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Defending Communities in Service VISTA

**This project was designed by NLADA expressly with Public Defender offices in mind. We encourage any office with the capacity to host a VISTA member to consider applying. If you have questions about the program please reach out to Emily Flanagan, Senior Program Associate, directly at [email protected].**

NLADA knows that Public Defenders need more resources, so we’ve created a cutting edge project that will help.

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to create an innovative pilot project that will train AmeriCorps VISTA members and place them in public defender agencies. These VISTA members will build projects based on the principles of community oriented defense and establish systems for ongoing sustainability.  

This initiative, Defending Communities in Service, allows NLADA, for the first time ever, to provide boots on the ground to public defender offices to help them modernize their approach to evidence-based practices, data management, and community partnerships.

VISTA members will build capacity in their host organizations by:

  • Developing a community consortium of justice stakeholders.

  • Building a network of community partners so that public defenders are better equipped to meet all of their clients’ needs.

  • Increasing capacity to track the impact of quality indigent defense.

  • Collecting data to analyze the value of social workers in public defender offices.

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018, and ongoing application guidence sessions will be hosted each Friday at 3pm et by NLADA staff.

Deadline: 
03/01/2018
Funding Source: 
Corporation for National and Community Service
Eligible Grantees: 

Public Defender offices and programs

OVW Fiscal Year 2018 Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Solicitation

**This opportunity may be appropriate for Defender programs with existing relationships with Victims Services programs.**

The primary purpose of the OVW Training and Technical Assistance Initiative (TA Initiative) is to provide direct technical assistance to existing and potential grantees and sub-grantees to enhance and support their efforts to successfully implement projects supported by OVW grant funds. OVW’s TA Initiative is designed to build and enhance the capacity of civil and criminal justice system professionals and victim service providers across the nation to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and foster partnerships among organizations that have not traditionally worked together to address violence against women. For additional information on the TA Initiative, including what past technical assistance cooperative agreement recipients have accomplished with their grant funds and to view the TA Initiative performance measures and grantee-reported data, see http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/vawamei/taprovidergraphs.htm.

In FY 2018, funds under the TA Initiative may be used for the purposes identified in this solicitation. There are three categories of technical assistance in FY 2018: Targeted; Competitive Comprehensive; and Non-Competitive Comprehensive. Applicants must submit separate and distinct applications for each purpose area for which they are applying. For example, an applicant interested in applying to provide training and technical assistance on culturally relevant services for communities of color should apply separately if it also wants to provide trial advocacy and/or litigation skills training for attorneys.

Deadline: 
02/15/2018
Funding Source: 
Office on Violence Against Women
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible applicants are generally limited to national, tribal, statewide, or other nonprofit organizations with the capacity to provide nationwide training and technical assistance. In limited circumstances, OVW may support institutions of higher education and state, local, or tribal governments or governmental agencies (e.g., police departments, prosecutor’s offices, or probation departments) or local nonprofit organizations.

Criminal Justice & Policing Reform

**We see potential for Public Defenders to connect to this funding stream in several areas. Primarily, through the Charles Koch Foundation's focus on sentencing and research gaps we see opportunities for proposal success that demonstrates the value of investigators and mitigation experts in reducing over incarceration, collateral consequences, and in reducing the jurisdictions overall budget bottom line, as well as proposals that support reentry programs and client support programs. Should you be interested in connecting with NLADA directly to discuss proposal ideas or seek support, please email Emily Flanagan at [email protected].**

The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation work on five areas of criminal justice and policing reform in order to improve public safety, reduce costs, and respect the dignity of each individual:

  • Sentencing: Too many people go to prison - often for far too long - for low-level, nonviolent crimes. People who break the law should be held accountable, but the punishment should fit the crime.
  • Second Chances: Thousands of laws erect barriers for those with a criminal record to getting jobs and rejoining their communities with dignity, increasing the likelihood of recidivism.
  • Overcriminalization: Thousands of seemingly ordinary activities are classified as crimes. We shouldn't criminalize so many things, and jail should be reserved for people who are truly dangerous.
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture: Law enforcement officers can take your property if they suspect it relates to a crime, even if you're innocent. Getting your property back is difficult, and the seized assets may go directly to a law enforcement agency's budget. Policing should be about public safety, not profit.
  • Policing Practices: Many law enforcement departments are using equipment and tactics from the battlefield. When police are seen as peace officers rather than an occupying force, community trust can grow. This trust and collaboration is important to solving crime and protecting the public.

The Charles Koch Foundation requests proposals for research related to criminal justice and policing reform. We are especially interested in research that:

  • Analyzes the possible personal/non-economic and economic (including employment) effects of various sentencing reform ideas on individuals, families, and communities.
  • Examines the causes, costs, and consequences of police militarization and civil asset forfeiture, including public perception of these topics.
  • Collects or creates data sets to fill scholarly gaps related to criminal justice and policing reform issues.
  • Determines the causes, costs, and consequences of over criminalization and the proliferation of laws that carry criminal penalties.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of various penalties imposed for crimes.
  • Examines the incentives that lead to growing prison populations.

 

Deadline: 
02/01/2018
Funding Source: 
The Charles Koch Foundation
Eligible Grantees: 

Any

SAMHSA Offender Reentry Program Funding Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants.  The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders with a SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders, who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers (hereafter known as “the population of focus”).

For the purpose of this FOA, sentenced adult offenders/ex-offenders are defined as persons 18 years of age or older (or adults as defined by your state or tribal law) under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system who have been sentenced to incarceration as adults. If your state or tribe uses a different age range for adult offenders, you must document how the age of “adults” is defined in your state or tribal justice system.  Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based SUD treatment and related reentry services. 

SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support offender reentry stakeholder partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices.  By providing needed treatment and recovery services, this program is intended to reduce the health and social costs of substance use and dependence to the public, and increase the safety of America’s citizens by reducing substance use related crime and violence.  Additional anticipated outcomes include:  increased number of individuals served; increased abstinence from substance use; increased employment rates; decreased recidivism rates; increased housing stability; decreased criminal justice involvement; improved individual and family functioning and well-being; increased social connectedness; and decreased risky behaviors.  

Deadline: 
01/26/2018
Funding Source: 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Eligible Grantees: 

ligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities.  For example:

  • State governmentsthe District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.
  • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town.
  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
  • Public or private universities and colleges.
  • Community- and faith-based organizations.

Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of AI/ANs which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body, or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization, and which includes the maximum participation of AI/ANs in all phases of its activities.  Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval.  A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.

Urban Indian Organization (UIO) (as identified by the Office of Indian Health Service Urban Indian Health Programs through active Title V grants/contracts) means a non-profit corporate body situated in an urban center governed by an urban Indian-controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested individuals and groups, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities described in 503(a) of 25 U .S.C. § 1603.  UIOs are not tribes or tribal governments and do not have the same consultation rights or trust relationship with the federal government.

DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances) Impact

**This opportunity specifically includes representatives of the criminal justice system as eligible applicants when represented within a State Domestic Violence Coalition.**

Violence is a serious, yet preventable, public health problem. Intimate partner violence (IPV) (see glossary for a list of definitions of italicized words) affects millions of women, men, and children. In the United States, 1in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner with a negative impact such as injury, fear, concern for safety, or needing services (Smith et al, 2017). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) data showed many victims of IPV began experiencing these forms of violence prior to adulthood (Smith, et al, 2017). About 7% of women and 4% of men in the US reported their first experience of IPV before age 18 (Smith et al, 2017). Community and societal-level prevention activities can address risk and protective factors associated with IPV and may have the broadest public health impact. Authorized by the Family Violence and Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), CDC has funded the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program since 2002. The DELTA program funds State Domestic Violence Coalitions (SDVCs) to implement statewide IPV prevention efforts, while also providing assistance and funding for local communities to implement IPV prevention activities. Different iterations of DELTA have focused funding on increasing organizational capacity, implementation and evaluation of IPV primary prevention activities.The purpose of this NOFO is to bring about decreases in IPV risk factors and increases in IPV protective factors by increasing strategic data-driven planning and sustainable use of community and societal level primary prevention activities that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) and are based on the best available evidence. In addition, the NOFO will help to further develop the evidence-base for community and societal-level programs and policy efforts to prevent IPV by increasing the use of evaluation and existing surveillance data at the state and local level. Another goal of the NOFO is for SDVCs to support the integration of primary prevention goals and action steps throughout the state and local level IPV planning and capacity building activities. The aim of integrating primary prevention into state planning is to help states leverage diverse funding and partnerships to increase the implementation of primary prevention above and beyond DELTA funding. DELTA Impact requires SDVCs to focus on the implementation of 3 to 4 evidence-informed programs and policy efforts within three specific focus areas. SDVCs will also focus on developing or enhancing an already-existing State Action Plan (SAP) to increase the use of data for planning and the prioritization of primary prevention of IPV based on any existing health inequities within their jurisdictions. SDVCs will be expected to participate in the national evaluation of the NOFO and provide leadership at the state and national level. They will also provide funding and technical assistance to the Coordinated Community Response teams (CCRs) selected to implement and evaluate the chosen programs and policy efforts.

Deadline: 
01/16/2018
Funding Source: 
Centers for Disease Control
Eligible Grantees: 

As provided for in 42 USC § 10402, to be eligible, an organization must: (1) be a State Domestic Violence Coalition; and (2) include representatives of pertinent sectors of the local community, which may include: (A) health care providers and State or local health departments; (B) the education community; (C) the faith-based community; (D) the criminal justice system; (E) family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence service program advocates; (F) human service entities such as State child services divisions; (G) business and civic leaders; and (H) other pertinent sectors. For a list of HHS-designated State Domestic Violence Coalitions, see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/state-dv-coalitions. If the applicants organization is not on this list, the applicant must provide a paragraph describing how they meet the above criteria. The term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, except as otherwise provided, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A Bona Fide Agent is an agency/organization identified by the state as eligible to submit an application under the state eligibility in lieu of a state application. If applying as a bona fide agent of a state or local government, a legal, binding agreement from the state or local government as documentation of the status is required.

DELTA (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances) Impact

The purpose of this NOFO is to bring about decreases in IPV risk factors and increases in IPV protective factors by increasing strategic data-driven planning and sustainable use of community and societal level primary prevention activities that address the social determinants of health (SDOH) and are based on the best available evidence. In addition, the NOFO will help to further develop the evidence-base for community and societal-level programs and policy efforts to prevent IPV by increasing the use of evaluation and existing surveillance data at the state and local level. Another goal of the NOFO is for SDVCs to support the integration of primary prevention goals and action steps throughout the state and local level IPV planning and capacity building activities. The aim of integrating primary prevention into state planning is to help states leverage diverse funding and partnerships to increase the implementation of primary prevention above and beyond DELTA funding. DELTA Impact requires SDVCs to focus on the implementation of 3 to 4 evidence-informed programs and policy efforts within three specific focus areas. SDVCs will also focus on developing or enhancing an already-existing State Action Plan (SAP) to increase the use of data for planning and the prioritization of primary prevention of IPV based on any existing health inequities within their jurisdictions. SDVCs will be expected to participate in the national evaluation of the NOFO and provide leadership at the state and national level. They will also provide funding and technical assistance to the Coordinated Community Response teams (CCRs) selected to implement and evaluate the chosen programs and policy efforts.

Deadline: 
01/15/2018
Funding Source: 
Centers for Disease Control
Eligible Grantees: 

As provided for in 42 USC § 10402, to be eligible, an organization must: (1) be a State Domestic Violence Coalition; and (2) include representatives of pertinent sectors of the local community, which may include: (A) health care providers and State or local health departments; (B) the education community; (C) the faith-based community; (D) the criminal justice system; (E) family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence service program advocates; (F) human service entities such as State child services divisions; (G) business and civic leaders; and (H) other pertinent sectors. For a list of HHS-designated State Domestic Violence Coalitions, see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/state-dv-coalitions. If the applicant’s organization is not on this list, the applicant must provide a paragraph describing how they meet the above criteria. The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, except as otherwise provided, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. A Bona Fide Agent is an agency/organization identified by the state as eligible to submit an application under the state eligibility in lieu of a state application. If applying as a bona fide agent of a state or local government, a legal, binding agreement from the state or local government as documentation of the status is required. 

FY 2018 Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (Short Title: STR TA)

**This opportunity is not designed for Public Defender offices to apply directly however it may be a good opportunity to participate actively in the described consortia to provide expertise on the impact of contact with the criminal justice system on individuals with opiod use disorders. Additionally, Public Defender offices may want to follow up to determine the selected awardee for potential future partnership.**

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Technical Assistance (TA) grant. This grant will be provided to a single entity who will serve as the central coordinating point for ensuring the requirements of this funding opportunity are met. Although there is a single grantee, applications including a consortia with other national allied professional associations are encouraged. The purpose of this program is to identify local physicians, other clinicians, and other providers, for example, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, peers and other healthcare professionals with expertise in treatment and in recovery services for opioid use disorders (OUDs). Based on a state, territory, or tribal nation’s assessed need, these providers will serve as the primary providers of federally supported TA for the program’s successful implementation. The goal of this TA is to ensure the provision of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services across the Opioid STR program.

Deadline: 
12/26/2017
Funding Source: 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible applicants are domestic public and private nonprofit entities. For example: • Public or private universities and colleges • Community- and faith-based organizations • Professional guilds

Service Area Competition - Including Health Care Access for Migrant Clients, Clients who are Homeless, and Clients in Public Housing

**This may be an excellent opportunity for Public Defender Offices who have existing partnerships with healthcare providers to holistically support clients in need.**

This notice solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). The Health Center Program supports public and private nonprofit community-based and patient-directed organizations that provide primary health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved. The purpose of the SAC NOFO is to ensure continued access to affordable, quality primary health care services for communities and vulnerable populations currently served by the Health Center Program.

The Health Center Program is authorized by section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 254b). Through SAC, organizations compete for Health Center Program operational support to provide comprehensive primary health care services to defined service areas and patient populations. The Health Center Program funding targets the Nation’s high need geographic areas and populations by currently supporting nearly 1,400 health centers that operate more than 10,400 service delivery sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. More than 24 million patients, including medically underserved and uninsured or underinsured patients, receive accessible, affordable, quality primary health care services through the Health Center Program. Service areas and target populations listed in the Service Area Announcement Table (SAAT) are currently served by Health Center Program award recipients whose project periods are ending in FY 2018. You must demonstrate how you will make primary health care services available in a manner that maintains continuity of care to patients already served in the announced service area. Only one award will be given for each announced service area.

Deadline: 
11/20/2017
Funding Source: 
Health Resources and Services Administration
Eligible Grantees: 

Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Independent school districts
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Special district governments
County governments
City or township governments
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
State governments
Private institutions of higher education

Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Promise Neighborhoods Program CFDA Number 84.215N Texas or Louisiana)

The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners. 

Deadline: 
10/06/2017
Funding Source: 
Department of Education
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible Applicants: Under section 4623 of the ESEA, an eligible organization must: (1) Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served; (2) Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school's LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve; (3) Be one of the following: (a) An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002); (b) An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); or (c) One or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with not less than one of the following entities: i. A high-need LEA. ii. An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002). iii. The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government. iv. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); and (4) Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant's proposed pipeline services in the geographic area proposed to be served.

Randomized Controlled Trials to Test Interventions for Frequent Utilizers of Multiple Health, Criminal Justice, and Social Service Systems

This Request for Proposals (RFP) aims to fulfill three primary objectives:

  1. Rigorously evaluate through RCTs the impact of established, manualized frequentutilizer interventions that have been implemented in real-world settings with fidelity to documented models;
  2. Provide an evaluation mechanism for communities that are rapidly expanding their efforts to divert frequent utilizers; and
  3. Build the evidence base, support rigorous research in this growing field, and better inform the work of jurisdictions committed to data-driven government by widely disseminating lessons and final results from this project.

We are particularly interested in proposals to test commonly deployed frequent-utilizer interventions, including crisis intervention teams, therapeutic communities, forensic assertive community treatment (or other adapted versions of assertive community treatment), critical time intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, short-term mental health crisis stabilization programs, law enforcement and general health or behavioral health co-responder programs, or programs incorporating a Housing First approach.2 Proposals should target interventions that address some or all of the following outcomes of interest: reduction in arrest and recidivism rates; reduction in the use of medical services such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations; improved health outcomes; housing stability; and economic well-being. We also strongly encourage proposals to evaluate other promising frequent-utilizer interventions that have been implemented in real-world settings with fidelity. We seek a balanced set of research projects that build on the evidence base and generate results applicable to jurisdictions that range in size and capacity.

Deadline: 
10/01/2017
Funding Source: 
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Eligible Grantees: 

If you have questions about the RFP, please reach out to LJAF Criminal Justice Manager Angela LaScala-Gruenewald at [email protected].

Cooperative Agreement: Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis

Utilizing information and data specific to LaCrosse, County WI, develop a “model approach" to data analysis to determine arrest trends and provide tracking measures for criminal justice stakeholder review. Additionally, a corresponding curriculum framework will be developed allowing for teaching and learning around data accessibility, accuracy and consistency for the purposes of informing and monitoring data driven practices. The development of this model and framework will allow other localities to develop the capacity to understand and improve their current arrest data collection and analysis practices.

Deadline: 
08/31/2017
Funding Source: 
National Institute of Corrections
Eligible Grantees: 

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as sub-recipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

Refugee Career Pathways Program

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program. Through the RCP Program ORR will provide funding to implement projects assisting refugees to qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment and improve self-sufficiency. Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. Grantees may also provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or re-establishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate with professional associations, universities, and others with expertise in this area to facilitate career opportunities in ways that supplement, rather than supplant, existing services.

Deadline: 
08/29/2017
Funding Source: 
Department of Health and Human Services
Eligible Grantees: 

City or township governments
State governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
County governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Promise Neighborhoods Program CFDA Number 84.215N

Purpose of Program: The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215N).

Deadline: 
08/21/2017
Funding Source: 
Department of Education
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible Applicants: Under section 4623 of the ESEA, an eligible organization must: (1) Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served; (2) Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school's LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve; (3) Be one of the following: (a) An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002); (b) An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); or (c) One or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with not less than one of the following entities: i. A high-need LEA. ii. An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002). iii. The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government. iv. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304); and (4) Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant's proposed pipeline services in the geographic area proposed to be served.

FY 2017 BJA Sentinel Events Initiative Demonstration Project: Technical Assistance Provider

BJA seeks applications for a Technical Assistance Provider to assist in the establishment and facilitation of national-level technical assistance to approximately 20 to 25 demonstration sites in furtherance of the Sentinel Events Initiative (SEI). SEI is an effort led by the National Institute of Justice, the US Department of Justice's research, development, and evaluation agency, to explore whether an all-stakeholder, forward-looking, non-blaming review of unanticipated events that signal an underlying system weakness in criminal justice can be used to understand areas of system risk and weaknesses, reduce the occurrence of these outcomes, increase safety, and augment the criminal justice system's ability to fulfill its mission. Drawing heavily from similar successful efforts in the fields of medicine and transportation, this scientific inquiry aims to determine a) whether sentinel event reviews (SERs) can be implemented and routinized in a criminal justice context, b) whether these reviews can inform policy and practice improvements to mitigate the risk of analogous errors or weaknesses in the future, c) whether changes in policy and practice maximize the criminal justice system's ability to meet its mission of reducing crime, protecting the public, and advancing the administration of justice, and d) whether these reviews are sustainable over time.

Deadline: 
07/27/2017
Funding Source: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: 

County governments
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
State governments

Rural Health Opioid Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP). The purpose of RHOP is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of opioid related health care services to rural communities.  The program will reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the development of broad community consortiums to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder (OUD) to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities,[1] and support individuals in recovery through the enhancement of behavioral counselling[2] and peer support activities.[3] This program will bring together health care providers (i.e. local health departments, hospitals, primary care practices, and substance abuse treatment providers) and entities such as social service and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and other community-based groups to respond multifaceted to the opioid epidemic in a rural community.  The consortium must include at least three (3) health care providers. The program supports three (3) years of funding. This program incorporates a range of objectives to respond comprehensively to the opioid crisis within rural communities.  Consortiums will work towards identifying individuals at-risk of overdose and guide them towards recovery by providing outreach and education on locally available treatment options and support services.  Educating community members on OUD is also a critical component of responding to the opioid epidemic, which incorporates education on OUD, treatment options, methods for preparing individuals with OUD for treatment, referring individuals with OUD to treatment, and how to best support individuals in recovery.  Consortiums are encouraged to implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities.  Finally, consortiums are further encouraged to support individuals in recovery by establishing new or enhancing existing behavioral counselling and peer support activities. [1] SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery provides guiding principles and is available at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SAMHSA-s-Working-Definition-of-Recovery/.... [2] https://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders [3] What Are Peer Recovery Support Services? http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA09-4454/SMA09-4454.pdf

Deadline: 
07/21/2017
Funding Source: 
Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration
Eligible Grantees: 

To be eligible to receive a grant under Section 330A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254c), an entity must: be a rural public or rural non-profit private entity represent a consortium composed of members members must include 3 or more health care providers members may be nonprofit or for-profit entities not have previously received a grant under this subsection for the same or a similar project, unless the entity is proposing to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project. Any state, public, or private entity may apply for this funding opportunity, assuming they meet the RHOP requirements.  This includes faith-based and community-based organizations as well as federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations.

BJA FY 17 John R. Justice Program

One pressing challenge facing our criminal justice system today is the recruitment and retention of qualified prosecutors and public defenders, who serve everyday to ensure that our communities are protected, the rule of law is upheld, and the rights of the citizenry are safeguarded. Both prosecutor and public defender offices consistently find it difficult to attract and retain talented attorneys. Driven by educational debt, attorneys interested in public interest law often forego opportunities to work in these offices in order to seek more lucrative private sector positions. Attorney shortages in these offices can result in overworked attorneys handling unmanageable case loads, potentially affecting public safety, the administration of justice, and ultimately the public's confidence in our justice system. Student loan debt is consistently cited as the overwhelming reason why many attorneys decline or leave positions as prosecutors and public defenders. The vast majority of law students borrow to finance their legal education and the rising costs have imposed staggering debt. Furthermore, public defender and prosecutor salaries have failed to keep pace with the escalating cost of education. As a result, talented lawyers who would otherwise consider a career in this critical public service are often unwilling to accept or remain in attorney positions as prosecutors or public defenders, creating real challenges for those offices in their quest to hire and retain capable attorneys. For each state and territory that is eligible for funding under the JRJ Grant Program, BJA will make awards to agencies designated by the Governor of those states or territories (or in the case of the District of Columbia, by the Mayor) to administer the JRJ Grant Program within the state or territory. These Governor designated agencies shall establish and maintain a statewide JRJ Grant Program consistent with the guidance contained in this document and the Act.

Deadline: 
07/18/2017
Funding Source: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible applicants are agencies, as designated by the governor of the state or territory (or the mayor of Washington, D.C.), to serve as the JRJ-specific administering agency and to which BJA may award funds to serve eligible recipients working within the respective state’s, territory’s, or District’s jurisdiction.

BJA FY 17 Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation

The Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program will provide $100,000 awards to State Departments of Correction to develop Planning & Implementation guides to serve as the basis for an application for funds to implement a comprehensive reentry program to effect a reasonable reduction in the documented statewide recidivism rate.

Deadline: 
07/06/2017
Funding Source: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: 

State governments

Eligible applicants are limited to state correctional agencies (state departments of corrections or community corrections) or State Administering Agencies (SAAs). Agencies from states that were awarded Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction grants in fiscal year (FY) 2015 are NOT eligible to apply. BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees"). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. BJA may elect to fund applications submitted under this FY 2017 solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.

BJA FY 17 Second Chance Act Reentry and Mentoring Program

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.2 million individuals serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through tribal and local jails every year . Ninety-five percent of all people incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The coordination of reentry of members of Native American tribes is even more complex given that they can return from federal, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), state, local, and tribal facilities. The Second Chance Act helps to ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety.

Deadline: 
07/05/2017
Funding Source: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: 

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

OJJDP FY 17 Nonparticipating State Program - NE, WI

Pursuant to Section 223(d) of the JJDP Act, if a state fails to submit a plan or submits a plan that does not meet the requirements of the JJDP Act, the OJJDP Administrator shall endeavor to make the Formula Grants program fund allocation available to public or private nonprofit agencies within the state. The recipient agency must use the funds to carry out activities that support compliance with the requirements of sections 223(a)(11), (12), (13), and (22) (the core requirements).

 

Deadline: 
07/05/2017
Funding Source: 
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible applicants are limited to private nonprofit agencies and local public agencies (including tribal organizations) in Nebraska and Wisconsin. There are two categories of funding under this solicitation: Category 1: Nebraska, Competition ID: OJJDP-2017-13140 – private nonprofit agencies and local public agencies Category 2: Wisconsin, Competitiion ID: OJJDP-2017-13141 – private nonprofit agencies and local public agencies OJJDP welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees"). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project.

Second Chance Act: Implementing County and Statewide Plans To Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention has issued a solicitation requesting applications to further the Department’s mission to implement systemwide policy, practice, and resource allocation changes that will reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. The goal of this program is for selected counties and states to (1) implement an existing plan for systemwide improvement to reduce juvenile recidivism rates and (2) improve other outcomes for youth countywide or statewide.Successful applicants will use OJJDP funding to implement existing countywide or statewide planning strategies to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth. These plans must have been formalized through legislation, appropriations, and/or administrative policy and/or have resulted from two or more state or county agencies collaborating on key policy and practice changes.

Deadline: 
06/29/2017
Funding Source: 
Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention
Eligible Grantees: 

Eligible applicants are limited to units of local government1 and states that have developed a countywide or statewide plan to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Eligible applicants must have developed and attached a completed jurisdictionwide plan to the application.

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