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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program

Grants to USA Agencies to
Provide Services to Crime Victims

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA state and territory government agencies to support programs that assist victims of crimes. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. A portion of grant funds must be allocated by recipients to serve priority victim categories (domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault) and underserved victims of violent crime.

Under this solicitation, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will award each eligible state and territory victim assistance program an annual grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. 

Funds under this program shall be used by states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims, except for a maximum of 5 percent that may be used for administration and training. 

Applicants must allocate a minimum of 40 percent of the total grant to the three priority victim categories (sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse) and underserved victims of violent crime by subawarding at least 10 percent to each of four categories. Underserved victims of violent crime are designated by the state administering agency by the type of crime or demographic characteristics of the victim, or both. This requirement may be waived by the OVC director upon a showing of good cause by the applicant. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181796

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,668,278,430

Number of Grants:

Maximum number of awards OVC expects to make: 56

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico receive a base amount of $500,000. The territories of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa each receive a base amount of $200,000. Additional funds are distributed to states andterritories based on population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance duration: 48 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The following entities are eligible to apply: states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
- Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements specified in VOCA, 34 U.S.C. § 20103(b).
- All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Eligible crime victim assistance programs are those that are “operated by a public agency or nonprofit organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations or of both such agencies and organizations, and provide services to victims of crime,” and that meet the other requirements set out in 34 U.S.C. § 20103(b)(1).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 1, 2020

Applicants must register in the OJP Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/ prior to submitting an application under this solicitation. All applicants must register, even those that previously registered in GMS. Select the “Apply Online” button associated with the solicitation title. All registrations and applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 1, 2020.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements. SAM is the repository for certain standard information about federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients. A DUNS number is a unique nine-digit identification number provided by the commercial company Dun and Bradstreet.
- More detailed information about SAM and the DUNS number is in the numbered sections on https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#howToApplyGMS.
- DUNS: https://www.dnb.com/
- SAM: https://sam.gov/

An applicant must submit its application through the Grants Management System (GMS), which provides support for the application, award, and management of awards at OJP. Each applicant entity must register in GMS for each specific funding opportunity and should register immediately to meet the GMS registration deadline for this funding opportunity, especially if this is the first time the applicant is using the system. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application in GMS at https://ojp.gov/gmscbt/.

How to apply: https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide#howToApplyGMS

Upcoming and archived webinars: https://www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants Management System: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/gmsexternal/

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants Management System Support Hotline at 888–549–9901, option 3, or via email at GMS.HelpDesk@usdoj.gov. The GMS Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including on federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact your OVC Program Specialist at 202–307–5983.

CFDA Number:

16.575

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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