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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Compensation Fellow Program

Cooperative Agreement with a USA Individual
to Institute Best Practices for Victim Compensation

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Conf. Date:

06/02/21

Deadline Date:

07/06/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants deadline is 7/21/21 11:59 PM ET.

Description:

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Cooperative agreement with a USA individual to identify and institute best practices at the state level for victims of crime, particularly those belonging to minority groups, to receive appropriate compensation. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline.

This program will support one fellow assigned to OVC’s State Victim Resource Division (SVRD). The SVRD Fellow will work with Compensation Administrators to identify resources (e.g., best practices) and what OVC can implement to better support states in the administration of state victim compensation programs, including increasing access to compensation and receipt of compensation for victims of color, who historically have not accessed or received compensation funding at the same rate as other eligible victim populations. The selected fellow will have demonstrated expertise in working with VOCA Victim Compensation programs and OVC.

Objectives:

  • Assist OVC/OJP work with State Administrators to support compensation programs;
  • Assess individual state compensation programs, and applicable laws, rules, regulations, polices, and other guidance or programs impacting the operations and execution of state compensation programs;
  • Identify barriers that prevent all victims of crime, including victims of color, from accessing and receiving compensation, and provide recommendations at the national and state levels to overcome those barriers;
  • Advance OVC/OJP’s support of compensation programs to promote equity in access to and receipt of compensation funding;
  • Identify model best practices across compensation programs; share these best practices with OVC and other state programs; and develop trainings/public outreach efforts to raise awareness about these practices; and
  • Make recommendations to OVC about how to institutionalize communication and collaboration innovations that will improve coordination with the Administrators.

For a list of allowable expenses, see https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2021/o-ovc-2021-19001.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196335

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

$400,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Individuals

The successful candidate must demonstrate substantial knowledge of data and research related to victimization and victim services, and have the skills to communicate orally and in writing with a broad audience of stakeholders. Applicants must be able to be onsite at OVC in Washington, D.C., for a minimum of 1 week per 6 months throughout a 36-month project period, unless there are unique circumstances that would prevent the grantee Fellow from being onsite. The grantee Fellow will work with OVC to determine unique circumstances and make adjustments, as necessary.

Any offer of a fellowship award may be contingent upon the applicant successfully passing a complete and thorough background investigation and drug test.

Organizations are not eligible to apply.

The following expenses are not allowable under this solicitation:
- Equipment provided by OJP, such as costs for laptops or other equipment that will be supplied by OJP.
- Moving expenses.
- International travel.
- Indirect costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

Register online: https://ojp.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=ojp&service=6&rnd=0.2079379455191004&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fojp.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000461ccbd82ee057749eb99ab988e72b9d3e795dd0b85a9ff342b914ad8c3539526%26siteurl%3Dojp%26confViewID%3D194292569746713905%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAARqqVlZKZSf_8tPvydJIv5lUibAnEHvh37QusIItnfZ1A2%26

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET) on July 6, 2021. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant 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.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants July 21, 2021 by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET).

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333661

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

View the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/l4FNOtjEjyg

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at Grants.gov customer support webpage, or email at support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800-851-3420 or TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at email to grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVC-2021-19001

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