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Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)

Eligibility

Applicants eligible for AEAP funding include—

ELIGIBLE CRIMINAL EVENT
AEAP guidelines define an act of mass violence as an intentional violent crime that results in physical, emotional, or psychological injury to a sufficiently large number of people and significantly increases the burden of victim assistance and compensation for the reporting jurisdiction, as determined by the OVC Director.
  • state victim assistance and victim compensation programs;
  • U.S. Attorneys’ offices;
  • public agencies including federal, state, and local governments including federally recognized Indian tribal governments and public institutions of higher education;
  • victim service and non-governmental organizations.

OVC will not provide AEAP funding to a foreign power or to individual crime victims.

AEAP grants are available by OVC invitation only. Shortly after an event, OVC will contact officials in the state or jurisdiction where the incident occurred to discuss the scope of victims’ needs and explain what resources may be available. OVC encourages potential applicants to coordinate victim-related activities with organizations such as state emergency preparedness agencies; state mental health agencies; local chapters of the American Red Cross and United Way; and federal, state, local, and/or tribal law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices.

In most instances, OVC will make only one award for each incident with the grantee assuming overall responsibility for coordination of grant activities with subgrantees.

Victims and Communities Served by AEAP

During fiscal years 2013 and 2014, over $20 million in AEAP funds were used to meet a variety of victim needs, such as crisis counseling, temporary housing, and emergency transportation/travel. To learn more, read the 2015 Report to the Nation.

Through AEAP, OVC is able to support communities that have experienced incidents of terrorism and mass violence.

For example, OVC awarded a $8,466,970 AEAP grant to Florida Office of the Attorney General, Florida Department of Legal Affairs, to assist victims of the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The grant will reimburse victim services costs for the operation of the Family Assistance Center and will help victims, witnesses, and first responders receive necessary services to help with the healing process and cope with potential re-traumatization.

OVC awarded a $4,006,769 AEAP grant to the California Victim Compensation Board for victim compensation, crisis response, and consequence management costs for eligible victims, witnesses, and first responders to aid in their recovery and healing from the mass shooting in 2015 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

In response to the 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College (Roseburg, Oregon), in which a student fatally shot an instructor and 8 students, wounding 8 more students, OVC awarded a $1,202,740 AEAP grant to the Oregon Crime Victims’ Services Division. The grant supports crisis response and consequence management costs for expenses related to mental health services and trauma-informed care, continuum of care, and other assistance essential to victim healing.

In 2015, OVC awarded a $3,611,088 AEAP grant to the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, to help the victims, witnesses and first responders affected by the shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Center is using these funds to support crisis response, such as programs for crime-related mental health treatment and the establishment of a resiliency center to provide people affected by the shooting with a hub for support groups and therapy sessions.

OVC awarded a $2,145,327 AEAP grant to the Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Crime Victims Advocacy, for crisis response, consequence management, and criminal justice victim service costs in response to the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2014.

Other Federal Assistance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is uniquely suited to provide emergency assistance to victims of domestic terrorism and mass violence because of its national scope and extensive experience in responding to victims of these crimes. Through its Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team, the FBI expands the capacity to support victims and operations in the aftermath of a terrorist or other mass casualty crime.

Visit the FBI's Victim Services Division for more information about the Federal and Special Jurisdictions Program.

For information about how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can help law enforcement, visit the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement web page.

Apply for AEAP Funding

Before you consider applying for AEAP funds, contact OVC at 202–307–5983 to confirm your eligibility.

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