Notice of Funding Opportunity

Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Victims Of Crime Act Funding Opportunity For Child Abuse, Financial Crime And Impaired Driving Victim Programs

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to fund direct services for victims of crime under at least one of the three following focus areas: child abuse (minors and adults survivors of child abuse), financial crime, and impaired driving. Applicants may request a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $500,000 in federal funding for use over a 12-month period. The term of the grant agreement will commence upon its effective date. Based on program performance and fund availability, ICJIA may recommend allocation of funding to support an additional 24 months.

FOCUS AREAS:

Child Abuse:

Crimes committed by a parent, immediate family member, person responsible for the child’s welfare, individual residing in the same home as the child, or a paramour of the child’s parent in violation of Illinois criminal statutes that result in physical or emotional harm to a minor. Covered in this funding opportunity will be minor victims and adult survivors of child abuse as defined here.

Child trafficking and involuntary servitude and bullying will not be addressed with this opportunity.

Childhood exposure to violence is not the primary intent of this opportunity, however, services for such secondary victimization are allowable if the need is identified during the provision of child abuse services.

Financial Crime:

Identity theft or the financial exploitation of elders and persons with disabilities.

Impaired Driving:

Impaired driving occurs when a driver operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating compounds. This funding opportunity serves victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers and victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers using electronic communication or video devices while driving which result in death or great bodily harm.

See Notice of Funding Opportunity, for program design, staff, and training requirements.

ELIGIBILITY

Ineligible agencies

The following types of agencies are NOT eligible for this funding opportunity:

  • Criminal justice entities, such as law enforcement, prosecution and/or court-referred services such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Funding for criminal justice-based victim services may be offered in a future funding opportunity.
  • Under the Child Abuse Focus Area, sub-recipients of funding from Child Advocacy Centers of Illinois, the Illinois Coalition of Domestic Violence, and of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault are not eligible for funding.

Eligible agencies and GATA compliance

This solicitation is open to Illinois public agencies and non-profits that have completed the GATA pre-qualification process and received approval of their ICQ from a state cognizant agency by the date of application. In addition, applicants must meet the VOCA eligibility criteria listed on pages 23-25 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Please note applicants must Pre-register and obtain an approved Internal Control Questionnaire

Pre- Registration

All applicants must be pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, http://www.grants.illinois.gov. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed, including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.

Approved Internal Control Questionnaire

The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment using an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ). The ICQ must be submitted through the GATA portal and approved by a State cognizant agency by the date of application submission in order for an application to be reviewed. All applications will be pre-screened for completeness and ICQ approval. Applications from agencies that do not have an approved ICQ will not be reviewed.

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity  

Deadline

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 19, 2017. Completed application materials must be emailed to cja.vocagrantsunit@illinois.gov.

Notice of Intent

Agencies interested in submitting an application MUST complete an online Notice of Intent form by 11:59 p.m., July 7, 2017.

SUBMIT NOTICE OF INTENT  

Available Funds

Applicants may request a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $500,000 in federal funding for use over a 12-month period. Agreements that result from this funding opportunity are contingent upon and subject to the availability of funds.

Period of Performance

The projected period of performance for awards resulting from this opportunity is October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Contingent on satisfactory performance, ICJIA may support 24 additional months of funding for each project.

Contact Information

Questions may be submitted via email at cja.vocagrantsunit@illinois.gov.

The deadline for submitting questions is 11:59 p.m., July 10, 2017. All substantive questions and responses will be posted on the Authority website at https://grants.icjia.cloud/. Due to the competitive nature of this solicitation, applicants may not discuss this opportunity directly or indirectly with any Authority employee other than the respondent of this email address. Only written answers to
questions shall be binding on the state.

Mandatory Applicant Technical Assistance Video

Applicants must view a mandatory pre-recorded video on the ICJIA website at https://grants.icjia.cloud. The webinar will be available for viewing beginning at 1:30 p.m. on June 5, 2017. The applicant must certify viewing this recording. Information provided during this video will be unofficial and not binding on the State.

VIEW MANDATORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WEBINAR


SUBMIT WEBINAR CERTIFICATION  

TIMELINE:

Task Date
Release of NOFO and open application period June 5, 2017
Notice of Intent due July 7, 2017
Last date for question submission July 10, 2017
Application deadline 11:59 p.m., Monday July 19, 2017
Budget Committee review September 28, 2017
Award and rejection letters sent By September 28, 2017
Start Program Performance Period October 1, 2017

Reporting

Funded agencies will be required to submit to ICJIA quarterly fiscal and data reports.

APPLICATION MATERIALS:

Completed application materials must be emailed to cja.vocagrantsunit@illinois.gov by 11:59 p.m., July 19, 2017, 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.

Agencies are encouraged to submit their applications 72 hours in advance of the deadline to avoid unforeseen technical difficulties. Technical difficulties should be reported immediately to ICJIA at cja.vocagrantsunit@illinois.gov.

Required documents

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Completed and signed Uniform State Grant Application for each agency requesting funding. This document will need to be signed and scanned. X
Completed Program Narrative in Word that meets program requirements outlined in Section A. Applicant’s narrative must be submitted in Word and formatted in the posted Program Narrative. Application should be 20 pages maximum, drafted in Times New Roman 12-point font and double-spaced with 1 inch margins. Please number pages. X
Completed VOCA SAR form X
One completed Budget/Budget Narrative in Excel for each funded agency. X
Completed Logic Model X

Additional Documents

The following documents are required to facilitate efficient grant processing but will not be used in determining eligibility.

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Completed Eligibility Requirements Certification Form X
Completed Self-Certification form X
Completed Fiscal Information Sheet-leave award amount and agreement number blank X
Completed and signed Audit Information Sheet-leave award amount and agreement number blank X
Completed and signed Debarment certification X
Completed and signed EEOP certifications X
Completed Civil Rights certifications X
Programmatic Risk Assessment. This Excel document will need to be submitted unsigned electronically with the application. A signed scanned version will be due if application is approved for funding. X
Non-supplanting Certification X
Mandatory Forms Checklist X

Non-Profit Agency Required Documents

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United States Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination letter for nonprofit organizations. X
Self-Report Statement of Faith Based Organization X
Proof of Good Standing from the Illinois Secretary of State X

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