Crime Victims' Rights Act
The purpose of the FY 2007 project is to enhance and establish crime victim legal clinics to ensure enforcement of victims' rights. It will also place a social worker/community liaison within each clinic for outreach to victims and other participants in the criminal justice system. The clinics will establish and implement education strategies for participants in the criminal justice system. The agreements will support the enforcement of victims' rights at the federal, state and tribal level. The specific objectives for FY 2008 funding have not been established.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/11/2010 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Office Of Victims Of Crime
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
42 U.S.C. 10603d(d)(4).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants for FY 07 funding are public agencies, colleges and universities, state governments, and private, nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations, that can demonstrate capability to carry out all activities required by the funded project. Eligibility for FY 08 funding has not been determined.
The immediate beneficiaries are individual victims of crime, as well as the general public. Because victims' rights will be enforced in criminal court, the rights of future victims of crime are more likely to be recognized in the criminal justice system.
Applications for this program must be on Standard Form 424 at a time specified by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office 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 addition of 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 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
In accordance with the Common Rule, Standard Form 424 must be submitted by nonfederal agencies in applying for funding under this program.
This award will be made on a non-competitive basis. The application will be assessed based on established criteria and will be forwarded to the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs has the final approval authority.
Please contact the program office for application deadline.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be reviewed by the OVC Point-of-Contact for the project, using the following criteria: Problem(s) to be Addressed and Goals and Objectives, Project Design/Implementation Plan, Organizational Capability, Plans for Measuring Progress and Outcomes, and Budget and Budget Narrative. The problem statement must provide a strong rationale for the project and clearly describe how the proposed project will be of value to the victims' field by meeting a stated goal. The goals and objectives must be clearly specified and related directly to the problem statement. The goal(s) should state the overall purpose of what is to be accomplished. If the application is for continuation funding, these new goals and objectives should be addressed within the context of what the project has already accomplished. The program strategy/methodology must include sufficient detail so that the OVC Point-of-Contact or other reviewers can understand what will be accomplished, how it will be accomplished, and who will accomplish it. All proposed tasks should be presented in a way that allows a reviewer to see the logical progression of tasks and to be able to relate the tasks directly to the accomplishment of the project goal(s) and objectives. Projected activities should be realistic and reflect the time, staff, and funding allocated to the project. A clear picture of the contents or components of the product or training is important as well as a detailed plan for packaging and disseminating the product to user groups. Detailed procedures for pilot testing and refining the products should be included if applicable. Applicants must demonstrate how their resources, capabilities, and experience will enable them to achieve the goals and objectives. Organizational capability will be assessed on the basis of (1) the applicant's described management structure, financial capability, and if the application is for continuation funding, the results of current grant efforts; and (2) the applicant's project management plan and documentation of the professional staff member's unique qualifications to perform their assigned tasks. Applicants must describe their plan for measuring project progress and success. All applications must contain a plan for evaluating the accomplishment of project goal(s) and objectives. They must describe how data will be collected to report on the performance measures established for this solicitation, and they must describe how the evaluation data will be gathered, analyzed and the resources that are being committed for this purpose. Finally, the OVC Point-of-Contact will examine the identified project tasks, milestones, and assignment of staff resources within the framework of the proposed budget. They must demonstrate that there is sufficient staff and time to accomplish the proposed tasks in a cost-effective manner. Applicants must show cost effective and efficient use of grant resources, demonstrating that all grant-related expenses are necessary for project completion. All identified costs should accurately reflect the tasks, staff time, supplies, and travel necessary to accomplish the grant-related work, if applicable.
How may assistance be used?
With the funding provided in FY 07, grantees will establish victim legal clinics that provide direct legal representation to victims of crime in criminal court, as well as support services to those victims. Organizations and agencies can apply for funding to establish one legal clinic or to provide subgrants to multiple organizations that will establish such clinics. Organizations that provide subgrant funding to several legal clinics also will provide the subgrantees with intensive technical assistance. Funding recipients also must provide education and training to criminal justice professionals on victims rights. Specific criteria for FY 08 funding have not been determined.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 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 no later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards under this program are issued for a period of 12-18 months.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-5983.
FY 07 $1,974,456; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 07 three awards ($1,600,000; $184,693; $185,024).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects