We are committed to providing informed and culturally responsive capacity building and technical assistance to eligible applicants who are interested in applying for the 2020 NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program. To help accomplish this, the NCAI Fund has partnered with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants. We are here to assist you as you develop your Statement of Interest and with any questions concerning eligibility to apply for the 2020 NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program.

We can assist you with:

  • Questions about what is allowable or unallowable.
  • Planning for budget items such as personnel, equipment, or funding for domestic violence Coordinated Community Response.
  • Questions about how to use the funding to provide culturally appropriate services.
  • Questions about Strategic Planning or Community Needs Assessment for victim services.
  • Technical difficulties.

Any other questions? Please contact Lonna Hunter at Lonna@tlpi.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Micro-grant Program

How much funding is available?

The NCAI Fund has approximately $11 million available for this program. We anticipate that most awards will be between $25,000-$250,000. In no case will a micro-grant award exceed $350,000.

What is the project period?

The anticipated performance period is October 1, 2020 – June 1, 2022. DOJ has stated that they will not authorize no-cost extensions if funds are not expended.

My tribe is applying for the OVC FY 2020 Tribal Victim Services Formula Funding. How is this funding different?

The NCAI Fund Micro-grant funding can be used for the same range of activities as the OVC FY 2020 Tribal Victim Services Formula funding. The NCAI Fund’s funding is one-time funding that you can use to supplement any FY 2020 Tribal Victim Services Formula Funding that your tribe may receive. If a tribe receives funding from both programs, the activities must be complementary rather than duplicative.

Program Eligibility

My nonprofit organization provides victim services for a tribe who is eligible for funding. Can I apply on their behalf?

An eligible tribe may authorize an organization to apply on its behalf. The organization will need to submit documentation that they have been designated to apply on behalf of the tribe.

My tribal nation would like to apply jointly with three other tribal nations in my area. Can we do this?

Eligible tribes may choose to apply together as a consortia. All members of the consortia must be individually eligible for funding. An award for a consortia of tribes cannot exceed $350,000.

Why is my tribal nation not eligible?

Under the terms of our agreement with DOJ, at this time we are able to offer funding only to tribal nations outside of Alaska, who did not receive funding from the OVC FY 2018 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, OVC FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program, or the FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 7: Tribal Victim Services Program.

If all available funds are not expended through the current funding opportunity, a second round of funding will be made available to all federally recognized tribal nations, outside of Alaska, in early 2021.

If your tribal nation is in Alaska, the DOJ has a cooperative agreement with the Denali Commission to ensure funding is available to eligible Alaska tribes. For additional information on the funding offered through the Denali Commission, please visit www.denali.gov/grants.

Our tribe is on the list of ineligible tribes and we believe this is in error. Who do we contact?

If your tribal nation is on the ineligible tribes list and you believe there may have been an oversight, please contact microgrants@ncai.org.

Application Process

Our tribe has not applied for federal funding and does not have a DUNs number, what is that? And where do we get one?

Obtaining a DUNS number is a free, one-time activity. Call Dun and Bradstreet at 866–705–5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply online at https://www.dnb.com. A DUNS number is usually received within 2 business days. If you need help, please contact Lonna@tlpi.org for assistance.

What is required for Step 1 of the application?

Step 1 requires the completion of a Statement of Interest. The Statement of Interest is available here. Step 1 of the application process does not require a fully developed proposal. Applicants will be asked to provide a summary statement of the proposed use of funds. Please contact lonna@tlpi.org if you have difficulties accessing the form. The deadline is June 26, 2020. If you missed the deadline and would like to apply, please contact microgrants@ncai.org.

What is required for Step 2 of the application?

Step 2 of the application will open on Monday, July 13, 2020 with a due date of Friday, August 21, 2020. During Step 2, applicants will submit a summary project proposal and summary budget. The NCAI Fund has partnered with TLPI to provide technical assistance to eligible applicants as they complete their project proposals and budgets, and TLPI will be in touch with all applicants during Step 2 of the application process.

I visited the website www.TribalVictimServices.org and I can’t find the final application (Step 2), where is it located?

Step 2 of the application will be emailed to you once you complete the “Step 1: Statement of Interest.” It will include password protected access to complete the full RFP.

Resources and Technical Assistance

What are victim services?

Examples include:

•  Victim advocate or victim assistance program

•  domestic violence shelter

•   rape crisis center

•   child advocacy center

•   elder abuse program

•   mental health counseling

•   substance abuse treatment

•    legal services

•  forensic exams

•  emergency shelter

•  transitional housing

•  traditional, cultural, or alternative therapy

•  transportation, meals, lodging, child care for court or counseling

•  restorative justice

•  victim compensation

How can funds be used?

•  Salary

•  Fringe benefits

•  Travel

•  Equipment

•  Vehicles

•  Security system at victim service facility

•  Remote access equipment in court

•  Facility costs – rent, utilities, maintenance renovation

 

•  Supplies

•  Computers, printers, scanners

•  Cell phone

•  Office supplies, furnishings

•  Therapeutic supplies

•  Emergency or short term needs of victims

•  Program operating costs

•  Subcontracts

•  Indirect costs

This is not a complete list. A more detailed list of allowable and unallowable costs can be found here.

I need help understanding whether something is an allowable expense under the micro-grant program.

TLPI can help answer any specific questions about your project. The allowable and unallowable expense chart is available at www.TribalVictimServices.org under the Request Funding tab. If you need assistance in categorizing an item in your budget, you can request Technical Assistance from the Tribal Law and Policy Institute by contacting Lonna Hunter, lonna@tlpi.org. Examples of unallowable costs include:
•  Law enforcement/prosecution

•  Crime prevention

•  Services for offenders

•  Construction or purchase of real estate

•  Lobbying

•  Fundraising

•  Grant-writing

 

A detailed list of allowable and unallowable costs can be found here.

We missed a webinar, is there a recording available?

Yes. All webinars are recorded and a copy is sent to everyone who registered for the webinar (even if you missed it).  Also, you can view previous webinars and register for upcoming webinars below.

Where can I find a copy of the PowerPoint slides?

The PowerPoint for each webinar will be posted online after the webinar has aired. Please find the link below to download your copy.

If a community would like to develop a community needs assessment to assess currently available data on violence and victimization within the community to develop a strategic plan to address the identified needs, is that an allowable expense?

Yes, this is an allowable expense under the NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program funds, you can request funding for both a community needs assessment, and to develop a strategic plan for your tribal justice system.

I need some help filling out Step 1: Statement of Interest and/or Step 2: Final Application, who can I contact?

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is available to offer application technical assistance. You can contact Lonna Hunter at lonna@tlpi.org to request assistance.
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Interested in learning more? Upcoming Webinar Opportunities

June 9th, 2020

Introduction to the NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program

This webinar includes:

  • Overview of the funding opportunity and the
  • Request for Proposals;
  • Introduction to the program partners and program website;
  • Information about available training and technical assistance; and
  • Review of the funding timeline and application requirements.

June 11th, 2020

(repeat) Introduction to the NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program

This webinar includes:

  • Overview of the funding opportunity and the Request for Proposals;
  • Introduction to the program partners and program website;
  • Information about available training and technical assistance; and
  • Review of the funding timeline and application requirements.

June 16th, 2020

Victim Service Program Planning

This webinar includes:

  • Considerations for grant planning for victim services;
  • Considerations for addressing gaps in safety for crime victims;
  • Overview of what can be funded; and
  • Review of the Statement of Interest (Step 1).

After you submit your Statement of Interest, and we determine eligibility, there will be additional webinars to assist you in completing Step2: Final Application

July 21st, 2020

Victim Service Program Development

This webinar includes:

  • Examples of what can be funded through the Micro-grant Program;
  • Ideas for developing a victim services program;
  • Review example of a Community Needs Assessment or Strategic Plan for victim services;
  • Guidance on the development of a budget for crime victim services programming, including budget scenarios for new and existing crime victim programming;
  • Review of the full application process (Step 2).

August 4th, 2020

Victim Service Implementation

This webinar includes:

  • Review of the grant period;
  • What can be accomplished;
  • Implementation of victim service programming;
  • Guidance on the development of a budget for crime victim services programming, including budget scenarios for new and existing crime victim programming; and
  • Overview of additional funding opportunities, funding sources, and sustainability.

We will continue to host webinars to assist all awardees in the development and management of their grant projects.

September 3rd, 2020

Budget Development

This webinar includes:

  • Examples of what can be funded through the Micro-grant Program;
  • Step-by-step instructions for submitting a project budget into the online reporting site;
  • Staffing requirements to consider when drafting your budget;
  • Information regarding procurement thresholds and Indian Preference to consider;
  • Other expenses to consider related to your program.

October 7th, 2020

Reimbursement Request Submission for NCAI Fund Victim Services Micro-grant Program

This webinar includes:

  • Provide guidance on how to successfully submit a reimbursement request;
  • Walk-through of the reimbursement request process works within the online reporting system;
  • Information on required procurement documentation.