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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program - Family Justice Center

Grants to Georgia Agencies and Nonprofits to Establish
or Enhance a Center Benefiting Victims of Crime

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

Deadline Date:

09/11/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Georgia public agencies and nonprofit organizations to plan and operate a center for crime victims. Applicant agencies are required to receive certification prior to being awarded grants. Funding is intended to enhance the safety and support of victims. This grant addresses victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse at a minimum, but can also address human trafficking, stalking, and elder or dependent adult abuse.

Funding awarded will cover, at a minimum, personnel costs for a Family Justice Center Site Coordinator, supplies, and travel to attend the International Family Justice Center conference and to tour established FJCs. CJCC will provide technical assistance to funded communities to coordinate activities involved in creating and/or enhancing a Family Justice Center over a four-year funding cycle. Priority will be given to Tier 1 applicants. 

  • Tier 1: Establishing a Family Justice Center 
  • Tier 2: Enhancing Family Justice Center Services 

According to the 2016 VOCA Program Rules, direct services or services to victims of crime are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of crime victims, (2) assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization, (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, or (4) restore a measure of safety and security for the victim. For the purpose of the VOCA Crime Victim Assistance grant program, a crime victim or victim of crime is a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. Generally, funding cannot be used for the investigation of crimes or collection of evidence to further the prosecution of crimes.

Allowable costs can be found on page 32 of the RFA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190067

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,200,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Recipients will receive $100,000 annually for up to 4 years. Recipients are required to budget at least $5,000 for travel.

Term of Contract:

Initial award period October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. Awarded agencies will be eligible annually for continued funding at the amount awarded through September 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are limited to organizations that provide services to crime victims and are operated by a public agency, a nonprofit organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations.

An eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a non-profit organization or a public government entity;
2. Serve as the fiscal agent for the grant and the point of contact to CJCC;
3. Be responsible, liable, and oversee financial, program, and post-award reporting requirements;
4. Be certified and eligible to receive Local Victim Assistance Program (LVAP) 5% funds; and
5. Have a history of providing specialized, trauma-informed direct services to victims.

VOCA Eligibility Requirements:
VOCA established eligibility criteria must be met by all organizations that receive VOCA funds. These funds are to be awarded to applicants only for providing services directly to victims of crime through the staff. Details on VOCA and other eligibility requirements can be found on page 4 of the RFA.

Pre-Application Information:

- Release RFAs and open application: May 20, 2020
- All applications are due on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
- CJCC informs applicants of funding decisions through grant awards or denial letters.

Matching contributions of 20% (cash or in-kind) of the total costs of each VOCA project (VOCA grant funds plus match) are required and must be derived from non-federal sources. Matching grant information can be found on page 13 of the RFA.

Funding is not intended to be used for the FJC site/facility. Recipients are strongly encouraged to partner with the local County/City government and foundations to pursue in-kind or cash contributions for the site/facility renovation and/or development.

For assistance with this solicitation, contact Jenny Aszman at jenny.aszman@cjcc.ga.gov.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application: https://cjcc.formstack.com/forms/voca_fjc_rfa

Jenny Aszman
Statewide Family Justice Center Coordinator
Jenny.Aszman@cjcc.ga.gov

Kristy Carter
Victim Assistance Division Director
Kristy.Carter@cjcc.ga.gov

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