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U.S. Department of Justice: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Deadline: June 25, 2019

The Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime program will provide project funding to eligible nonprofit organizations that propose to develop, use, and strategize the use of technology in innovative ways to interact directly with crime victims and/or provide information, referral, crisis assistance, and longer term help. The program seeks to support organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology initiatives on a national scale or that can be replicated nationally to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime.

Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime, including updating and maintenance for the length of the award
  2. Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime
  3. Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms, or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime

Funding may support technology development and maintenance; the staff required to operate, update, and maintain the proposed platform or service; training and technical assistance on the purpose and use of the technology (including outreach and publicity activities); and staff engaged in coalition-building activities regarding the use of technology.

Each proposal must include a plan for how the service will be sustained, maintained, and updated, if necessary, at the conclusion of federal funding. Applicants, especially those who propose coalition-building and support, work with pilot sites, or work with project partners as part of their activities, must also clearly document support and engagement from their proposed and/or existing partners through letters of support and/or memoranda of understanding (MOU), where appropriate.

Amount: Approximately $8,000,000 is available to make up to seven awards ranging from $500,000-$2,000,000 each. The project period is 24 months.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations). A nonprofit organization does not have to have 501(c)(3) status to apply for grant funding.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315263

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