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                       Notice of Funding Availability
                         Solicitation of Applications

 Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority
                  Application Announcement: March 1st, 2010

                    Application Deadline: April 30th, 2010

     The CATPA Grant Application can be found at the link below:

Colorado’s Auto Theft Problem: In 2003, Colorado ranked above national auto theft
rates and was among the top ten states in the country for auto theft. These automobile
theft statistics supported the legislation to form the Colorado Automobile Theft
Prevention Authority (CATPA) to award grants to assist in improving and supporting
automobile theft prevention programs, and programs for the enforcement or prosecution
of automobile theft crimes through statewide planning and coordination. Today,
Colorado is now ranked 23rd based on the 2008 national crime data from the Federal
Bureau of Investigation for automobile theft.

Colorado‟s auto theft rate – the number of thefts per 100,000 Coloradoans -- in 2005 was
559.5, compared to the 2008 rate of 273.70. During 2008, a total of 13,519 motor
vehicles were stolen in Colorado. Colorado‟s auto thefts in 2008 have declined 48 percent
from 2005 demonstrating the benefits of CATPA.

Motor vehicle theft is one of the categories of serious crime in Colorado. The crime of
auto theft became a significant component in the state‟s overall serious crime rate
increase in 2005. The CATPA grant awards continue to generate viable reductions in
automobile theft.

Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority: The CATPA Board is comprised of
members appointed by the Governor, including representatives of law enforcement, the
insurance industry, prosecutors, business leaders, elected officials, and others who have
been selected based on their expertise and commitment to reduce motor vehicle theft in
Colorado. Election of officers appointed the President of the CATPA Board as Matt D.
Cook of the Colorado Department of Revenue, and the Vice President, Jerry Cole of
LoJack Corporation. The CATPA Board members will be working with the CATPA
Director, Lori Collins Malcolm of the Department of Public Safety, Colorado State Patrol
to manage the CATPA Program. The CATPA office is located at, 710 Kipling Street,
Suite 404, Lakewood, CO 80215.

The Colorado General Assembly gave the automobile theft prevention authority the
power to award grants for the purpose of reducing motor vehicle theft in Colorado. Grant
resources come from a Colorado auto theft prevention cash fund established by the
legislature. CATPA is funded by $1 annual fee from each insurer that issues an
automobile policy. The CATPA Board is committed to awarding grants that will reduce
automobile theft in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Safety is responsible
for management of the grant program. The Department must report results of the
authority‟s theft prevention programs to the Colorado General Assembly.

The Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority under its statutory authority to
combat vehicle theft in the State of Colorado will accept applications for grant funding.
Also, by statute, priority will be given to proposals that are multi-jurisdictional.
Applications will be considered in one or any combination of the following five types,
subject to availability of funds.

          Multi - Agency Investigative / Enforcement/ Prosecution Projects.
           Qualified applicant agencies include state and local law enforcement or
           prosecution agencies, multi-jurisdictional task forces, and any non-profit
           National Insurance Crime Bureau task forces that operate in Colorado.
           Projects may include investigative, enforcement and prosecution activities,
           including overtime costs.

           Objectives for projects could include reducing the number of thefts; increasing
           arrests of persons suspected of motor vehicle thefts and related crimes,
           including defrauding insurance companies; identifying and apprehending
           organized auto theft rings; increasing recoveries and prosecution of auto
           thieves. This grant program encompasses farm and construction equipment
           thefts as well as motor vehicles used over-the-road.

          Crime Prevention and Public Awareness Programs. Qualified applicants
           include any Colorado law enforcement agency, any state, county or municipal
           agency, prosecution offices, registration and title clerks, school districts, non-
           profit and for-profit organizations that have an effect on motor vehicle theft

           This grant category is intended to encourage projects that promote crime
           prevention efforts, activities, and public awareness campaigns that are
           intended to reduce the number of victims of motor vehicle theft, fraud, and
           related crimes. One of the objectives of prevention and awareness programs
           should be to reduce the public‟s victimization by motor vehicle theft and fraud

           Members of the CATPA Board encourage agencies in Colorado to continue
           the promotion of the Watch Your Car program. Grants for projects designed
           to increase vehicle owner participation in the Watch Your Car program are
           encouraged in this category.

          Professional Training. Qualified applicant agencies include any law
           enforcement, motor vehicle regulatory or prosecutorial agency; county title
           and motor vehicle registration clerks; port-of-entry offices.

           Grants will be considered for the purpose of providing professional training
           and development to law and regulation enforcement officers, employees, or
           prosecutors. Tuition and travel expenses will be considered. Training grant
           requests should indicate whether the training benefits a multi-jurisdictional
           theft prevention strategy. Training must be specific to motor vehicle theft.

          Prosecution Support. Qualified applicant agencies are prosecution offices.
           Funds can be used to increase auto theft case prosecution capacity and

          First-Time Offender Programs. Qualified applicant agencies include
           prosecution offices, non-profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, and
           community corrections programs.

           Grants for projects designed to prevent future criminal behavior by first-time
           offenders will be considered. The term, “first-time offenders” encompasses
           those who have been convicted one time of any vehicle theft or theft-related
           insurance fraud charge.

To apply for a grant from the Spring 2010 Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention
Authority, complete the application form and return it by April 30th, 2010. The
application form is available electronically at located under “I‟d
like to...” Only two applications can be submitted per managing unit or field office per
grant cycle. While the application is available through the Internet, it is not yet possib le
for agencies to file completed applications via the Internet.

Application Deadline: Complete applications are due Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 5 p.m.
Applications must be received by mail or delivery at 710 Kipling Street, Suite 404,
Denver, CO 80215, by the deadline in order to be considered. Applications received by
fax or e- mail will not be considered. Please submit one original application that includes
original signatures and thirteen additional copies of the original application form.

Inquiries: Questions about completing the application or about the grant process can be
directed to Lori Collins Malcolm, Department of Public Safety, Colorado State Patrol,
CATPA, 303-239-4560, or Brittni Wilts at 303-239-4463,

Amount of Funding Available: Approximately $2,000,000 statewide. There is no
minimum or maximum grant award limit. Each grant application will be reviewed and
rated on the proposed project. The CATPA Board members have the discretion to award
full funding as requested or limit the amount awarded per grant.

Project Period: Projects can be funded from July 1st , 2010 through June 30th , 2011. The
planned project period may be a short timeline or encompass the full one (1) year. This
project period must be shown on the application form, and the budget period must
correspond with the project period.

Budget Restrictions or Inclusions: CATPA grant awards will support direct costs only;
no indirect costs will be reimbursed by the CATPA grant program. Grant awards will be
made for new activity only; grant funds may not be used to replace funds already being
spent by an agency for the same motor vehicle theft prevention activity.

CATPA grant funds can be requested for grant administration to provide salary for grant
tracking, budgeting and billing. A maximum of 5% of the grant award is allowable for
grant administration.

Reporting: The grantee of projects selected for funding will provide quarterly narrative
reports. Also, a final or close out report will be requested to document accomplishments
completed through the grant.

Grant funds will be provided on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursement is accomplished
by filing an invoice request with the documentation of expenditures attached.
Reimbursement payments may be withheld if financial quarterly narrative reports become

Forms for these two requirements are located at .

Equipment: Capital equipment may be purchased with grant funds and according to the
approved budget. Capital equipment is titled in the name of the recipient agency and
remains in possession of the original agency so long as it continues to be used for auto
theft prevention activities and remains in working order.

Match: By law, grant applicants are not required to provide match funding in order to
obtain a CATPA grant. O n the other hand, because CATPA grant funding comes from
cash funds through the citizens of Colorado that pay automobile insurance, a CATPA
grant can be used to meet match requirements for federal grants, including the Justice
Assistance Grants (JAG) administered by the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Multi-jurisdictional task forces may want to consider expanding their activities by
applying for a JAG, among other options, as a supplement.

Releases: All work products and releases will include the CATPA logo and wording as
follows, “Funded in partnership with the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority.”

The CATPA logo artwork will be provided upon request.

Meetings: Successful grant applicants will be required to attend an annual CATPA grant
meeting. The meeting will be scheduled based on the applicant‟s availability. The
objective of attending the grant meeting is to provide an overview of the CATPA grant
performance requirements, training on reimbursement procedures and address any
grantee questions.

Grant awards will be based on an evaluation of all proposals by the CATPA Board
members. The evaluation includes a scoring process on the merits of the grant application
and the grantee presentations. Scores are based on the ab ility of the applicant to define
the criteria of the “project description” in writing and by presentation. These criteria are
defined in Colorado State Statute 45-2-112 and identified in the CATPA application
under “project description”.

Scoring Criteria: CATPA Board members will utilize a standard scoring sheet that
follows the “Project Description” section of the application form. Components of the
“Project Description” section include, „Problem Identification,‟ „Project Plan,‟
„Evaluation Plan,‟ and „Resource Development.‟

Oral presentations along with the project budget will be reviewed and incorporated into
the components of the “Project Description” scoring. Be sure to include a balanced and a
justified budget. It is encouraged that the grant applicants display to the CATPA Board
members any resources that agencies may be using as part of the project.

The application may include up to six letters of support from Chief Executive officers,
law enforcement agencies, prosecution offices, and partners that are contributing to the

Oral Presentations: Applicants will be asked to send a representative to the May 25th,
2010 CATPA meeting for a brief oral presentation summarizing the content of an
application and allowing Board members to ask questions regarding the application. The
purpose of allowing oral presentations is to give the CATPA Board members the
opportunity to understand more thoroughly a project proposal. The CATPA Board will
review the applications and score the “project description”. Then, CATPA Board
members will re-score the “project description” after the presentation based on the
understanding of the project components presented. An applicant does not have to attend
the oral presentation but the original score will be based on the narrative of the “project
description” only and will not be adjusted if they choose to opt out of the presentation.

Rejection Crite ria: Applications that are incomplete, not received by deadline, or are not
appropriate requests under the CATPA grant program, will be rejected by the CATPA
Board members. Only these three scenarios will be used for rejections and will not be
scheduled for a presentation.

Grant Awards: CATPA Board members may choose to award a grant as proposed in the
application, or may award a grant with modifications, including budgetary changes.

CATPA Board members may also decline to fund an application. After the grants are
selected, a grant agreement with the sponsor will be completed. You are required to
submit any additional information requested in the award letter and finalize the
agreement after receipt of the grant award letter. No grant funds can be expended prior to
receipt of a contract signed by the applicant and the State of Colorado.


March 1st, 2010                      Application Announcement

April 30th , 2010                    Application Deadline

May 25th, 2010                       Grant Oral Presentations

June 9th, 2010                       Grant Award Announcements
                                     Notices of successful and unsuccessful grant awards

June 30th , 2010                     Grant Contracts Finalized

IMPORTANT: Please use this checklist to make sure each ite m listed below has
been included in each of the 14 application packets and attached in the order listed.
The applications will be evaluated on what is included. Additional information
cannot be submitted afte r the deadline.

   Auto Theft Prevention Program                 This is first page of each application
   Application                                    packet. The following applies
                                                  throughout the application:
Exhibit A                                             Fill out information requested.
                                                      If a form is provided, please use
                                                          the form and do not create a new
                                                      No covers, bindings, etc.
                                                      No double-sided copies
                                                      No cover letters
                                                      No attachments
                                                      All sheets must be 8.5 x 11,
   Response to “Project Description”             Please provide a response to the four
   Questions                                      “Project Description” questions.
                                                 Please respond to the questions on your
Exhibit B                                         own paper using 12-pitch font and
                                                  attach to the Auto Theft Prevention
                                                  Program Application listed above or
                                                  answer questions in the space
                                                 Submit one page per section or up to
                                                  five pages.
                                                 Be sure to be concise and provide
                                                  enough detail to explain your response.
                                                  Have an “outsider” to your program
                                                  review the application and provide
                                                  feedback prior to submitting your
   Grant Budget Form & Budget Narrative          A blank budget form is provided for
                                                  your use.
Exhibit C & Exhibit D                            In your budget, describe in full detail
                                                   the planned expenditures and
                                                   estimated costs for one (1) year.
                                                 Make sure the budget balances. The
                                                   total grant request on page 1 should
                                                   match the total budget requested.

                             Please rank the importance of your
                               budget requests with one as the highest
                               priority. (For example personnel,
                               equipment, travel etc.)
                             The total of personnel, supplies and
                               operating, travel, equipment and
                               consultant services should total the
                               budget requested amount.
Evidence of Support          Provide up to six quality support
                              letters. These can include: individual
                              letters, letters for the community,
                              letters from citizens, local non-profit
                              groups, local businesses and
                              government agencies.
                             Letters need to be attached to the 14
                              application packets. Do not send them
                              directly to the CATPA office.
Official Signatures          Use the form provided.
                             The authorized official must be the
                              person legally authorized to sign
                              contracts on behalf of the applicant‟s


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