The Community Voices grant program was created by the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership with Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding through the Office of Victims Programs (OVP) at the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS). The intention of this new grant opportunity is to fund community organizations providing healing services in under-resourced communities experiencing being a victim of crime.
The purpose of this project is to reach populations of crime victims that are hard to reach through current victims’ services, particularly historically underserved populations, namely people of color, men, and young adults (18-24 years old). The Community Voices grant program seeks to collaborate with and complement the existing efforts within Office of Victims Programs to promote the overall well-being of crime victims.
The Community Voices grant program focuses resources into community centered direct services, community-based organizations providing services to community members who have experienced being a victim of crime are invited to respond to this RFP.
This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks to award up to five grants to eligible entities in rural and the front range communities in Colorado. Nonprofit community-based organizations responding to this RFP may be eligible for a grant award of up to $150,000 for Year 1 and $200,000 for Year 2, from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2024.
The goals of the Community Voices Grant Program are to invest in supporting and strengthening community led crime trauma rehabilitation through the provision of crime survivor services prioritizing community-based organizations to provide culturally relevant and trauma informed crime survivor services through a delivery model that is accessible to historically underserved crime survivors. In addition, the project focus endeavors to reduce the destabilizing effects of trauma and other negative consequences resulting from victimization or repeat victimization and to increase awareness of and access to crime survivor services, with an emphasis on historically underserved populations.
Preferred organizations will meet the following criteria:
- Have demonstrated experience working with the target population, particularly historically underserved populations including men, people of color, and young adults;
- Demonstrates a history or strong likelihood of achieving good outcomes and compliance;
- Currently and substantively provide services within one of the target areas proposed (Rural or Metro areas);
- Be able to develop and maintain productive and collaborative partnerships with stakeholders such as other grantees, community and faith-based organizations, victim service providers, criminal justice system and Office of Victim Programs;
- A nonprofit organization, provide documentation that the entity is in good standing with the CO Secretary of State and the Internal Revenue Service;
- Agree to participate in trainings conducted or sponsored by the OVP or LCCL;
- Agree to perform timely data entry into the LCCL case management/data collection and fiscal data systems;
- Agree to having staff, volunteers or contractors providing direct services to crime victims funded by this grant submit to a criminal background check as required by VOCA;
- Provide services directly or through linkages with established and reputable entities;
- Willing to provide Victim Compensation education.
Note: For-profit organizations and units of government are not eligible to apply.
The LCCL hosted several bidder’s conferences in August so that interested applicants could learn more about the LCCL Community Voices Grant Program and the RFP process as well as ask questions.
Request for Proposal Documents
The documents below provide the guidance and requirements for submitting a proposal to be considered for a Community Connections Program grant funding. The LCCL highly recommends downloading the latest free version of Adobe Reader which can be found at the bottom of this page.
- Community Voices RFP Guidance
- Community Voices Budget Instructions
- Community Voices Budget Worksheet
- Community Voices Proposal – must be submitted through Submittable (select Community Voices RFP)
- VOCA Eligible Services and Unallowable Expenses
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Deadline for Submission of Proposals
In order to be considered for funding, the proposal, budget and budget narrative must be electronically submitted through Submittable (instructions follow) no later than 5:00 p.m. MT, on October 7, 2022. Submission of proposal documents via email is not acceptable and will be rejected.
- Create an account (email required) at www.latinocoalition.submittable.com
- Search for “Community Voices RFP” or click on the button below.
- Complete all required fields in the grant application. Submittable automatically saves your work to return later. The completed form must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. MT on October 7, 2022.
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