certify that (a) they are recognized within their communities as expert domestic violence service or advocacy programs; or (b) that they are experienced civil legal assistance programs engaged in collaboration with an expert domestic violence service or advocacy program in their area.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Beneficiaries include public or private nonprofit entities providing civil legal assistance primarily to adult women victims of domestic violence.

Credentials/Documentation:  Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-110 for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

16.524 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office 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 forms furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Application Procedure:  Applicants must submit proposals to the Office of Justice Programs on Standard Form 424 (Federal Assistance Applications). 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 subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  Upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs, a letter is sent to the applicant agency with copies of the Grant Award. One copy of the Grant Award must be signed by an authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines:  Contact the Violence Against Women Grants Office in the Office of Justice Programs for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  About 60 days after receipt of an application.

Appeals:  Hearing held by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.

Renewals:  Renewals are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Criteria are established by the Office of Justice Programs and are included in an annual Application Kit that is published in the Federal Register.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Direct legal services (protection orders, divorce, child custody, visitation) for victims of domestic violence; law school clinical programs and curricula on domestic violence; consumer law issues affecting victims of domestic violence; continuing legal education training for family and general practice lawyers working with victims of domestic violence.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  Varies, $50,000 to $240,000.

16.524 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 16.588 Violence Against Women Formula Grants;
  • 16.589 Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program;
  • 16.590 Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies;
  • 16.587 Violence Against Women Discretionary Grants for Indian Tribal Governments.

16.524 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

In fiscal year 1999, 95 grants totaling about $21,000,000 were awarded.

16.524 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants (Discretionary).

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $11,654,072; FY 00 est $23,345,928; and FY 01 est $23,000,000.

Budget Account Number:  15-8586-0-1-754.

Authorization:  Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  OJP Financial Guide is applicable.

16.524 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Phone: (202) 307-6026.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.524 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  This is not a formula grant program. Grants will be made for amounts up to 100 percent of the costs of the programs or projects contained in the approved applications. Matching is not required for this grant program; however applicants are encouraged to maximize the impact of Federal grant dollars by contributing to the costs of their projects. Supplemental contributions may be case, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  Up to 18 months. Funds are released on an as-needed basis to the grantee.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Training, mentoring, and collaborative relationships to improve civil legal assistance to adult victims of domestic violence are components of projects supported by this grant program. Lawyers and legal advocates providing services through this Program must be trained and mentored by respected domestic violence victim advocacy organizations within the community to be served, and non-lawyers must be fully supervised by attorneys in accordance with local Bar rules. Training and mentoring should be ongoing, to address issues that may arise during the course of the project. Direct legal services providers seeking funding through this grant program are required to enter into a collaborative relationship with nonprofit, non-governmental domestic violence victim service agencies from the community to be served. Grant funds may not be used for: alleged batterers or, in the case of mutual arrest, to the primary aggressor; any individual in obtaining citizenship or permanent or temporary residency; or law reform initiatives, including, but not limited to, litigation. Projects funded under this Program must serve primarily adult women victims of domestic violence.

16.524 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Semi-annual progress and quarterly financial reports are required, as stipulated in the program regulations and the effective edition of M7100.1, Financial and Administrative Guide for Grants. Upon completion of the grant period, grantees shall file a performance report explaining the activities carried out and including an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the program.

Audits:  In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organization," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:  The award recipient must keep complete records on disposition of funds.

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