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Question: Is the RSAT funding award for $150,000 per year or $150,000 over the course of 2 years?

Answer:  PCCD expects to fund three to four grants over a 12-month project period with budgets not to exceed $150,000.

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Question: Can a workforce development provider submit this grant on behalf of a County CJAB and Warden, or does the County have to lead and workforce development providers role would be as a reentry consultant? 

Answer: Although private agencies are ineligible for direct awards, funds awarded to the counties may be used to subcontract with private agencies, colleges/universities and/or reentry consultants. CJABs will need to provide documentation that they are in compliance with the CJAB Minimum Operating Standards.
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Question: We would like to create two new programs here on our County and they fall under separate Objectives. In order to have our application(s) considered, we need to submit an application per objective. Does this mean I create two separate applications in Egrants?

Answer: In accordance with this funding announcement, applicants may submit more than one application as long as the two applications are not submitted under the same objective.   

Question: Would we, as a private, non-profit university be considered a governmental unit?

Answer: Local units of government (includes counties) and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this funding announcement. Schools (includes colleges and universities) are considered governmental units and are eligible to submit an application. For further information regarding whether your university is considered a governmental unit, please contact your university fiscal office.

Question: My county applies directly to DOJ and receives JAG funding from them. Our recent application for the FY2017 JAG is still pending an award. However, several of our departments were listed on the application including County Police, Sheriff, Medical Examiner, and the city.

My question is, since we get direct JAG funding from DOJ, are we still able to apply for this JAG pass-thru funding from PCCD? Also, since only a few departments in the county actually get the direct DOJ award, can the other departments that don’t apply for this PCCD JAG funding? Or is the County as a whole considered an applicant versus each department being a separate entity?

Answer: All counties, local units of government, and all non-profit agencies are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this funding announcement.

Question: Would the replication of an existing project be viewed as an expansion if the proposed project will be implemented in a different jurisdiction?

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this funding, staff may not advise an applicant on how to respond to the funding announcement.  Information on eligible activities are defined within in the funding announcement in the Eligible Applicants and Eligible Program Activities and Expenses sections.

Question: I wanted to clarify eligibility for this program. Are all municipalities/non-profits eligible, or is it only those who qualify for an allocation from the federal JAG program directly (list at this URL: https://www.bja.gov/Programs/JAG/jag17/17PA.pdf).

Response: All local units of government (includes counties) and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this funding announcement.

Question: Under the JAG announcement, would the purchase of a vehicle and computers for it be allowable under equipment purchases?

Answer: The Ineligible Program Activities and Expenses section (Section 10), page 12 of the funding announcement, lists the items that are not eligible under JAG purpose areas.

Question: Our question has to do with language on page 5 of the funding announcement. Specifically, the following language:  

“Funding is available for implementation of new projects only and not the expansion of or improvement of existing projects.”

Can you help us understand what PCCD means by “new projects”? We believe that the language “new projects” applies to projects that are new in terms of PCCD funding. Would that be the correct interpretation of “new projects”? We are just trying to understand what PCCD means by “new projects”.

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this solicitation, staff may not advise an applicant on how to respond to the funding announcement.  The Eligible Applicants (Section 5) of the funding announcement states that “Funding is available for implementation of new projects only and not the expansion of or improvement of existing projects.”

Question: Would an application seeking to incorporate evidence-based strategies into DUI/DWI courts fall within this funding program?

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this funding, staff may not advise an applicant on how to respond to the funding announcement.  The goals and objectives and eligible activities are defined within in the funding announcement in the Eligible Program Activities and Expenses section.

Question: Under Goal II, are there activities that are allowable to "increase the support for services provided to those who have been victims of violence" as stated in Objective 7? The two listed activities pertain only to prevention of victimization and not those who have been victimized.

Answer: Only the Activities outlined in the Funding Announcement are eligible under this funding opportunity. 

Question: In 2012 XX County was identified as having disproportionate rates at several of the decision making points within the Juvenile Justice System.   The highest rate was at the arrest level.  A local Non-Profit organization applied and was approved for PCCD Grant Funding to address DMC in XX County.    XX County JPO has been an active participant in the DMC initiative over the last 4 years. As part of the initiative two law enforcement forums were held in 2016 and 2017. Both forums targeted the same school district.

Our question concerns our eligibility to apply for funding to hold these forums.

The Funding guidelines state  “Funding is available for the implementation of new projects only and not the expansion of or improvement of existing projects.”

Keeping in mind that XX County did not apply for the funding previously granted for the two forums held in 16-17, would we be eligible to apply for funding to target new jurisdictions or would this be considered an expansion of an existing project?

Answer: In accordance with the funding announcement, applicants may not submit an application to support existing projects or the expansion of a project. 

Question: We are contemplating collaborating to some extent with the public defender office in another county.  Does this funding permit us to apply and indicate how we would collaborate with the other office, as well as to have some of our funding, if approved, go to the other public defender office? Or would the other public defender office be required to submit their own proposal, which would then indicate how we would collaborate on the proposal?

Answer: Applications to implement multi-organizational projects are encouraged, provided that one local unit of government (or in the case of non-profit organizations, one non-profit organization) serves as the applicant.  Such applicants must include an executed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from the executive/administrative officer of each affected locality.  Applicants are encouraged to begin laying the groundwork for the MOU during the development of the application. 

Question: If we are already receiving PCCD funding for another proposal, are we eligible for this funding?

Answer: Yes

Question: I don’t see anywhere in the current version of the funding announcement as to whether or not there is a REQUIRED LOCAL MATCH that needs to be included in our proposed project budgets.

Answer: There is no local match requirement under this solicitation.

Question: A local initiative includes two school districts. Is it allowed to use these funds for a CTC for this local initiative even though two different school districts are involved?

Answer: If this is a startup of a new project, and the school districts are not part of the existing project (CTC), then you may go across school districts as each community is able to define their own service area.

Question: I quickly browsed the JAG RFP but am wondering whether you know if youth peer court is fundable through this program, or if it might fit better under a different funding program? And if youth peer court is a fit, are there any models PCCD endorses?

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this funding, staff may not advise an applicant on how to respond to the funding announcement.  The Single JAG Solicitation supports a myriad of strategies which are identified in the funding announcement within the goals, objectives, and activities.  PCCD has not endorsed any specific models.

Question:  If you are only serving one locality (i.e. one municipality) do you need to submit a letter of support from the County Criminal Justice Advisory Board?

Answer:  A  letter of support from the County Criminal Justice Advisory Board is required for county-based projects under Goal 1- Objective 1.

Question: We are a non-profit seeking a grant for training to be delivered across the Commonwealth.  Are we required to secure a "Local Jurisdiction Waiver"?

Answer: In accordance with this funding solicitation, and as outlined under Section 5, Eligible Applicants, “non-profit organizations are required to provide letters of cooperation from anticipated project partners – as well as a Local Jurisdiction Waiver from the local unit(s) of government of the jurisdiction(s) they will serve – as part of the application submission.”

Question:  Our question is concerning with the Required Signed Documents found on page 9 under section 8. Required Egrants Sections/Documentation sub-paragraph b. Required Signed Documents: Bullet point (2) it states:

Letter(s) of Support from the County Criminal Justice Advisory Board for county-based projects under Goal 1 – Objective 1.  If we are applying for this grant under Goal 1 – Objective 4 – Activities bullet point 2 do we need a letter of support from the County Criminal Justice Advisory Board?
 
Answer:  Letter(s) of Support from the County Criminal Justice Advisory Board are only required for county-based projects under Goal 1 – Objective 1. 

Question: If awarded and the County signs off on sustaining the program once PCCD funding has been expended, how long must the County continue to sustain (fund) the initiative? One year/five years/in perpetuity?

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this funding, staff may not advise an applicant on how to respond to the funding announcement.  The Sustainability Plan section in the funding announcement describes how sustainability of the program/project is an integral part of the process.  PCCD does not prescribe the length of time a program must be sustained beyond the project period.
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Question:
I manage the afterschool program in our School District. We currently have 104 enrollees, primarily in grades K-5. We focus on academics as well as character development. Do you feel that the Dina Classroom curriculum would be a fit for our program? I have been very impressed with the information I have been able to review about the program.

Answer:
Yes, the DINA Classroom series would be appropriate for an afterschool setting

 

Question:
If interested in providing the Positive Action curriculum, can 3 lessons be combined for a total of 30-45 minutes per week versus 1 lesson daily?
 
Answer:
According to the Developer, the lessons can be stacked and done less frequently throughout the week. To replicate what was found in studies of Positive Action, the lessons were taught 31 – 36 times on average at the middle school and 46 to 50 at the elementary schools on average. It is preferred to have more lessons taught.

Question:
I see there is the 2018 Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs - however I see only $1 is the amount announced.  I know in the grant it states it is dependent on the 18-19 state budget, but I would like to verify that this is an eligible grant to apply for and that you do expect funds to be available for this grant. 

Answer:
Yes, we will be awarding these funds to applicants through a competitive process.  The $1 is listed as a placeholder in the system as we are not sure how many awards we will be able to make based on the total amount of funds available and the amount requested by each applicant.

Question:
It has been previously stated that school districts are eligible to apply. My question is this, are secondary (grades 9 through 12) public Career and Technical Centers (CTCs) also eligible to apply for these specific funds? For example, our CTC is an accredited public technical and career training school that enrolls students in 9th through 12th grade. The school is currently engaged in the School Climate improvement process and has received funding for both school safety and climate from the Department of Education.

Answer:
Yes, Career and Technical Centers are eligible to apply for these funds.

Question:
We currently run a Life Skills Training program in our School District and are interested in applying for PCCD funding. Our current program is under-funded, so we wanted to inquire about the stipulation that this funding is for “new program implementations, expansions of an existing program into a new and distinct geographic area.” I understand that we would not be eligible, since it is not a new program implementation; however, is it possible that someone else might apply for funding to provide this service in Easton even though we already do? 

Answer:
PCCD funds may not be used to supplant existing funds being used to provide a program.  If the other entity were to apply to serve a different population (e.g., a different building than where the program is currently being offered), that would be eligible to apply.  However, funds cannot be used to replace services currently funded by the district.

Question:
We are a current grantee of PCCD Violence Prevention Program funds and are delivering the LST Middle School Program (2017-19).  We were also just awarded a VPP (State DP) grant to become a PACTT affiliate (10/1/17-9/30/18 – awards were delayed).  Are we eligible to apply for 2018 Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs funds to implement the Strengthening Families Program 10-14? Thank you.

Yes, you are eligible to apply for SFP 10-14.

Question:
We currently provide ART to clients through the County Juvenile Justice System. We are interested in expanding our ART ‘reach’ into local schools, providing it as a tool for our schools to utilize with students instead of suspensions. I have been in touch with Mark Amendola who has approved our request, and he has provided both a template as well as the PA State Standards to which the programs aligns. But we do need to train more of our counselors, as well as provide the booster for those already trained, and those are not inexpensive propositions! Is this a project that aligns with the PCCD grant offering?

Answer:
Since you are already implementing ART, you will need to apply for an expansion of the program.  The maximum amount you may apply for is $125,000 over two years with a maximum of no more than $75,000 in either year.  Please see page 7 of the funding announcement for more information about the definition of an expansion.