Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and the Regional and Local Children's Advocacy Centers

To train criminal justice system professionals on innovative techniques for investigating, and prosecuting child abuse cases including victims of child pornography; to promote a multidisciplinary approach to coordinating the investigations and prosecution of child abuse cases and, thereby limiting the
number of necessary pre-trial interviews for child victims, as well as to better assure the accuracy of each interview; to increase the number of communities utilizing a Children?s Advocacy Center approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases; to assist communities in developing child-focused programs designed to improve the resources available to children and families; to provide support to non-offending family members; to enhance coordination among community agencies, professionals, and provide medical support to health care and mental health care professionals involved in the intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse cases; and to improve the quality of child abuse prosecution by providing specialized training and technical assistance to prosecutors.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

http://www.ojjdp.gov




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are also available to provide specialized training as well as technical assistance to improve child abuse prosecution, to develop and implement multidisciplinary child abuse investigation and prosecution programs, or to develop as well as implement specialized programs to identify and provide services to victims of child pornography.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Please see program announcement for specific eligibility.

May be limited to national organizations with broad membership among attorneys who prosecute criminal cases in state courts and have demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors.

Or may be limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

Beneficiary Eligibility

contact program office for additional information.

Credentials/Documentation

Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants for DOJ funding can submit applications online through either the federal grants portal Grants.Gov (www.grants.gov) or the DOJ?s Grants Management System (GMS) (https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov). Each program announcement will specify which system should be used for that program and will contain detailed technical instructions on how to register with the system as well as apply for funding. Applicants are generally required to register and create a profile in GMS. Specific application instructions for program announcements are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Victims of Child Abuse Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 13001b, 13003, and 13003.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies by project.

Appeals

For statutory formula awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.

Renewals

See applicable program announcement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and time phasing of assistance vary by project--see applicable program announcement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: see applicable program announcement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports as well as quarterly Financial Reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See Uniform Administrative Requirements, 2 C.F.R. Part 200 at Subpart F - Audit Requirements (Sec. 200.500 - 200.507) as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.

Records

All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be generally retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information and exceptions, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0405-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $17,353,089; FY 17 est $21,000,000; and FY 18 est $20,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range and average of financial assistance varies by project and are posted at http://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingList.asp as solicitations are released.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs? Financial Guide 2011 (www.ojp.gov/financial guide/DOJ/index.htm.) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf), applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.). See program announcement and Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of Justice Programs U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202 514-5335

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Varies by program. Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (OJJDP) and applicable laws.



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