U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
06/26/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, IHEs, tribes, and public agencies to improve language access services for victims of crime, including individuals who are visually or hearing impaired or have limited English proficiency. Required registrations may take several days to complete.
This program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. This program will improve the accessibility of victim-centered and trauma-informed services for victims of crime who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, limited English proficient (LEP), blind and/or visually impaired. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.
The overall goal of this program is to increase the capacity of community-based organizations and programs to break down the barriers that victims face in accessing services. All applicants must demonstrate a history of providing direct services to victims of crime in linguistically specific communities. Organizations funded through this program will:
1. Develop and implement language access plans to address the needs of crime victims, with a particular focus on victims who are blind, visually impaired, LEP, Deaf, and/or hard-of-hearing.
2. Deliver direct services to victims of all types of crime within linguistically specific communities using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.
3. Work in coordination with OVC’s existing training and technical assistance provider to identify promising practices and helpful resources that may be disseminated to service providers and allied professionals to improve responses and services to crime victims.
4. Provide training to staff and community partners to implement language access plans and improve the community response to crime victims in linguistically specific communities.
5. Conduct data collection and evaluation and/or action research activities to measure grant performance and generate internal improvements in the delivery of direct services over the 2-year project period.
Examples of allowable direct service activities under this program include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention; victim advocacy; case management; assistance in applying for crime victim compensation; individual and group counseling for both victims and their children who are exposed to violence; emergency assistance for victims (food, clothing, rent, utilities, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and other approved necessities); language assistance services (including professional interpreters or translators); civil legal assistance with protection orders and/or immigration remedies related to their victimization (T Visas, U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, etc.); translation of program materials; and community outreach and education.
Under this program, OJP will, as appropriate, give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that propose projects that directly benefit federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).
GrantWatch ID#: 185859
OVC expects to make up to 10 awards.
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $0
OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
Toll free: 800–851–3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Web chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
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