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Children's Justice Act Partnerships For Indian Communities

Program Descriptions

Program Number

16.583

Title

Children's Justice Act Partnerships For Indian Communities

 

Federal Agency

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Authorization

Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended, Public Law 98-473; Children's Justice and Assistance Act of 1986, Public Law 99-401, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402 (g)(L); Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1995; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; Subtitle C, Public Law 104-132; Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Enforcement Act of 2000; Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Public Law 104-298; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106- 386.

 

Status

Active

 

Objectives

Fifteen percent of the first $20 million of funds from the Crime Victims Fund that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Children's Justice Act are to be statutorily reserved by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to make grants for the purpose of assisting Native American Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim and improves the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse.

 

Types of Assistance

Project Grants; Direct Payments for Specified Use.

 

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available specifically for the purpose of assisting Indian tribes in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve (a) the handling of child abuse cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the victim and (b) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribal governments and nonprofit Indian organizations that provide services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Specific criteria will vary depending on the grant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indian youth who are victims of child abuse and/or child sexual abuse.

Credentials/Documentation

Applications must be on Standard Form 424 at a time specified by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs and must: (1) contain OJP Form 4061/6 (Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements); (2) assure that the grantee will provide such accounting, auditing, monitoring and evaluation procedures as may be necessary, and keep such records as the Office of Justice Programs may prescribe, to assure fiscal control, proper management and efficient disbursement of Federal funds; (3) assure that the Grantee will submit to the Office of Justice Programs a semiannual program performance report of data and information as required; (4) assure that the Grantee will adhere to the audit and financial management requirements set forth in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide, and (5) certify that the information in the application is correct and that the Grantee will comply with all applicable provisions of the Victims of Crime Act and other Federal laws, regulations, and circulars, including Subtitle A, Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990.

 

Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application form furnished by the Federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule) must be used for all grants made by OVC. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

In accordance with the Common Rule, Standard Form 424 must be submitted by nonfederal agencies applying for funding under this program. Competitive solicitations are announced on http://Grants.gov

Award Procedure

The Director, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs has final approval authority. Grants are made directly to Indian tribes as defined in Section 450(b) of the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Awards may also be granted to nonprofit organizations that provide services to American Indians or State or local governments. Generally, awards will be made on a competitive basis with applications reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts who will assess application submissions based on established criteria and forward a recommendation to the Director.

Deadlines

Deadlines are listed as part of the solicitation at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm and on http://Grants.gov To have your name placed on OVC's mailing list, contact the Office for Victims of Crime, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-5983.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 4 to 6 months.

Appeals

Hearing by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs.

Renewals

 

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

In-kind match is required as follows: 10 percent each year.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are generally awarded for a 12 to 36 month time period.

 

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly and final financial reports and semi- annual program performance reports will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide. A final financial and program report also will be required.

Audits

All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a period of three years.

 

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-5041-0-2-754.

Obligations

FY 07 $3,000,000; FY 08 $3,000,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

 

Program Accomplishments

Seventy-five tribal programs to improve the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases have been funded.

 

Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Applications and current edition of the Financial Guide are available by writing to the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531.

 

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Renee Williams, CJA Program Manager, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-3218 or (202) 616-9559. E-mail: Renee.Williams@usdoj.gov.

Web Site Address

http://www.usdoj.gov

 

Related Programs

16.582, Crime Victim Assistance/Discretionary Grants

 

Examples of Funded Projects

Tribes will implement a variety of programs to improve the way in which child sexual abuse cases are handled in Indian country. Examples of some of the activities are: development of written protocols between agencies to minimize the number of child interviews and improve case management; provision of child advocacy in the court process; reduction in the amount of time required to investigate cases of child sexual abuse; revision of tribal codes to include child abuse; establishment of special multidisciplinary child interviewing teams; provision of specialized training for investigators and judicial personnel; and hiring of staff to increase the numbers of child sexual abuse cases prosecuted in tribal, State, and Federal courts. CJA funds will also be used for training and technical assistance for tribes in implementing the grants awarded.

 

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

General criteria for selecting proposals are spelled out in the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690, Section 1402. Additional criteria will be developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and will be announced at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm



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