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collapse Funding Announcement Title 2017/18 JAG Single Solicitation Local Initiatives ‎(71)

Question: Are the documents listed in Egrants approval checklist section required for all applications no matter which objective you are applying for? 

Answer:  The documents are only required if they are applicable to your proposed project.

Question:  How does PCCD define "community" or "jurisdiction"? We aim to implement a comprehensive program that will target a community (several census tracts) within a larger metropolitan area. Would that be an appropriate geography for this grant solicitation?

Answer:  PCCD does not define the terms community or jurisdiction for the purposes of this solicitation.

Question:  If you are only serving one locality (i.e. one municipality), but through multiple partners (nonprofits, schools, municipal departments, etc.) do you need to provide an executed MOU? If you do not, will letters of commitment from each partner suffice?

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.  A letter(s) of commitment to participate is required from any entity that will work with you, partner with you, or be involved in the project you propose.

Question: As part of a large university, it is possible that applications would be submitted from different colleges or departments, with different project proposals. Would projects from separate colleges or departments be administratively rejected if they came in for the same objective but with very different proposals? 

Answer: While an applicant agency may submit more than one application, they may only submit one per Objective. It is the responsibility of the applicant agency to coordinate its submissions.  For the purposes of this solicitation, a branch campus would be considered a different applicant agency from the main campus or another branch campus of the university.  Note: if more than one application is submitted by the applicant agency per objective, all of the applicant organization’s applications within that Objective will be administratively rejected.

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:  On page 6 of the Funding Announcement it states, “funds for the proposed program may be used to implement projects that support one or more of the Goals, Objectives, and Activities from the PCCD Strategic Framework”.  Does that mean one (or more) Goal , Objective and Activity must be addressed through the application? Will points be deducted if a Goal and Objective is addressed but not an Activity? Do all three need to be addressed in order for the project to qualify?

Answer:  Only projects in support of the Activities identified within the Objectives are eligible for funding under this solicitation (Section 7, Page 6).

Question: Can you please clarify if “Objective 7: Engage schools, communities and families in violence prevention and increase the support services provided to those who have been victims of violence” requires a project that includes all three: schools, communities, and families? Can a project engage communities and families without also engaging schools?

Answer:  In accordance with this funding announcement, projects may address one or more of the specified entities.

Question: I understand that a county cannot submit more than one application per PCCD objective.  Can a county submit an application that address more than one objective so long as the total budget is no more than $150,000 for the first year?

Answer: In accordance with this funding announcement, funds for the proposed program may be used to implement projects that support one or more of the Goals, Objectives, and Activities from the PCCD Strategic Framework identified below. Only projects in support of the Activities identified within this section are eligible for funding under this solicitation (Section 7, Page 6).

Question: Would an application seeking to incorporate evidence-based strategies into drug 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: Are proposals under objective 7 required to both prevent AND support victims of crime or can they simply be a school and community based program designed to prevent sexual violence?

Answer: In accordance with the funding solicitation, only the activities listed under Objective 7 are eligible.

Question: Are already existing programs able to apply for JAG funding to launch a new project or expansion of the program? So the project/program would be new, but the organization/program applying for the funding to implement it is old. 

Answer:  Funding is available for the implementation of new projects only and not the expansion of or improvement of existing projects.  This refers to the projects, NOT the agency.

Question: Would a grantee be eligible to apply for funding to target new jurisdictions or would this be considered an expansion of an existing project?

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: Please explain if as a community organization I must be in partnership with governmental/ state agencies, and/or other nonprofits to apply for the funding? Can collaborative partners be other professional community members, who are interested in collaborating and applying for the funding?

 
Answer: Local units of government (includes counties) and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this funding announcement. State agencies are NOT eligible to apply for these funds.
 
Partnerships:  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. 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: 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: Are already existing programs able to apply for JAG funding to launch a new project or expansion of the program?

Answer: Local units of government (including counties) and non-profit organizations are eligible to submit an application in accordance with this funding announcement. Funding is available for the implementation of new projects only.

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: Applications entered in Egrants by the deadline are not considered complete unless the required original Signature Page and any other required signed documents are also received at PCCD. Successful Applications will be presented for consideration at the September 12, 2018 Commission meeting.  Is this date correct? 

Answer: Yes, the date is correct.

Question: Can you provide us with an example of an Internal Quality Assurance Process referenced on page 10 of 21 in the RFP? Does it mean our internal evaluation/monitoring processes?

Answer: The internal quality assurance processes referenced are those controls that will be used to monitor the implementation of this project which includes but is not limited to the financial controls, standardized process, and internal evaluation/monitoring.

Question: Who can sign as the County Executive?

Answer: PCCD does not dictate to a county who the signatories should be. Counties may have County Commissioners, County Administrators, or County Executives (or others) that may sign as the “county executive”.

Question:  Our proposed project would span three counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Can you tell me if we need to secure a JAG Local Jurisdiction Waiver from each of those counties or should we just secure one from our home county?

Answer: In accordance with this funding solicitation, non-profit organizations are required to provide  Local Jurisdiction Waivers from the local unit(s) of government of the jurisdiction(s) they will serve.

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: What is the difference between responding to one of the Objectives, and submitting an application for the $15,000 one-year Strategic Planning awards?  Are the requirements the same, in terms of executed MOUs and JAG Local Jurisdiction Waivers?

Answer: MOUs would be required for multi-agency projects and Local Jurisdiction Waivers apply only to non-profit agencies.

Question: I have a newly formed non-profit and we are just now filing for tax-exempt status. Will this be disqualifying in any way, that we do not as yet have formal approval for tax exempt status?

Answer: Not necessarily.  PCCD would require evidence that the organization is organized as a non-profit entity.

Question: We have two nonprofits that have been long-term law enforcement partners and are unique in their local expertise to assist us in our JAG project. They have submitted letters of commitment for the application.

1. Would they be considered “pass through” agencies, sub-grantees, or consultants? These nonprofits are considered our law enforcement partners and are actively involved in our initiatives for outreach, coordination, etc. rather than just delivering one product.

 
Answer:  The agencies would be considered consultants if you are procuring goods or services from the agencies.  In this case, the budgeted costs should be entered in the Consultants budget category.  The agencies would be considered pass-through agencies if they are collaboratively completing a portion of the proposed project.  In this case, their budget should be set up as a separate pass-through budget in your application.
 
2. Do we need to have executed Cooperation Agreements or Memorandum of Understanding documents attached to the submission? We typically execute these agreements after the award announcement.
 
Answer: Please refer to Page 5 of the funding announcement, under section 5. Eligible Applicants, Partnerships. 
 
3. Do we need to complete the “proposed sole source vendor” fields in the application for these agencies? Do we need to complete the “proposed sole source vendor” fields in the application for these agencies?
 
Answer:  The proposed sole source vendor fields in the Procurement section should be completed if you are proposing a noncompetitive procurement in your application.  Please refer to PCCD’s Applicant’s Manual for additional information on procurement standards.

Question: Where can we find out what programmatic measures we are required to report on?

Answer: The full list of programmatic measures for PMT reporting and other supporting documentation is available on the BJA website: https://bjapmt.ojp.gov/help/JAGDocs/01_JAGGeneralInformationQuestionnaire508.pdf. Any additional performance measures selected by the PCCD staff will be specific to the activities outlined in the application. 

Question: I am applying for funding through the JAG for my township police department and a neighboring regional police department.  I know that my township will be listed as the applicant and recipient agency.  My question is, do I list the other police department as a recipient agency as well?  This grant will be for equipment.  Each police department will get its own equipment.

Answer: The other department should be listed as a recipient agency.  A pass-through budget should also be entered in the budget details section for that other department.

Question: If we want to request funding to support the development of a strategic plan, can we also request the $150,000 funding for implementation of new projects?

Answer: An applicant agency can submit multiple applications, just not under the same objective The applicant could apply for the development of a strategic plan grant (15k) under one objective, then another application under a different objective (150K). 

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.

Question: Who can sign as the County Executive for the Local Jurisdiction Waiver?

Answer: Any county official with the authority to sign contracts on behalf of the county.
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Question: Can this funding be used for out-of-state training? 

Answer: There is no prohibition on using these funds to send anyone to out of state training.

Question: As part of the Juvenile Justice Enhancements Strategy, we have implemented a Graduated Responses approach, to reward youth for positive behavior. Can grant funding be used to purchase incentives/rewards for individuals meeting program benchmarks?  Also, many of our youth do not receive accolades, so graduation from Juvenile Treatment Court is a major milestone that can serve as a turning point in an at - risk youth’s life, can funding be used toward food and refreshments for a graduation ceremony?

Answer: Due to the competitive nature of this funding opportunity, staff may not advise applicants how to respond to the funding announcement.  The eligible activities are listed in Section 7; Page 7 of the funding guidelines.

Question: Can funds be used to enhance multiple courts (in the same county)?  If so, would each court report on performance?

Answer:  In accordance with this funding solicitation, “the primary objective of this initiative is to implement new drug courts within judicial districts where none currently exist, support the expansion and improvement of existing drug courts, and/or the expansion of support services to drug court participants within judicial districts.” 

Question: Would PCCD consider an application from a county for the 2018 Drug Court Initiative funding if they are receiving funds under the 2017 Drug Court Initiative solicitation?

Answer:  In accordance with this funding announcement, all Pennsylvania judicial districts are eligible to apply, priority consideration will be given to judicial districts that currently do not have an operational drug court within their jurisdiction as well as accredited programs or programs that can demonstrate efforts to obtain accreditation (Section 5-Eligible Applicants).  In addition, the eligible activities and expenses are listed in Section 7; Page 7 of the funding guidelines.

Question: Does the grant money cover salary and benefits?

Answer:  Due to the competitive nature of this solicitation, staff may not advise applicants how to respond to the funding announcement.  In accordance with this funding announcement, eligible activities include staff training, technical assistance, case management and/or other activities designed to achieve the stated program goals, objectives, and outcomes.  Additional eligible activities can be found in Section 7 of the Funding Announcement.

Question: The signature page is entitled “SUBGRANT” ; is a signature page required of all applicants or only those with sub-applicants?

Answer:  All applications require a Signature Page.
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Question: Will this grant fund an MAT program that begins in the jail and continues through reentry to provide support for program participants in the community?

Answer: Grants funds are permitted to support MAT programs that begin in the jail/work release and continue through reentry as part of an aftercare plan for those participants in the community.

Question: Is it expected that our inputs reflect quarterly targets (since quarterly reporting periods are required) or annual targets (which cover the entire project period)?

Answer: The targets should be annual targets for the length of the project.

Question: Are there training requirements for this grant and if so, what are they?

Answer: As a condition of Award, applicant will participate in training and/or technical assistance activities, as specified by PCCD, for the successful implementation of this initiative.
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Question: Appendix D in the grant solicitation indicates the form is for Fiscal Years 2016-2018.  Is this correct?  If not, should we correct/initial the change on the form?

Answer: The form is correct.  Awards will be made for a two-year project period that includes FY 2016-2018.

Question:  Is there going to be an on line training available to discuss new sections of the grant i.e. procurement?

Answer:  We do not anticipate conducting any trainings on the standard sections of the funding announcement.  Specific questions regarding procurement may be directed to the fiscal contact.
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Question: Signatures needed for the grants

Answer:

  • Signature of Attesting Officer –County Chief Clerk
  • County Commissioners –County Chairman Commissioner
  • Solicitor – Not Required
  • Controller – Not Required
  • District Attorney – Not Required
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collapse Funding Announcement Title Endowment Act - Treatment Training ‎(9)

Question: If we are applying for #2 – Training for Evidence-based programs/practices, do we need to host our own training for our clinicians or can we pay to send them to an existing training?

Answer:  We suggest budgeting for the most cost-effective option when decision on whether to send clinicians to a training or hosing the training on-site.  If you are planning on training clinicians in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy please see Appendix B of the funding announcement for allowable costs. 

Question: We might apply for more of our staff to get EMDR training. However, these staff treat adult survivors of sexual abuse. In fact, these therapists treat adult sex offenders most of whom have been sexually abused in their childhood. Our question is if treating adults is acceptable under this grant or is it strictly for treatment of children? I recall that all of the outcome data that we were to enter into the quarterly report was centered on children.  Our perspective is that by treating sex offenders we are not only improving their lives, but averting future victims and contributing to the safety of our community at large. Having EMDR as a tool to help these adults resolve their own childhood trauma would make their treatment even more effective.

Answer: Endowment Act funding can be utilized to treat adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; however, funding has not been expended on persons who have committed sexual offenses.

Question: I have a question about the grant for the Endowment Act- Treatment Training that I hope you can answer for me.  Are we allowed to submit applications for multiple training modalities under one application for the grant?  For example, have our counselor’s trained in TF-CBT, EMDR, and evidence based Art Therapy, or do we have to limit the training to one form of evidence based therapy?

Question: Do mental health providers and therapists count as “healthcare providers”?  In the RFP they appear to used interchangeably in some places but not in others.

Answer: Yes, mental health providers and therapists are considered healthcare providers under this funding announcement. 

Question: On page 10 of the Funding Announcement, under paragraph e. Required Attachments, it states that “…documents must be attached in the Required Attachment section in Egrants.” We have not been able to find a section specifically labeled as the “Required Attachments” section, and the only section that appears to allow uploading of attachments is under the Non-Profit Agency Checklist section. Should we attach letters of support, a letter from the program developer, and related documents in this section, or are we missing another appropriate section?

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collapse Funding Announcement Title 2018 Violence and Delinquency Prevention Programs ‎(26)

Question:
We are a current grantee for SFP 10-14 and plan to submit an application to provide the program in another school district in our county.  We currently have six trained facilitators and do not anticipate needing to train more for the expansion.  How do we address within the application the requirement of providing a confirmation letter from the SFP 10-14 Developer that outlines the request for training and the associated costs? 

Answer:
You should contact the developer to let them know that you are requesting funding to expand your project.  The letter/email from the developer should indicate that they are aware of your application and that you have enough current capacity regarding facilitators that training is not needed to begin the project.

Question:
We are applying for general support of our BBBS Community-based Mentoring Program in two Counties. Do we need a letter of support from a collaborative board in each county or would a letter from a single board suffice for us to receive funding for our program in both counties? We have a letter of support from the local collaborative board one County, which has a recent risk and resource assessment completed. The major collaborative board in the other County, does not have a risk and resource assessment completed within the last 36 months. However, we have a letter of support from the County Drug & Alcohol Commission, a group of community stakeholders that has conducted a risk and resource assessment related to combating drug and alcohol abuse in the area. Does this letter from the commission qualify as a valid letter of support from a collaborative board in the County? If not, are we only able to apply for funding for our program in the other County?

Answer:
You should have a letter of support from a coalition representing the areas you plan to serve.  You should also use data specific to that area to define the selected problem in your application.  The coalition(s) should have completed a timely risk and resource assessment so that the specific problem can be clearly identified.

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:
How often is the grant opportunity made available for applications? Is it annual, every two years or solely based on availability of funds?  Thank you for your time on this matter.

Answer:
The VDPP announcement is generally released in late January/early February each year, depending on the availability of funding and the priorities of PCCD.

Question:
For non-classroom based programs, would a “different geographic area” mean a completely different school district? Or could it mean a different school building or neighborhood ‘feeder school’? Specifically, if we expand to a single neighborhood elementary school in Pittsburgh Public School District, which is a large district with over 44 elementary and middle schools, would we then be ineligible to apply for PCCD expansion funds in the future, for any other school neighborhoods in PPSD?

Answer:
For non-classroom based programs, the funding announcement states that an expansion must be into a new school district. 

​Question:
In terms of a collaborative board partner, could our agency utilize our local United Way? Two years ago, they convened a group of community members, business leaders, and youth providers to create a strategic plan for their youth impact fund. Our violence and delinquency prevention programs fit this plan/goals and are not funded by this United Way impact fund. Would this be an eligible partner?

Answer:
If the convened group conducted a comprehensive data collection process, analyzed that data, and used that data to drive prevention program selection, then they would be eligible.  You should describe the process followed and the data used to conduct your risk and resource assessment as part of your application.

 

Question:
Our agency does currently offer PATHS in school districts throughout our community. I originally thought I could apply under program expansion because we would like to add grade levels within an existing school district, however I did see that the expansion only applied to those who had received PCCD funding for the program previously. That would not be us.

 
When I looked at applying under new implementation, it says you need to be applying for a program that has not previously been implemented by the applicant or recipient agencies. We have only done the program in one grade level in the one school district so that to me means this is not technically a new implementation.
 
I would like to apply under new implementation under the premise that although we have implemented PATHS in the school district, we were unable to deliver the entire curriculum due to funding limitations.  As such, PCCD funding would enable us to deliver PATHS with strict adherence and in its entirety.
 
Is this something that would be acceptable to the commission or should I keep watching for future funding announcements?
 
Answer:
Since you have never received PCCD funds to implement PATHS, you may apply for a new implementation.  However, as per the answer to question 12, you may not use PCCD funds to supplant existing funding used for PATHS.  For school-based programs such as PATHS, here is the definition of a new implementation:  Applying to expand a program for which an agency (the applicant and/or recipient) has not previously received PCCD funding to implement.  Applications must propose to serve a new target population that is geographically different than that currently being served.  For school-based programs (i.e., LST, PATHS, OBPP, IYS DINA Classroom, Positive Action, and PTNDA), this would mean serving either a new school district or expanding an existing implementation into new school buildings or grades within a district.  

Question:
We currently have the initial 2-year implementation grant to provide Triple P services in one area of our County.  With the release of the funding announcement regarding the expansion of Triple P services, would we be able to expand these services into another area in the County or another county by applying for this new release of funding?

Answer:
As per the funding announcement an expansion is defined as:  For non-classroom based programs (i.e, ART, Familias Fuertes, IYS Small Group Therapy and Basic/Advanced Parent, Triple P, SFP 10-14, SAAF, and TF-CBT), this would mean expanding services provided to a different geographic area as defined by school district boundaries.  Funds may not be used to increase the services you are currently providing by offering the same services to more individuals (e.g., reducing a waiting list).

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.