Expired: July 08, 2019

Victims of Crime Act: Illinois Helping Everyone Access Linked Systems(HEALS) Demonstration Site

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting a proposal for one Illinois HEALS Demonstration site grant. Grants will be made with VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT FFY 17 funds. A total of $ 800,000 in funding is available through this solicitation for use over a period of 12 months.

Application deadline: July 8,2019.

In 2017, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority was awarded a Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice [1]. The demonstration project seeks to address the needs of child and youth victims [2] and their families [3] by identifying young crime victims, coordinating prevention and intervention services post-victimization, and building capacity within communities to provide needed services and support.

The overarching vision for Illinois HEALS (Helping Everyone Access Linked Systems) is to alleviate the burden of finding services to address victimization by ensuring appropriate care and services are made available to all victims regardless of the door they first enter, whether it is a doctor’s office, school, or local police station or sheriff’s office.

  1. Illinois is one of four states designated as a demonstration site.
  2. We acknowledge that the term victim does not resonate with everyone who has experienced violence. Some prefer the term survivor or person impacted by violence. We encourage people and communities to use terms that best reflect their experiences.Throughout this document we use the terms children and youth and young persons to refer to individuals from birth to 25 years of age.
  3. For reading ease, throughout this document we use the term family or family members to refer to the adults and other individuals who may live with and/or provide primary care for children and youth. These individuals or adults may include biological relatives (e.g., siblings, adults/uncles, grandparents, parents) and other caregivers (e.g., foster families, other non-relative adults).

Program Requirements

  • Strive to integrate the Illinois HEALS Mission, Values and Principles as outlined in this solicitation.
  • Implement the project goals as described in this solicitation and in the program narrative.
  • Hire and supervise the staff positions outlined in the program narrative.
  • Meet regularly with ICJIA Illinois HEALS staff to discuss implementation. These meetings will be both in person and via conference calls with a frequency collaboratively agreed upon between the coordinating Entity and Illinois HEALS staff.
  • Collaborate to share demonstration site progress for state and national audiences.
  • Develop evaluation plan in collaboration with ICJIA Research and Analysis Unit and participate in evaluation activities.
  • Complete quarterly reporting requirements.

Eligibility Information

Agencies must be pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal,, to become eligible to apply for an award. Applicants must have completed the GATA pre-qualification process and received approval of their Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) by the period of performance start date, September 1, 2019 to be considered for funding.

The purpose of this pilot project is to test and document implementation of the Illinois HEALS Action Plan. The eligible applicant’s capacity is of the utmost importance. The Illinois HEALS team completed a methodical process to identify the eligible applicant from a pool of potential organizations. The eligible applicant was assessed on several criteria, including, but not limited to, ability to convene and maintain engagement of a broad array of community stakeholders, practitioners, and survivors, experience implementing a large community-wide planning processes, and experience managing grant funds. Based on this, the following eligible applicant was selected: Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department. There are additional eligibility criteria outlined in the NOFO.


Completed application materials must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m., July 8, 2019 to be considered for funding. Proposals will not be accepted by mail, fax, or in-person. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Available Funds

Grants available through this funding opportunity are a portion of a FFY 17 VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT. A minimum of $ dollars will be made available through this funding opportunity.

Period of Performance

Funding is available for the period of September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. Based on program performance and fund availability, the ICJIA may recommend allocation of funding to support an additional 24 months.


NOFO PostedJune 6, 2019
Applications dueJuly 8, 2019
Budget Committee review/approval of recommended designationsAugust, 2019
Projected program start dateSeptember 1, 2019


Recipients must submit periodic financial reports, periodic performance reports, final financial and performance reports, and, a calendar year end financial report in accordance with the CFR Part 200 Uniform Requirements. Future awards and fund drawdowns may be withheld if reports are delinquent.

In addition, funded programs will be required to report performance measures through the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance portal at

Required Documents

The following documents must be emailed to by the 11:59 p.m., February 12, 2019, deadline for application review. Click the links below to download copies.


Questions regarding this NOFO may be submitted to

Contact Information

Reshma Desai

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

300 West Adams, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60606