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Iowa Attorney General's Office Victim Assistance 

 

Public Notice 

This notice is to advise the citizens of Iowa regarding the intent to submit a cybercrimes grant associated with this solicitation. In summary, the cybercrimes grant we are intenting to submit is from the Office on Violence Against Women. If funded it will be an outreach and training grant to help law enforcement offices, prosecutors and the general public, especially youth understand and protect themselves from gender-based cybercrimes. If you wish to see a copy of the grant proposal email Lori Miller at lori.miller@ag.iowa.gov. 

Grant Opportunity 

The Victim Services Support Program through the Iowa Attorney General’s Victim Assistance Section is announcing the release of a competitive grant opportunity to provide comprehensive sexual assault services for a portion of southeast Iowa. Due to the University of Iowa’s closure of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, the Attorney General’s Office is soliciting qualified applicants to serve sexual assault victims in these Iowa counties: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Van Buren, and Washington. These counties are in Iowa’s victim services region 6.

The estimated amount of annual funding available is up to $401,536 and will be funded with a combination of federal victim services funding and state of Iowa victim services funding.

Applications are due May 31, 2024, for the grant cycle beginning October 1, 2024, and ending September 30, 2026. All applicants must be registered in Iowa Grants for Victim Services (Iowa GVS). Instructions to register in Iowa GVS are found on this link: https://iowagvs.intelligrants.com/IGXLogin. Organizations not already registered in Iowa GVS must click the New User? Register Here! link and follow the prompts. 

Those interested in applying for grant funds need to download the request for proposals and follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lori Miller, VSS Administrator, at 1-515-725-4130 or at lori.miller@ag.iowa.gov

 

How to File a Complaint with the Attorney General's Office Victim Assistance Section

The Victim Assistance Section of the Iowa Attorney General's Office receives federal funding from the United States Department of Justice and from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. As recipients of federal funding the AG's office and our subrecipients (the organizations who receive grants from the AG's Office) are required to abide by federal laws regarding discrimination, civil rights and service standards. The following provides information and links to file formal complaints to the Iowa Attorney General's Office.  

Discrimination complaints: All clients, customers, program participants, employees, job applicants, or consumers of The Iowa Attorney General's Office, and those of their subrecipients have the right to participate in programs and activities operated by the Victim Assistance Section or its subrecipients regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability. In addition, subrecipients of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Anyone who thinks they have been discriminated against by an employee of The Iowa Attorney General's Office or a subrecipient of The Iowa Attorney General's Office, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression when VAWA funds are involved, or thinks they have been retaliated against by an Iowa Attorney General employee or subrecipient, may file a written complaint alleging such discrimination by submitting an online form.

To file a discrimination complaint, complete this online discrimination form. 

Complaints regarding services provided by subrecipients: All clients, employees,  or consumers of an Iowa Attorney General's subrecipient may file a complaint regarding a potential violation of a victim service program’s service standards, contractual stipulation and/or certified assurances by submitting an online form.

To file a complaint against an organization funded by the Victim Assistance Section, complete this online service standards complaint form. 


For more information on the Victim Assistance complaint process, please review chapter 24 of our online grant manual. 

Grantee orientation meetings and PowerPoint slides

 In September the Victim Assistance staff hosted regional meetings regarding the upcoming grant cycle.  All grantees who were awarded funding beginning on October 1, 2023 were invited to attend one of these meetings.  Here is the PowerPoint from the meetings.

Grant Opportunities 

When there is a competitive grant cycle, the Victim Assistance Section of the Iowa Attorney Generals' Office will issue a request for proposals and post updates this webpage. At this time there is one grant opportunity available. When there is an active solicitation for grant submissions, the AG's office will  seek grant proposals from victim service agencies, nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies for projects or programs designed to strengthen effective and holistic responses to victimization in Iowa. 

Applicants New to Victim Assistance Funding:

More information about Iowa GVS is provided in the Iowa GVS Grantee Manual, which provides new and existing users information on navigating Iowa GVS.

Iowa Grants for Victim Services

The Victim Assistance Section of the Iowa Attorney's Office generally awards their victim services grant funds for three-year grant cycles.  Organizations not already registered in our grant management system, Iowa Grants for Victim Services, must register prior to submitting a grant application.  

Organizations must register in Iowa GVS by going to the New User? Register Here! link under the Login panel on the right side of the screen. The initial registration for your organization must be completed by your authorized official, and after that the Authorized Official will be able to add additional user for your organization in Iowa GVS. 

You will be required to provide: 

• Personal information - provide your work address, phone, email, etc. 
• Organizational information 
• Details about your organization 
• Financial information

Each person who should have access to your  grants must have an account in Iowa GVS as well. 

Criminal Justice Grants - The deadline to apply for these competitive grants is past.

Criminal justice grants are awarded to non profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, courts, victim witness coordinators and prosecutors. The majority of funding for criminal justice grants is STOP and VOCA; the projects funded include violence against women prosecutors, victim witness coordinators, DART and SART teams, violence against women law enforcement efforts and community coordinated response teams. 

Victim Services Grants - The deadline to apply for these grants is past. 

Victim services grants are awarded to non profit organizations, governmental agencies and institutes of higher education. Victims services grants fund projects and programs designed to assist crime victims with healing after victimization.  These grants are for comprehensive victim services agencies, culturally specific agencies and organizations who serve victims in specific capacity.  

The Iowa Attorney General's Office administers the following grant funds:  

 

Contact Information

Office of the Attorney General of  Iowa
Victim Assistance
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-5044
Toll-Free: 800-373-5044
FAX: 515-281-8199

For more information contact Victim Services Support Program.

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