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Family Violence Prevention and Services Act ARP Supplemental Grant

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FVPSA American Rescue Plan Supplemental Funding

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The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Supplemental Funding Grant.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program is the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. The purpose of FVPSA funds is to provide shelter, temporary housing, supportive services, information, and assistance to adult and youth victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, as well as family and household members of such victims, and persons affected by the victimization. The FVPSA program has received supplemental funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The purpose of these funds is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Eligible Entities

Eligible entities include local public agencies or nonprofit private organizations that assist victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents, and have a documented history of effective work concerning family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence. Nonprofit private organizations include:

  • faith-based and charitable organizations
  • community-based organizations
  • tribal organizations
  • 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.

All grants from ICJI Victim Services are reimbursement grants.

Required Allocations

The FVPSA program requires that ICJI award a percentage of funds to residential and non-residential domestic violence programs.

Not less than 70% of the total funds awarded must be to programs whose primary purpose is to provide immediate shelter and supportive services to adult and youth victims (residential programs).

Not less than 25% of the total funds awarded must be to programs whose primary purpose is to provide supportive services and prevention services (non-residential programs).

The award period for the most recent solicitation is: October 1, 2024 – September 30, 2025

The purpose of these supplemental funds is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 10407(a)(2)(iii), 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 shelters for victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and their dependents, or those organizations who provide counseling, advocacy, and self-help services to victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and their dependents.The activities that will be supported by these funds within these purpose areas include:

Prevent

Activities under this purpose area will focus on the continued effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The
activities that will be supported by this funding include:

  • Emergency Housing: Alternative emergency housing including hotels, motels, and safe houses and
    operating costs of emergency shelters.
  • Mobile Advocacy: Laptops, software, virtual meeting platforms, and lease of vehicles for mobile
    advocacy.
  • Prevention: Outreach to underserved populations to increase access to domestic violence services and
    reduce the exposure and risk of COVID-19.
  • Supplies: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, air purifiers, thermometers, and rapid COVID-19
    tests.

Prepare

Activities under this purpose area will focus on preparing for any future surge or variant of COVID-19. The
activities that will be supported by this funding include:

  • Organizational Planning: Assessment of family violence agencies to prevent any future reoccurrence of
    COVID-19 within the shelter-based programs.

Respond

Activities under this purpose area will focus on victims and their children who have been affected by COVID-19
who could benefit from services and assistance to recover from this health crisis. The activities that will be
supported by this funding include:

  • Counseling: Counseling to victims including continued telehealth options.
  • Advocacy: Advocacy, case management, information, and referral services including assistance in
    accessing assistance programs, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and assistance locating affordable
    housing.
  • Youth Services: Services to provide for the emotional well-being for children.
  • Legal Assistance: Civil legal assistance related to protective orders and evictions.
  • Rental Assistance: Short-term rental, deposit, and utility assistance.
  • Economic Empowerment: Costs associated with victims obtaining economic empowerment including
    transportation, childcare, respite care, job training and employment services, financial literacy services
    and education, and financial planning.

The following costs are unallowable and will not be supported by this program’s funding:

  • Direct financial assistance to a client such as cash, gift cards, or checks.
  • Moving costs for victims.
  • Food and beverages except emergency food and beverages for victims.
  • Lobbying.
  • Fundraising (including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and
    similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions) and time spent procuringfunding including completing federal and state funding applications.
  • Purchase of real estate.
  • Construction.
  • Physical modification to buildings including minor renovations (such as painting or carpeting).
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  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 on the ICJI website 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 2024 FVPSA ARP program.
  6. Miscellaneous
    1. If applying for funds for Personnel costs, attach the relevant job descriptions.
    2. If applicable, attach other requested information.

The match or cost-sharing requirement in section 306(c)(4) of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) shall not apply to this supplemental funding.

Reporting

Subrecipients are required to submit programmatic reports based on their specified timeline. To submit a report via IntelliGrants, click the link below.

IntelliGrants

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.

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