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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.582:  Crime Victim Assistance/Discretionary Grants

Objectives:  Three percent of the amount above the first 10 million deposited into the Crime Victims Fund is statutorily reserved by the Office for Victims of Crime for grants for (a) demonstration projects and training and technical assistance services to eligible crime victims assistance programs; and (b) for the financial support of services to victims of Federal crime by eligible crime victim assistance programs, 42 U.S.C. Section 10603. The purpose of the demonstration and training and technical assistance grants is to improve the overall quality of services delivered to crime victims through the provision of training and technical assistance to providers. Additionally, the funds are designed to improve the Federal and State response to victims of Federal crime. Of the amount available for training and technical assistance and services to victims of Federal crimes, not more than 50 percent shall be used for demonstration programs and training and technical assistance, and not less than 50 percent for services to victims of Federal crimes.

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


16.582 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Criteria will vary depending on the grant. Generally, eligible applicants may include American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes and tribal organizations, States, United States Attorneys' offices, eligible victim service agencies, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal training centers. Applicants for Victim Assistance in Indian Country grants must be an Indian Tribe, Tribal organizations, partnerships or non-profit organization that provides direct services to victims of crime in areas of Indian Country that are under Federal criminal justice jurisdiction.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  Eligible victim assistance agencies. Eligibility depends on the nature of the grant but may include a wide variety of public and private nonprofit agencies.

Credentials/Documentation:  Applications for this program must be on Standard Form 424 at a time specified by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs and must contain the following certification and assurances: (1) assure that the applicant will provide such accounting, auditing, monitoring and evaluation procedures as may be necessary, and keep such records as the Office of Justice Programs may prescribe, to assure fiscal control, proper management and efficient disbursement of Federal funds; (2) assure that the applicant will adhere to the audit and financial management requirements set forth in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide; (3) assure that the applicant will comply with all applicable nondiscrimination requirements; (4) certify that the applicant will comply with certifications regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension, and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (OJP Form 4061/6); and other responsibility matters; and, (5) certify that the information in the application is correct and that the applicant will comply with all applicable provisions of the Victims of Crime Act and other Federal laws, (including subtitle A, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990) regulations, and circulars. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 or OMB Circular No. A-133. Applicants from other types of agencies will use forms to be provided by OVC.

16.582 APPLICATION 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.

Application Procedure:  In accordance with the Common Rule, Standard Form 424 must be submitted by nonfederal agencies in applying for funding under this program. These are available from the grantor agency. At the time of submission, an original and two copies are required. Forms for funds other than grants or for use by Federal agencies will be supplied by OVC. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure:  Generally 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. The Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs has final approval authority.

Deadlines:  Deadlines were announced by OVC in its Fiscal Year 2000 Application Kit. For a copy of the Application Kit, or to have your name placed on OVC's mailing list, contact OVC's Reply Line, Phone (202) 616-1926; or write to Office for Victims of Crime, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531; or visit OVC homepage at www.OJP.USDOJ.gov/ovc/.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:  From 4 to 6 months.

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

Renewals:  Awards range from 6 to 36 months. Renewals are considered on a case by case basis.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  General criteria for selecting proposals are spelled out in the Victims of Crime Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 10601-10604 (Supp.1981). Additional criteria may be developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and will be published in the OJP grant packages.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Potential projects include, but are not limited to: demonstrations programs that assist victims in rural communities or those programs meeting the needs of special populations such immigrant victims; training and technical assistance for states and local communities to help when responding to terrorism and mass violence; training to improve or expand victim services provided by particular groups of professionals such as judges, prosecutors, law enforcement professionals, and medical personnel.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  For the Federal Crime Victims Division $40,000 to $275,000 about.

16.582 RELATED PROGRAMS:

  • 16.575 Crime Victim Assistance.

16.582 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Grants were awarded to States to develop services to assist victims of Federal crimes in Indian Country. Training has been provided for Native Americans on establishing and operating victim services programs. National and regional training and technical assistance programs to expand and improve the quality of services to crime victims have been supported. The competitive programs to be funded in fiscal year 2000 include two requests for the development of demonstration sites. One focuses on the needs of immigrant crime victims and seeks proposals to develop a replicable model for the provision of comprehensive victim services for crime victims in immigrant communities. The second requests proposals to develop a demonstration project to address the lack of victim service practitioners in rural areas. Both projects start with a planning grant the first year to conduct a needs assessment and developmental planning of the model. In addition, there is a solicitation to develop an Institute for advanced training of mental health professionals specializing in treatment of child abuse victims and children who have witnessed violence. Various other solicitations provide funding for projects in Indian Country. These grants will provide funding for: victim assistance programs for Indian tribes under federal criminal justice jurisdiction; OVC will not announce any new competitive solicitations in fiscal year 2000. All funding will be used to continue programs announced in fiscal year 1999. These grants provide funding for 28 victim assistance programs, one elder abuse demonstration program, a training and technical assistance grant for OVC's American Indian grantees, funding to establish tribal CASA programs, and a contract to provide training to tribal leaders explaining the need for their support for tribal victim assistance programs. Finally, the Application Kit requests proposals to develop resource materials for National Crime Victims' Rights Week in the year 2000. Beginning in fiscal year 2000, all Victim Assistance in Indian Country discretionary grant programs was renamed the Victim Assistance Partnerships in Indian Country discretionary grant program.

16.582 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Type of Assistance:  Project Grants; Direct Payments for Specified Use.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $24,963,026; FY 00 est $25,268,000; and FY 00 est $7,793,222.

Budget Account Number:  15-5041-0-2-754.

Authorization:  Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA), as amended, Public Law 98-473; Children's Justice and Assistance Act of 1986, as amended, Public Law 99-401, Section 1404; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Title VII, Subtitle D; Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Subtitle C, Public Law 104-132; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  Application Instruction Kit and current edition of the OJP Financial Guide, which are available by writing to Diane Wells, Administrative Officer, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531, or calling (202) 616-1926.

16.582 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters Office:  For services to victims of Federal Crime contact Thomas J. Kilmartin, Director, Federal Crime Victims Division, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Phone: (202) 616-3568. For information on training and technical assistance efforts, contact Olga Trujillo, Director, Special Projects Division, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Phone: (202) 616-3585. Use the same number for FTS.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.582 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:  There are no formula or matching requirements, except for Victim Assistance Partnerships in Indian Country discretionary grants which have 10% "in kind" match requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:  For grants, dollars remaining unspent by the State or program within three fiscal years of award will revert to the Crime Victims Fund. Funds are released via the Electronic Transfer System (formerly the Letter of Credit System) on an as needed basis to the Recipient.

Uses and Use Restrictions:  Funds are available specifically for (a) demonstration projects and training and technical assistance service to eligible crime victim assistance programs; and (b) for the financial support of services to victims of Federal crime by eligible crime victim assistance programs. For the purpose of these grants an eligible crime victim assistance program is defined as: (a) operated by a public agency or a nonprofit organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations or both such agencies and organizations, and providing service to victims of crime; (b) demonstrating (I) a record of providing effective services to victims of crime and financial support from sources other than the Fund; or (ii) substantial financial support from sources other than the Fund; (c) utilizing volunteers in providing such services, unless to the extent the chief executive determines that compelling reasons exist to waive this requirement; (d) promoting within the community served coordinated public and private efforts to the crime victims; and (e) assisting potential recipients in seeking crime victim compensation benefits. For the purpose of these grants, services to victims of Federal crimes means: services to victims of crime with respect to Federal crime, and includes (a) training of law enforcement personnel in the delivery of services to victims of Federal crime; (b) preparation, publication, and distribution of informational materials, setting forth services offered to victims of crime; and concerning services for victims of Federal crime for use by Federal law enforcement and other responsible Federal officials; and (c) salaries of personnel who provide services to victims of crime, to the extent that these personnel provide such services.

16.582 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Quarterly financial reports and semi-annual progress reports will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide. A final financial and program report also will be required.

Audits:  All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.

Records:  Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years.

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