Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants are required to review the Applicants' Guide.

  1. What is NCVRW CAP's purpose?
  2. How much funding is available?
  3. Who is eligible to apply?
  4. Are we eligible to apply if we received reimbursement for a previous Community Awareness Project?
  5. What types of activities are supported by NCVRW CAP?
  6. What costs are allowable or unallowable for reimbursement?
  7. When must the proposed event or activity take place?
  8. Are organizations required to match funds for the NCVRW Community Awareness Project?
  9. Will I receive notification that my application was received by the deadline?
  10. When will applicants be notified of funding decisions?
  11. When will recipients be reimbursed?
  12. Do applicants have to use the NCVRW Resource Guide to receive funding?
  13. If my NCVRW Community Awareness Project is selected to receive reimbursement, will I be required to use the OVC logo on my NCVRW materials?
  14. Is there any non-financial support or technical assistance available to help implement my NCVRW Community Awareness Project?
  15. What are the 2017 NCVRW colors and theme?

1. What is NCVRW CAP's purpose?

The National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects (NCVRW CAP) is intended to help communities increase the general public's awareness of the rights and services for victims of crime.

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2. How much funding is available?

It is expected that at least 60 projects will be funded. The maximum amount of funding for any project is $5,000.

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3. Who is eligible to apply?

Public agencies, nonprofits, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions with a commitment to advocating for the rights and services of crime victims are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit organizations without 501(c)3 status that serve crime victims or are VOCA funded are also eligible to apply.

Projects should highlight strong community collaborative relationships. Applications from individuals will not be considered for funding. Individuals are encouraged to work in partnership with an organization or community coalition.

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4. Are we eligible to apply again if we received reimbursement for a previous Community Awareness Project?

Yes, all eligible organizations and coalitions may apply although jurisdictions that have never or not recently received financial support for NCVRW public awareness projects may be given preference over communities that have recently received support.

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5. What types of activities are supported by NCVRW CAP?

Activities supported with NCVRW CAP funds generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • a public event at which individuals physically attend in-person (e.g., candlelight vigils, information or resource fairs, 5; walk/runs, recognition ceremonies, memorial services);
  • mass media advertising (e.g., newspaper, radio, or television ads, billboards, mass transit or movie theatre ads, including social media);
  • the production, publication and distribution of printed materials (e.g., brochures, posters, victims’ rights cards, resource directories); and/or
  • the production and distribution of promotional giveaway items (e.g. bracelets, buttons, t-shirts, grocery/tote bags).

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6. What costs are allowable or unallowable for reimbursement?

The purpose of this initiative is to increase the general public's awareness about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, victims' rights and available services. Therefore, the following activities are considered eligible for reimbursement under this program:

  • Purchase of advertising in print media, radio, television, or outdoor advertising to promote NCVRW events, victims' rights, and available services.
  • Design and printing of promotional NCVRW materials, such as posters, invitations and fliers.
  • Support of NCVRW event speakers (not to exceed $650 per day for each speaker plus travel expense not to exceed the allowabe Federal rates).
  • Purchase of supplies and materials used in public awareness events and activities.
  • Rental of space to conduct NCVRW activities and events (subject to certain restrictions).
  • Indirect costs are allowable pursuant to the federal Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR part 200.

The following will not be approved for reimbursement under this initiative:

  • Salary or cost of staff time.
  • Food, beverages or refreshments are not allowable.
  • Entertainment.
  • Costs associated with a fundraising activity.
  • Bar charges or alcoholic beverages.
  • Cash prizes and gift cards.
  • Costs associated with professional training and other events not open to the public.

Applicants are required to review the Applicants' Guide and should also consult the OJP Financial Guide for a list of unallowable costs.

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7. When must the proposed event or activity take place?

The date(s) of each proposed activity or event must be included in the description in section 2 of the application (do not include planning or preparation time). Projects may be 1-day or longer events, activities and initiatives occuring during or in proximity to NCVRW, April 2 - 8, 2017. Extended events, such as those lasting several months or an entire year, may not be funded.

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8. Are organizations required to match funds for the NCVRW Community Awareness Project?

No. However, there should be some evidence of collaboration and cosponsorship; financial commitments from other sources is one form of collaboration that should be considered and described in section 4b. of the application.

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9. Will I receive notification that my application was received by the deadline?

Yes. NAVAA will attempt to acknowledge receipt of all applications. Most communications will be by e-mail; therefore it is important that the application include a current, accurate, and valid e-mail address. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within 5 working days of submission, please contact cap@navaa.org.

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10. When will applicants be notified of funding decisions?

NAVAA anticipates notifying all applicants of the status of their request by late December 2016.

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11. When will recipients be reimbursed?

NCVRW CAP is a reimbursement program; funds cannot be drawn down in advance. After National Crime Victims' Rights Week, all selected organizations will be required to submit an After-Action Report/Reimbursement Request detailing their NCVRW activities and requesting final reimbursement for approved expenses. NAVAA will usually reimburse the organization within a few days of approval of the After-Action Report.

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12. Do applicants have to use the NCVRW Resource Guide to receive funding?

Use of the NCVRW Resource Guide, which is designed to provide free resources and assistance to organizations and communities attempting to highlight victims' needs, rights, and services, is not required to receive funding. However, in order to encourage a national effort to promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week, applications will be judged on the extent to which they integrate the use of NCVRW theme, logo and colors.

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13. If my NCVRW Community Awareness Project is selected to receive reimbursement, will I be required to use the OVC logo on my NCVRW materials?

Use of the OVC logo is restricted to project materials provided by OVC or NAVAA or that have otherwise received prior approval from OVC. Other uses of the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) or U.S. Department of Justice are prohibited.

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14. Is there any non-financial support or technical assistance available to help implement my NCVRW Community Awareness Project?

Yes. As in previous years, 2017 NCVRW Community Awareness Project subgrantees will have several forms of technical assistance available.  NAVAA will provide professional consultation to the selected projects, including online webinar presentations and discussion, a special listserv for NCVRW Community Awareness Projects, distribution new "CAP TIPS," a series of ideas and suggestions, and individual project consultation and advice. Information on these services will be provided with the award notification.  Previous CAP TIPS is available by clicking here.

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15. What are the 2017 NCVRW colors and theme?

The 2017 NCVRW Theme is "Strength. Resilience. Justice."

The 2017 colors are:
Royal Blue   Red   Cream  
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R=0; G=91; B=179 R=190; G=30; B=45 R=255; G=255; B=185
PMS 2935 PMS 200 PMS 7506
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