VOCA funds are awarded each year to private nonprofit and public agencies that provide direct services to the victims of crime. Funds are derived from fines, forfeitures and penalties assessed at the federal level. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis, to agencies providing direct services to victims of crime, primarily those serving victims of sexual assault, domestic or child abuse and victims of assault.
OVC Victim Assistance Discretionary Grant Training Program
The Office for Victims of Crime grant will support training and technical assistance to VOCA victim assistance service providers and others who work with crime victims. Uses for these funds include, but are not limited to, enhancing existing State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) or establishing new SVAAs; and supporting statewide training initiatives, crime victim related conferences, basic training for new programs for underserved victims, and scholarships to service providers and others who work with crime victims.
ovc Vision 21: Building State Technology Capacity Competitive Grant
The Office for Victims of Crime grant will be used to for to identify technological improvements for states to 1) enhance their current systems, 2) develop new systems to increase access to technology, 3) increase victims' access to resources, or 4) improve the accuracy of administrative reporting. Awards are based on funding justification, population of the state, needs assessment/strategic planning, and the breadth and complexity of the proposed technology enhancement program. Eligible applicants are limited to states that administer Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance formula grants.
OVC Vision 21: Victim Legal Assistance Network
The Office for Victims of Crime grant will be used to develop comprehensive, collaborative networks to provide holistic legal assistance to crime victims through the implementation of comprehensive victim legal assistance networks at a statewide, regional, or local level. Eligible applicants are limited to states that administer Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance formula grants.