2018 Drunk Driving Trust Fund - Request for Grant Applications

FY2018 Drunk Driving Trust Fund - Victim Services, Request for Grant Applications, now available

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released the FY2018 DDTF Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for Victim Services (VS)

All documents are available on COMMBUYS

The purpose of the victim services procurement is to seek community-based programs and public agencies in the Commonwealth to provide counseling, advocacy, and support services to victims, witnesses, and their family members of crashes caused by persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  

Qualified vendors within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are interested in DDTF VS funds must operate as a nonprofit, community-based organization or a public agency with a record of providing services to crime victims, or a well thought out plan to provide services to those impacted by OUI incidents.  The program must have the approval and support of the agency’s Board of Directors, or agency leadership (for public agencies) in applying for DDTF funding.  

FY2018 Drunk Driving Trust Fund - Prevention, Education and Training, Request for Grant Applications, now available

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released the FY2018 DDTF Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for Prevention, Education and Training (PET).

All documents are available on COMMBUYS

The purpose of the Prevention, Education and Training procurement is to seek to fund programs which focus on providing information that will help to prevent OUI from occurring; educate various target audiences about the dangers and consequences of OUI; and train personnel who will be involved in responding to OUI in some capacity.  PET programs may apply for funding for first offender programs (i.e. below legal drinking age) but not repeat or perpetual offenders.

Qualified vendors within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are interested in applying for DDTF funds must operate as a nonprofit, community-based organization or a public agency with a history of providing services to crime victims, or efforts to prevent, educate, or train involved parties related to OUI crimes. The program must have the approval and support of the agency’s Board of Directors, or agency leadership (for public agencies) in applying for DDTF funding.

 

FY2018 DDTF VS and DDTF PET Timeline


December 1, 2016         Release of Request for Grant Applications on COMMBUYS

January 4, 2017             Bidders’ Conference 11am-1pm (non-mandatory, webinar)

January 6, 2017           Intent to Apply Form due

January 23, 2017           Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA

                                    Answers to question will be posted on COMMBUYS on or before January 25, 2017

February 3, 2017         Grant Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.

April 19, 2017               Pending Victim & Witness Assistance Board Meeting: Vote on awards

July 1, 2017                 Start date for FY18 DDTF VS and FY18 DDTF PET grants

June 30, 2018              End date for FY18 DDTF VS and FY19 DDTF PET grants

Note:  Timeline is subject to change at the discretion of MOVA and/or the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristen.tavano@state.ma.us.  In order to abide by the Commonwealth’s Procurement Policies and Procedures, only written questions will be permitted.

Purpose of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund

DDTF funding is intended to provide services that directly assist victims, witnesses, and their family members and will aid the needs of victims of impaired/OUI driving incidents.  Services include, but are not solely limited to, advocacy, support, and counseling. Prevention, education, and training activities are also considered allowable activities.

OUI related offenses are not limited to cars, any motor vehicle such as a boat or motor cycle counts. Fees assessed to offenders are assessed to all OUI incidents whether a victim was involved or not.

Services funded by the DDTF are meant solely for victims of OUI related crimes and incidents.  To be eligible for services under the Drunk Driving Trust Fund, a victim must have been involved in an Operating Under the Influence incident (MGL Ch. 90 Section 24 “Driving While Under Influence…”) and either be a resident of Massachusetts or the incident must have occurred in Massachusetts.  A criminal charge is not necessary for a victim to be eligible for services.  

History

The Drunk Driving Trust Fund (DDTF) was created by Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2002, which enacted Section 66 of Chapter 10 and changed Section 24(1)(a)(1) of Chapter 90 of the MGL (see I. INTRODUCTION, C. Drunk Driving Trust Fund, ii.  Legislation).  In accordance with the requirement of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund enabling statute, MOVA met with representatives of the Massachusetts Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse to establish criteria for the distribution of these funds to service providers.  In the winter of 2003, MOVA contacted other states’ service providers to this victim population to gather information that was used to help inform these guidelines.  Awards were first made in 2004 and are currently procured on an annual basis.

The governing statute was most recently updated in July 2012.  These updates allow the Victim and Witness Assistance Board to approve grant funds for awards to community-based programs and public agencies in the Commonwealth to provide counseling, advocacy, and support services to victims, witnesses, and their family members of crashes caused by persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The Board, at their discretion, may also permit the allocation of funds for the purpose of impaired driving prevention, education, and training services.

Currently Funded DDTF Programs

Please contact Kristin Potrikus, Grants Program Specialist at kristin.potrikus@state.ma.us or 617-586-1342. 

For Questions about DDTF Legislation & Policy, please contact Christopher Klaskin at Christopher.Klaskin@state.ma.us