Victim Assistance Program
The Office of Victim Services held an optional webinar for all prospective applicants on April 16, 2014. Please click here for a recording of the webinar (wmv). Webinar slides are available here (pptx). Webinar Transcripts are available here (pdf).
The Office of Victim Services (OVS) is pleased to announce the release of a new Request for Proposal (RFP) to support direct services that meet the immediate needs of crime victims under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance Grants Program. Noteworthy details of this RFP include:
- Two OVS additional funding priorities: Young Men of Color (ages 16-24) and Native Americans;
- A three-year agreement with one two-year renewal;
- Additional state funding to be awarded through this RFP to support sexual assault programs;
- On-line application submission through the Grants Gateway;
- The option for multi-disciplinary programs to apply for more than one award; and
- Emphasis on important elements of the Office for Victims of Crime document: Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, such as evidenced-based practices in the victim services field and the development of strategic plans.
Anyone interested in applying for grant funding, including currently funded Victim Assistance Programs, must submit an on-line application.
The Grant Opportunity Portal and Applications are available through the Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx.
The Grants Reform website, http://www.grantsreform.ny.gov/, has information to assist applicants with the application process.
Please review the RFP as soon as possible for information on important deadlines and requirements.
The Victim and Witness Assistance Unit (Grants Unit) is responsible for the administration of the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim and Witness Assistance funds to not-for-profit and municipal agencies across the State serving crime victims. Currently the Grants Unit administers and processes nearly 200 contracts to a variety of Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) across New York State in the amount of $25 million annually. The duties associated with this task include ensuring compliance with VOCA Program Guidelines; timely submission of all financial, sub-grant award and other required reports; and resolution of any federal audit findings.
Our staff assists the funded agencies with processing their contracts, completing fiscal cost reports and submitting performance reports detailing services provided and number of individuals served. In addition, annual site visits are conducted to ensure the contractual obligations are met and that programs are fulfilling federal and state guidelines requirements. Technical assistance is provided on a regular basis to all funded programs on a multitude of issues. Additionally, this Unit coordinates with other criminal justice agencies in the State on victim and witness service initiatives and priorities. The Unit staff is a liaison for the agency with various crime victim coalitions, federal authorities, the public and other interested parties. It also coordinates the activities of OVS's Advisory Council and organizes the agency's biannual Statewide Victim Conference.
The New York State Office of Victim Services distributes and makes available RFP Guidelines and Application Procedures for awards under VOCA Crime Victim Assistance Grant Program.
VOCA funds for both new and continuation programs will be awarded for three consecutive 12-month grant periods. Each grant period will commence October 1st and will terminate on September 30th of the following year. All funded programs will be required to submit an updated annual budget and program goals and objectives before the start of each grant period.
Funding for the duration of any sub-grant agreement with the Office of Victim Services is contingent upon New York State’s Federal VOCA Victim Assistance award and appropriation by the New York State Legislature.
2013-2014 CONTRACT DOCUMENTS
2013 -14 CONTRACT CHECKLIST.doc
ATTACHMENT B BUDGET
ATTACHMENT C PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
ATTACHMENT D SCHEDULED PAYMENTS(Advances)
ATTACHMENT D REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS
Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire (VRQ).doc
2013-14 OVS FUNCTIONAL TIME RECORD.xls
2013-14 PROGRAM INFORMATION FORM
PROOF OF INSURANCE INFORMATION
2013-14 OVS CLARIFICATION.doc
2013-14 ATTACHMENT B (Budget Forms)-OVS
2013-14 Budget Amendment Guidelines.doc
2013-14 Budget Amendment Request Form
2013-14 Quarterly FCR Instructions-OVS.doc
2013-14 Quarterly FCR Forms.xls
2013-14 NYS Travel Allowances.doc
2013 Computer Specifications.doc
2013-14 Furniture Equipment Decal Form.xls
2013-14 Furniture Equipment Disposition Form.xls
Instructions for completing a CLAIM FOR PAYMENT 13- 14.doc
CLAIM FOR PAYMENT ac3253s_numbers_descriptions.pdf
CLAIM FOR PAYMENT form ac3253s_fe.pdf
2013-14 Monthly Objective Definitions.doc
2013-14 Attachment C (Objectives).doc
2013-14 OVS Monthly Objective Report Form.xls
2013-14 FUNCTIONAL TIME RECORD
This section includes Advisory Bulletins sent out to announce current or new information regarding any training events, or announcements regarding the Crime Victims Board.
Broadcast emails are sent out as an announcement for trainings, OVS events or any general information pertaining to crime victims.
5-14 Training - Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in New York
5-14 Training - Taking Action Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
5-14 Flyer-Training - Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in NY Flyer
5-14 Flyer-Training - Taking Action Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud
2014-5-7 - RFP Bid Due Date Reminder
2014-5-2 - Request for Comments
2014-4-25 - OVS 2014 RFP - Q&A POSTED
2014-4-14 - Reminder - OVS Webinar on 4-16-14
4-14 NCVRW Attachment
4-14 NCVRW Final Reminder
2014-4-10 - 2014 OVS RFP - Bidder's Conference Webinar
2014-4-1 - OVS 2014 RFP Now Available
VAP Program Assignments
VAP Training Needs Survey
OVS Director Appointed
Training Announcement - Gang Violence - Syracuse
August 5, 2013 OVS Contract Renewal FAQs
August 22, 2013 Revised Attachment D
August 22, 2013 Gang Violence Training Announcement
July 8, 2013 - Acting Director
July 2, 2013 - Executive Order #38
June 24, 2013 - AmeriCorps Volunteers
June 11, 2013 - Vision 21
June 4, Contract Renewals
May 1, 2013 Updated Auditor-Monitor Program Assignments
2013 NCVRW APPLICATION.xls