Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families, (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Notice of the availability of funding to States for family violence prevention and services.
This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act to States (including Territories and Insular Areas). The purpose of these grants is to assist States in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.
This announcement sets forth the application requirements, the application process, and other administrative and fiscal requirements for grants in fiscal year (FY) 2005.
CFDA Number: 93.671, Family Violence Prevention and Services.
Applications for FY 2005 State grant awards meeting the criteria specified in this instruction should be received no later than April 21, 2005.
Applications should be sent to Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Attn: Ms. Sunni Knight, 330 C Street, SW., Room 2117, Washington, DC 20447.Start Further Info
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Annual State Administrators Grantee Conference
State Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) administrators should plan to attend the annual State Administrators Grantee Conference. A subsequent Program Instruction and/or Information Memorandum will advise the State FVPSA administrators of the date, time, and location of their grantee conference.
FVPSA programs must establish or implement policies and protocols for maintaining the safety and confidentiality of the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It is essential that the confidentiality of adult victims and their children receiving FVPSA services be protected. Consequently, when providing statistical data on program activities and program services, individual identifiers of client records will not be used (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
Stop Family Violence Postal Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service was directed by the “Stamp Out Domestic Violence Act of 2001” (the Act), P.L. 107-67, to make available a “semipostal” stamp to provide funding for domestic violence programs. Funds raised in connection with sales of the stamp, less reasonable costs, have been transferred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during FY 2004 in accordance with the Act for support of services to children and youth exposed to domestic violence. It is projected that additional Stamp revenues will be received during FY 2005. Subsequent to the receipt of the stamp proceeds, a program announcement will be issued providing guidance and information on the process and requirements for awards to programs providing services to children and youth.
The Importance of Coordination of Services
The impacts of family and intimate violence include physical injury and death of primary or secondary victims, psychological trauma, isolation from family and friends, harm to children witnessing or experiencing violence in homes in which the violence occurs, increased fear, reduced mobility and employability, homelessness, substance abuse, and a host of other health and related mental health consequences.
Coordination and collaboration among the police, prosecutors, the courts, social service providers (which may include faith-based organizations), child welfare and family preservation services, and medical and mental health service providers is needed to provide more responsive and effective services to victims of domestic violence and their families. It is essential that all interested parties are involved in the design and improvement of intervention and prevention activities.
To help bring about a more effective response to the problem of domestic violence, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urges the designated State agencies receiving funds under this grant announcement to coordinate activities funded under this grant with other new and existing resources for the prevention of family and intimate violence and related issues.
Programmatic and Funding Information
Title III of the Child Abuse Amendments of 1984, (Pub. L. 98-457, 42 U.S.C. 10401, et seq.) is entitled the Family Violence Prevention and Start Printed Page 14468Services Act (the Act). The Act was first implemented in FY 1986, was amended in 1992 by Pub. L. 102-295, in 1994 by Pub. L. 103-322, in 1996 by Pub. L. 104-235, and in 2000 by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (Pub. L. 106-386). The Act was most recently amended by the “Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003” (Pub. L. 108-36).
The purpose of this legislation is to assist States, Native American Tribes (including Alaskan Native Villages) and Tribal organizations in supporting the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of programs and projects to prevent incidents of family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents.
During FY 2004, 224 grants were made to States and Tribes or Tribal organizations. The Department also made 53 family violence prevention grant awards to non-profit State domestic violence coalitions.
In addition, the Department supports the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (NRC) and four Special Issue Resource Centers (SIRCs). The SIRCs are the Battered Women's Justice Project, the Resource Center on Child Custody and Protection, Sacred Circle Resource Center for the Elimination of Domestic Violence Against Native Women and the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence. The purpose of the NRC and the SIRCs is to provide resource information, training, and technical assistance to Federal, State, and Native American agencies, local domestic violence prevention programs, and other professionals who provide services to victims of domestic violence.
In February, 1996, the Department funded the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) to ensure that every woman has access to information and emergency assistance wherever and whenever she needs it. The NDVH is a 24-hour, toll-free service which provides crisis assistance, counseling, and local shelter referrals to women across the country. Hotline counselors also are available for non-English speaking persons and for people who are hearing-impaired. The Hotline number is 1-800-799-SAFE; the TDD number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-787-3224. As of August 31, 2003 the National Domestic Violence Hotline had answered over 1 million calls.
B. Funds Available
For FY 2005, The Department of Health and Human Services will make available for grants to designated State agencies seventy percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act which is not reserved under section 310(a)(2). In separate announcements the Department will allocate 10 percent of the foregoing appropriation to the Tribes and Tribal organizations for the establishment and operation of shelters, safe houses, and the provision of related services; and 10 percent to the State Domestic Violence Coalitions to continue their work within the domestic violence community by providing technical assistance and training, and advocacy services among other activities with local domestic violence programs and to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence within the States.
Five percent of the amount appropriated under section 310(a)(1) of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act which is not reserved under section 310(a)(2) will be available in FY 2005 to continue the support for the National Resource Center and the four Special Issue Resource Centers. Additional funds appropriated under the FVPSA will be used to support other activities, including training and technical assistance, collaborative projects with advocacy organizations and service providers, data collection efforts, public education activities, research and other demonstration projects as well as the ongoing operation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
C. State Allocation
Family Violence grants to the States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are based on a population formula. Each State grant shall be $600,000 with the remaining funds allotted to each State on the same ratio as the population of the State has to the population of all States (section 304(a)(2)). State populations are determined on the basis of the most recent census data available to the Secretary and, if available, the annual current census data produced by the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to section 181 of Title 13.
For the purpose of computing allotments, the statute provides that Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands will each receive grants of not less than one-eighth of 1 percent of the amounts appropriated (section 304(a)(1)).
General Grant Requirements Applicable to States
States should use the following definitions in carrying out their programs. The definitions are found in Section 320 of the Act.
(1) Family Violence: Any act or threatened act of violence, including any forceful detention of an individual, which (a) results or threatens to result in physical injury and (b) is committed by a person against another individual (including an elderly person) to whom such person is or was related by blood or marriage or otherwise legally related or with whom such person is or was lawfully residing.
(2) Shelter: The provision of temporary refuge and related assistance in compliance with applicable State law and regulation governing the provision, on a regular basis, which includes shelter, safe homes, meals, and related assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents.
(3) Related assistance: The provision of direct assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents for the purpose of preventing further violence, helping such victims to gain access to civil and criminal courts and other community services, facilitating the efforts of such victims to make decisions concerning their lives in the interest of safety, and assisting such victims in healing from the effects of the violence. Related assistance includes:
(a) Prevention services such as outreach and prevention services for victims and their children, assistance for children who witness domestic violence, employment training, parenting and other educational services for victims and their children, preventive health services within domestic violence programs (including nutrition, disease prevention, exercise, and prevention of substance abuse), domestic violence prevention programs for school age children, family violence public awareness campaigns, and violence prevention counseling services to abusers;
(b) Counseling with respect to family violence, counseling or other supportive services by peers, individually or in groups, and referral to community social services;
(c) Transportation and technical assistance with respect to obtaining financial assistance under Federal and State programs, and referrals for appropriate health-care services (including alcohol and drug abuse treatment), but shall not include reimbursement for any health-care services; Start Printed Page 14469
(d) Legal advocacy to provide victims with information and assistance through the civil and criminal courts, and legal assistance; or
(e) Children's counseling and support services, and child care services for children who are victims of family violence or the dependents of such victims, and children who witness domestic violence.
B. Expenditure Period
The FVPSA funds may be used for expenditures from October 1 of each fiscal year for which they are granted, and will be available for expenditure through September 30 of the following fiscal year, i.e., FY 2005 funds may be used for expenditures from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2006.
Re-allotted funds, if any, are available for expenditure until the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year that the funds became available for re-allotment. FY 2004 grant funds which are made available to the States through re-allotment, under section 304(d)(2), must be expended by the State no later than September 30, 2006.
C. Reporting Requirements: State Performance Report
Section 303(a)(4) requires that States file a performance report with the Department describing the activities carried out, and inclusion of an assessment of the effectiveness of those activities in achieving the purposes of the grant. Section 303(a)(5) requires that the State file a report that contains a description of the activities carried out with funds expended for State administrative costs.
A section of this performance report must be completed by each grantee or sub-grantee that performed the direct services contemplated in the State's application certifying performance of such services. State grantees should compile performance reports into a comprehensive report for submission.
The Performance Report should include the following data elements as well as narrative examples of success stories about the services which were provided. The Performance Report should include the following data elements:
Funding—The total amount of the FVPSA grant funds awarded; the percentage of funding used for shelters, and the percentage of funding used for related services and assistance.
Shelters—The total number of shelters and shelter programs (safe homes/motels, etc.) assisted by FVPSA program funding. Data elements should include:
- The number of women sheltered
- The number of shelters and safe houses in the State
- The number of young children sheltered (birth-12 years of age)
- The number of teenagers and young adults (13-18 years of age)
- The number of men sheltered
- The number of elderly serviced
- The average length of stay
- The number of women, children, teens, and men who were turned away because shelter was unavailable
- The number of women, children, teens, and men who were referred to other shelters due to a lack of space
Types of individuals served (including special populations)—Record information by numbers and percentages against the total population served. Individuals and special populations served should include:
- Racial identification;
- Cultural classification;
- Language (other than English);
- Geographically isolated from shelter (urban or rural);
- Women of color;
- Persons with disabilities; and
- Other special needs populations.
Related services and assistance—List the types of related services and assistance provided to victims and their family members by indicating the number of women, children, and men that have received services. Services and assistance may include but are not limited to the following:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Crisis intervention/hotline
- Information and referral
- Batterers support services
- Legal advocacy services
- Services to teenagers
- Child Care
- Training and technical assistance
- Housing advocacy
- Other innovative program activities
Volunteers—List the total number of volunteers and hours worked
Identified Abuse—Indicate the number of women, children, and men who were identified as victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Service referrals—List the number of women, children, and men referred for the following services: (Note: If the individual was identified as a batterer please indicate.)
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Batterer intervention services
- Abuse as a child
- Witnessed abuse
- Emergency medical intervention
- Law enforcement intervention
The Performance Report should include narratives of success stories of services provided and the positive impact on the lives of children and families. Examples may include the following:
- An explanation of the activities carried out including an assessment of the major activities supported by the family violence funds, what particular priorities within the State were addressed, and what special emphases were placed on these activities;
- A description of the specific services and facilities that your agency funded, contracted with, or otherwise used in the implementation of your program (e.g., shelters, safe-houses, related assistance, programs for batterers);
- An assessment of the effectiveness of the direct service activities contemplated in the application;
- A description of how the needs of under-served populations, including populations under-served because of ethnic, racial, cultural, language diversity, or geographic isolation were addressed,
- A description and assessment of the prevention activities supported during the program year, e.g., community education events, and public awareness efforts; and
- A discussion of exceptional issues or problems arising, but not addressed in the application.
Performance reports for the States are due on an annual basis at the end of the calendar year (December 29). Performance reports should be sent to Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Attn: William Riley, 330 C Street, SW., Room 2117, Washington, DC 20447.
Please note that section 303(a)(4) of the FVPSA requires the Department to suspend funding for an approved application if any State applicant fails to submit an annual performance report or if the funds are expended for purposes other than those set forth under this announcement.
D. Financial Status Reports
All State grantees are reminded that the annual Financial Status Reports (Standard Form SF-269A) are due 90 days after the end of each Federal fiscal year. The first SF-269A is due December 29, 2005. The final SF-269A is due December 29, 2006. Completed reports should be sent to: Doris Lee, Division of Mandatory Grants, Office of Grants Management, Office of Administration, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447. Standard Form 269A can be found at: Start Printed Page 14470 http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/grants_forms.html
“States” as defined in section 320 of the Act are eligible to apply for funds. The term “State” means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In the past, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have applied for funds as a part of their consolidated grant under the Social Services Block grant. These jurisdictions need not submit an application under this Program Announcement if they choose to have their allotment included as part of a consolidated grant application.
Additional Information on Eligibility
All applicants must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. On June 27, 2003, the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register a new Federal policy applicable to all Federal grant applicants. The policy requires all Federal grant applicants to provide a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. The DUNS number will be required whether an applicant is submitting a paper application or using the government-wide electronic portal (http://www.Grants.gov). A DUNS number will be required for every application for a new award or renewal/continuation of an award, including applications or plans under formula, entitlement, and block grant programs, submitted on or after October 1, 2003.
Please ensure that your organization has a DUNS number. You may acquire a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1-866-705-5711 or you may request a number on-line at http://www.dnb.com.
B. Approval/Disapproval of a State Application
The Secretary will approve any application that meets the requirements of the Act and this announcement and will not disapprove any such application except after reasonable notice of the Secretary's intention to disapprove has been provided to the applicant and after a 6-month period providing an opportunity for applicant to correct any deficiencies.
The notice of intention to disapprove will be provided to the applicant within 45 days of the date of the application.
C. Content of the State Application
The State's application must be submitted by the Chief Executive Officer of the State and signed by the Chief Executive Officer or the Chief Program Official designated as responsible for the administration of the Act.
Each application must contain the following information or documentation:
(1) The name of the State agency, the name of the Chief Program Official designated as responsible for the administration of funds under this Act and coordination of related programs within the State, and the name of a contact person if different from the Chief Program Official (section 303(a)(2)(D)).
(2) A plan describing in detail how the needs of underserved populations will be met, such as populations which are underserved due to ethnic, racial, cultural, or language diversity; alienage status; geographic isolation; disability; or age (section 303(a)(2)(C)).
(a) Identify the underserved populations that are being targeted for outreach and services.
(b) In meeting the needs of the underserved population, describe the domestic violence training that will be provided to the individuals who will do the outreach and intervention to these populations. Describe the specific service environment, e.g., new shelters, services for the battered elderly, women of color, etc.
(c) Describe the public information component of the State's outreach program; describe the elements of your program that are used to explain domestic violence, the most effective and safe ways to seek help, identify available resources, etc.
(3) Provide a complete description of the process and procedures used to involve State domestic violence coalitions, knowledgeable individuals and interested organizations, and assure an equitable distribution of grants and grant funds within the State and between rural and urban areas in the State (sections 303(a)(2)(C) and 311(a)(5)).
(4) Provide a complete description of the process and procedures implemented that allow for the participation of the State domestic violence coalition in planning and monitoring the distribution of grant funds and determining whether a grantee is in compliance with section 303(a)(2) of the Act and (section 311(a)(5).
(5) Provide a copy of the procedures developed and implemented that assure the confidentiality of records pertaining to any individual provided family violence prevention or treatment services by any program assisted under the Act (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
(6) Include a description of how the State plans to use the grant funds, a description of the target population, the number of shelters to be funded, the services the state will provide, and the expected results from the use of the grant funds (section 303(a)(2)).
(7) Provide a copy of the law or procedures that the State has implemented for the eviction of an abusive spouse from a shared household (section 303 (a)(2)(F)).
Each application must contain the following assurances:
(a) That grant funds under the Act will be distributed to local public agencies and nonprofit private organizations (including religious and charitable organizations and voluntary associations) for programs and projects within the State to prevent incidents of family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents in order to prevent future violent incidents (section 303(a)(2)(A)).
(b) That not less than 70 percent of the funds distributed shall be used for immediate shelter and related assistance, as defined in section 320(5)(A), to the victims of family violence and their dependents and not less than 25 percent of the funds distributed shall be used to provide related assistance (section 303(g)).
(c) That not more than 5 percent of the funds will be used for State administrative costs (section 303(a)(2)(B)(i)).
(d) That in distributing the funds, the States will give special emphasis to the support of community-based projects of demonstrated effectiveness carried out by non-profit private organizations particularly those projects the primary purpose of which is to operate shelters for victims of family violence and their dependents and those which provide counseling, advocacy, and self-help services to victims and their children (section 303(a)(2)(B)(ii)).
(e) That grants funded by the States will meet the matching requirements in section 303(f), i.e., not less than 20 percent of the total funds provided for a project under Chapter 110 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code with respect to an existing program, and with respect to an entity intending to operate a new program under this title, not less than 35 percent. The local share will be cash or in-kind; and the local share will not Start Printed Page 14471include any Federal funds provided under any authority other than this chapter (section 303(f)).
(f) That grant funds made available under this program by the State will not be used as direct payment to any victim or dependent of a victim of family violence (section 303(d)).
(g) That no income eligibility standard will be imposed on individuals receiving assistance or services supported with funds appropriated to carry out the Act (section 303(e)).
(h) That the address or location of any shelter-facility assisted under the Act will not be made public, except with the written authorization of the person or persons responsible for the operation of such shelter (section 303(a)(2)(E)).
(i) That all grants, programs or other activities funded by the State in whole or in part with funds made available under the FVPSA will prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, handicap, sex, race, color, national origin or religion (section 307).
(j) That funds made available under the FVPSA will be used to supplement and not supplant other Federal, State, and local public funds expended to provide services and activities that promote the purposes of the FVPSA (section 303(a)(4)).
(k) That States will comply with the applicable Departmental recordkeeping and reporting requirements and general requirements for the administration of grants under 45 CFR part 92.
A. Notification Under Executive Order 12372
This program is covered under Executive Order 12372, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs,” for State plan consolidation and implication only—45 CFR 100.12. The review and comment provisions of the Executive Order and Part 100 do not apply.
B. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13)
Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average six hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed and reviewing the collection information.
The project description is approved under OMB control number 0970-0274 which expires August 31, 2005. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Applications must comply with the required certifications found at the Appendices as follows:
Anti-Lobbying Certification and Disclosure Form (See Appendix A): Applicants must furnish prior to award an executed copy of the Standard Form LLL, Certification Regarding Lobbying, when applying for an award in excess of $100,000. Applicants who have used non-Federal funds for lobbying activities in connection with receiving assistance under this announcement shall complete a disclosure form, if applicable, with their applications (approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0348-0046). Applicants must sign and return the certification with their application.
Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke (See Appendix B): Applicants must also understand they will be held accountable for the smoking prohibition included within Public Law 103-227, Title XII Environmental Tobacco Smoke (also known as the PRO-KIDS Act of 1994). A copy of the Federal Register notice which implements the smoking prohibition is included with forms. By signing and submitting the application, applicants are providing the certification and need not mail back the certification with the application.
These certifications also may be found at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofs/forms.htm.Start Signature
Dated: March 14, 2005.
Joan E. Ohl,
Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.
A. Certification Regarding Lobbying
B. Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Appendix A—Certification Regarding Lobbying
Certification for Contracts, Grants, Loans, and Cooperative Agreements
The undersigned certifies, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, that:
(1) No Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid, by or on behalf of the undersigned, to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of an agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the awarding of any Federal contract, the making of any Federal grant, the making of any Federal loan, the entering into of any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or modification of any Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement.
(2) If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, “Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,” in accordance with its instructions.
(3) The undersigned shall require that the language of this certification be included in the award documents for all sub awards at all tiers (including subcontracts, sub grants, and contracts under grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all sub recipients shall certify and disclose accordingly. This certification is a material representation of fact upon which reliance was placed when this transaction was made or entered into. Submission of this certification is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required certification shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure.
Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance
The undersigned states, to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, that:
If any funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with this commitment providing for the United States to insure or guarantee a loan, the undersigned shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, “Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying,” in accordance with its instructions. Submission of this statement is a prerequisite for making or entering into this transaction imposed by section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails to file the required statement shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure.
Appendix B—Certification Regarding Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Public Law 103227, Part C Environmental Tobacco Smoke, also known as the Pro Children Act of 1994 (Act), requires that smoking not be permitted in any portion of any indoor routinely owned or leased or contracted for by an entity and used routinely or regularly for provision of health, day care, education, or library services to children under the age of 18, if the services are funded by Federal programs either directly or through State or local governments, by Federal grant, contract, loan, or loan guarantee. The law does not apply to children's services provided in private residences, facilities funded solely by Start Printed Page 14472Medicare or Medicaid funds, and portions of facilities used for inpatient drug or alcohol treatment. Failure to comply with the provisions of the law may result in the imposition of a civil monetary penalty of up to $1000 per day and/or the imposition of an administrative compliance order on the responsible entity. By signing and submitting this application the applicant/grantee certifies that it will comply with the requirements of the Act.
The applicant/grantee further agrees that it will require the language of this certification be included in any subawards which contain provisions for the children's services and that all subgrantees shall certify accordingly.End Supplemental Information
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