State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grants Available

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) PPHF- 2014 Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Cooperative Agreements) (PPHF-2014).

The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration. Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations.

Eligible applicants are:

  • States (Including D.C. and the territories)
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act), or urban Indian organizations (as defined in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act) that are actively involved in the development and continuation of a tribal youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategy
  • Public or private non-profit organizations designated by a state, federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization, or urban Indian organization, to develop or direct the state/tribal-sponsored youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategy

No single state agency is mandated to be the lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program grants, as states differ in which state agency has taken the lead for suicide prevention (e.g., Department of Health, Department of Mental Health). Where states have a plan that designates a lead agency, that agency should act as the lead or should designate an alternative lead for State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant Program. If the state plan does not designate a lead agency, justify the selection of the lead agency for this application. Although only one agency should be the lead, inclusion of all youth-serving agencies is expected.

The statutory authority for this program prohibits grants to for-profit agencies.

States and/or tribes who have been previous recipients of the State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Program award who do not currently have a grant are eligible but are required to address how this grant award will build on and/or expand the work of the earlier grant awards and not simply continue what was done previously.

For more information, visit the SAMHSA website.


National Crime Victims Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is being observed April 6–12, 2014. This year’s theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice—celebrates three decades of extraordinary progress made on behalf of millions of victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This commemorative week has been set aside since 1981 to honor crime victims and the advocates, counselors, first responders, and others who assist them in their time of need.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps communities throughout the Nation to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Candlelight vigils, presentations about the impact victims have on the field, and numerous community service projects are happening during NCVRW.

A video is available that highlights this year’s theme and the progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984, which makes victims’ services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible.

“The Faces of Human Trafficking,” a 60-second television PSA, intends to raise public awareness of human trafficking, demonstrate how anyone can be a victim, and show that survivors of this crime have very diverse backgrounds and experiences.

For more information, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website.


Supreme Court Rules: No Guns for Convicted Batterers

Courtesy of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Momentous Supreme Court Ruling Will Save Lives

March 26, 2014: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the Supreme Court in ruling today that people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns. They also ruled that this law can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.

“This ruling will literally save lives,” says NCADV executive director, Rita Smith. “A woman’s risk of being killed increases by 500% when a gun is present in domestic violence situations–not fifty percent, not one hundred percent—Five Hundred Percent. Prohibiting convicted batterers from possessing guns is just simple common sense and we are thrilled that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that federal law supports this.”

The ruling stemmed from the case, United States vs. Castleman, in which James Alvin Castleman plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in Tennessee in 2001. In his case, it was alleged that he intentionally or knowingly caused bodily injury to the mother of his child. Seven years later, it was discovered that Castleman and his wife were buying firearms and selling them on the black market.

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that this is indeed not okay, regardless of Castleman’s efforts to convince a federal court that he was not guilty of illegal gun possession because his guilty plea for a Tennessee domestic violence offense did not qualify under federal law because of the way domestic violence is defined by Tennessee statute.

Domestic violence is defined differently by law in different states; however, the Court upheld that even more minor forms of physical force used in violent relationships constitutes misdemeanor offenses and should be taken seriously. While misdemeanor domestic violence offenses often consist of more minor acts such as pushing, grabbing, shoving, slapping, and hitting compared to public understanding of more extreme violent acts against a stranger, it is important to understand that these smaller acts of violence are used by abusers over time to establish control and dominance over an intimate partner and frequently build in severity. For US women, this too often means the violence will get worse. Add a gun to the mix and the likelihood of their being killed with that gun by their abusive partner increases exponentially.

Executive Director Rita Smith continues, “We cannot express enough how important this ruling was today. Any other ruling would have significantly undermined women’s safety. Knowing that more than half of female intimate partners are more likely to be killed by a gun than any other weapon, today feels like an incredible victory.”


Grants Encourage Progressive Ideas

Wallace Global Fund

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. The Fund seeks to further its mission through systemic change as well as fundamental public policy shifts. Grants are provided for initiatives at the national and global levels, as well as for significant local or regional initiatives offering the potential to leverage broader impact. The focus is on funding programs that address environmental resource depletion and system collapse, corporate abuses and the concentration of corporate power, planetary carrying capacity, sustainable human population, women’s human rights, civic engagement, civil liberties, equal justice, independent media, and media policy. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time; invited applications are reviewed quarterly. Visit the Fund’s website for online application guidelines.


Rural Community Workshops Funded

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides rural communities throughout the United States access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host an intensive, two-and-a-half day community workshop. CIRD’s contribution includes a $7,000 stipend and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000. Support is provided for rural communities with a population of 50,000 or less. The application deadline is May 6, 2014. Visit the CIRD website to learn more about the program.


Support for Cultural Programs Promoting Sustainable Communities

Surdna Foundation: Thriving Cultures

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. Through the Thriving Cultures program, grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four categories: Teens Artistic Advancement, Artists Engaging in Social Change, Artists and Economic Development, or Community Engaged Design. Online letters of inquiry that focus on these categories are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to review detailed program guidelines for each of the Foundation’s Thriving Cultures lines of work.


First Nations Development Institute Now Accepting Proposals for 2014 Native Youth & Culture Fund

First Nations Development Institute, a national Native nonprofit organization, established in 1980 and dedicated to strengthening Native American economies, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) program.

First Nations is a catalyst for social and economic justice. Our mission is to assist Native peoples to control and develop their own assets and, through that control, build the capacity to direct their economic futures in ways that fit their cultures. First Nations funds Tribal programs and Native nonprofits located in or near Indian Country, including Hawaii and Alaska.

First Nations believes that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well being determines the future overall health and well-being of a community. By investing in its youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition in the community, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable future leaders.

We are pleased to announce this 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that focus on youth, and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health or other social issues. Specifically, we are seeking projects that focus on one or more of the following four priority areas:

  • Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values.
  • Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate.
  • Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs.
  • Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history, or other culturally relevant topics.

First Nations expects to receive 200 proposals.  From these submissions, approximately 45 will be invited to submit full proposals.  From those applicants asked to submit full proposals First Nations will award approximately 20 grants. Some of the projects ultimately to be selected may have previously received funding through the Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF), and are seeking additional support to expand the original project, with a view toward sustainability. First Nations prefers to fund projects no longer than one year in length, and with budgets between $5,000 and $20,000.

Eligible applicants include Tribal governments, Tribal programs or Native nonprofits in or near Indian Country.  First Nations does not fund individuals.  Organizations that are not a tribal government, 501(c)(3), or a 7871 but must have a fiscal sponsor that is a qualifying entity.  We do not require federal recognition for tribal governments; however, organizations must be able to provide proof of official state recognition. Non-profits that apply must be located in a tribal community or have a very close tie to a particular tribal community(ies). This program does not fund publicly funded schools.  Urban groups that work with off-reservation populations only are very unlikely to receive funding as our focus is on tribal economies.

Because First Nations is committed to empowering the organizations it funds, each applicant will be required to allocate and set aside a minimum of $1,000 of its proposed requested funds for attendance at a mandatory technical assistance and training event to be hosted by First Nations. This amount must be included in the total amount requested which should not exceed $20,000 as noted above. The monies will be utilized for travel, travel-related costs and lodging for this First Nations NYCF Training Summit. It is anticipated that the required (one staff person per grantee) NYCF Training Summit will be held in September, 2014.

First Nations seeks projects that:

  • Are solid matches between the project purpose and one or more of the NYCF priorities.
  • Demonstrate innovative and comprehensive activities.
  • Have a clear focus on building healthier communities through preserving, strengthening, or renewing Native culture and cultural traditions among youth.
  • Demonstrate the ability and/or experience necessary to accomplish the project.
  • Have a clear plan of action, specific goals and objectives, and a process to periodically assess, document, and disseminate progress and lessons learned.
  • Are feasible, cost-effective, and sustainable.
  • Form partnerships and engage broad community participation and support.
  • Have the potential for application and replication in other Native communities.

Proposals must be submitted using our online form.  The online proposal must be completed and submitted no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on March 20, 2014.   Please read the official request before you decide to submit a proposal.

For more information and to begin the application, visit: 
http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2014nycf

If you have questions about the RFP process, please contact Marsha Whiting at (303) 774-7836, ext. 208 or email her at mwhiting@firstnations.org.


OVC Seeks a Tribal Community to Participate in the National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center Pilot Project

In 2013, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice, funded the development of a National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center (NTC) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The NTC is seeking a tribal community to participate in this innovative pilot project. If your community fits the eligibility criteria below, we encourage you to submit a Concept Paper that outlines your community’s need and capacity for this type of service.

The goal of this project is to provide a community of support for sexual assault (SA) clinicians in tribal and rural facilities to increase their confidence, competence, and retention, and to support quality care for adult and adolescent SA patients. The NTC will use telemedicine technology to provide 24/7 remote clinician-to-clinician assistance from Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).

Selected sites will receive a computer with video conferencing capabilities, an information technology (IT) site assessment, and installation assistance. The computer will be used for audio and video consultation with SANEs in Massachusetts before, during, and/or after performing a forensic examination. Funds will be provided to selected sites for a part-time (.2 full-time equivalent), site-based IT liaison, and a part-time (.5 full-time equivalent), site-based clinical liaison. Both liaisons will work with staff in the NTC for the duration of the project. Funding assistance from the NTC is limited to these two positions and purposes, and no additional financial support will be provided for participation in the project at this time. To be eligible to participate in this project, your facility(ies) must serve one or more tribal communities and meet the following criteria:

  • be a single medical facility that provides 24/7 care and forensic examinations to SA patients or two collaborating facilities within 2 hours driving distance;
  • have Internet connectivity via local area network, wireless, or cellular service;
  • have policies and/or protocols in place that are specific for the care of SA victims;
  • demonstrate support from the administration of your facility(ies); and
  • collaborate with NTC staff and managers, and the Project Evaluation Team, to collect data on patients that receive TeleNursing consultation.

In your Concept Paper, describe your need for assistance in caring for SA patients, including collection of evidence. The Concept Paper should be no more than seven pages in length, double-spaced, and should address the following for each facility:

  • identify the lead facility and the partnering facility, if applicable;
  • reasons you are requesting assistance to care for and perform evidence collection examinations for SA victims;
  • number of SA victims cared for in your facility(ies) in 2013;
  • description of the population served by your facility(ies);
  • description of the type and extent of care you provide to victims of SA;
  • number and title of staff responsible for the care of victims of SA;
  • type and extent of training your staff received specifically for the care of victims of SA, and their experience in using a rape kit;
  • description of your relationship with law enforcement and the rape crisis program in your area (if any); and
  • description of victim advocate(s) or other supports available to victims of SA, and your relationship to these supports (if any).

Finalists will be notified by e-mail no later than March 31, 2014, and invited to submit a full application.

E-mail your Concept Paper to askovc@ncjrs.gov by Friday, March 7, 2014, and include the name and address of the lead facility and the contact person’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Contact Dr. Christine Murphy with questions about the Concept Paper process or preparation. Questions and answers will be made available to all potential respondents.