Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters_Discretionary Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To fund a wide range of discretionary activities for the purpose of preventing family violence; protecting victims and their dependents; improving the design, delivery, and coordination of services to address family violence; gathering information on the incidence of family violence; and increasing knowledge and understanding of the issue through research, demonstration, and evaluation projects. Specific sections in the Act authorize funding for such discretionary projects as the National Resource Centers; a national domestic violence hotline; public education and information activities; and research into the most effective programs for the prevention, identification, and treatment of family violence.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Discretionary grants may be made to public and private entities and may take the form of a competitive grant, a cooperative agreement, or a contract, depending on the statutory requirements. Applicants must meet the program and administrative requirements specified in the appropriate Federal Register or Commerce Business Daily announcement.

Who is eligible to apply...

Depending on the purpose of the project and the statutory requirements, an applicant may be a public agency, a private agency (for profit or nonprofit), a federally-recognized Indian tribe, an Alaska Native Village, or a nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Corporation.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must submit an application for approval by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 74 for private nonprofit agencies and organizations; and in accordance with 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and Indian Tribal governments.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Awards are granted on a competitive basis. All applications must contain standard forms 424 and 424A and all required certifications. The annual Federal Register notice contains all necessary grants application information. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

The Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, will make the final decision on all awards. Selection of applicants will be determined based on the review criteria contained in the Federal Register announcement. Funds are awarded directly to grantees.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days.

Preapplication Coordination

All discretionary grants and cooperative agreements funded under this statute are covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should contact the office of the official designated as the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) as part of the application process. Information on the SPOC will be found in the appropriate Federal Register announcement.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Renewals (continuations), if authorized under the terms of the award, are awarded based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

These discretionary grants will benefit victims of family violence, their dependents, families, other interested persons, and the general public.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $30,000 to $1,494,779; $260,142.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants and Contracts) FY 03 $10,590,700 ($2,562,000 is allocated for Family Violence Hotline); FY 04 est $10,178,988 ($2,982,000 is allocated for Family Violence Hotline); and FY 05 est $10,164,800 ($3,000,000 is allocated for Family Violence Hotline).

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Funded projects include one National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and four Special Issue Resource Centers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, public information and education campaigns, and outreach activities to underserved and diverse populations.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

During fiscal year 2003, 27 grant awards were made to domestic violence advocacy organizations, States, Tribes and Universities. It is anticipated that same number of grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2004 and 2005.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Specific criteria for selected proposals for funding are stated in each Federal Register or Commerce Business Daily program announcement.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may vary from a 12-month project period to a 5-year project period depending on statutory and programmatic requirements.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Dependent upon priority area application request.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Depending on the grant being funded, reports may be all or any of the following: monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92 and OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Recipients are required to keep financial and program records necessary for program review and audit to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the statute, regulations, grant conditions, and administrative terms of the project funded.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, as amended; Child Abuse Amendments of 1984, Title III, Public Law 98-457; Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption and Family Services act of 1988, Title III, Public Law 100-294, as amended; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title IV, Public Law 103-322; 42 U.S.C. 10401; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendment of 1996, Public Law 104-235; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Title II, Public Law 106-836; Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, Public Law 108-36.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Regulations codified in 45 CFR 1300. Final Rulemaking was published February 22, 1996 at 45 CFR 1370.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

William Riley, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, 330 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: (202) 401-5529.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: