U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
07/08/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA eligible state agencies to develop programs that utilize technology to improve crime victim services statewide. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Additional funding will be provided to develop service hotlines for elder abuse victims.
This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Assistance and Compensation Program state administering agencies (SAA) to implement visionary statewide technology programs to enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations. The SAA may select one or more of the following focus areas for its application but is not limited to the choices below:
- Develop and/or implement technology to enhance outreach to victims of crime, including automated notification systems.
- Develop and/or implement technology to establish or enhance statewide or local victim service hotlines (e.g., telephone, messaging, apps) that connect older victims with victim assistance and compensation resources and referrals. Depending on the applications received, OVC intends to set aside a portion of the funding under this solicitation (see Section B. Federal Award Information, page 7) for projects that focus on establishing or enhancing elder abuse and/or senior victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general victim service or senior service hotlines).
- Use technology to effectively communicate about, report on, and monitor VOCA program activities.
- Enhance the collection of performance measures related to the provision of comprehensive services to victims and family members in the aftermath of crimes, such as homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault and child/elder abuse, financial fraud, and other types of victimization for states to better prioritize crime victim service delivery throughout the state.
- Enhance the social media presence of SAAs and other victim service providers.
- Enhance victim compensation technology to increase efficiency and reduce claim processing time.
- Develop and/or implement technology to improve state and subgrantee reporting.
- Develop or enhance the statewide grants management system(s) used for the VOCA formula programs.
- Enhance technology systems to improve the security, confidentiality, and efficiency of such systems with regard to victims’ data stored within them.
- Other creative technology-based ideas.
Applicants must outline a demonstrated gap in technology, within the chosen focus area(s), that impedes their ability to effectively and efficiently provide services. Applicants must address a need for which there are currently limited or insufficient resources within the chosen focus area(s). Proposals must demonstrate how the program, and technological enhancements proposed, would enhance victims’ access to services, foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services, improve the quality of services, and/or improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.
Applicants that are funded will be expected to conduct strategic planning, implement the project and technology enhancements, evaluate the project, and complete all required reporting.
For more information on goals, objectives, and deliverables, see: https://www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-Building-State-Technology-Capacity-508.pdf#page=5
GrantWatch ID#: 186050
14 (up to 9 for general program services; up to 5 for elder abuse service hotlines)
OVC expects to make up to nine awards of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of approximately $3.8 million for the general program services.
In addition, OVC expects to make up to five awards of up to $440,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of approximately $2.2 million for projects focused primarily on establishing or enhancing elder abuse or elder crime victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general crime victim service hotlines).
OVC expects to make all awards for a 12- to 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019. The period of performance cannot extend beyond September 30, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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