OVC Pre-Application Funding Webinar Series
OVC hosted a series of webinars to help applicants understand the requirements of select funding opportunities. View these pre-application webinar recordings, transcripts, and presentations.
Before applying, all prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to visit Grants 101, a step-by-step tutorial on the complete grant process. This tutorial is made available from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). OVC is one of the six components within OJP.
The Grants 101 tutorial provides–
Through Grants 101, prospective grantees will learn about Grants.gov, the Grants Management System (GMS), DUNS numbers, and System for Award Management (SAM) registration, and when to access each of these resources. Each of the following websites provide additional instructions for utilizing their services.
The following tips address the most common oversights applicants make during the application process. Visit Grants 101 for additional tips on writing proposals!
The following applications were submitted by successful applicants who met the specific requirements of previous OVC solicitations. These sample proposals may serve as a guide for prospective grantees as you draft your own applications.
OVC receives applications and awards annual the VOCA crime victim compensation and victim assistance formula grants online through the OJP’s GMS to eligible states and territories.
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.
Applicants are encouraged to also view the 2019 Crime Victims Fund Compensation and Assistance Allocation Chart.
Previous allocation charts and performance reports can be found in the Formula Grant Allocations Archive.
Every OJP applicant (other than an individual applying in his or her personal capacity) is required to download, complete, and submit the OJP Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire.
Among other things, the form requires each applicant to disclose whether it currently is designated “high-risk” by a federal grant-making agency outside of DOJ. For purposes of this disclosure, high-risk includes any status under which a federal awarding agency provides additional oversight due to the applicant’s past performance, or other programmatic or financial concerns with the applicant. If an applicant is designated high-risk by another federal awarding agency, the applicant must provide the following information time of application submission–
OJP seeks this information to ensure appropriate federal oversight of any grant award. Unlike the Excluded Parties List, this high-risk information does not disqualify any organization from receiving an OJP award. However, additional grant oversight may be included, if necessary, in award documentation.
Prior to receiving grant funding, successful applicants must agree to comply with some additional requirements. Required application and reporting forms are available in portable document format (PDF), which allows them to be filled in, viewed, and printed with their original appearance preserved.
Additionally, DOJ regulations require that a Privacy Certificate be submitted as part of any application for a project in which information identifiable to a private person will be collected for research or statistical purposes (i.e. focus groups, surveys, etc.). Sample Privacy Certificates provided below can be used as a guide by prospective grantees.
View the Managing Grants section of our site to learn about the programmatic, financial, and administrative requirements for managing grant projects.