Header

  Close Menu

American Rescue Plan Grants to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • Victim Services
  • Current: American Rescue Plan Grants to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act ARP Grants to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

Grant Status Open

As part of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has received supplemental funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support sexual assault survivors across Indiana. The purpose of this grant program is (1) to assist with the transition to virtual/remote services for rape crisis centers, sexual assault programs, tribal programs and culturally specific programs that provide crisis and support services and assistance to sexual assault survivors and (2) to support the increased emergency needs of sexual assault survivors as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The approximate funding available is $3,000,000, with an estimated maximum award amount of $200,000. This is a reimbursement-based grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Allowable Activities

The following costs are allowable and can be supported by this program’s funding:

  • Personnel costs including fringe benefits, hiring bonuses, retention payments, childcare and transportation subsidies.
  • Operational costs including rent, utilities, emergency victim supplies (food, clothing, toiletries), and language access.
  • Emergency and immediate shelter including safe houses and motel/hotel vouchers.
  • Mobile and virtual advocacy costs including equipment, mobile devices, online chat or text supports, technology service contracts, software and leasing of vehicles.
  • Supportive services for victims including counseling, employment services, transportation services, legal advocacy/assistance, childcare services and referral-based advocacy on behalf of victims and their dependents for health, behavioral health services, preventive health services and culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Victim assistance including rental, hotel, utility assistance and transportation or vehicle repair.
  • Emergency preparedness and COVID-19 testing consultants.
  • COVID-19 related expenses including PPE, onsite testing and vaccines.
  • Public awareness, outreach and prevention costs including development of materials and printing.

Eligible Entities

Eligible entities include local public agencies or nonprofit private organizations that assist victims of domestic or dating violence (and their dependents) and have a documented history of working effectively in this area. Nonprofit private organizations include faith-based and charitable organizations, community-based organizations, tribal organizations, and voluntary associations.

If selected, FVPSA grantees must protect the privacy and confidentiality of those being provided services and must adhere to all of the requirements outlined in the request for proposal.

The award period for this solicitation is: April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2024

The purpose of these supplemental funds is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The activities that will be supported by these funds within these purpose areas include:

PREVENT
Activities that assist sexual assault survivors by providing virtual services, supportive services, temporary housing assistance, mobile advocacy services, and supplies that will ensure survivors of sexual assault receive the care, support and services they need while reducing the exposure to and risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The activities that will be supported by this funding include:

  • Provide virtual services, temporary housing options, and supportive services to survivors of sexual assault including paying for the operating, staffing, and administrative expenses of the facilities for rape crisis/sexual assault programs, culturally specific programs, and tribes.

  • Provide prevention services, including outreach to underserved populations to increase virtual access to sexual assault services and reduce the exposure to and risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

  • Strengthen partnerships with local and state public health authorities, local health departments, emergency services managers, health care providers, culturally specific community-based organizations, tribes, LGBTQ+ organizations, and rape crisis centers/sexual assault programs to improve emergency operations throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • Supplies and technology to reduce exposure and risk of contracting COVID-19 including personal protective equipment (PPE), air purifiers, thermometers, COVID-19 rapid test and mobile advocacy needs (laptops, software, virtual meeting platforms).

PREPARE
Activities and technical assistance that include assessing needs of sexual assault survivors during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Activities that provide training, information, and assistance necessary to ensure the continuity of rape crisis centers and sexual assault services. Assessing the capacity of local rape crisis centers and sexual assault programs’ emergency operation plans and plans to address the needs of survivors and reduce the exposure to and risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The activities that will be supported by this funding include:

  • Assess the capacity of agencies, local rape crisis centers/sexual assault programs, culturally specific programs, and tribes to provide continuity of sexual assault services, including emergency operations plans and plans to address increasing service demands, remote services operational capacity, potential provider closures, and staff absenteeism.

  • Provide training to assist agencies, local rape crisis centers/sexual assault programs, culturally specific programs, and tribes in reviewing, updating, and/or implementing emergency operations plans and plans to address increasing service demands, remote services operational capacity, potential provider closures, and staff absenteeism.

  • Provide training, information, and assistance for ensuring the continuity of local rape crisis centers/sexual assault programs, culturally specific programs, and tribal sexual assault programs to:
    • Support victims and survivors of sexual assault to make decisions related to their ongoing safety and well-being during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • Maintain the capacity to provide individual and group counseling, peer support groups, and referral to community-based services to assist survivors of sexual assault, in recovering from the effects of the violence during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • Maintain the capacity to provide services for sexual assault survivors, including age-appropriate counseling, supportive services, and culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    • Maintain the capacity to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services during COVID-19 public health emergency.

RESPOND
Activities and technical assistance for ensuring the continuity of sexual assault programs and rape crisis center services, culturally specific programs, and tribal programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency, which includes responding to issues such as adapting to fluctuating needs and changing circumstances. Please note that staffing enhancements, workforce supports, and workforce capacity building are allowable activities. The activities that will be supported by this funding include:

  • Provide services, training, technical assistance, and outreach to increase access to sexual assault supports and increase the accessibility of rape crisis and sexual assault services.

  • Provide advocacy, case management services, and information and referral services concerning issues related to sexual assault services, including:
    • Assistance in accessing related federal and state financial assistance programs.

    • Legal advocacy to assist victims and their dependents.

    • Medical advocacy, including provision of referrals for appropriate health care services
      (including mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse treatment), but which shall not include reimbursement for any health care services.

    • Assistance locating and securing safe and affordable permanent housing (short-term rental, deposit and utility assistance) and homelessness prevention services including emergency housing assistance (hotels, motels and safe houses).

    • Provision of transportation, childcare, respite care, job training and employment services, financial literacy services and education, financial planning, and related economic empowerment services.

    • Parenting and other educational services for victims and their dependents.
  • Provide direct crisis intervention services, including counseling, mobile advocacy, telehealth, peer support, and in-person assistance. Mobile advocacy allows for advocates to work out in the community in order to support sexual assault survivors wherever it is safe and convenient for the survivor.

  • Fund staffing increases, workforce supports for employees/advocates, and workforce capacity building and any related costs to retain, reward, or recruit staff to ensure the continuity of sexual assault and rape crisis center services for sexual assault survivors and their dependents.

  • Workforce-related expansions and supports, including:
    • Planning for implementation of sexual assault services, COVID-19 mitigation strategies; implementation of mobile advocacy services; language access planning, or virtual/remote services implementation.

    • Training providers and staff on COVID-19 mitigation activities; implementation of mobile advocacy services; or virtual/remote services implementation.

    • Hiring providers and staff to carry out sexual assault services; COVID-19 mitigation strategies; implementation of mobile advocacy services; or virtual/remote services implementation.

    • Reporting data to on sexual assault services; COVID-19 mitigation strategies; implementation of mobile advocacy services; or virtual/remote services implementation.

    • Expenses to secure and maintain adequate personnel to carry out sexual assault services; COVID-19 mitigation strategies; implementation of mobile advocacy services; or virtual/remote services implementation may be considered allowable costs under applicable HHS regulations if the activity generating the expense and/or the expenses are necessary to secure and maintain adequate personnel. These costs may include hiring bonuses, retention payments, childcare and transportation subsidies and other costs incurred with the agency’s policies for the improvement of employer-employee relations, employee health and employee performance.

ICJI will give special emphasis to the support of community-based projects of demonstrated effectiveness that are carried out by nonprofit private organizations whose primary purpose is the operation of rape crisis centers and those organizations who provide meaningful sexual assault services who are working towards being a rape crisis center.

  1. Total Agency Budget: If the applicant agency is a nonprofit, nongovernmental entity, please complete and upload a “Subgrantee Basic Budget (non-profit Applicant budget form)”. Be sure to complete both the Organizational tab and the Employee tab. The form can be found here. This does not apply to units of government.

  2. Indirect Cost Rate: If the applicant agency has a federally approved indirect cost rate, ICJI will accept this rate. You must provide ICJI with a copy of the approval letter showing the rate and effective date. If the applicant elects to use the de minimis rate of 10% of modified total direct costs (MTDC), then you must provide a list of indirect costs and the calculation used to determine the amount charged.

  3. Sustainability Plan: Please attach a document detailing the Applicant’s plan to maintain the program once the grant fund period expires.

  4. Timeline: Please attach a timeline for the completion of the Project and/or expenditure of the grant funds.

  5. Letters of Endorsement: Please attach at least one letter of endorsement evidencing community support for the applicant’s FVPSA ARP program.

  6. Miscellaneous
    • Completed and signed EEOP certification.
    • If applying for funds for personnel costs, attach the relevant job descriptions.
    • If applicable, attach other requested information.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically through IntelliGrants and are due by Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm (ET).

Request for Proposal

FVPSA ARP Sexual Assault Webinar, 2022

To assist subgrantees, ICJI's Victim Services Division conducted a webinar about the 2022 FVPSA ARP Sexual Assault RFP, which included a basic overview of the program, important highlights and what to know before applying.

PowerPoint

Technical Assistance

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the ICJI Helpdesk, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, except state holidays. ICJI is not responsible for technical issues with grant submission within 48 hours of grant deadline.

Email Us