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Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, and For-Profits
to Provide Shelter for Abuse Victims and their Animals

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Conf. Date:

05/20/21

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM ET - Grants.gov deadline; JustGrants deadline is 06/29/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local, tribal, and state government agencies, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, and animal welfare organizations to provide shelter for domestic abuse victims and their companion animals. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations prior to applying.

This program will provide funding for shelter and transitional housing and other assistance to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals, which under this program means pets, service animals, emotional support animals, and horses. The term “domestic violence victim” means a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, as established in Public Law 115-334.

The purpose of this program, per 34 U.S.C. 20127(b)(3), is to support projects that provide the following:

  1. Emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with companion animals, including modifications to existing structures to provide for housing of animals; operating expenses of newly developed or existing emergency and transitional companion animal shelters for companion animals, regardless of whether such shelter is co-located at a victim housing service provider or is elsewhere within the community. Minor modifications or renovations to existing structures are permissible under this program. 
  2. Short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with companion animals, including expenses incurred for the temporary shelter, housing, boarding, or fostering of the companion animals of victims of domestic violence and other expenses that are incidental to securing the safety of such a companion animal during the sheltering, housing, or relocation of such victims.
  3. Support services designed to enable persons who are fleeing a situation of domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with the victim’s companion animal; safe accommodations for the victim’s companion animal; or provide the victim with companion animal-related services, such as transportation, care services, and other assistance.
  4. Training for relevant stakeholders on the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; the needs of victims of domestic violence; best practices for providing support services to such victims; best practices for providing such victims with referrals to victims’ services; and the importance of confidentiality.

Grantees will make the housing and supportive services described above available to a victim for a period of not more than 24 months, which may be extended an additional 6 months in the case of a victim who has made a good faith effort to acquire permanent housing for themselves and the victim’s companion animal during that 24-month period and has been unable to acquire permanent housing within that period. See 34 U.S.C. 20127(b)(5).

For information on Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables, see: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2021/o-ovc-2021-96005.pdf#page=6

Priority Areas:

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. In FY 2021, OJP will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas. In addition, OJP will give priority consideration, if applicable, to applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties. For more details about priority areas, see: https://ovc.ojp.gov/funding/fy-2021/o-ovc-2021-96005.pdf#page=7

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189218

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $500,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance start date: October 1, 2021
Period of Performance duration: 36 months

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, For-profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, State governments, Other

Other:
1) States and territories
2) Units of local government
3) Indian tribes
4) Any other organization that has a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including—
a. A domestic violence and sexual assault victim service provider;
b. Domestic violence and sexual assault coalition;
c. A community-based and culturally specific organization; and
d. Any other nonprofit, nongovernmental organization
5) Any organization that works directly with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses and collaborates with any organization referred to in 1–4 above, including—
a. An animal shelter; and
b. An animal welfare organization

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO.

OVC will consider 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).

Applicants shall not propose—
a. any activities that may compromise the safety of a domestic violence victim, including:
i. background checks of domestic violence victims; or
ii. clinical evaluations to determine the eligibility of such a victim for support services.
b. to require mandatory services for victims or that a victim obtain a protective order to receive proposed services.

Construction involving the breaking of new ground is not permissible under OVC’s authorizing statute.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Webinar

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

Register here: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef356e076a7daaf6bbad2710092f02594

Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m., eastern time (ET) on June 15, 2021. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process.

- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov. To register in Grants.gov, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.

- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Obtain a DUNS number/Confirmation number:
Obtain your Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number first; you cannot complete any of the steps below without it. It can take up to 2 business days to obtain the DUNS number. Call DUN and Bradstreet at 866-705-5711 to obtain a DUNS number or apply at http://www.dnb.com/.

Register with SAM database/Confirm SAM number:
Organizational Entities Only - System of Award Management (SAM) registration and renewal can take as long as 10 business days to complete. If you do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the process can take up to 5 weeks. If you have an EIN, the process can takes up to 2 weeks. SAM registration procedures can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov/.

For additional information, see the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#apply

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333193

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

View the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/Fvj4vD1Kt28

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants: https://justicegrants.usdoj.gov/

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in Grants.gov, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or email at support@grants.gov.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at JustGrants.Support@usdoj.gov or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at grants@ncjrs.gov.

CFDA Number:

16.582

Funding or Pin Number:

O-OVC-2021-96005

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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