ValorUS (VALOR) is pleased to announce that the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has made over $6 million dollars available to agencies serving victims. The program is entitled Emergency Response to Interpersonal Violence – Pandemic (CO) Program Part Two 2021.
VALOR, formerly CALCASA, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of California administered by the Child Abuse, Listening, Interviewing, and Coordination Center (CALICO) will then subaward funds to local service providers to support the additional needs associated with providing safety and services for victims during this time of social distancing.
VALOR will be administering approximately $2 million of these funds. The remaining funds will be administered by the two statewide organizations noted above.
UPDATE 6/3/2021: VALOR is pleased to announce that we received requests for over $2.2 million, and we are in the process of notifying applicants who are to receive awards.
We will leave our application open in case we receive more funding and/or we have unspent funds.
This program is intended to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on victim service providers in order to ensure the immediate safety of victims of interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse for the purpose of this Program).
- Eligible applicants are California nonprofit organizations serving victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Nonprofit Agencies must have demonstrated proof of 501(c)(3) status and/or fiscal sponsorship through a California non-profit organization.
- Governmental entities, hospitals, and nongovernmental entities.
- Applicants applying for programs supported with federal funds must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) and have an expiration date that is at least eight weeks after the application due date. Check SAM status.
- Applicants that are community-based organizations must be registered with the California Department of Justice’s Registry of Charitable Trusts with a “current” or “pending” status. Check nonprofit status.
Grant Award Performance Period
The grant performance period will begin on January 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021, and will cover purchases already made due to COVID-19, as well as requests for funds that agencies can commit to spending prior to the deadline of July 31, 2021. Expenditures must be completed within the timeframe agreed to during the approval process.
Funds are available on a reimbursement basis only.
Coordination of Awards
Funding will be distributed to local service providers by 3 agencies:
- ValorUS (VALOR) – approximately $2 million
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) approximately $1 million
- Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CALICO) approximately $2 million
VALOR, CPEDV, and CALICO will be coordinating with each other to ensure duplicative awards (i.e., for the exact same expenses) are not issued.
- Individual awards for new CO Program Subawardees must not exceed $75,000.
- Individual awards for past CO Program Subawardees must not exceed $50,000.
Activities/Expenses Supported by Grant Funds
Awarded funds may cover the following direct victim services and/or technology needs (needed to serve victims remotely) for agencies:
- Emergency shelter/housing
- Emergency food/clothing/personal care items (including gift cards)
- Utility assistance
- Information Technology support
- Cell phones
- Cell service/data service
- Video conferencing memberships
- Audio/visual equipment
- Hazard pay (local agency must have appropriate policies in place)
- Administrative time off (local agency must have appropriate policies in place)
- Other needs directly resulting from the pandemic
Application Process and Approval of Subawards
- VALOR will award funds on a first-come basis. Members will not be prioritized.
- The application will remain open until all of the funds have been committed to agencies.
- VALOR will deny or conditionally approve applications within one week of receipt of all the accurately completed required documents for the application.
- No funds Match will be required.
6/20/2021 Invoices & receipts/backup documentation for expenses from Jan 1 – May 30, 2021, due to VALOR
7/7/2021 1st Victim Services Data Form due to VALOR for Jan 1 – June 30, 2021
7/15/2021 1st Progress Report due for Jan 1 – June 30, 2021 (online)
7/31/2021 End of the funding period
8/9/2021 All invoices, receipts/backup documentation for expenses June 1 – July 31, 2020, due to VALOR by close of business
8/15/2021 2nd Progress report due to VALOR for July 1 – 31, 2021
8/15/2021 2nd Victim Services Data Form due to VALOR for July 1 – 31, 2021
Required Documents for Application
IRS Letter demonstrating 501(c)(3) status (including fiscal sponsorships) and EIN#.
Requirements for Reimbursement
Funds are available on a reimbursement basis only. Applicants in award must first expend funds in order to be reimbursed.
- Invoices for funds expended
- Receipts for previously approved expenditures.
- Back-up documentation including functional timesheets for time spent providing services to victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Expenses must be made within the timeframe agreed to during approval.
- VALOR reserves the right to reallocate funds to other providers if subawardees fail to adhere to approved timeframes.
Requirements for Reporting
- 2 Victim Assistance Data Reports (OVC PMT) when funds are used for directly serving victims.
- 2 Progress Reports.
- All reports are required before a final check will be delivered.
For questions or technical assistance with the forms and/or your application please email COVID2021funding@valor.US.