This funding opportunity is for criminal justice programs (law enforcement, STOP VAWA prosecutors, Community Coordinated Response Teams, and Victim Witness Coordinators) who are awarded funds from the Victim Services Support Program (VSS) funds through the Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (10/1/2019-9/30/19) ONLY. This is a continuation of the three year funding cycle FFY2020-2022 (10/1/19-9/30/22).
Purpose of these funds are to provide comprehensive and innovative victim services within the State of Iowa.
ONLY programs who were awarded funds for the FFY2020-FFY2022 grant cycle AND did not receive notification that their funds were discontinued are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. These are continuation funds for currently funded programs.
Availability of Funds
All contracts and funds are subject to the availability of funds. Funding is not guaranteed. Modifications or additional requirements may be imposed. Funding is not guaranteed. Below is a list of the funds available and the source of the funding:
- Victims of Crime Act (VOCA or VA) Assistance funds which are awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice,
- Federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA or FV) which is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
- STOP Violence Against Women (VAWA or VW) Formula funds which are awarded to Iowa by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice,
- Sexual Abuse Services Program (SASP or SF) formula funds which are awarded to Iowa by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice, and
- State funds appropriated by Iowa State Legislators with a portion consisting of fines and penalties.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY IN ORDER TO BE AWARDED A CONTRACT FOR 10/1/2020-9/30/2021 (FFY2021).
A contract will be issued for a 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30 as long as funds are available. Each funded program must be in compliance with state and federal rules and in good standing with the Victim Services Support Program (VSS) requirements and procedures to receive funding and continued funding. Programs will not be allowed to carry over or extend prior awards into the next fiscal year. Any prior award amounts remaining un-obligated as of September 30 will revert to the VSS Program. The VSS Administrator can make exceptions to this as needed. Programs are funded on a reimbursement basis and are subject to the availability of federal and state funds. All funded programs must complete either monthly or quarterly claim vouchers requesting reimbursement. Some programs must submit claim vouchers monthly. All funded programs also must submit program performance reports in order to remain eligible to receive funds. Programs will be required to receive reimbursement via electronic funds transfer (EFT).
Federal funds received must be used to supplement, not supplant funding that would otherwise be available for expenditure on activities described in this strategy. Monies disbursed under this funding must be used to fund new programs, or expand or enhance existing programs. VA funds cannot be used to supplant or replace existing funds already allocated to funding programs. Funds may not be used to replace state or local funds (or, where applicable, funds provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs) that would, in the absence of Federal aid, be available or forthcoming for programs to combat violence against women. Please see most recent Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide located at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/ for more information.
Updates on Goals, Objectives, and Scope of Work
All Funded programs must complete an update on their goals, objectives and scope of work. This will be found in the application. You may write this information ahead of time in WORD format and then paste the information into the application OR type the information directly into the iowagrants.gov system.
Scope of Work: Provide us with the current scope of work from your original application and an updated scope of work if there are changes due to COVID.
Update on Goals and Objectives: You will restate your goals/objectives and provide new short-term goals if your Year 1 short-term goals are completed. You will let us know if the goals/objectives have been updates/changed due to COVID. Provide an explanation for any goals you were not able to complete and how plan to address the deficiency. If you’ve completed a goal tell us the goal was completed and then provide the timeframe it was completed.
Cost Sharing or Match Requirement
Federal funds awarded under this program, except SASP and state funds, require match. Non-governmental, victim service programs receiving STOP Violence Against Women funds are also excempt from making match. Applicants must identify the source of the non-federal portion of the total project costs and how they will use match funds. Applicants may satisfy this match requirement with either cash or in-kind services. Funded programs must maintain records that clearly show the source, the amount and the period during which the match was allocated. The following is a more detailed description of items that are and are not eligible for match. See CVAD application instructions attachment for further instructions. If might not be required to submit match on your first submission.
Categories of Match
Cash or in-kind services may be used as match. In-kind match includes: donations of project supplies, workshop or classroom materials, expendable equipment, or utilities around workspace for funded staff. In order for cash or in-kind services to be applied toward the regional match, the service must be an eligible activity or part of the requirements included in this application. The monetary value of time contributed by professionals, technical personnel and other skilled labor may be used if the services they provide are an integral and necessary part of the funded project. To be counted towards your required match, the included expense must be an eligible activity or resource used to directly support your direct service and/or outreach activities. Some examples are included below.
- Cash / In-kind donations that support your program
- Volunteer time. Volunteer rate is the average hourly rate of your advocates/staff providing similar services.
- Benefits may be included when you determine the value of volunteer time.
- Funding for, or time spent, training volunteers including mileage, per diem, etc. not paid for by federal funds
- Staff direct service and/or outreach time spent on program activities that are supported by city, county, state, or private funding sources.
- Project supplies, support group, workshop or classroom materials, expendable equipment, or utilities of advocate/shelter space (rent is not considered an allowable match) that directly supports your program (the value placed on new, used, or loaned equipment may not exceed its fair rental value).
- Donated advertisements, air-time, or publicity used to promote program services that you would’ve otherwise had to purchase.
- Supervision of the direct service staff and program.
You will be required to calculate the required match in the budget section of this application. To calculate match for this application, use the required match amount from your FFY2020 grant. CVAD staff will review and made adjustments according to funding allocated to your project. If after calculation your program is unable to provide match or is only able to provide a portion of match, please complete the application and indicate that you are not able to make the entire match on the complete program budget. We encourage your agency to apply even if you can’t make match.
The applicant will provide a detailed projected budget as part of their application including details of the expenses (payroll, benefits, travel & training, etc.). The details/justification you provide will explain how you determined the figures. The budget and budget details/justification will be done in IowaGrants.gov as part of this continuing application.
For technical assistance with submitting an application contact the CVAD Victim Support Services (VSS) staff at (515) 281-5044 or at 1-800-373-5044.