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FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to
Improve Language Access Services for Crime Victims

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

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06/26/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, IHEs, tribes, and public agencies to improve language access services for victims of crime, including individuals who are visually or hearing impaired or have limited English proficiency. Required registrations may take several days to complete.

This program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization. This program will improve the accessibility of victim-centered and trauma-informed services for victims of crime who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, limited English proficient (LEP), blind and/or visually impaired. Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.

The overall goal of this program is to increase the capacity of community-based organizations and programs to break down the barriers that victims face in accessing services. All applicants must demonstrate a history of providing direct services to victims of crime in linguistically specific communities. Organizations funded through this program will:

1. Develop and implement language access plans to address the needs of crime victims, with a particular focus on victims who are blind, visually impaired, LEP, Deaf, and/or hard-of-hearing.
2. Deliver direct services to victims of all types of crime within linguistically specific communities using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.
3. Work in coordination with OVC’s existing training and technical assistance provider to identify promising practices and helpful resources that may be disseminated to service providers and allied professionals to improve responses and services to crime victims.
4. Provide training to staff and community partners to implement language access plans and improve the community response to crime victims in linguistically specific communities.
5. Conduct data collection and evaluation and/or action research activities to measure grant performance and generate internal improvements in the delivery of direct services over the 2-year project period.

Examples of allowable direct service activities under this program include, but are not limited to, crisis intervention; victim advocacy; case management; assistance in applying for crime victim compensation; individual and group counseling for both victims and their children who are exposed to violence; emergency assistance for victims (food, clothing, rent, utilities, medical care, substance abuse treatment, and other approved necessities); language assistance services (including professional interpreters or translators); civil legal assistance with protection orders and/or immigration remedies related to their victimization (T Visas, U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, etc.); translation of program materials; and community outreach and education.

Under this program, OJP will, as appropriate, give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that propose projects that directly benefit federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).

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GrantWatch ID#: 185859

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Number of Grants:

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $0

Term of Contract:

OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations); faith- and community-based organizations; and colleges or universities (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Organizations funded under this solicitation in FY 2018 are not eligible to apply.

All recipients and subrecipients must forgo any profit or management fee.

OVC welcomes 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).1 The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the call is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

You may register for the webinar at

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m., eastern time, on June 26, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

Successful grantees should anticipate participating in at least one in-person meeting, periodic online meetings, and occasional webinars hosted by the training and technical assistance provider identified by OVC for this program.

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Contact Information:

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

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
Toll free: 800–851–3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301–240–5830
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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