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 -296992-Sexual Abuse Comprehensive (SAC) Funding Opportunity FFY2020-2022 (Final)
  Victim Services Support Program
  Application Deadline: 03/15/2019 4:30 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 10/01/2019
Project End Date: 09/30/2022
Award Announcement Date: 01/18/2019
Eligible Applicant:
Program Officer: Lori Miller
Phone: 515-725-4130 x
Email: lori.miller@ag.iowa.gov
Categorical Area:
 
 
Description
 
 

SECTION 1 – GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Purpose
The purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to solicit applications to enable the Victim Services Support Program, a component of the Crime Victim’s Assistance Division (CVAD) of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office to select the most qualified applicants to provide victim services programming to communities throughout the State of Iowa. CVAD seeks grant proposals from victim service agencies, nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies for projects or programs designed to strengthen effective and holistic responses to victimization in Iowa. This is a competitive three-year grant.

Project Period
The project period shall be from 10/01/2019 to 9/30/2022, with each funding year awarded annually. CVAD shall have the option not to award year 2 and year 3 funding at its sole discretion, subject to review of the continuing application, performance, and compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, availability of funds, program modifications or any other grounds determined by CVAD.

Eligibility Requirements
The application for funding is open to currently funded programs as well as those seeking CVAD funding for the first time. Any eligible local or statewide government or private nonprofit agency or a combination thereof may apply for and receive a grant.

Funds must be used only to provide: victim services, justice support to victims of crime, or training or technical assistance to victim service providers and allied professionals. The applicant shall promote within the community a coordinated public and private effort to assist victims. The applicant shall be an equal opportunity employer and provide services on an equal opportunity basis. The applicant shall comply with applicable federal and state statutes and rules, all requirements specified in the grant between the department and any outside funding source, and all requirements in the RFP or any other contractual document. The applicant shall have a grievance procedure established for victims, employees and volunteers. The applicant shall provide services within the geographical service area without regard to a victim’s ability to pay.

Service Deliver Area
CVAD seeks interested applicants representing all communities in Iowa. Applicants must specify which counties; cities or region(s) in Iowa their project intends to serve.

Available Funds
The available federal funding is from four federal sources:

(1) Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), CFDA 16.575;

(2) STOP Violence Against Women Act (STOP), CFDA 16.588;

(3) Sexual Assault Services Formula Program (SASP), CFDA 16.017 

(4) Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive (FVPSA), CFDA 93.671

State of Iowa victim services funding is also available.

Successful applicants will receive funding from one or more of the above referenced sources. CVAD will decide funding sources and the amount of funding by source prior to issuing a contract.

Application Deadline and Important Dates:
Applications for funding are due on or before Thursday February 28, 2019, no later than 4:30 p.m.  Any application received after this date and time will not be accepted. A review committee will review applications the week of April 8-12, 2019. Recommendation for funding will be presented to CVAD Board at their May 3, 2019, board meeting. Denial and award letters will be mailed to applications on May 8, 2019. Appeals or requests for reconsideration are due from applicants by May 22, 2019. CVAD Board will review appeals and requests for reconsideration the first week of June 2019. Contracts will be issued prior to October 1, 2019.

RFP issued –This RFP will be posted January 18, 2019 on the Iowa Attorney General’s website and will remain posted until the application due date. Interested applicants should complete their application(s) offline and then upload it into iowagrants.gov.

Written questions and responses – Written questions related to this RFP can be submitted through iowagrants.gov no later than February 20, 2019. Responses will be posted for all applicants to review. In order to post a question, applicant must be registered in iowagrants.gov, refer to theregistration instructionsfor iowagrants.gov document posted in the attachments section on the this funding opportunity. Written questions submitted after the date specified above will not be considered and a response will not be provided by CVAD. 
To submit a question:
● Registered users login to www.iowagrants.gov as a returning user; 
● Search Grant Opportunities; 
● Select the appropriate victim services application ending with (FY20-22). For example Domestic Abuse Comprehensive (FY20-22); 
● Click on ask a question link located at the top right-hand side of the opportunity details page, and enter a single question in the post question box; 
● Click the save button; 
● A post question confirmation box will appear stating the question is under review.

Additional questions may be submitted by repeating the process above for each question and for each funding opportunity. If the question or comment pertains to a specific section of the RFP, please reference the section and the page number. Questions and answers will be displayed in iowagrants.gov in a timely manner. CVAD will answer all pertinent, timely and properly submitted questions. CVAD’s written responses will be considered part of the RFP. To view posted questions and responses: 
● Login to www.iowagrants.gov; 
● Search Grant Opportunities; 
● Select the appropriate victim services application ending with (FY20-22). For example Domestic Abuse Comprehensive (FY20-22);
● Scroll to the bottom of the opportunity details page, under the questions subsection to view the posted questions and answers.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to periodically check for responses to submitted questions.

Questions can also be emailed to Lori.Miller@ag.iowa.gov.

Application – The application and the required application forms are available on the Iowa Attorney General’s website. The application and the required application forms will be available in the funding opportunities section of iowagrants.gov on or before February 11, 2019.

Applications MUST be submitted in iowagrants.gov; however, CVAD recommends applicants complete their entire application offline. Meaning all required forms, documents, narrative questions and budget information be completed outside the iowagrants.gov system. Once iowagrants.gov funding opportunities are available, applicants will be able to enter their grant application information into the iowagrants.gov web application form.

Iowagrants.gov information: Multiple people in an organization can have access to complete, and submit an application in iowagrants.gov. Anyone wanting access to iowagrants.gov must be registered; see the registration instructions posted in the attachment section. The first user to begin an application for a funding opportunity becomes the primary user or registered applicant for the application. The primary user can add additional registered users as grantee contacts within their organization to the funding opportunity. iowagrants.gov will permit multiple registered users of the applicant organization to create separate applications for the same funding opportunity thereby creating multiple applications for the same funding opportunity. The applicant is responsible for ensuring only one entire application is completed and submitted for each requested grant application.

Organizations can apply for more than one project; however, they must submit an application for each project.

Once an application has been started in iowagrants.gov, the entire application must be completed as there is no save and continue option.

Funding – Currently funded applicants are to request grant funding based on their award amount from FY19 – July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. In addition, currently funded programs will be given the opportunity to provide a budget for up to an additional 20% of their current award. New applicants (not currently funded by CVAD) will submit funding requests based on their need. They must also consider the funding availability in each region and zone.

Funding availability: Iowa is divided into 6 regions and 4 zones. CVAD funds foundational programs: domestic abuse comprehensive programs (DAC), sexual abuse comprehensive programs (SAC) and shelters (SH). No more than two foundational programs of the same type (DAC, SAC and SH) will be funded in each region. VOCA projects are also funded in each region.  See page 5 of the RFP for the available amounts for foundational programs and survivors of homicide programs. 

https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/media/cms/2016_Iowa_Victim_Needs_Assessment_F_EDA8635CBAF99.pdf.

Applications due date and time – Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. (local Iowa time) February 28, 2019, through www.iowagrants.gov. The iowagrants.gov system will not allow applications to be submitted after the deadline; you will receive a notice stating the funding opportunity is closed. Any information submitted separately from the iowagrants.gov application will not be considered. iowagrants.gov will register the date and time of each grant submission. Each submitted application will be assigned an application ID number. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to complete all application forms and submit the application on time.

Application Review – Applications will be reviewed by a review team consisting of CVAD employees including the CVAD director and VSS administrator, as well as representatives from the Crime Victim Assistance Board and experts in the fields of victim services, grants administration and management and criminal justice. CVAD will provide the review committee with information related to the applicant’s performance with previous grants (if applicable), and the quality and quantity of services provided. Recommendations for funding will be presented to the CVA Board of Directors on May 3, 2019, upon which the Board will vote and make the final determinations for funding. 


Notice to Applicants - Applicants shall be notified within 90 days after the application due date whether the application has been denied or approved by the board and the amount of funds approved for the application.

Request for Reconsideration An applicant may file with the CVA Board a request for reconsideration of the denial or of the amount of an award. The request for reconsideration must be submitted within ten working days of the date the notice of decision is mailed or otherwise issued by the CVAD director to the applicant. The request must state the grounds for reconsideration. The board or a committee designated by the CVA Board chairperson shall review the request in a timely manner. A decision of the board or designated committee shall constitute final CVAD action. At the time a request for reconsideration is received by the director, notice that a request for reconsideration has been filed shall be sent to all approved applicants whose funds may be affected by the request. Funds shall not be disbursed pending a request for reconsideration to the extent that the funds are affected by the outcome of the request. Every applicant that would be adversely affected shall be notified if a request for reconsideration is approved, and grant awards shall be reduced as necessary. Requests must be received by CVAD by the reconsideration due date and can be emailed to Lori Miller at lori.miller@ag.iowa.gov with the email subject line Victim Services Application Request for Reconsideration or mailed via U.S. Postal Service to:

Lori Miller, VSS Administrator 
Crime Victim Assistance Division, 
Lucas State Office Building, 
321 E. 12th St. 
Des Moines, IA 50319.

Contract Negotiation and Agreement – Prior to October 1, 2019, a contract shall be negotiated between CVAD and the grant recipient. Prior to entering into a contract, CVAD may require modification of the proposed program, statement of work, submission of further information or documents, or other stipulation of the applicant. The required modification, information, document, or stipulation shall be specified in the notification of grant award. The applicant or the department may request a modification of the program budget to reflect the amount, expenses and activities allowed by the grant award. Both parties must agree to any modification of the grantee program budget. Expenditures shall be reimbursed pursuant to regular reimbursement procedures of the state of Iowa. The grantee shall sign the certified assurances for the grant program at the time of application and at any time requested by the division. Nothing in this RFP shall be construed as limiting the remedies available to the state or the program for improper use of grant funds or other breach of the grantee’s contractual programmatic or fiscal duties under the contract and applicable law.

Records - Grantees shall keep statistical records of services provided and any other records as required by CVAD. The division shall have immediate access during working hours to records pertaining to the contract. No notice need be provided to the grantee prior to inspection of the records.

SECTION 2 - DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES AND FUNDING SOURCES - Please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) at the Iowa Attorney General’s website for this information.

SECTION 3 -- APPLICATION CONTENT

Click on RFP for the instructions for completing all of the victim services grant opportunities. Applicants will determine which application is most appropriate to complete. Applicants can submit multiple applications; however, each unique project must be submitted on its own application. 

Submitted applications must meet all minimum and eligibility requirements outlined in this RFP. Promotional materials or other items not required by this RFP will not be considered during the review process. Any information or materials not required to be submitted as an attachment by this RFP application will not be considered in the review process.

For instructions on how to work in Iowagrants.gov, see PowerPoint presentation.

 
 
 
 Attachments
 
 Click on the File Name to open attachment
 
Description File Name File Size
Budget Narrative-Justification Form Budget Narrative-Justification Form.docx 24 KB
Budget Template Budget Template.xlsx 26 KB
Certified Assurances Certified Assurances.pdf 371 KB
Core Service Standards Core Service Standards.pdf 110 KB
Demographics Chart (Sample) Demographics Chart (Sample).docx 13 KB
Indirect Cost Form Indirect Cost Form.docx 26 KB
List of County by Region-Zone List of Counties by Region-Zone.pdf 120 KB
Map of Regions-Zone Map Regions-Zones.pdf 445 KB
MOA of Civil Rights Requirements MOA of Civil Rights Requirements.docx 69 KB
Non-System Based Collaboration Table/Chart (Sample) Non-System Based Collaborations Table (Sample).docx 13 KB
RFP Instructions for CVAD Victim Services Grant Funding FY2020-2022 RFP for CVAD Victim Services Grant Funding FY2020 to FY2022 Final.pdf 1.6 MB
Training Certification Form Training Certification Form.docx 41 KB
 
 
 Website Links
 
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URL Description
https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-crime-victims/victim-services-support-program/ Iowa Attorney General's Website - Victim Services Support Program Section
 
 
 
 
 
 
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