Donor Name: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
State: New York
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $150,000
Grant Duration: 24 months
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) seeks proposals to fund safety and security projects at nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Approximately fifty million ($50 million) is expected to be available to fund approximately 1,000 projects throughout New York State.
Nonprofit, community-based organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, belief or mission may seek funding to strengthen safety and security measures. Hate crimes target individuals, groups of individuals or property because of a perception or belief about race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or other characteristic as defined by state law.
The total number of hate crime incidents reported to police represent a fraction of all reported crime in the state. However, despite hate crimes targeting individuals or individual structures, these crimes can adversely affect entire communities, not just their intended target.
DCJS enhances public safety by providing resources and services that inform decision making and improve the quality of the criminal justice system. DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; identification and funding of programs that reduce crime, recidivism, and victimization. Additionally, DCJS administers the state’s Sex Offender Registry.
DCJS is committed to funding programs that improve New York’s public safety and the effectiveness of New York’s justice system. Proposals will be rated and selected for funding consistent with the best interest of the state. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate in their response to this solicitation how their proposal supports New York’s commitment to public safety.
DCJS expects that approximately $50 million will be made available to support approximately 1,000 projects. Applications will be accepted for up to $50,000 per project. Each eligible organization may submit up to three (3) applications for physical security enhancements for a maximum total of $150,000.
Unless otherwise modified by DCJS, the anticipated contract period for this grant opportunity will be for 24 months, beginning no earlier than June 1, 2023.
This RFP requests applications to support projects that enhance the safety and security of nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks due to their ideology, beliefs or mission. Nonprofit organizations that have received prior DHSES or DCJS SCAHC funding are eligible to apply for additional funding only if the proposed project(s) is different than those previously funded. Each applicant must be pre-qualified on-line in the New York State Grants Gateway.
To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following requirements:
- Applicants must have received a Recognition of Exempt Status Determination letter from the IRS pursuant to 26 USC §501(c)(3). Alternatively, the applicant may self-certify by providing a letter affirming that the organization qualifies as a §501(c)(3) organization and is exempt from tax pursuant to 26 USC §501(a). The organization must maintain tax exempt status throughout the life of the grant. If the organization’s tax-exempt status is jeopardized or placed into question at any point during the life of the grant, the organization must notify DCJS within fifteen (15) days;
- The applicant must be a nonprofit organization;
- Must be at risk of a hate crime or attack due to ideology, beliefs, or mission as described by the applicant organization;
- Must be registered, have recently applied for registration and such application remains pending, or be exempt from registering with the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Charities Bureau;
For more information, visit Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes.