ICJIA Announces Notice of FFY15 Victims of Crime Act
Funding Opportunity for Legal Assistance Programs

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting applications for federal Victims of Crime Act grants to support legal assistance programs. Approximately $6 million is available for this funding opportunity. Read this page and click here for application materials, funding eligibility, and other informationApplication deadline: April 7, 2017.


The purpose of this notice is to offer selected applicants grant funding for comprehensive legal assistance programs for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, financial exploitation, and sexual violence. Applicants should select and describe in detail which type(s) of legal services will be provided.

These services fall into three categories: emergency legal assistance; victims’ rights enforcement; and civil legal assistance.

Emergency Legal Assistance

  • Filing for emergency restraining or protective orders.
  • Obtaining emergency custody orders and visitation rights.

Victims’ Rights Enforcement

  • Assisting victims in asserting their rights as victims, or otherwise protecting their safety, privacy, and other interests as victims in a criminal proceeding directly related to the victimization.

Civil Legal Assistance

  • Proceedings for protective/restraining orders or campus administrative protection/stay-away orders.
  • Family, custody, support, or dependency matters.
  • Contract, housing, or employment matters.
  • Immigration assistance.
  • Intervention with creditors, law enforcement (to obtain police reports, etc.), and other entities.
  • Intervention with administrative agencies, schools/colleges, tribal entities, and other circumstances where legal advice or intervention would assist in addressing the consequences of a person’s victimization.
  • Filing a motion to vacate or expunge a victim’s conviction or similar actions based on his/her status of being a victim where permitted under Illinois law.

Program funding may not be used for criminal defense or tort actions.


This solicitation is open to Illinois public agencies and non-profits whose primary mission is the provision of legal services. Additional eligibility requirements are outlined here.


All applicants must be pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, www.grants.illinois.gov. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed, including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State.

The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment using an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ). The ICQ must be submitted through the GATA portal and approved by a State cognizant agency by the date of application submission in order for an application to be reviewed. All applications will be pre-screened for completeness and ICQ approval. Applications from agencies that do not have an approved ICQ will not be reviewed.

Application Materials:

Click here for Victims of Crime Act Legal Assistance Program Grant Application


Completed application materials must be emailed to CJA.GrantsUnit@Illinois.gov by 11:59 p.m., April 7, 2017, to be considered for funding.  Proposals will not be accepted by mail, fax, or in person. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Agencies are encouraged to submit their applications 72 hours in advance of the deadline to avoid unforeseen technical difficulties. Technical difficulties should be reported immediately to ICJIA at CJA.GrantsUnit@Illinois.gov.

Notice of Intent:

Agencies interested in submitting an application asked to complete an online Notice of Intent form by 11:59 p.m., March 8, 2017. Submission of a Notice of Intent is nonbinding and will be used for internal planning purposes only.

Available funds:

A total of $6 million in FFY15 VOCA funding is available through this solicitation. Applicants may request a minimum of $80,000 and up to a maximum of $800,000 for use over a 12-month period. Agreements that result from this funding opportunity are contingent upon and subject to the availability of funds.

Period of performance:

Awards resulting from this opportunity will have a period of performance of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.  Contingent on satisfactory performance, ICJIA may support 24 additional months of funding for each project.

Mandatory applicant webinar:

A pre-application webinar will be held by ICJIA at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. This will be your opportunity to ask questions about this funding opportunity. Participants must pre-register here by March 1, 2017:


Applicants who are unable attend March 6th webinar may watch the webinar online at a later date and will be required to produce online certification that it was viewed. Information provided during this webinar will be unofficial and not binding on the State.


Questions regarding application rules, requirements, and materials may be submitted via email to CJA.GrantsUnit@Illinois.gov. The deadline for questions is 5 p.m. on March 24, 2017. Responses will be sent via email within five business days. All substantive questions and responses will be posted on the ICJIA NOFO website at www.icjia.state.il.us/sites/nofo-voca-legal-assist. Due to the competitive nature of this solicitation, applicants may not discuss this opportunity directly or indirectly with any Authority employee other than the respondent of this email address. Only written answers to questions shall be binding on the state.




Release of NOFO and open application     

February 8, 2017

Mandatory webinar registration deadline

March 1, 2017

Mandatory webinar

1 p.m., March 6, 2017

Notice of Intent deadline

March 8, 2017

Last date for submission of questions

5 p.m., March 24, 2017

Application deadline

11:59 p.m., Friday, April 7 2016

Budget Committee review

May 25, 2017

Notices of State Award released

June 2017

Start Program Performance Period

July 1, 2017


Funded agencies will be required to submit to the Authority quarterly fiscal and data reports.

Required Documents:

Download these documents individually or scroll down to download all documents into a Zip file.





Completed and signed Uniform State Grant Application for each agency requesting funding. Please sign and scan.


Completed Program Narrative in Word that meets program requirements outlined in Section A. Applicant’s narrative must be submitted in Word and formatted in the posted Program Narrative. Application should be 30 pages maximum, drafted in Times New Roman 12-point font and double-spaced with 1 inch margins. Please number pages.


One completed Budget/Budget Narrative in Excel for each funded agency.


The following documents are required to facilitate efficient grant processing but will not be used in determining eligibility:

Completed Eligibility Requirements Certification Form


Completed VOCA SAR form


Completed Self-Certification form


Completed Fiscal Information Sheet - leave award amount and agreement number blank


Completed and signed Audit Information Sheet - leave award amount and agreement number blank


Completed and signed Debarment certification


Completed and signed EEOP certifications


Completed Civil Rights certifications


Programmatic Risk Assessment. This excel document will need to be submitted unsigned electronically with the application. A signed scanned version will be due if application is approved for funding.  


Non-supplanting Certification


Mandatory Forms Checklist


Non-Profit Agency Required Documents

United States Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) determination letter for nonprofit organizations.


Self-Report Statement of Faith Based Organization


Proof of Good Standing from the Illinois Secretary of State