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Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction

Grants to USA Tribal Governments to
Respond to Violent Crimes Affecting Women

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

12/18/19

LOI Date:

01/24/20

Deadline Date:

02/26/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA Tribal governments to address violent crimes against women within the criminal justice system. Funding is intended to promote the coordinated efforts of tribal criminal justice systems and victim service providers to ensure victim safety and offender accountability. Funding for FY2020 is for both new and continuation awards.

Through this grant program, Indian tribes receive support to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and technical assistance (TA) for planning and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise the jurisdiction. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, courts, prosecutors, attorneys, defense counsel, law enforcement, probation, victim service providers, and other partners to ensure that victims find safety and justice and that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders in the Indian country of the participating tribe are held accountable

Funds under the Tribal Jurisdiction Program may be used for the following statutory purposes:

  1. To strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ, including: Law enforcement (including the capacity of law enforcement or court personnel to enter information into and obtain information from national crime information databases); prosecution; trial and appellate courts; probation systems; detention and correctional facilities; alternative rehabilitation centers; culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families; and criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence;
  2. To provide indigent criminal defendants with the effective assistance of licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe1 prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order;
  3.  To ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises SDVCJ, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements; and
  4. To accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in section 3771(a) of Title 18, consistent with tribal law and custom.

For information about Mandatory Program Requirements, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1220796/download#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178039

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected number of awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award ceiling:
New: $450,000
Continuation: $300,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated start date is October 1, 2020. The length of the award period is:
- New: 36 months
- Continuation: 24 months

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The only entities eligible to apply for this program are governments of Indian tribes that have jurisdiction over Indian country.

“Indian tribe” means any tribe, band, or other group of Indians subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and recognized as possessing powers of self-government

“Indian Country,” means (a) all land within the limits of any Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the United States Government, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, and, including rights-of-way running through the reservation, (b) all dependent Indian communities within the borders of the United States whether within the original or subsequently acquired territory thereof, and whether within or without the limits of a state, and (c) all Indian allotments, the Indian titles to which have not been extinguished, including rights-of-way running through the same.

OVW does not fund activities that jeopardize victim safety, deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims, or allow offenders to escape responsibility for their actions. Applications that propose any such activities may receive a deduction in points during the review process or may be eliminated from consideration entirely.

For information about out-of-scope activities, see: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/page/file/1220796/download#page=7

Unallowable costs:
1. Lobbying
2. Fundraising
3. Purchase of real property
4. Physical modifications to buildings, including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting) without prior approval by OVW through the submission of a detailed Grant Adjustment Notice; and
5. Construction.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVW will conduct an optional web-based pre-application information session for entities interested in submitting an application for this program. During this session, OVW staff will review this program’s requirements, review the solicitation, and allow for a brief question and answer period.

The session is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET.

The total number of participants for the session may be limited, and therefore interested participants from the same agency/jurisdiction are expected to participate together. OVW reserves the right to deny multiple registrations from a single agency/jurisdiction to allow as many interested applicants as possible to participate.

Participation in the pre-application information session is optional. Interested applicants that do not participate in the session are still eligible to apply.

To register, contact the Tribal Jurisdiction Program. Registration must be received at least one day prior to the start of the session. Participants are not registered until they receive a confirmation email.

Interested applicants needing additional language assistance should contact this program’s POC as soon as possible, but no later than December 11, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time (E.T.) on February 26, 2020.

To submit an application, all applicants must have a DUNS Number, and register online with the SAM.gov and with Grants.gov. The Grant.gov s 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.

To ensure sufficient time to complete the registration process, applicants must obtain a DUNS Number, and register online with SAM and with Grants.gov immediately, but no later than, January 24, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter of intent by January 24, 2020. This letter confirms that the applicant has registered with SAM and Grants.gov. Submitting a Letter of Intent will not obligate a potential applicant to submit an application. Interested applicants who do not submit a Letter of Intent are still eligible to apply.

Applicants that cannot submit an application electronically must contact the POC by February 5, 2020.

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

Additional information: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322758

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs and request hardcopy submission to: OVW.TribalAffairs@usdoj.gov

Rebekah Jones, Grant Program Specialist
202-307-6026

To register for an information session, and request language assistance, contact the Program Specialist at the email address and phone number above.

CFDA Number:

16.025

Funding or Pin Number:

OVW-2020-17677

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

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