Volume 17, Issue 1

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**NEW**Family Domestic Violence Funding (Court Focused)

Deadline: January 12, 2017

The Office of Violence Against Women Justice for Families Program improves the response of all aspects of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. The applicants must focus on four priority areas: 1) court-based and court-related programs, 2) supervised visitation and safe exchange by and between parents; training and technical assistance for people who work with families in the court system, 3) civil legal services; provision of resources in juvenile court matters; and 4) development or promotion of legislation, model codes, policies, and best practices. Eligibility is limited to 501 nonprofits, and state/county/city/tribal governments. There will be $11 million available for 21 awards.

Information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290434 For questions: July Aldrich at 202/307-6026 or OVW.JFF@USDOJ.GOV .

**NEW**Strategies for Crime Prevention

Deadline: February 2, 2017

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program provides funding for neighborhoods to implement crime prevention and reduction programs. Applicants are encouraged to partner with the local US Attorney’s Office and policymakers. This program targets neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employs data-driven, cross-sector strategies to reduce crime and violence. Eligibility is limited to state/local/tribal governments and nonprofits. There will be 14 awards of up to $700,000 each.

Information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290518 phone: 800/8513420 email: responsecenter@ncjrs.gov .

**NEW**Prevention of Violence

Deadline: March 10, 2017

This Centers of Disease Control program supports the development of strategies, programs, and policies to address specific gaps in the prevention of teen-dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and youth violence. Eligibility is limited to state/tribal and local governments, universities and colleges, for- and not-for-profit entities, and public-housing authorities. There will be $3.1 million available for three awards.

Information: Marcienne Wright, 770/488-4850 email: lxv8@cdc.gov solicitation: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=287832 .




Combatting Hate Initiative
Deadline:  Rolling
The Open Society Foundation is awarding grants for a rapid-response initiative to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric.  The initiative is designed to bolster communities' ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.  The foundation is employing a special, streamlined process to review requests on an expedited basis, distribute money quickly to communities, and allow grantees to get to work fast.  There will be $10 million available for multiple awards.  Eligibility is limited to nonprofits. <12-16-16>
Family/DV Grants from TJ Maxx/Marshalls Parent Corporation
Deadline:  Rolling
If your area has a TJ Maxx or Marshalls, you could apply for a range of grants focusing on low-income families, domestic violence, children, and youth.  The TJX Foundation focuses its charitable giving on programs that provide basic-need services to disadvantaged women, children, and families in communities with a TJX presence.  Eligibility is limited to 501C-3 non-profits.  Other TJX stores are HomeGoods, Winners, AJ Wright, and HomeSense.  
Information:  Potential applicants should take a quick questionnaire before proceeding at https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_701/Default.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35009&SESID=58585&RL=. Once a potential applicant completes the questionnaire, the organization will be contacted if it meets eligibility requirements in the application form.  <8-3-16>

Funding for Youth Jobs

Deadline: Online letters of intent are accepted at any time

The Starbucks Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), under the Create Jobs for USA Fund, will provide funding to the 180 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that are OFN members. CDFIs are federally created organizations that provide loans, investments, financial services, and technical assistance to underserved populations and communities. CDFIs use these funds to provide loans to underserved community businesses, including affordable-housing non-profits. The goal is to bring people and communities together to create and sustain U.S. jobs. Eligibility is limited to businesses and 501(c)(3) non-profits focused on low-income issues.

http://ofn.org/create-jobs-usa or call (800) 782-7282 for questions on the funding program. <8/15/12>


Software and Other Technological Assistance

Deadline: Ongoing

Microsoft Corporation is accepting applications for in-kind support to create community-based technology and learning centers in order to bridge the "digital divide" and eliminate technology illiteracy. Organizations must have the computer hardware needed to run the awarded Microsoft software, and must have staff members or technology-assistance providers capable of installing and maintaining the software. There are a small number of cash grants as part of its Community Technology Skills program.  Guidelines and applications, which will only be accepted by email, are available on the corporation's website. Non-profits that provide services to schools and communities during non-school hours or organizations supported and operated by the government and K-12 schools are not eligible for funding for programs during school hours but may qualify for programs run by a non-profit or a non-governmental organization during non-school hours. Proposals from eligible organizations should be submitted through the Microsoft subsidiary offices located nearest them. Each subsidiary has its own criteria for proposal submission.

Visit the website for more information »

Microsoft, Community Affairs, 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399; (206) 936-8185



Fines/Fees Webinar and Online Resources

The Department of Justice recently held a webinar on their solicitation “Rethinking the Consequences of Justice Fines and Fees.”  Attached is the presentation. To watch a recording of the webinar, please visit https://www.bjatraining.org/media/webinar/bja-fy-2016-price-justice-rethinking-consequences-justice-fines-and-fees-solicitation
Below are a few additional resources available to applicants:
Resource Guide – http://ojp.gov/docs/finesfeesresguide.pdf 4/16


Federal Resources to Prevent Family Violence and Improve Child Welfare

The Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families division distributes $108 million in anti-domestic-violence grants that help local and state domestic violence service providers deliver assistance to victims, families, and their children.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grants (CFDA# 93.560) are the only government funding stream dedicated specifically to domestic violence shelters and programs for direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The grants’ reach and impact has grown incrementally over the last 30 years, growing from 111 shelters across all states in the 1970s to more than 1,500 today.

The formula grants are awarded to every state and territory and over 200 tribes.  State and territorial formula grants make up 70% of FVPSA appropriations and include a minimum award of $600,000, with the remaining funds to be allotted to each state through a population-based formula.

These funds reach almost 1,600 domestic violence shelters and over 1,300 non-residential service sites, providing both a safe haven and an array of supportive services to intervene in and prevent abuse.  Support services funded under the act for victims of domestic violence and their children include court and legal advocacy and individual and group counseling.  Emphasis ours.

Information:  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/programs/family-violence-prevention-services.


State Court Assistance Webinar

We originally ran this annoucement when the Webinar was given by the U.S. DOJ Access to Justice Initiative.  It has recently been made available at the hyperlink below. It offers good suggestions for state courts looking for federal assistance.

With state budgets tight, it is increasingly important for court systems to look outside of traditional legislative appropriations for funding and resources.  Without adequate funding, the administration of civil and criminal justice suffers, not only producing diminished outcomes for court-involved individuals, but also increasing system costs for related justice partners.  This webinar, "Strengthening Court Systems: Understanding State and Federal Resources," highlighted multiple grant opportunities available through State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and various federal partners.  In addition to discussing how court administrators can engage with and stay apprised of funding opportunities, this webinar highlighted some of the federally funded training and technical assistance opportunities offered to court systems. Attendees also heard from court administrators about the process of applying for grant funds and showcase strategies for integrating court functions into criminal justice resource planning.
Presenting for this webinar were Brooke Marshall (Executive Director, MT Board of Crime Control); Bradley D. Fowler (Planning and Organizational Development Officer, NCJ Administrative Office of the Courts); Hon. Dina E. Fein (First Justice, Springfield, MA); Michael Coelho (Assistance Secretary for Policy and Planning, MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security); Jonathan Faley (Associate Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice); and Karen Lash (Senior Counsel, Access to Justice Initiative).


Office of Juvenile Justice Outlines Best Practices for Family Drug Courts

The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released new guidance on ways to improve the function of Family Drug Courts and how they treat young offenders.  OJJDP suggests Family Drug Courts should link up courts, child welfare, treatment, and other agencies, rather than operating as separate, isolated projects and seek additional local support from state or regional governments. 

Information:  http://www.cffutures.org/files/publications/FDC-Guidelines.pdf

Resources for Indigent Defense Funding

In response to an inquiry from former Conference of Chief Justices President Eric Washington and the Conference of State Court Administrators President Rosalyn Frierson, the Department of Justice has informed the state court leadership of federal resources available to state courts to deal with the lack of funding in the indigent defense area. In the response letter, Director of the Department ot Justice's Access to Justice Initiative, Deborah Leff, highlights the following:

Some other resources that may be helpful include:

  • Grant opportunities and notifications. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) offers a free email-subscription service through GovDelivery. Subscribers can tailor their email alerts for specific areas such as indigent defense or others: http://ojp.gov/govdelivery/subscribe.htm
  • Grants.gov is the source to find and apply for federal grants. It is a central storehouse for information on more than 1,000 funding opportunities and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Users can search for and receive alerts on specific funding opportunities. For more information, visit www.grants.gov.

Grants 101 from the Office of Justice Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice, OJP, has launched a new webpage, OJP Grants 101, to help applicants learn about the grants process. The page offers an overview on OJP funding opportunities and information on how to find grants, the grant life cycle, what applicants need to know before getting started, the peer review process, and the award process. It also offers grant-writing tips.

Visit the website for more information »

To make a good case, include the following in your proposal:

  • The nature of the project and its goals, needs, and anticipated outcomes.
  • How the project will be conducted.
  • A list of proposed deliverables.
  • A timetable for completion.
  • How best to evaluate the results (performance measures).
  • Staffing needs, including the use of existing staff and new hires or volunteers.
  • A preliminary budget, covering expenses and financial requirements, to determine what funding levels to seek.

Other tips that we were able to gather:

  • Look for partners from the academic, political, professional, community/faith-based realms that may be able to support the proposal in writing.
  • OJP will sometimes look favorably on non-cash contributions that you cite in your proposal. This should reduce the amount you are requesting.
  • Agreements to share resources should be in writing before you submit your proposal.