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Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
to Mitigate Crimes Against Older Women

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) - Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Conf. Date:

12/19/19

LOI Date:

01/16/20

Deadline Date:

02/06/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time (E.T.)

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and eligible service providers to mitigate crimes against older women. Applicants are advised that required pre-application registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs and services to end abuse and violence perpetrated against victims 50 years of age or older.

Mandatory Purpose Areas

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12421(b)(2)(A), funds under this program must be used for the following purposes:

  1. Providing training programs to assist law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, population specific organizations, victim service providers, victim advocates, and relevant officers in federal, tribal, state, territorial, and local courts in recognizing and addressing instances of elder abuse.
  2. Providing or enhancing services for victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect.
  3. Establishing or supporting multidisciplinary collaborative community responses to victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect.
  4. Conducting cross-training for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, agencies of states or units of local government, attorneys, health care providers, population specific organizations, faith-based advocates, victim service providers, and courts to better serve victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect. 

Applicants must engage in activities outlined in each of the four mandatory purpose areas; however, pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12421(b)(2)(C), applicants may request that OVW waive one or more of the mandatory purpose area activities. 

Permissible Purpose Areas

Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12421(b)(2)(B), Abuse in Later Life Program funds also may be used for the following purposes:

  1. Providing training programs to assist attorneys, health care providers, faith-based leaders, or other community-based organizations in recognizing and addressing instances of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect.
  2. Conducting outreach activities and awareness campaigns to ensure that victims of abuse in later life, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, and neglect, receive appropriate assistance. (Pursuant to 34 U.S.C. § 12421(b)(2)(C), activities under this purpose area are limited to ten percent of total award funds.)

OVW Priority Areas

In FY 2020, OVW is interested in supporting the priority area(s) identified below. Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given special consideration:

  1. Reduce violent crime against women and promote victim safety through investing in law enforcement, increasing prosecution, and promoting effective prevention.
  2. Address the specific challenges that rural communities face in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Recipients will received specialized training and technical assistance in the following two priority areas:

  • Empower victims to become survivors by growing them past their vulnerabilities to a place of self-sufficiency.
  • Increase efforts to combat stalking. 

Types of Applications

In FY 2020, OVW will accept applications for this program from the following:

  • New: Applicants that have never received funding under this program or whose previous funding expired more than 12 months ago.
  • Continuation: Applicants that have an existing or recently closed (within the last 12 months) award under this program. Continuation funding is not guaranteed.

For Mandatory Program Requirements please see page 9 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151755

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,400,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 9

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding levels under this program for FY 2020 are:
- New applicant awards will be made for up to $400,000 for the entire 36 months.
- Continuation applicant awards will be made for up to $300,000 for the entire 24 months.
OVW has the discretion to make awards for greater or lesser amounts than requested and to negotiate the scope of work and budget with applicants prior to making an award.

Term of Contract:

- New applicants: The award period is 36 months. Budgets must reflect 36 months of project activity, and the total “estimated funding” on the SF-424 must reflect 36 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2020.
- Continuation applicants: The award period is 24 months. Budgets must reflect 24 months of project activity, and the total “estimated funding” on the SF-424 must reflect 24 months. OVW anticipates that the award period will start on October 1, 2020.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Local Governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
The following entities are eligible to apply for this program:
1. States.
2. Units of local government.
3. Tribal governments or tribal organizations.
4. Population-specific organizations with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals over 50 years of age.
5. Victim service providers with demonstrated experience in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
6. State, tribal, or territorial domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions.

For additional information explaining the terms used above please see page 6 of the Guidelines available in the Supporting Documents below.

Any applicant representing a consortium of tribal governments and/or organizations must submit a resolution or legal equivalent from the constituent tribal governments and/or organizations supporting the application.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this solicitation (see “Faith-Based Organizations” on the OVW website for more information).

Note: Any entity that is eligible for this program based on its status as a nonprofit organization must be an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of that Code. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(16)(B)(i).

Note: Any nonprofit organization that holds money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in section 511(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is not eligible for a grant from this program. See 34 U.S.C. § 12291(b)(16)(B)(ii).

Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 90.2(g), the following are not considered units of local government and are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant: police departments, pre-trial service agencies, district or city attorneys’ offices, sheriffs’ departments, probation and parole departments, and universities. These entities may assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the project but must have their state, tribal government, or unit of local government apply as the lead applicant.

Out-of-Scope Activities:
The activities listed below are out of the program scope, and they will not be supported by this program’s funding.
- Research projects. (This does not include assessments conducted only for internal improvement purposes (up to three percent of the award). For information on distinguishing between research and assessments, see the heading on this topic in the Funding Restrictions section of this solicitation and the Solicitation Companion Guide.)
- Supporting criminal justice/investigative positions. Personnel costs for criminal justice/investigative professionals are permitted only to cover time spent conducting or attending training required by this program. Funds may not be used to compensate personnel for the performance of criminal justice/investigative duties.
- Curriculum development. OVW has worked closely with national technical assistance providers with relevant expertise in abuse in later life, violence against women, and curriculum development to create training materials. These materials must be used for the trainings funded under this program.

Unallowable Costs
The costs associated with the activities listed below are unallowable and must not be included in applicants’ budgets:
1. Lobbying.
2. Fundraising.
3. Purchase of real property.
4. Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or
carpeting).
5. Construction.

Food and Beverage/Costs for Refreshments and Meals
Generally, food and beverage costs are not allowable. OVW may approve the use of grant funds to provide a working meal at a meeting, conference, training, or other event, if eligible.

For more information please see Food and Beverage/Costs for Refreshments and Meals section in the Guidelines in Supporting Documents.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information Session: OVW will post a pre-recorded Pre-Application Information Session on its website for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. Listening to this session is optional. Interested applicants who do not listen to the prerecorded session are still eligible to apply. The session is tentatively scheduled to be available by December 19, 2019. on the OVW website https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants. The session will be captioned in English and Spanish. Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC at kshamberger@usdoj.gov or at 202-514-7998 as soon as possible, but no later than December 19, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent:
Applicants intending to apply for FY 2020 funding under this program are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent. The letter should state that the applicant is registered and current with SAM and with Grants.gov. The letter should be submitted to OVW email address by January 16, 2020. This letter will not obligate the applicant to submit an application.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 6, 2020.

Notification: OVW anticipates notifying applicants of funding decisions by October 1, 2020.

Registration Information: To submit an application, all applicants must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register online with the System for Award Management (SAM) and with Grants.gov.

If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to two weeks to process. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. There is no fee associated with these processes. These processes cannot be expedited. OVW strongly discourages applicants from paying a third party to apply or register on their behalf in an attempt to expedite these processes. To ensure all applicants are able to apply by the deadline for this solicitation, applicants must have obtained a DUNS number and registered online with the SAM and with Grants.gov no later than January 16, 2020.

After applicants obtain their DUNS number and register with SAM, they can begin the Grants.gov registration process. The applying organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process prior to beginning an application for a federal grant.

This registration process generally takes between three and five business days and may take as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. The application process can move forward once the applicant successfully registers with Grants.gov. Grants.gov is not the Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) Grants Management System (GMS). If applicants experience difficulties at any point during this process, they should call Grants.gov Applicant Support.

Other Program Eligibility Requirements
In addition to meeting the eligible entity requirements outlined above, applications for this program must also meet the requirements below. All certification and other eligibility related documents must be current and developed in accordance with the FY 2020 solicitation.

Required Partnerships:
Each applicant must demonstrate that it is part of a multidisciplinary partnership. This required partnership must be detailed in a MOU that is signed by the Authorized Representative of, at a minimum, the following four required partners (34 U.S.C. § 12421(b)(3)(B)):
1. At least one law enforcement agency.
2. At least one prosecutor’s office.
3. At least one victim service provider.
4. At least one nonprofit program or government agency with demonstrated experience in assisting individuals in later life.

Limit on Number of Applications:
OVW will consider only one application per organization for the same service area. In addition, if an applicant submits multiple versions of the same application, OVW will review only the most recent system-validated version submitted before the deadline.

The Grants.gov number assigned to this announcement is OVW-2020-17692.

For additional information please see: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322883

See https://www.justice.gov/ovw/resources-applicants for a sample Letter of Intent.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Letter of Intent to OVW.Elder@usdoj.gov

OVW
Janice A. Green
Senior Program Specialist
202-616-6728
janice.a.green@usdoj.gov

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

16.528

Funding or Pin Number:

OVW-2020-17692

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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