MDHHS issues Requests for Proposals for advocacy, responses to women victims of violent crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 15, 2019

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to victim advocacy and system response to violent crimes against women.

The Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors (STOP) program focuses on implementation of comprehensive strategies that are sensitive to the needs and safety of victims and hold offenders accountable. Applicants are encouraged to carry out these strategies by forging partnerships between victim service providers and criminal justice agencies and to look beyond traditional resources in search of new partners.

One RFP is open to law enforcement agencies, prosecutor offices and federally recognized Native American tribes and seeks to award up to 10 grants for law enforcement and prosecution projects; a total of $2 million is available.

The other RFP is open to non-profit agencies, community-based organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes that provide services to victims of violent crimes against women. A total of $1.2 million is available to fund up to 10 awards.

Grant applications for both RFPs must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. The program period is Jan. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2020.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Bureau of Community Services” link and selecting either the “STOPL-2020” (for law enforcement, prosecutors, and federally recognized Native American tribes) or the “STOPV-2020” (for providers of victim services) grant program.

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