Grants & Funding
Current Funding Opportunities
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This page contains information about all current OVC discretionary funding opportunities. To learn about available grants to support direct services to crime victims through OVC’s formula grant program, contact your state Victim Assistance Program.
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OVC Funding Opportunities
FY 2019 Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: National Scope Training and Technical Assistance (PDF 418 kb)
Application Deadline: 06/04/2019
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. OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar on April 19, 2019, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. e.t. Register at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by June 4, 2019.
FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization (PDF 425 kb)
Application Deadline: 05/30/2019
OVC will provide funding to support the development of multidisciplinary strategies and responses to effectively address children who have experienced serious or near-death injuries as a result of abuse and/or neglect, and to reduce child fatalities. OVC will fund up to five demonstration sites, and the initiative will be carried out in two phases – Phase I: Planning and Phase II: Implementation. The program will use a three-pronged approach: demonstration sites (Purpose Area 1), technical assistance (Purpose Area 2), and an implementation study (competed under a separate FY 2019 solicitation). All demonstration sites and the technical assistance provider will be required to participate in the implementation study. OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on April 10, 2019, and a recording and transcript of this webinar are available at www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html. Apply by May 30, 2019.
FY 2019 VOCA Victim Compensation (PDF 356 kb)
Application Deadline: 05/28/2019
Under this formula grant program, OVC will award each eligible state victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 60 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year two years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage. The primary purpose of these grants is to supplement state efforts to provide financial compensation to crime victims throughout the Nation for costs resulting from crime, and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system. Funds under this program shall be used by the states for awards of compensation benefits to crime victims, with the following exception: states may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by May 28, 2019.
FY 2019 Guidance for Invited Applications for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim Compensation and/or Assistance (PDF 473 kb)
Application Deadline: Open
The Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) is a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to respond to an act of domestic terrorism or mass criminal violence. The criminal act has to be of sufficient magnitude that the jurisdiction cannot provide needed services to victims of the incident with existing resources and it places an undue financial hardship on the jurisdiction’s ability to respond to victims of other crimes in a timely and comprehensive manner. This is not a competitive solicitation. Only after OVC has consulted with an eligible organization can an application be submitted.
U.S. Department of Justice Funding
FY 2019 Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement's Role
Application Deadline: 06/11/2019
Through this grant, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks to develop or enhance law enforcement's role in multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces within the United States. This program furthers the U.S. Department of Justice's mission by enhancing law enforcement task force capacity to combat human trafficking.
BJA will conduct one, optional, pre-application webinar on April 24, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. e.t. Register now.
NOTE: Victim service providers seeking funding to support ECM human trafficking task force activities should be on the lookout for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Funding under this OVC solicitation will support comprehensive services and other activities conducted in partnership with ECM task forces.
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FY 2019 Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development
Application Deadline: 05/16/2019
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in collaboration with OVC and the Office on Violence Against Women, seeks proposals for the development of a tool to assess the effectiveness of victim service programming. The tool will consist of two parts. The first is a validated, multilingual instrument to collect relevant data from the consumers of the services (i.e., victims of crime). The second is an adaptable software platform for the delivery of the instrument to the consumer. The instrument should be applicable across a diverse array of victim service programming. NIJ expects that this instrument will be easy to use to generate a high response rate from a wide range of victim service clients and inform broader evaluations of victim service provider outcomes. Apply by May 16, 2019.
FY 2019 Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons
Application Deadline: 05/08/2019
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in coordination with OVC, seeks to build upon its research and evaluation efforts to better understand, prevent, and respond to trafficking in persons in the United States. Applicants should propose research projects that have clear implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. NIJ is interested in research projects addressing both sex and labor trafficking. NIJ is particularly interested in research responding to the following priority areas: labor trafficking research, evaluation research focused on victim service providers, and building knowledge of the “grooming” process of traffickers. Apply by May 8, 2019.
FY 2019 Evaluation of Services for Victims of Crime
Application Deadline: 05/06/2019
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in coordination with OVC, seeks formative evaluations and evaluability assessments of crime victim service programs. NIJ is interested in evaluations of different types of victim services including, but not limited to, programs embedded in hospitals/trauma centers, umbrella/network organizations, one-stop victim services program, and/or programs embedded in criminal justice agencies. NIJ recognizes that many victim services programs may not be ready to support rigorous outcome evaluations, and as such, a phased approach is needed. Applicants should plan to conduct a formative evaluation, as well as an evaluability assessment to determine whether an outcome evaluation of the program or model is possible. Applicants should consider the diverse array of victim service programs. Apply by May 6, 2019.