California Trauma Recovery Center Grant

PDF version

Introduction

On July 1, 2013, Government Code section 13963.1 became law stipulating that the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (Board) administer a program to evaluate applications and award grants to trauma recovery centers in California to provide services to victims of crime. The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) within the Board provides compensation for victims of crime. CalVCP provides eligible victims with reimbursement for many crime-related expenses. CalVCP funding comes from restitution paid by criminal offenders through fines, orders, penalty assessments and federal matching funds.

Purpose of the Grant Program

This grant program will award funding for trauma recovery centers to provide services to victims of crime.

Key Application Dates

Eligibility Criteria

The Board, when considering grant applications, shall give preference to eligible applicants that can show the potential for long-term sustained funding from other sources. Applicants awarded funding are not guaranteed continued funding and may apply for a consecutive grant to prevent a lapse in funding.

An eligible applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

Provide, including, but not limited to, all of the following resources, treatments, and recovery services to crime victims:

Engage in the following activities:

The Board, when considering grant applications, shall give preference to a trauma recovery center that conducts outreach to, and serves, the following:

Available Funds

Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the Board shall award grants totaling up to two million dollars ($2,000,000.00) per year. The total grant award of $2,000,000.00 will be divided amongst the selected grant recipients. The number of grants awarded will be determined by a variety of factors including the number of qualified applicants and the amount of funds requested.

Eligible Costs

Direct Costs:

Indirect Costs:

If an applicant already has an approved indirect cost rate agreement with the State or Federal government that exceeds the maximum 5% of the grant award, the applicant can submit the existing approved indirect cost rate agreement with the understanding that the Board will only allow a maximum allocation of 5%.

Ineligible Costs

Ineligible costs include:

The cost for services provided with grant funds must not be charged to or paid for by any other sources of reimbursement including private insurance, federal, state, local funds, or victim compensation funds.

Reporting Requirements

A trauma recovery center(s) awarded a grant shall provide quarterly progress reports by the last business day of the month following the end of a fiscal quarter that include the following data:

The following mental health assessments must be utilized in addition to any other mental health assessments used:

Software Requirements:

The Board will provide links to the CBCL and YSR assessments; therefore, the applicant is not required to purchase these assessments.

The Board shall provide detailed instruction regarding the collection and reporting of client demographic data, services delivered and required evaluation protocols for the trauma recovery center(s) to which grants are awarded. Use of the forms and protocols selected by the Board for data collection is required, but the grantees may also collect additional data and perform additional evaluation. All data collection and evaluation efforts must be included in the quarterly and annual reports.

Application Instructions

The application packet must be in the form of a pdf file emailed to Grants@VCGCB.ca.gov.

Formatting:

The pdf file must contain a:

Questions

Applicants shall submit any questions regarding this NOFA via email to Grants@VCGCB.ca.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on Monday, March 9, 2015. Responses to all inquiries will be posted weekly on the Board website at http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/board/grants.aspx with the final responses posting no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Application Due Dates

Applications must be submitted by email and be received no later than 2:00 p.m. PT on Monday, March 30, 2015. Applications must be emailed to Grants@VCGCB.ca.gov. Any applications received after 2:00 p.m. PT, Monday, March 30, 2015, will be rejected.

Grant Review and Award Process

Applicants should anticipate that applications determined to be nonresponsive to the scope of the solicitation, or that do not include all application elements, will not proceed to peer review or receive further consideration. Applicants should anticipate that failure to submit an application that contains all elements specified in the Application Instructions (Section 9) of this NOFA, may negatively affect the review of their application.

Applications that do not include the following minimum qualifications will not be scored. The project must:

The Board reserves the right to reject any or all applications received in response to this NOFA.
Complete applications will then be scored according to the following scale:

Applicants must score a minimum of 70 points to be considered for funding.

Board staff will review submitted applications and develop funding recommendations for the consideration and approval of the Board. The approval to fund grant awards to selected applicants will most likely occur at the Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015.

All applicants awarded funding will be required to enter into a standardized Grant Agreement with the Board. Applicants awarded funding are not guaranteed continued funding and may reapply at the end of the 24-month grant award cycle.

General Terms and Conditions

The Board reserves the right to retain all submitted applications and the applications shall become the property of the Board. Applications may be required to be disclosed under the Public Records Act at a later date.

The Board reserves the right to withdraw this NOFA at any time without prior notice. Further, the Board makes no representation that any funding will be awarded to any applicant responding to this NOFA.

Acceptance of an application does not constitute a grant award and does not obligate the Board to award funds. The Board reserves the right to partially fund selected applications. The applicant may request a specific dollar amount to be used for their trauma recovery center; however, the Board will make the final determination of the dollar amounts awarded.

Notice to Proceed

The Notice to Proceed is a formal notification from the Board that authorizes the grantee to begin the project and incur costs. It is issued after the grantee and the Board have both signed the grant agreement. Applicants are not permitted to incur any grant-related costs prior to the issuance of the Notice to Proceed.

Process for Payment

Funds will be released retrospectively on a quarterly basis upon receipt of invoices detailing program expenditures and the required reports as set forth in the Reporting Requirements of this NOFA (Section 8). All reports must include a certification page (Attachment 2), signed by the person named as having signature authority, stating that all information reported is correct and grant expenditures are in accordance with Eligible Costs as set forth in this NOFA. All invoices for payment and quarterly reports must be submitted directly to:

Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
Attn: Accounting Office
P.O. Box 1348
Sacramento, CA 95812-1348

Appeals Process

Applicants who are not selected to receive an award have five (5) business days from the Board award approval date to submit an appeal. If an appeal is submitted during this period, the affected grants will not be awarded until the appeal is resolved. Appeals must be submitted in the form of a pdf file containing a written document, signed by an individual who is authorized to contractually bind the applicant, specifying the grounds of the appeal, and citing the law, rule, process or procedure used as the basis of the appeal. Appellants must provide facts and evidence to support their claim. All appeals will be heard and resolved by the Executive Officer of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.

Appeals must be emailed to Grants@VCGCB.ca.gov.