SAFEPLAN Request For Grant Application - Targeted Locations In Essex County

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released a Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for SAFEPLAN Advocacy services, in targeted court locations in Essex County.  This targeted expansion is one more step towards offering these effective and essential services in each community across the Commonwealth.   Applications must be received by MOVA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 13, 2015.

The purpose of this procurement is to seek qualified applicants interested in providing civil court advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the SAFEPLAN Program in the following Essex County courts – Essex Probate and Family – Lawrence; Essex Probate and Family – Salem; Haverhill District; Lawrence District; Lynn District; and Salem District.   Currently, SAFEPLAN exists in 44 district and probate and family courts throughout Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties.

Qualified applicants who are interested in applying for SAFEPLAN funding must operate as a non-profit organization that meets the requirements of a “domestic violence victims’ program” as described in M.G.L. c. 233 § 20K, and has a record of providing direct service to victims of domestic violence in Essex County.  The applicant must have the approval and support of their agency’s Board of Directors in applying for SAFEPLAN funding. 

The award period for this grant is January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, with an option to renew for one additional year.  Fiscal year 2018 funding will be obligated separately prior to the beginning of each fiscal year via a renewal process.

For further information, please contact Kristen Tavano, Procurement Team Leader at  In order to abide by the Commonwealth’s Procurement Policies and Procedures, only written questions will be permitted.

COMMBUYS,, the Commonwealth’s Procurement system will be utilized for posting the application, questions, and ultimately the awards related to this procurement.  Although COMMBUYS registration is not required, any interested applicant considering applying for SAFEPLAN funds is encouraged to register on COMMBUYS as a “Seller”.  Information regarding registration and training can be found at: http://www.COMMBUYS/training-and-registration.html.

To access the SAFEPLAN bid, click on ‘Contract & Bid Search’, search for ‘bids’, using ‘any of the search criteria’, select ‘1111-Victim and Witness Assistance Board’ as the organization, and click ‘find it’.

SAFEPLAN Targeted Essex Expansion Timeline

September 17, 2015        Anticipated Release of RGA and Application on COMMBUYS

September 24, 2015        Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline 5:00pm

September 28, 2015        SAFEPLAN Bidders’ Conference (webinar)

October 5, 2015               Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA. Answers to questions will be posted to COMMBUYS on or before October 7, 2015

October 13, 2015              Grant Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.

November 18, 2015        Pending Victim and Witness Assistance Board Meeting: Vote on awards

January 1, 2016               Start date for first year grant

June 30, 2017                   End date for first year grant

Note:  Timetable is subject to change at the discretion of the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

FY2016 SAFEPLAN Program Funding Awards

MOVA announces FY2016 funding awards for the SAFEPLAN Program, approved by the Victim Witness Assistance Board on May 20, 2015. The following agencies have been awarded funds to provide SAFEPLAN services July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. 

FY2016 SAFEPLAN Awards  pdf format of FY2016 SAFEPLAN Awards

Information for SAFEPLAN Program Grantees

  The following are applicable forms for SAFEPLAN grantees:

FY2016 statistical reporting forms have not changed. If these forms are needed, please contact the SAFEPLAN Program Coordinator, Jessica Adler at