U.S. Department of Justice: Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime
Vision 21: Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime initiative will support organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance use of technology initiatives to improve response, services, and access for victims of crime. The initiative will support projects across a variety of technology platforms. Projects may be national in scope or nationally replicable through regional demonstration initiatives. These could include, but are not limited to:
- 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.
- Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
- 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 under this initiative 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.
Program activities could include, but are not limited to, work to facilitate and support the use and improvement of technology to serve victims of crime; provision or facilitation of access to services, including referrals, information, and tools to victims of crime where local or accessible services do not exist or are insufficient; etc. 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. In cases where it is not possible to identify partners in advance (such as pilot sites), a detailed plan for their selection must be included. Applicants that use a regional demonstration initiative strategy must include a thorough discussion of the national replicability of the program or technology being demonstrated.
This funding should not supplant or duplicate currently funded initiatives in these areas. Applicants may propose activities that demonstrate how current initiatives can be enhanced or expanded and/or new initiatives.
Amount: A total of $15,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards that range from $500,000-$2,250,000 each. The period of performance is 24 months.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with the financial and administrative capacity to manage federal award funding for a national-scope project or a regional project which could be replicated nationally to serve crime victims within the United States. Applicants must demonstrate a unique capability and strong desire to reach and serve victims of crime through a project that is national in scope or nationally replicable. A nonprofit organization does not have to have 501(c)(3) status to apply for grant funding under this solicitation.
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