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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) Project - Overview

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), award number 2018-V3-GX-K018, is excited to announce that we are soliciting proposals for the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Project–also known as Rights In Systems Enforced Project (“Project” or “RISE Project”). The RISE Project is intended to provide crime victims with access to legal representation to assert and seek enforcement of their rights throughout criminal justice processes.  Specifically, the Project anticipates funding up to six sites that will increase awareness of victims’ rights and increase victim access to no cost legal services through an expanded body of attorneys knowledgeable about rights assertion and enforcement in criminal trial and appellate courts.  NCVLI anticipates awarding up to six subawards up to $1,000,000 each for programs starting in spring 2019 and ending August 31, 2021.

Non-Binding Letter of Intent

If you plan to apply, please send a non-binding letter of intent no later than February 11, 2019. Letters of Intent will only be accepted via this online form. It should include the following information regarding the anticipated lead applicant organization: contact person name, postal address, email address, telephone number and the jurisdiction in which the proposed program would operate.

Optional Pre-Application Information Webinar
A recording of the informational webinar is available for those who could not attend.

Application Deadline
5pm (Pacific) on March 5, 2019.

How to Apply 
Apply online for the RISE Project Subgrant Solicitation.  Online submissions are accepted and preferred.  Alternatively, please submit Application by email to: with a re: line of “Application for Rights Enforcement Clinic Project”. You may also mail a completed Application to National Crime Victim Law Institute, Attn: Rights Enforcement Grant, at 1130 SW Morrison St., Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97205. Regardless of method of delivery, all Applications must be received by 5pm (Pacific) on March 5, 2019.

Grant Subaward Notification
The application period has closed. Submissions are being reviewed and NCVLI plans to make the subaward selections by the end of April 2019. The selected sites will enter into a subaward contract with NCVLI.

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This solicitation is supported by Grant No. 2018-V3-GX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Project are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.