OVC receives applications and awards annual Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) crime victim compensation and victim assistance formula grants online through the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Grants Management System (GMS) to eligible states and territories.
Amounts allocated under each program vary by state and are determined by several factors. Read below for more information or go straight to the 2018 Crime Victims Fund Compensation and Assistance Allocation Chart for more information about your state.
Previous allocation charts and performance reports can be found in the Formula Grant Allocations Archive.
For more detailed information on the allocation of VOCA formula grants, please review the Crime Victims Fund fact sheet.
VOCA Victim Compensation Allocations
The OVC Director shall make an annual grant from the Crime Victims Fund to an eligible crime victim compensation program of 40 percent in fiscal year 2002 and of 60 percent in subsequent fiscal years of the amounts awarded during the preceding fiscal year (2 years prior to the grant year). For example, in FY 2016, Alabama reported a certified payout of $1,459,363, so they received $876,000 in FY 2018 as their allocation.
VOCA Victim Assistance Allocations
From the Crime Victims Fund deposits available for victim assistance grants, each state grantee receives a base amount of $500,000, except for the territories of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, which are eligible to receive a base amount of $200,000. The Republic of Palau’s share is governed by the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. and the Republic of Palau. The remaining Crime Victims Fund deposits are distributed to each state, based upon the state's population in relation to all other states, as determined by current census data.
Applying for VOCA Formula Grants
Applications for VOCA formula grants may be submitted online only by the state agency designated by the Governor to administer the VOCA victim compensation and assistance program. For step-by-step instructions, visit OJP’s Training Support Center for GMS.
State Crime Victims Assistance and Compensation Program Performance Reports
The state crime victims assistance and compensation programs that receive VOCA formula grants are required to submit an annual state performance report which includes information on all grants active during the fiscal year. The performance report provides information on the effect the VOCA funds had on services to crime victims in the state. Visit the U.S. Resource Map to view these performance reports.