The Request for Proposals that the following FAQs address has closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions have been asked regarding the Request for Proposals that NYSCASA released for the Sexual Violence Prevention Pilot Projects (SVP3) competitive prevention funding.  This list will be updated if additional questions come in.

Q1. In the Narrative section (3 page limit) and Justification section (1 page limit), should we be using single or double-spaced lines?

A1. Either will be accepted


Q2. Will letters of support for the project from partners (ie: schools, colleges, community organizations, etc.) but accepted and considered along with our application?

A2. Letters will be accepted but are not required


Q3. Do you have a sense for what the “intensive individualized technical assistance and training” will entail?

A3. The T/TA will be responsive to the pilot site’s needs, and will be based upon collaboration between the site and NYSCASA’s Director of Prevention.  The goal is for NYSCASA to provide assistance to aide in the success of the project, however we can do that.


Q4. What is “RPE”? in the question: Will your organization be receiving RPE funds in April 2015?

A4. RPE is the federal Rape Prevention Education funds that come through the Violence Against Women Act.  These monies flow from the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to state departments of health.  So in NY, RPE funds in April 2015 would be the prevention money coming from DOH.


Q5. Do you have a specific resource for determining urban/rural designation?          

A5.Please use the census definition of rural, which can be found here:


Q6. Are applicants required to address both State Priorities (C2 and C3) or may applicants address one or the other?

A6. Applicants may address one or the other state priority or both.


Q7. Under C3, it appears other project models than SART and DART may be considered; is that your interpretation as well?

A7. We agree with the interpretation that models other than SART and DART may be considered.


Q8. What is meant by “ appropriately timed” on the narrative.

A8. If you follow the link provided to information on the principles of effective prevention ( , you will see the following definition: “Appropriately Timed: Program activities should happen at a time (developmentally) that can have maximal impact in a participant’s life.”  It’s about making sure your content is appropriate to your audience.


Q9. Up until Rape Crisis funding ended on 3/31/15, we conducted Primary Prevention Education using the nationally approved “Safe Dates” and on occasion, “Expect Respect” models to students in area schools.  Before considering this RFP any further, we just need to confirm this RFP, under VAWA allowables, allows for this type of activity for students at the junior high age group up through high school.  The question really is about the age groups allowed to be served under VAWA funded grants, particularly when it involves prevention rather than direct services.  We are very interested in applying, however before investing this effort, we just need this confirmation.

A9. Our understanding is that the age restrictions apply to services provided and therefore do not apply to this new purpose area; however we are double checking in light of your inquiry.  Update: any services/presentations need to be delivered to people aged 11 and older.


Q10. If Q9. is an allowable, in your view, would it be considered an example of C2 or C3?

A10. Any project NYSCASA funds under this grant will meet priority area C2, as only certified RCPs are permitted to apply.  In our view, it would also be an example of C3, encouraging collaborations in various ways.


Q11. There does not seem to be any stated restrictions re: fonts, pitch, spacing or margins – we typically use Arial, Arial Narrow or Times New Roman with 10 – 12 pitch using 1/2″ – 1 ” margins single spaced – are there specific restrictions for this grant application or will any of these be acceptable?  Is the formatting expectation for Narrative New Times Roman 12pt?

A11. Any of those fonts and spacing options is fine.


Q12. Grant application needs to be submitted electronically by May 15, 2015 – do we email it to you?

A12. Please email all documents to me at


Q13. Is there a specific timeframe applications are due on Fri, May 15?

A13. Applications must be in by 5 pm on Friday, May 15.


Q14. Is the award amount $41,000 per site, per year?

A14. Yes.


Q15. Can I confirm that all documents are to be submitted in word format (and as to the budget in excel) and not as pdf?

A15. Documents should be submitted in word format, with the budget in excel.  If this is an issue, please contact me at


Q16.  There is a directive to complete Appendix A.  Is there another attachment that I need or another link I should be aware of? I have the RFP instructions doc and the Budget xls

A16. Appendix A is the last page of the RFP instructions doc.  You can copy/paste and include it in your application document(s)


Q17. The budget form is locked, not allowing for much room in the justification/detail column.  We generally put a large amount of information in this section explaining our formulas/allocation methodology/items to purchase, etc.  How do I input this detail, or do you not need that information for this application?

A17. Compatibility issues are preventing text wrapping in the detail column, but you should be able to type in as much information as you need.  We will do what is necessary to view it.  If Excel is not letting you paste large amounts of text, try removing any returns (new paragraphs) from the text you wish to copy.