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Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applications for funding for the OVC FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program solicitation.

The primary goal of this program is to support shelter and transitional housing services to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals. Under this program, companion animals means pets, service animals, emotional support animals, and horses.

The objectives of this solicitation are to:

  1. Increase the number of shelter beds and transitional housing options to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence who need shelter or housing for them and their companion animals.
  2. Provide training to local stakeholders on (1) the link between domestic violence and the abuse and neglect of companion animals; (2) the needs of victims of domestic violence; (3) best practices for providing, or referring, support services to such victims; and (4) best practices in designing and delivering services that protect victims’ confidentiality.

OVC anticipates making up to 5 awards of up to $400,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, May 29, 2020.

(Posted March 30, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applications for funding for the OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime solicitation.

This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations.

By identifying and training prospective victim service professionals in, or from, the communities to be served, tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs' victim service programs will be better able to fill direct victim service positions in remote Indian Country and Alaska Native locations, and in turn ensure that victims in these locations get the services they need.

OVC anticipates that it will make awards under two purpose areas, as follows:

  • Purpose Area 1—Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in the Continental United States.
  • Purpose Area 2—Recruiting Interns/Residents to Serve Tribal Victims in Alaska.

OVC anticipates making up to 8 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

(Posted March 25, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow solicitation.

This program will support one fellow at OVC housed within the State Compensation and Assistance Division (SCAD).

The individual awarded funding under this program will enhance the efforts of OVC to meet the needs of the crime victim services field by advising OVC on the development and oversight of programs for crime victims, specifically the VOCA Victim Compensation Program. The SCAD Fellow will work with Compensation Administrators to identify what OVC can do to better support states in the administration of state victim compensation programs.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $400,000 for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 17, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking.

Applicants are invited to apply under the following three purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Developing Capacity to Serve Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 1, up to 10 awards of up to $350,000 each will be made to organizations that have not received OVC human trafficking grants since 2015. The purpose of these awards is to support organizations that have limited or no prior experience in serving victims of human trafficking.

Purpose Area 2: Enhancing Scope of Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 2, up to 10 awards of up to $750,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a range of services to victims of human trafficking. The purpose of these awards is to enhance the scope of services offered by the organization (directly or through partnerships) that victims of human trafficking often require to address their needs.

Purpose Area 3: Specialized Services for Human Trafficking Victims
Under Purpose Area 3, up to 10 awards of up to $550,000 each will be made to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing a specialized service to victims of human trafficking. The goal is to increase the quality and quantity of the specialized to assist victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

View changes to page 8 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/services-for-victims-of-ht-change.pdf.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated March 27, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18.

Organizations funded under this program will provide (directly and through partnerships) services that minor victims of labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing.

OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $666,667 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking by supporting the delivery of specialized training and technical assistance to victim service-providing agencies and organizations to enhance their ability to provide appropriate housing for victims of human trafficking. Priority support will be given to OVC human trafficking grantees.

The selected applicant must be able to assist service providers on a national scale in leveraging existing federal, state, local, and private housing programs and initiatives that trafficking survivors may qualify for, and should demonstrate partnerships with relevant housing stakeholders.

OVC anticipates making one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking.

The overall goal of the program is to improve responses for child and youth victims of trafficking with a focus on coordination at the statewide or tribal jurisdiction level to create effective change across systems. Recognizing that each jurisdiction is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe’s greatest barriers to identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or to investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases, and propose a program to systematically address those barriers.

OVC anticipates making up to four awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityApply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking. This program has two purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: will support human trafficking task forces that have recently formed and are still in the process of formalizing task force structure and protocols. Funding under this purpose area is intended to help task forces with critical first steps related to starting up a multidisciplinary task force.

Purpose Area 2: Expanding Human Trafficking Task Force Effectiveness: allows task forces to compete for funding to expand their task force operations and partnerships, implement task force sustainability plans, and assist OJP in building the capacity of other task forces in the field.

Each task force selected for funding will receive two separate grants: one from OVC to a victim service partner, and one from BJA to a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency partner.

OVC and BJA anticipate making 18 awards under Purpose Area 1 (9 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force and up to 10 awards under Purpose Area 2 (5 task forces) of up to $1.5 million per task force. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC and BJA will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 18, 2020.

(Posted March 16, 2020)

View All Open OVC Funding Opportunities

OVC is seeking applicants for multiple funding opportunities closing in April and May 2020. Learn more and apply for these open solicitations below:

OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project
The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services. .
Apply by Thursday, April 9, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment
The goal of this project is to increase awareness of victim compensation programs and interest in seeking victim compensation.
Apply by Monday, April 20, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program
This project will place one or more experienced crime victim liaison(s) within selected VOCA State Administrating Agencies to act as a bridge between the state and other state-based non-governmental organizations to identify gaps in victim services and improve and increase access to resources for crime victims in rural/tribal areas, older victims, and victims of violent crime.
Apply by Monday, April 20, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics
This initiative is intended to support or expand on federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims’ rights.
Apply by Monday, April 27, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting
The goal of this program is to deliver programming to address and help stop the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.
Apply by Thursday, April 30, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims
This program will provide funding to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation's addiction crisis (Purpose Area 1); and training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees (Purpose Area 2).
Apply by Monday, May 4, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation
OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation.
Apply by Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus
OVC is seeking applications to establish and/or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses.
Apply by Thursday, May 7, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims
The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services.
Apply by Monday, May 11, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime
Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime.
Apply by Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Specialized Training and Technical Assistance on Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking by supporting the delivery of specialized training and technical assistance to victim service-providing agencies and organizations to enhance their ability to provide appropriate housing for victims of human trafficking.
Apply by Thursday, May 14, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Services for Minor Victims of Labor Trafficking
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for minor victims of labor trafficking, whose victimization occurred when they were under the age of 18.
Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking
OVC is seeking applications for states or tribes to develop, enhance, and coordinate programs and activities geared toward improving outcomes for child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking. .
Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

OJP FY 2020 Enhanced Collaborative Model Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is seeking applications to develop or support multidisciplinary task forces to combat human trafficking.
Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Services for Victims of Human Trafficking
The purpose of this program is to develop, expand, or strengthen victim service programs for victims of human trafficking.
Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 VOCA Victim Compensation Fellow
This program will support one fellow at OVC housed within the State Compensation and Assistance Division.
Apply by Monday, May 18, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Developing Future Victim Specialists to Serve American Indian/Alaska Native Victims of Crime
This program will develop a workforce of direct victim service providers to American Indian and Alaska Native victims in hard-to-staff positions and locations.
Apply by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

OVC FY 2020 Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program
The primary goal of this program is to support shelter and transitional housing services to victims of domestic violence and their companion animals. Under this program, companion animals means pets, service animals, emotional support animals, and horses.
Apply by Friday, May 29, 2020.

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(Posted March 16, 2020; Updated March 30, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology on a national scale (or regional projects that can be replicated nationally) to improve responses, services, and access for victims of crime.

OVC anticipates making up to three awards of up to $1.5 million each for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 12, 2020.

(Posted March 13, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims solicitation.

The goal of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies to more effectively identify elder fraud victims, allowing law enforcement both to bring the fraudsters to justice and to connect those victims with available services. This program will support the provision of training and technical assistance to both large and small law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural communities.

The successful applicant will propose a strategy and timeline to develop and implement training and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies operating within two Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force districts (selected by OVC), focusing on a large city and a rural city police department within each district, to develop trainings that may be replicated to law enforcement agencies across the United States.

OVC anticipates making up to one award of up to $2 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Training for Law Enforcement to Improve Identification of and Response to Elder Fraud Victims solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 11, 2020.

(Posted March 11, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America’s Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America’s Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

Applicants may apply under only one of the following purpose areas—

  • Purpose Area 1: direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nation’s addiction crisis, and
  • Purpose Area 2: training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees.

Priority will be given to applicants that—

  • address specific challenges that rural communities face,
  • demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or
  • offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards under purpose area 1 of up to $700,000 each and 1 award under purpose 2 of up to $1.5 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

View changes to pages 8 and 21 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-enhancing-community-responses-to-drug-crisis-change.pdf.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Community Responses to America’s Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 4, 2020.

(Posted March 5, 2020; Updated March 20, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus solicitation.

OVC is seeking applications to establish or expand Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs that will offer medical forensic care, advocacy, and other victim services to sexual assault survivors on college campuses.

To the extent possible, campuses should collaborate with victim service providers in the community in which the institution is located. If appropriate victim services programs are not available in the community or are not accessible to students, the institution should, to the extent possible, provide a victim services program on campus or create a victim services program in collaboration with a community-based organization.

OVC anticipates making up to 16 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Expanding SANE Services to Victims of Sexual Assault on Campus solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 7, 2020.

(Posted March 5, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation.

OVC is seeking applications to implement projects intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation.

Priority will be given to applicants that—

  • address specific challenges that rural communities face,
  • demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or
  • offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

OVC anticipates making up to 12 awards up to $500,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 26, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time to review requirements and answer questions. Participation in the webinar is optional, but strongly encouraged. Register for the webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 5, 2020.

(Posted March 5, 2020)

New National, Toll Free Hotline Provides Help for Victims of Elder Fraud

For too long and far too frequently, fraudsters have preyed upon our senior citizens, robbing them of their hard-earned savings. To help combat fraud against older Americans and provide services to victims, OVC is pleased to announce the launch of the National Elder Fraud Hotline.

The hotline is staffed by caring professionals who will treat you with dignity and respect. Callers will be assigned a case manager, who will remain their point of contact. A case manager will assist you with reporting the crime and connect you with other resources as needed.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder fraud, we encourage you to call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311).

The hotline is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. eastern time. Services are available for speakers of English, Spanish, and other languages.

(Posted March 3, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM) solicitation.

The goal of this program is to deliver programming to address and help stop the practice of FGM by—

  1. educating law enforcement, public health professionals, and educators on detecting at-risk girls in localities where FGM is a risk,
  2. responding to victims by providing appropriate services, and
  3. forming community networks of agencies and organizations that are positioned to identify persons at-risk.

Applicants may apply under only one of the following purpose areas—

  • Purpose Area 1: a training and technical assistance provider will educate law enforcement, public health professionals, educators, and other professionals on detecting at-risk girls and provide support to the project sites.
  • Purpose Area 2: project sites will develop services to deliver to victims of FGM and work to increase education, detection, and local partner engagement to address and help stop victimization through FGM at the community level.

OVC anticipates making one award under Purpose Area 1 of up to $1.2 million and up to eight awards under Purpose Area 2 of up to $300,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Addressing Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 30, 2020.

(Posted March 2, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics solicitation.

This initiative is intended to support or expand federal, state, local, and tribal efforts to enforce crime victims' rights. Applicants may apply under the following purpose areas—

  • Purpose Area 1: victims' rights legal clinics that will provide the enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice process, and
  • Purpose Area 2: one training and technical assistance provider to support the selected legal clinics.

OVC anticipates making up to eight awards under purpose area 1 and one award under purpose 2 of up to $1 million each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Monday, March 16, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Crime Victims' Rights Legal Clinics solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 27, 2020.

(Posted February 27, 2020; Updated March 23, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment solicitation.

During this three-phase project, successful applicants will seek to increase awareness of victim compensation programs and interest in seeking victim compensation.

Phase 1: Conduct an assessment of the state's current compensation program, policies, and procedures regarding victims' access to compensation, which should include an analysis of applicable rules, regulations, statutes, and other relevant standards or policies providing guidance for the state's compensation program.

Phase 2: Develop an implementation plan based on the needs identified in the assessment. Successful applicants will also generate model recommendations and promising practices for their states that may be replicated in other states or territories in the future.

Phase 3: Execute the implementation plan of recommendations identified during the first two phases that will result in enhanced victim access to compensation funding.

OVC anticipates making up to 6 awards of up to $350,000 each. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Thursday, March 5, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Crime Victim Compensation Program Assessment solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 20, 2020.

(Posted February 19, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program solicitation.

The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much-needed services.

Apply under four purpose areas based on the size or type of law enforcement agency (small, mid-size, large, or tribal).

Priority will be given to applicants that—

  • address specific challenges that rural communities face,
  • serve high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, or
  • offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

OVC anticipates making up to 25 awards across all four purpose areas for a total of $11,685,000. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2020.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 20, 2020.

(Posted February 19, 2020; Updated March 11, 2020)

Now Online: 2020 NCVRW Guide Artwork and Sample Proclamation

National Crime Victims' Rights WeekEvery April, OVC leads the nation in its observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). This year's theme—Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope—will guide communities as they promote victims' rights and services from April 19–25.

Use these 2020 NCVRW resources to help plan your events and raise awareness:

  • Theme Artwork
  • Customizable Theme Poster
  • Web Artwork
  • Sample Proclamation

Download 2020 NCVRW resources now. Various materials are available in English and Spanish.

(Posted February 13, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project

Funding OpportunityOVC is seeking applicants for the OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project solicitation.

The State Victim Liaison Project will place one or more experienced crime victim liaison(s) within selected Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) State Administrating Agencies to help states enhance services to:

  1. crime victims who reside in rural/tribal areas, and/or
  2. older victims (aged 60 years or older) of any crime, and/or
  3. victims of violent crime.

Liaisons will act as a bridge between the state and other state-based non-governmental organizations to identify gaps in victim services and improve and increase access to resources for crime victims in rural/tribal areas, older victims, and victims of violent crime. Liaisons should possess statewide networking connections for effective interaction with community leaders, allied professionals, and community stakeholders to achieve the objectives of this project.

View changes to pages 1 and 13 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-state-liaison-project-change.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on February 20, 2020, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 State Victim Liaison Project solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 9, 2020.

(Posted February 10, 2020; Updated February 28,2020)

Signup to Receive the 2020 NCVRW Theme and Awareness Poster Kit

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed April 19–25, 2020, and this year's theme is Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope.

Sign up for the NCVRW subscription list or update your preferences by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 21, 2020, to ensure that you receive a complimentary printed copy of this year's Theme and Awareness Poster Kit.

Subscribers will also receive an email update when the 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide is available online.

(Posted February 7, 2020)

Register for a New Online Training on Human Trafficking

OVC recently announced the release of the new Understanding Human Trafficking training at the Human Trafficking Grantee Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

OVC invites victim service providers, allied professionals, and interested members of the general public to register for this new training, a series of five interactive online modules that offer foundational learning on trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to human trafficking.

The Understanding Human Trafficking training equips participants to think critically about human trafficking using reliable resources, both locally and from across the United States. Some of the skills offered include—

  • implementing trauma-informed approaches to victim identification and outreach,
  • assessing victims for comprehensive service needs,
  • employing a collaborative victim service delivery model by connecting with local partners,
  • identifying accurate data and research on human trafficking, and
  • new strategies for researching and analyzing laws and policies that impact human trafficking, victim services, and victims' rights.

Register for this training today.

(Posted February 5, 2020)

Trainings Available to Help Rural and Tribal Organizations Apply for Funding

The Office of Justice Programs is sponsoring a training series to educate rural and tribal organizations and agencies on how to apply for funding opportunities.

Representatives from the Office for Victims of Crime, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance will provide an overview of the grants application process. They will also highlight funding application requirements and identify tools and resources for applicants.

These trainings will be held on multiple dates this January and February.

All trainings can be attended in-person and some can also be attended remotely via webinar.

Learn more and attend one of these trainings.

(Posted January 24, 2020)

Attend a Tribal Consultation on Tribal Set-Aside Funding from the Crime Victims Fund

OVC invites tribal leaders, representatives, and stakeholders to participate in a Tribal Consultation on Tribal Set-Aside Funding from the Crime Victims Fund. Attendees will discuss tribal set-aside funding and how it can be programmed.

An in-person government to government consultation will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2020 Executive Council Winter Session at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Register online for the in-person consultation. You can also register onsite the day of the event beginning at 12:00 p.m. You do not have to register for the NCAI 2020 Executive Council Winter Session to register for the consultation.

If you are unable to attend the in-person session, join one of two phone sessions on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Register for the first phone consultation which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. eastern time or register for the second phone consultation from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. eastern time.

Those without Internet access or the ability to pre-register may call into the phone meetings at 844–845–4169 or 412–717–9620 and ask to join the United States Department of Justice Office of Tribal Justice call.

View an informational Framing Paper that provides relevant background and questions for you to consider in advance of the consultations.

(Posted January 17, 2020)

OVC Resources for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Every January, our nation commemorates National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

This year, OVC celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which established the importance of holding traffickers criminally accountable, protecting victims, and preventing victimization from occurring in the first place. Learn more about some of OVC's work in supporting anti-trafficking professionals over the past 20 years.

Since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed, OVC has become the largest federal funder for direct services to victims of human trafficking in the United States.

OVC's human trafficking team currently manages more than 243 awards representing over $167 million in 45 states, 1 territory, and the District of Columbia. In fiscal year (FY) 2019 alone, OVC made 120 awards totaling approximately $80 million to improve the quantity and quality of services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

See our Human Trafficking Services and Task Forces Map for more information about OVC grantees currently providing services to victims of human trafficking.

This fiscal year, OVC released one human trafficking funding opportunity, the OVC FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Subscribe to receive News From OVC for updates on additional funding opportunities.

OVC supports anti-trafficking professionals through training and technical assistance and other resources, such as:

OVC Human Trafficking Weblet
Recently updated, this site contains information about OVC-funded training and technical assistance and other federally-funded technical assistance providers.

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center: Human Trafficking
Find training and technical assistance to help build the capacity of your organization to respond to victims of human trafficking.

Faces of Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Use this resource to raise awareness of the seriousness of human trafficking, the many forms it can take, and the important role that everyone can play in identifying and serving victims.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This guide is a resource to support the day-to-day operations of human trafficking task forces. It can be used to help create a new task force or enhance the operations of an existing task force.

Visit the OVC calendar for events commemorating this month, including two OVC-supported webinars:

Increasing Community Awareness of Labor Trafficking
January 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

Survivor Strategies to Generate Income While Looking for Sustainable Employment: Opportunities through Independent Contracting
January 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time

In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join OVC and spread awareness to ensure all trafficking victims receive necessary support and services.

(Posted January 10, 2020)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2020 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applicants for its Fiscal Year 2020 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

CTAS provides comprehensive funding to federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal designees to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization.

CTAS applicants have the flexibility to submit a single application and select from any or all of the purpose areas, including one administered by OVC.

The OVC Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities Program (Purpose Area #6) provides funding, technical assistance, and training to help American Indian and Alaska Native communities develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve the investigation, prosecution, and handling of cases of criminal child abuse and neglect, and particularly child sexual abuse cases, in a manner which lessens trauma for child victims.

Visit the CTAS solicitation website to learn more and apply for this funding opportunity. This site provides answers to frequently asked questions, templates, and other materials to assist you.

Apply by 9:00 p.m. eastern time on February 25, 2020.

Note: the Tribal Victim Services Program (Purpose Area #7) is not included in CTAS this year. Later in fiscal year 2020, OVC will release a comprehensive victim services solicitation; however, it will be a stand-alone solicitation.

(Posted January 6, 2020)

2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Theme Poster and Color Palette

The 2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette, customizable Theme Poster, and Theme Poster source art are now available online.

NCVRW will be commemorated April 19–25, 2020. This year's theme is Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope.

Sign up for the NCVRW subscription list to receive email updates, including the online release of the 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide.

(Posted December 20, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC announces the release of the OVC FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The program will support—

  1. transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program; and

  2. short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses.

Projects must also include support services designed to enable victims of human trafficking and any dependents to locate and secure permanent housing and find employment.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on December 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. View a recording and transcript of this webinar.

View changes to page 6 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/fy-2020-housing-assistance-change.pdf.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2020.

(Posted December 3, 2019; Updated January 6, 2020)

First of its Kind Report Provides Data on Victim Service Providers in U.S.

The National Census of Victim Service Providers is the first-ever national data collection of programs responding to victims and survivors of crime and abuse. The recently released report, Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017, provides the most comprehensive picture of the victim services field to date.

The census was conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics with support from OVC.

According to the census, nearly 12,200 victim service providers operated in the United States in 2017.

Data from this census was used to select a representative sample for the National Survey of Victim Service Providers, which will provide national information about different ways programs are structured, organized, and resourced to carry out their mission.

These data will assist funders and policymakers in better understanding the work and needs of victim service providers.

Read Victim Service Providers in the United States, 2017.

(Posted November 26, 2019)

Deadline to Complete National Survey of Victim Service Providers is November 22

The final deadline for victim service providers to submit responses to the National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP) is November 22, 2019.

Your response to NSVSP will assist funders and policymakers in better understanding the work and needs of victim service providers. It will also provide important information for practitioners about the different ways they are structured, organized, and resourced to carry out their mission.

A webinar was recently held to provide more information about the survey and details the importance of this effort. View a recording of the NSVSP webinar.

Eligible participants should have already received their instructions to complete their survey by email. For more information or if you need technical assistance, please contact the Westat survey team by telephone at 855–857–9454 or by email at nsvsp@westat.com.

(Posted November 18, 2019)

Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be with OVC

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has received multiple reports that our office's name is being used as part of an imposter scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

OVC is not making these phone calls.

These scammers falsely represent themselves as OVC employees and attempt to obtain or confirm personal information from the call recipient, such as a social security number, or will ask for money by suggesting the person's social security number has been compromised. The scammers may call from a local number and provide a “case number,” but it is all a fraud.

We encourage the public to remain vigilant and do not provide personal information during calls in which someone claims to be from OVC or the “OVC Fraud Prevention Unit.” OVC has no such unit.

We also encourage those who have received one of these calls to report this information to us through the OVC Resource Center at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by email. Individuals may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877–FTC–HELP (877–382–4357).

(Posted November 8, 2019; Updated December 17, 2019)

Register for the OVC Grantee Orientation Webinar

OVC Grantee Orientation - Putting the Pieces TogetherRegister for the Putting the Pieces Together - OVC Grantee Orientation Webinar:

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m. eastern time.
Register: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecab07beed47ae930c68f4a773306c64e

This webinar will provide OVC grantees with the knowledge and resources to successfully manage grant awards. Webinar attendees will also learn about OVC and the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center, special conditions, grant management, and program monitoring.

Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all OVC discretionary grantees and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to attend.

Register for the Putting the Pieces Together - OVC Grantee Orientation.

(Posted November 7, 2019)

Register for a Webinar on the National Survey of Victim Service Providers

Register for a webinar on updates to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Census of Victim Service Providers and National Survey of Victim Service Providers.

The webinar will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. eastern time and will summarize progress in administering the National Census of Victim Service Providers and the National Survey of Victim Service Providers.

The National Census of Victim Service Providers helped build a national roster of all active victim service providers and provided baseline knowledge about characteristics of the field.

The National Survey of Victim Service Providers is in the field now and collects more detailed information on topics such as services provided to crime victims, staffing, and organizational constraints to providing services.

The data will be used to better understand the type and scope of victim services nationwide and identify the resource needs of victim service providers.

Register now.

(Posted November 5, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: 2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

Apply for funding for projects to raise public awareness of victims' rights and services in communities during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 19–25, 2020.

The NCVRW Community Awareness Projects grants reimburse up to $5,000 in costs associated with conducting public awareness activities during NCVRW, including—

  • public events (including candlelight vigils, information/resource fairs, 5k walk/runs);
  • mass media advertising; and
  • production, publication, and distribution of printed materials.

NCVRW Community Awareness Projects grants are administered by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators, under a cooperative agreement with the Office for Victims of Crime.

Public agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and any organization advocating for the rights of crime victims are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply on the NCVRW Community Awareness Projects website. The site contains resources to assist prospective applications, including information about previously funded projects. Also view a recording of a pre-application webinar held on November 4, 2019 (registration required).

Apply by November 22, 2019.

(Posted October 31, 2019; Updated November 7, 2019)

Announcing the 2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Theme

Every year, OVC leads the nation in the observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW).

OVC is pleased to announce the 2020 NCVRW theme—Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope. NCVRW, which will be held April 19–25, 2020, brings communities together and educates the public about victims' rights, protections, and services.

Join the NCVRW Subscription List to receive a complimentary copy of the 2020 NCVRW Theme Poster Kit and email notifications about NCVRW, including the 2020 NCVRW Resource Guide and National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony.

(Posted October 30, 2019)

September 25: National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

In 2007, the U.S. Congress designated September 25 of each year as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The resolution states that this day provides “an opportunity for the people of the United States to honor the memories of murder victims and to recognize the impact on surviving family members.”

Visit the Parents Of Murdered Children website to find commemorative events hosted by its chapters and the OVC National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events for additional events of throughout the country. Many of these events are free and open to the public.

(Posted September 25, 2019)

Submit Your Nominations for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

Submit Your Nominations for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service AwardsDo you know an individual, organization, team, or program that you would like to see recognized for their work? If so, please submit nominations for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on October 9, 2019.

These prestigious awards recognize extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that demonstrate outstanding achievements in supporting victims and victim services.

New this year is the Victim Rights Legend Award increasing the award categories to twelve for the 2020 nomination period. Last year, Edwin Meese III, the 75th Attorney General of the United States, was recognized during the Awards Ceremony with the inaugural Victim Rights Legend Award in recognition of his significant role for many decades in securing vital services and funding for victims of crime, and assuring the victim's voice is heard in the criminal justice system and in public policy.

The recipients will be honored at the annual National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Learn more and submit a nomination today.

(Posted September 12, 2019)

Resources and Support for the Victims of Recent Mass Shootings

OVC staff extend our condolences to the victims of the shootings in Odessa and Midland, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California. OVC presents resources which may be able to help victims and their families, and victim service providers, law enforcement, and first responders that are providing support to them during this difficult time. Learn more:

(Posted September 9, 2019)

Office of Justice Programs Pledges Millions to Support Public Safety in Alaska Native Communities

Alaska has the highest per capita crime rate in the country. Remote environments and unpredictable weather conditions exacerbate the high crime rate and access to services for victims.

Attorney General William P. Barr and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katie Sullivan recently visited Alaska to discuss public safety with state and local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Alaska Native leaders, native youth, crime survivors, and other experts.

During the meeting, the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice announced that $6 million in emergency federal funds to support law enforcement efforts to curb the public safety crisis for Alaska Natives.

Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OVC, is offering over $167 million in grant funds for tribal victim services. Alaska Native and American Indian communities can apply for this funding by August 16, 2019, through the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program solicitation.

Read more about the U.S. Department of Justice's commitment to public safety in Alaska Native communities.

(Posted July 31, 2019)

Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program Pre-application Webinars

OVC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice, conducted four webinars in July to review solicitation requirements for the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program.

Recordings and transcripts of these webinars, along with two webinars OVC held in June, are available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Congress has set aside $167 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities. This program can support a wide variety of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, families of homicides, elder abuse and more. The program can support activities such as needs assessments, crisis services, shelters, transportation, and many critical services. Learn more and apply by August 16, 2019.

View recordings of previous pre-application webinars.

(Posted July 16, 2019; Updated August 9, 2019)

Attend the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding

OVC invites tribal leaders and representatives to participate in a Tribal Consultation regarding how potential future tribal set-aside funding from the Crime Victims Fund should be programmed.

The consultation will be held on August 20, 2019, at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan. The OVC Tribal Consultation precedes the Office on Violence Against Women's 14th Annual Tribal Consultation.

Register online for the OVC Tribal Consultation on Potential Future Tribal Set-Aside Funding. You may also register onsite from 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

View an informational Framing Paper that provides relevant background and questions for you to consider in advance of the session.

(Posted July 11, 2019; Updated July 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime

Apply for the Funding OpportunityFY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime solicitation.

The overarching goal of this program is to support victims of crime and to bridge gaps in services to victims. The objectives of this program are to—

  • identify and address gaps in knowledge,
  • develop and assess innovative practices,
  • deliver much-needed victim assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and other victim populations,
  • encourage evidence-based training and technical assistance, and/or
  • develop strategic approaches for leveraging resources to reach and serve more victims.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Tribal Crime Victim Services
  • Purpose Area 2: Innovations in Telehealth
  • Purpose Area 3: Improving Responses to Victims of Burglary
  • Purpose Area 4: Improving the Ordering and Collecting of Restitution for Victims
  • Purpose Area 5: Other Innovative Programs to Fill Gaps in Crime Victim Services

Across all 5 purpose areas, OVC expects to make up to 12 awards of up to $800,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 25, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Field-Generated Solutions for Tribal & Non-Tribal Communities to Improve Services for Victims of Crime solicitation. Apply by July 26, 2019.

(Posted June 17, 2019; Updated July 12, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation

Apply for the Funding OpportunityFY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation solicitation.

Older victims of crime have unique challenges in accessing legal services following victimization, particularly in rural communities. Elder abuse has been referred to as a "hidden epidemic" in the United States, with estimates that it affects 10% of persons age 60 and older.

This program will provide increased legal services for older victims of crime (particularly in rural areas), educate attorneys and allied professionals about the needs of older victims, and increase coordinated multidisciplinary responses in supporting older victims of crime.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of—

  • civil legal representation for older crime victims;
  • enforcement of crime victims' rights;
  • management of sub-award organizations; and
  • experience with training and technical assistance.

This program will be implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice's Equal Justice Initiative and the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

OVC expects to make 1 award of up to $3,500,000 for a 36-month period of performance to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 24, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Mobilizing Attorneys for Older Victims of Abuse & Financial Exploitation solicitation. Apply by July 15, 2019.

(Posted June 14, 2019; Updated June 27, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development

Funding OpportunityOVC, consistent with the Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent authorizations, seeks to ensure that all trafficking victims receive support to access the services they need to heal in the aftermath of victimization.

OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation.

The purpose of this program is three-fold:

  • to enhance the quality of services available to assist victims of human trafficking by providing specialized training and technical assistance (TTA) to legal and social service providers, community organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • to develop resources that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act to raise public awareness, promote community outreach, and create educational activities around the country to address human trafficking; and
  • to develop a key resource to improve the response to victims of human trafficking wherever they are identified.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas:

  • Purpose Area 1: TTA on Crime Victim Compensation for Victims of Human Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 2: TTA on Labor Trafficking. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $1,000,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 3: TTA on State-Level Financial Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award for up to $850,000 for a 3-year performance period.
  • Purpose Area 4: Resource Development on Public Awareness for the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victim Protection Act. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $450,000 for a 16-month performance period.
  • Purpose Area 5: Resource Development on 'Standards of Care' for Human Trafficking Victims. Under this program, OVC anticipates making 1 award of up to $750,000 for a 3-year performance period.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance and Resource Development solicitation. Apply by July 10, 2019.

(Posted June 10, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation

Funding OpportunityOVC is pleased to release the FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation in time for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day—to be commemorated on June 15, 2019.

Under this program, OVC seeks applications to support the development and/or enhancement of multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) and to strengthen the capacity of "enhanced MDTs" to better identify and respond to cases of abuse and more comprehensively serve and support victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation. The program will also fund a National Elder Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center to support enhanced MDTs funded under this solicitation.

OVC intends to fund two separate purpose areas under this solicitation:

Purpose Area 1: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams
To fund approximately 10 to 22 enhanced MDT's (E-MDTs) at the rural, tribal, local or state levels, including existing and new teams. Up to 12 of these E-MDTs to be funded would be non-tribal applicants, and up to 10 could be E-MDTs within tribal communities. These teams should include forensic accountants, neuropsychologists, medical personnel and/or other appropriate professionals (to possibly evaluate the victim's cognitive abilities and capacity), so that case-related efforts more comprehensively consider and address the needs of older victims of financial exploitation and other forms of elder abuse.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make approximately 10 to 22 awards of up to $375,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Purpose Area 2: Multidisciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center
To fund the development of a National Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Training and Technical Assistance Center (National Elder Abuse MDT TTA Center) to support OVC-funded E-MDTs. Applicants for Purpose Area 2 should have experience and expertise in serving tribal victims or propose a partnership with a subgrantee with this experience.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $3,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming America's Response to Elder Abuse: Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation solicitation. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted June 7, 2019; Updated June 21, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams solicitation

This program seeks to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the access and quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services through telehealth technology for communities with limited access to trained SANEs.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: State/Tribal/Regional Demonstration Sites
The primary goal of this program is to increase the number of highly trained, experienced SANEs and other medical forensic examiners and provide high-quality care for victims of sexual assault.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 3 awards of up to $4,000,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019. OVC may also make additional awards to applicants serving tribal populations.

Purpose Area 2: Technical Assistance Provider
The successful applicant under this program will provide technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites during the planning and implementation of a telehealth program.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $2,000,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

View a change to page 6 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-Using-Telehealth-SANE-Solicitation-Updates.pdf

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Using Telehealth to Improve Care, Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Exams solicitation. Apply by July 17, 2019.

(Posted June 7, 2019; Updated June 27, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This solicitation will provide funding for direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.

This FY 2019 solicitation consolidates multiple OVC human trafficking direct services programs released as separate solicitations in previous years. By combining multiple solicitations, OVC hopes to streamline the application process and to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (and focus areas):

Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking

Focus Area # 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.

Focus Area # 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model.

Focus Area # 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will provide funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.

Over the past few years, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have provided joint funding to support Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces which required a significant amount of coordination between law enforcement and victim service provider applicants to submit joint applications for funding.

This year, OVC and BJA are allowing separate applications from victim service and law enforcement applicants that fully demonstrate each applicant's strengths related to participation in a human trafficking task force.

Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services
Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. OVC is interested in supporting programs that will focus on one or more of the priority areas: housing, economic and leadership empowerment and/or education, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 14, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 19, 2019.

(Posted June 5, 2019; Updated June 21, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to provide training and technical assistance to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance service providers and others who work with victims of crime. Activities funded through this program may include, but are not limited to—

  • the establishment or enhancement of state victim assistance academies,
  • statewide training initiatives,
  • crime victim-related conferences,
  • basic training for new programs, or
  • scholarships to attend conferences and/or training.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $600,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $4 million. The anticipated period of performance for these grants will be from the award date through September 30, 2022.

Eligible applicants are limited to state administering agencies for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Program Formula Grants.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 17, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Program for VOCA Victim Assistance Grantees. Apply by July 18, 2019.

(Posted June 3, 2019; Updated June 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for children and youth who are victims of sex and labor trafficking by—

  • integrating human trafficking policy and programming at the state or tribal jurisdiction level and
  • enhancing coordinated, multidisciplinary, and statewide approaches to serving trafficked youth.

Recognizing that each state/tribe is unique, applicants should identify the state or tribe's greatest barriers to—

  • identifying and assisting child and youth victims of sex and labor trafficking and/or
  • investigating and prosecuting these trafficking cases.

Applicants should propose a program to systematically address these barriers. OVC is particularly interested in applications from states with a high geographic need for this program.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $1.5 million with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $6 million. OVC expects to make the awards for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 13, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking. Apply by July 1, 2019.

(Posted May 31, 2019; Updated June 17, 2019)

2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Dates Announced: April 19–25

In 2020, National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be commemorated April 19–25.

Sign up for the NCVRW Subscription List, or update your contact information, to receive 2020 NCVRW announcements including—

  • the theme and colors,
  • the availability of the Resource Guide, and
  • details concerning the National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period and ceremony.
(Posted May 31, 2019)
Past Announcements

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking solicitation.

OVC will make awards to increase the quantity and quality of services currently available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Direct Services
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to request funding to—

  • develop or enhance their organizational capacity to provide services to urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking;
  • develop and sustain collaborative partnerships;
  • conduct community outreach and awareness activities; and
  • provide training to other stakeholders on how to meet the needs of urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking.

Applicants for this purpose area must demonstrate that they will provide services to the target population in an urban community as defined on page 4 of the solicitation.

Under Purpose Area 1, OVC expects to make up to 7 awards of up to $450,000 each for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance
Applicants may apply to this purpose area to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance to successful grantees under Purpose Area 1.

Under Purpose Area 2, OVC expects to make up to 1 award of up to $550,000 for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking. Apply by July 15, 2019.

(Posted May 30, 2019; Updated June 25, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program. The Application Deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m., eastern time, on Friday, August 16, 2019.

The overall goal of this program is to provide support to tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime.

OVC is soliciting applications to support a comprehensive range of activities including—

  • needs assessment,
  • strategic planning,
  • program development and implementation,
  • program expansion, and
  • other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities.

Apply under one of the following purpose areas:

Purpose Area 1: Establishment of a New Victim Service Program
Applicants that have no existing victim services program, including applicants that do not have programs and are going to coordinate with others to provide services to them.

Purpose Area 2: Coordination and Expansion of Existing Victim Service Program
The goal under this purpose area is for existing victim service programs to expand and enhance their services so that they can become more victim-centered, culturally competent, and provide more services, better services, serve more victims, and provide services to crime victims for whom there were no services available previously.

Please note: FY 2019 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #6 and Purpose Area #7 applicants ARE eligible to apply under this solicitation. However, the applicant may not request duplicative activities and budget items.

View changes to pages 1, 3, 10, 12, 21, and 35 that OVC made after the initial release of the solicitation at www.ovc.gov/grants/pdftxt/FY19-VSSA-Solicitation-Updates.pdf.

OVC conducted pre-application webinars on June 20 and June 27 to review the solicitation requirements and answer question with interested potential applicants.

OVC, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice, also conducted four additional webinars to review solicitation requirements in July 2019.

Recordings and transcripts of these six webinars are available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Friday, August 16, 2019.

(Posted May 29, 2019; Updated August 9, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims solicitation.

The purpose of this solicitation is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as the result of the opioid crisis.

OVC developed the following objectives as a framework for applicants to be able to successfully achieve the overarching program goal of serving young victims of this crisis:

  • Objective 1: Deliver information, services, and support to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.

  • Objective 2: Build and implement a feedback system to further identify and define the scope of the community- or jurisdiction-specific problem (related to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis), the associated victim needs, the resources and services available, and remaining gaps to be addressed.

  • Objective 3: Establish or enhance a seamless, comprehensive, community-driven, and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by July 11, 2019.

(Posted May 28, 2019; Updated June 11, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program solicitation.

This program will develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process including by connecting them with community-based direct victim services programs to more quickly and more effectively serve them.

Funding under this program will support an estimated 80 victim specialist grants to state, tribal, and/or local law enforcement agencies to hire victim services staff to develop new programs or enhance existing law enforcement-based victim specialist programs.

Eligible applicants for this opportunity are limited to public law enforcement agencies (including municipal, county, state, and tribal agencies).

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 6, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by July 26, 2019.

(Posted May 24, 2019; Updated July 15, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines solicitation.

This program seeks ambitious yet viable proposals from Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula State Administrating Agencies to implement visionary statewide technology programs to—

  • enhance victims' access to services,
  • foster innovation and efficiency in the provision of services,
  • improve the quality of services, and
  • improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.

OVC expects to make up to 9 awards of up to $600,000 each, to implement other visionary statewide technology programs as outlined in the solicitation's Program Description.

OVC also expects to make up to 5 awards of up to $440,000 each, for projects focused primarily on establishing or enhancing elder abuse or elder crime victim service hotlines (or the elder victim services portion of other general crime victim service hotlines).

In addition to VOCA Formula State Administering Agencies, other organizations are also eligible to apply for funding when such an application is in partnership with the SAA for the applicant's state.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 11, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Building State Technology Capacity and Elder Abuse Hotlines funding opportunity. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted May 23, 2019; Updated June 13, 2019)

Upcoming Regional Trainings for Victim Advocates

The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims, with funding support from OVC, will be holding a series of regional trainings to support victim advocates in reaching survivors from underserved communities.

The Expanding Our Response: Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Crime Survivors from Underserved Communities trainings is for victim advocates who work with victims and survivors from many different races, ages, genders, and other backgrounds.

Attendees will explore topics that include who is being served by their program, barriers to service and how to remove them, resiliency among survivors, and steps to take to strengthen partnerships.

The five planned trainings are as follows:

  • Decatur, Georgia: June 26 and 27
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: July 24 and 25
  • Vancouver, Washington: August 21 and 22
  • Austin, Texas: September 10 and 11
  • Arlington, Virginia: September 17 and 18

Space is limited for each training and registration is required to attend. Registration will close on May 24 for the training in Decatur. Registration will close on June 24 for the other four trainings.

Register now for one of the upcoming five regional training sessions.

(Posted May 23, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims solicitation.

Under this solicitation, OVC seeks to support Family Justice Centers or similar co-located service model agencies as they transform service delivery to more effectively meet the needs of polyvictims (when a person endures multiple victimizations of different kinds, as opposed to experiencing a single type of victimization repeatedly).

OVC plans to fund cooperative agreements to expand the work and lessons learned from OVC's FY 2016 demonstration initiative, "A Pathway to Justice, Healing, and Hope: Addressing Polyvictimization in a Family Justice Center."

Through the FY 2016 initiative, a polyvictimization assessment tool was developed, validated, and pilot-tested for use to identify polyvictims and to build capacity in Family Justice Centers (FJCs) to serve polyvictims in a more holistic manner.

Applicants may apply under the purpose areas listed below.

Purpose Area 1: FJC Polyvictimization Implementation Sites
OVC expects to fund up to six FJCs or similar co-located service model agencies up to $850,000 each to:

  • implement the validated assessment tool (see Appendix A in the solicitation);
  • increase partnerships with traditional and non-traditional FJC services to serve identified polyvictims more holistically;
  • expand case management services to include a thorough understanding of the specific needs of the survivors; and
  • build capacity within their communities to leverage existing and new resources for crime victims.

Purpose Area 2: Polyvictimization Technical Assistance Provider
OVC anticipates funding one organization up to $1 million to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the Purpose Area 1 sites selected under this program.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 20, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Transforming Family Justice Center Services: Creating New Pathways of Hope and Healing for Polyvictims funding opportunity. Apply by July 8, 2019.

(Posted May 9, 2019; Updated June 4, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

Funding OpportunityOVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.

As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

To meet the needs of a rapidly evolving anti-trafficking field, and to best serve victims of human trafficking, OVC is seeking innovative ideas to enhance identification of and services for victims.

Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

OVC expects to make up to four awards of up to $900,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.6 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on January 1, 2020.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 9, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Learn more and apply for the OVC FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking funding opportunity. Apply by June 27, 2019.

(Posted April 29, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: OVC FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program

Funding OpportunityApply for the OVC FY 2019 Enhancing Language and Other Access to Services Program solicitation.

This grant program seeks to enhance language access services for crime victims to break down barriers that prevent many individuals from reporting crimes and accessing the services they need after crime victimization.

Funding will support the provision of direct services, the development of language access plans, and will expand the capacity of community-based organizations within linguistically specific communities to address the needs of victims of all types of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 10 awards of up to $200,000 each. The estimated total amount awarded under this program is anticipated to be $2 million. OVC expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on May 14, 2019, to review the solicitation requirements. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

Apply by June 26, 2019.

(Posted April 26, 2019; Updated May 29, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation.

Through this program, OVC will support national-scope initiatives and regional initiatives (that can be replicated nationally) to maximize the use of technology to improve and increase access to crime victim services. OVC will give priority to proposals that have a national scope, as those projects may have the potential to serve more victims, but an exceptional proposal that is initially regional in scope could certainly be competitive. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  1. Development of new national app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
  2. Development of regionally focused app(s) or creation of another technology platform designed to serve victims of crime.
  3. Expansion or enhancement of existing services and/or hotlines on digital, online, or text platforms or an app that uses technology to provide services, referrals, tools, and information to victims of crime.

OVC expects to make up to 7 awards in the range of $500,000 to $2 million each, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $8 million.

(Posted April 25, 2019)

ITVERP Launches Online Application to Streamline Claims Process

The Office for Victims of Crime's (OVC's) International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) releases a new online application and claims tracking portal.

Now, eligible claimants can file their ITVERP applications online and track their claim's progress throughout the lifecycle of their claim. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals working for the U.S. government at the time of a terrorist incident are eligible to apply for ITVERP.

Learn more about ITVERP.

(Posted April 25, 2019)

Register for OVC's Putting the Pieces Together Webinar on Special Conditions

Grantee Webinar SeriesThe Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) held a webinar for all OVC discretionary and formula grantees about Understanding Your Award Special Conditions on April 30, 2019.

This webinar provides grantees with knowledge and resources on the variety of special conditions that must be met to successfully manage their OVC grant award(s).

Programmatic Points of Contact and Financial Points of Contact for all Fiscal Year 2018 OVC discretionary grantees and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance and Compensation formula administrators are encouraged to view the webinar.

View a recording of the Understanding Your Award Special Conditions webinar.

(Posted April 17, 2019; Updated May 30, 2019)

Watch the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Facebook Live

OVC annually recognizes individuals, programs, teams, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services.

The award recipients are selected from nominations in a variety of categories for their vision, action, and leadership in improving the lives of victims in the aftermath of crime. The honorees are recognized at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, April 12.

If you can't attend the event in person, OVC encourages you to watch the ceremony on Facebook Live.

If you want to receive a notification when the Facebook Live session begins, click "Get Reminder" before the event and then login to your account before the ceremony starts. We recommend that you check your Facebook settings to make sure you receive notifications for Live events.

(Posted April 11, 2019)

Announcing the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Recipients

Meet this year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards recipients.

These exceptional individuals and organizations were recognized during the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime honored former Attorney General Edwin Meese III during the Awards Ceremony. Mr. Meese received the inaugural Victim Rights Legend Award in recognition of his significant role for many decades in securing vital services and funding for victims of crime, and assuring the victim's voice is heard in the criminal justice system and in public policy.

The following 12 individuals and organizations were also honored during the Awards Ceremony:

  • Laura Abbott, Victims' Rights Arkansas, Cabot, AR: Volunteer for Victims Award.

  • Sergeant Amy Dudewicz, Special Victims Unit, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department Albuquerque, NM: Allied Professional Award.

  • Diana Faugno, Eisenhower Medical Center and Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Rancho Mirage, CA: Allied Professional Award.

  • Susan Howley, Center for Victim Research, Justice Research and Statistics Association Washington, DC: Crime Victims' Rights Award.

  • Shari Kastein, Family Crisis Centers, Sioux Center, IA: Special Courage Award.

  • Richard H. Norcross III, Retired Law Enforcement Officer, Keasbey, NJ: Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services.

  • San Mateo County Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team, San Mateo, CA: Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award.

  • James Shaw, Jr., James Shaw Jr. Foundation, Nashville, TN: Special Courage Award.

  • Missey Smith, The Kelsey Smith Foundation, Overland Park, KS: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.

  • Eva Velasquez, Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego, CA: National Crime Victim Service Award.

  • Mark Weiner, Licking County Prosecutor's Office, Newark, OH: National Crime Victim Service Award.

  • Hallie Bongar White, Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Tucson, AZ: Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award.

Learn more about the extraordinary contributions of this year's award recipients:

Sign up for the NCVRW Subscription List to receive notification about the nomination period for the 2020 National Crime Victims' Service Awards.

(Posted April 9, 2019; Updated May 10, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance solicitation.

The overall goal of this project is to successfully establish and execute national-scope and community-based approaches that buffer and mitigate the negative effects of vicarious trauma. Many first responders and victim service providers are affected by vicarious trauma, defined as the exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people, because of their repeated exposure to crime victimization.

The purpose of this solicitation is to build upon existing evidence-based resources and expertise (at the national, regional, tribal, state, and local levels), weave these resources together with in-depth and tailored technical assistance, based on the unique needs and resources in a particular community, and provide free and accessible support and technical assistance that results in a robust established and sustained response to vicarious trauma in at least 10 to 15 community implementation sites (including American Indian/Alaska Native communities).

OVC expects to make one award of up to $3 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019, and end on September 30, 2022.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

(Posted April 3, 2019; Updated April 30, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization

Funding OpportunityApply for the FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization grant solicitation.

OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address cases involving children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce the number of child fatalities within each of the participating jurisdictions.

Purpose Area 1
During Phase I of this initiative, five demonstration sites will—

  • examine relevant data for at least the previous 5 years locally,

  • establish formal partnerships and Memoranda of Understanding with key stakeholders, and

  • create a strategic plan and needs assessment to implement a comprehensive approach for reducing child injuries and fatalities.

During Phase II, sites will work with OVC and the technical assistance provider to implement their strategic plan that was established during the planning phase and carry out a communications strategy that engages the broader community.

OVC expects to make up to five awards to demonstration sites for up to $750,000 each, with an estimated total amount awarded under this purpose area of up to $3.75 million.

Purpose Area 2
This initiative will award funding to one organization (or group of organizations with one designated lead) to provide comprehensive technical assistance to the demonstration sites and actively share findings and lessons learned with the larger crime victims' field.

The successful applicant will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of this initiative, including the national evaluation. OVC expects to make one award under this purpose area of up to $1.5 million for a 36-month period of performance.

All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study which will be competed this year under a separate solicitation.

OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.

(Posted March 28, 2019; Updated April 19, 2019)

Blog Highlights OJP Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

In a recent blog post, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Dummermuth highlighted a number of initiatives through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to combat human trafficking.

In fiscal year 2018, OJP granted more than $67 million to fight trafficking at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. Included in these efforts are OVC programs which support services to survivors of human trafficking.

OVC's anti-trafficking grantees strengthen the victim assistance response in states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of victim services across the country. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, OVC grantees reported serving a record number of nearly 9,000 human trafficking clients. Grantees also trained more than 76,000 professionals who can assist in identifying victims and help them on their path to recovery.

Visit the OJP blog to read more about how OJP is working to enhance service for victims and help local authorities prosecute those responsible for human trafficking crimes.

(Posted March 28, 2019)

Register for Suicide Prevention Trainings for Crime Victim Advocates

The Education Development Center is offering a series of suicide prevention train-the-trainer courses designed specifically for crime victim advocates who are not clinical mental health professionals.

With funding support from OVC, the Center developed the HOPE curriculum (Notice Hints, Ask Openly About Suicide, Validate Pain, and Explore Reasons to Live). This prevention training curriculum is designed specifically for crime victim advocates.

HOPE prepares advocates who work with adult crime victims to properly identify, intervene, and refer individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of suicidality to appropriate care and follow-up treatment. Event participants will learn how to deliver the HOPE curriculum.

Register today for one of the following 2-day trainings:

  • May 2–3, 2019, in Washington, DC
  • May 21–May 22, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas
  • June 4–5, 2019, in Portland, Oregon
  • June 18–19, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • July 30–31, 2019, in Denver, Colorado
  • August 1–2, 2019, in Denver, Colorado (this training is specifically for victim advocates who serve victims in Indian country)

A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

(Posted March 21, 2019)

Now Available: 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)The complete 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide is now available online. This year, NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13.

This year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.

The 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide provides a wealth of materials for promoting public awareness campaigns for NCVRW and throughout the year. The guide includes planning tips, theme video, artwork, and more.

Join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness about crime victims' rights and the services available to victims of crime.

(Posted March 5, 2019; updated March 29, 2019)

Register to Attend the National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)Every year OVC honors the individuals, teams, programs and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting crime victims and victim services.

Join OVC at the 2019 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony in recognizing these individuals and organizations.

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 12, 2019
Where: National Archives—William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC  20408
Attendee Entrance: Enter on Constitution Avenue at the 7th Street Special Event entrance.

Learn more about the ceremony and register to attend.

(Posted February 26, 2019)

Now Online: 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide Theme Artwork and Sample Proclamation

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)OVC is pleased to announce the 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guide theme artwork, theme poster, awareness posters, and web artwork. The artwork is available in both English and Spanish.

The 2019 NCVRW sample proclamation is also available for download.

These materials were designed to help inspire your community and raise awareness of victims' rights. Share this artwork and sample proclamation to help your organization promote NCVRW and this year's NCVRW theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.

Sign up for the NCVRW Subscription List to receive notification when the complete Resource Guide is available.

(Posted February 19, 2019)

More Than $8.3 Million Awarded to Support California Victims of Las Vegas Shooting

OVC has awarded more than $8.3 million in Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program funding to aid California survivors of the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

This new grant award supports the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, because 35 of the 58 murder victims and approximately 200 of those physically injured were from California.

This funding will help California cover the costs of supplemental crime victim compensation expenses; victim assistance, such as mental health and peer support groups; outreach to identify and contact victims, including a virtual victim resiliency center; and related expenses for support staff to provide these activities.

In addition to this award, in November 2018, OVC awarded more than $16.7 million to the state of Nevada to assist victims of this terrorist attack.

Learn more about the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program.

(Posted February 19, 2019)

Funding Opportunity: FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

OVC is seeking applicants for its OVC Funding Opportunity - Apply NowFY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.

This new program is designed to enhance the quality and quantity of direct services available to assist minor (under the age of 18) victims of human trafficking.

Organizations funded under this program will—

  • provide (directly and through partnerships) a comprehensive array of services that minor victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking often require to address their needs for safety, security, and healing;
  • ensure that minors who have been trafficked are identified and referred for appropriate services; and
  • document the progress of the project.

This program places a priority on funding direct services provided by organizations with the capacity to implement a highly collaborative and comprehensive service model, engaging all appropriate community resources, to address the needs of minor victims of all forms of human trafficking.

OVC expects to make up to 40 awards through this solicitation totaling up to $20 million for a 36-month period of performance, to begin no later than October 1, 2019.

OVC conducted an optional pre-application webinar on February 20, 2019. During the webinar, OVC staff reviewed the solicitation requirements and conducted a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. A recording of this webinar is now available.

Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 4, 2019.

For additional information about potential funding opportunities in the area of human trafficking, visit the FY 2019 DOJ Program Plan.

(Posted February 4, 2019, updated March 7, 2019)

2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Online Theme Poster and Color Palette

Image of 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)The 2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) color palette and a customizable copy of the Theme Poster are now available.

NCVRW will be commemorated April 7–13, 2019, and this year's theme—Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.—celebrates the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.

Join the NCVRW Subscription List to receive email updates, including the online release of the 2019 NCVRW Resource Guide.

(Posted January 29, 2019)

 

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