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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE
to Train and Place Legal Fellows in Underserved Communities

Bridging Inequities – Legal Services and Victims’ Rights Enforcement for Underserved Communities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Conf. Date:

05/19/22

Deadline Date:

06/16/22 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; 06/23/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline.

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit or for-profit organization or IHE to place legal fellows in underserved communities to increase access to various legal services. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The awardee must select 20 fellows to be placed in underserved communities throughout the country, and must also provide intensive training and technical assistance to the legal fellows.

For over 20 years, OVC has funded various successful legal assistance programs, including crime victims’ rights clinics, coordinated legal networks that holistically meet the legal needs of survivors, and national programs that place attorneys at host organizations to represent crime victims. This program builds on these legal services grants and supports a coordinating lead organization to competitively select approximately 20 legal fellows to be hosted by organizations across the nation and located in underserved communities, particularly those in Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities, to provide civil legal services to victims of crime, including elders. In addition, intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) will be provided to the legal fellows to expand their knowledge on legal issues and victims’ rights enforcement, and to create opportunities for peer learning.

Fellowship expenses must include fellows’ stipends, fringe costs, and travel; language access (translation/interpretation); and direct assistance to clients to facilitate their participation in their legal actions (e.g., transportation/childcare expenses to attend court appointments, etc.).

Legal fellows will provide representation in civil and administrative proceedings, at the appellate level to enforce crime victims’ rights, and on collateral matters. Civil legal matters affecting a victim’s recovery may include, but are not limited to, housing, consumer finance, civil matters related to domestic violence/sexual assault, family law, fraud/identity theft, immigration, financial exploitation, and other matters related to victims’ rights and recovery. Tort and criminal defense matters are not allowed.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of civil legal representation and enforcement of crime victims’ rights; have the capacity to implement national projects; and have experience in engaging, representing, and/or collaborating with BIPOC communities.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2022/o-ovc-2022-171291.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202890

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration: 36 months

Eligibility:

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
For profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

OVC will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 3:00–4:00 p.m., eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. Register for the webinar. https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4ddfe4ac07a5a83bd1a2c971c9d4eda7

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 16, 2022.
The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 p.m. eastern time on June 23, 2022.

OJP urges applicants to submit their Grants.gov and JustGrants submissions prior to the due dates to allow sufficient time to correct errors and resubmit by the submission deadlines if a rejection notification is received. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the Grants.gov deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

OJP Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339789

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Webinar recording: https://youtu.be/t1ChhQjRkY0

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Grants.gov Customer Support, or support@grants.gov. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center by telephone at 800-851-3420 or TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov. The OVC/OJP Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eastern time Monday–Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the solicitation closing date.

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVC-2022-171291

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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