Cal OES Seeks Requests for over $15.5M in Various Victim/Advocacy Programs

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Victim Legal Assistance (KL) Program, the Victim Advocacy in Detention Facilities (KA) Program as well as the Tribal Court Advocate (KT) Program.  

The purpose of the Victim Legal Assistance (KL) Program is to provide holistic civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of crime who are seeking relief in legal matters related to that crime, at no cost to the victim. The KL Program is an expansion of our Victim Legal Assistance (XL) Program launched last spring. Due to the large response received by that RFP and because victim legal assistance has been specifically identified as a priority by the VOCA Steering Committee, the KL Program was established to expand current efforts.  There is approximately $4,000,000 available in 2016 VOCA funding for the KL Program for a 21-month performance period beginning October 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Proposals are due by Monday, August 7, 2017.

Questions concerning this RFP, the proposal process, or programmatic issues should be submitted in writing by e-mail to Derek Thomas, Program Specialist, Human Trafficking Unit Derek.thomas@caloes.ca.gov

The purpose of the Victim Advocacy in Detention Facilities (KA) Program is to increase access to appropriate services for victims of sexual assault in detention facilities.

The purpose of the KA Program is to increase access to appropriate services for victims of sexual assault in detention facilities. The Program will fund a Sexual Assault Counselor to focus solely on serving victims in local detention facilities, and to act as a point of contact for the detention facility to assist in removing any physical or programmatic barriers to service for victims.

There is approximately $8,625,000 available for the KA Program for 2017-18. Applicants may request up to $345,000 for a 24-month subaward performance period that commences October 1, 2017, and ends September 30, 2019. Proposals are due by Thursday, August 10,2017.

Should you have questions about this RFP, or require assistance, please contact Victoria Harrell at Victoria.Harrell@caloes.ca.gov.

The primary purpose of the KT Program is to establish Tribal Court Advocates to provide culturally appropriate victim services for Native Americans.

Tribal court advocates work with tribes to strengthen their own courts. Focusing on best practices, tribal court advocates provide trauma-informed, culturally appropriate victim services and educate the greater tribal community on the value of an effective and stable tribal court.

The Program will fund Native American tribes, tribal nonprofits/community-based organizations, or tribal consortiums operating within a Tribal Court system in California.

There is approximately $3,000,000 available for the KT Program for 2017-18.  Applicants may request up to $200,000 for the one-time, 21-month subaward performance period that commences October 1, 2017, and ends June 30, 2019. Please refer to the RFP for proposal due date.

Should you have questions about this RFP or require assistance, please contact Catherine Perkins at catherine.perkins@caloes.ca.gov.

The Victim Legal Assistance (KL) program, the Victim Advocacy in Detention Facilities (KA) Program and the Tribal Court Advocate (KT) Program are all supported through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program (Formula Grant Program) funds. The VOCA Formula Grant Program is authorized by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 as amended, 42 U.S.C. 10601, et seq.

More information on RFP grants can be found on the Cal OES website at http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/grants-management/search-for-grants.

 

 

 

 

Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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