Victim Services Grants Management Unit

Victim Services Grant Funding Opportunity

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    GMU Victim Services Training

      Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

       The VOCA Formula Grant Program, created under the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, provides federal funding nationwide to support victim assistance and compensation programs, to provide training for diverse professionals who work with victims, to develop projects that enhance victims' rights and services and to undertake public education and awareness activities on behalf of crime victims.

      VOCA is administered at the federal level through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) which annually awards a grant to each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories. States have sole discretion in determining which organizations will receive funds and in what amounts, as long as the recipients meet the requirements of VOCA and the Program Guidelines

      The Crime Victims' Fund is the source of funding for these programs. Millions of dollars are deposited into this fund annually from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties, and special assessments collected by U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal U.S. courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. To date, Crime Victims' Fund dollars have always come from offenders convicted of federal crimes, not from taxpayers.

      The primary purpose of VOCA is to support the provision of services to victims of crime throughout the nation. According to the VOCA Program Guidelines, services are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; (2) assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization; (3) help victims understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and (4) provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security. For the purpose of the VOCA crime victim assistance grant program, a crime victim is a person who has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime. Funding cannot be used for the investigation of crimes, collection of evidence to further the prosecution of crimes or for prevention activities.

      The overall purpose of the VOCA legislation is the expansion and development of victim services. Under the VOCA Program Guidelines, funding priority is given to programs serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. At least 30 percent of each year's formula grant must be allocated to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse services, 10% for each category. An additional 10% must also be allocated to victims of violent or property crime who are "previously underserved," which indicates that the particular victim population historically or currently has not had access to or been provided with specialized or adequate services. DCFS has determined that the previously underserved populations that will be targeted for funding are: Children and Minors, Immigrants, Elderly, People with Disabilities, LGBTQIA2+, Tribal Communities and Homeless.


        Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)

        The Family Violence Prevention and Services (FVPSA) formula grants to states and territories. FVPSA funds more than 1,600 local public, private, nonprofit and faith-based organizations and programs demonstrating effectiveness in the field of domestic violence services and prevention. These domestic violence programs provide victims of domestic and dating violence and their children with: 

        • Shelter
        • Safety planning
        • Crisis counseling
        • Information and referral
        • Legal advocacy
        • Additional support services/ Related Assistance

          Victims of Domestic Violence fund (ML)

          The State of Nevada will fund, pursuant to NRS Chapter 217.400 to 217.460, one or more programs that serve victims of domestic violence to include children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence.

          Funding supports innovative programming in nonprofit and public agencies and funds are awarded on a state fiscal year basis based marriage license revenue that has been collected. The Nevada Revised Statutes guarantees a base amount of $7,000 to all counties with a population of less than 100,000 and a base amount of $35,000 for counties in excess of 100,000. In addition, all counties whose population exceeds 20,000 receive an additional per capita allotment from the balance of funds after the base amount is identified

          Funding provides services to Victims of Domestic Violence as follows, not inclusive: support shelter, hotline, food assistance for clients, counseling services, obtaining legal, medical, outreach, psychological or vocational help and education and training for members of the community. 

            Victim Services Collaborative Grant Timeline

            Grant  VOCA Notice of Funding Opportunity SFY 24   
            Grant Name Victims of Crime Act
            Agency State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services  GMU Program
            Posting Date January 2023
            Due Date February 2023
            Notification Date Early April 2023


              Grant VAWA STOP/SASP 
              Grant Name Violence Against Women Act Services: Training Officers, Prosecutors, and Sexual Assault
              Services Program 
              Agency State of Nevada Office of the Attorney General AG Office Grants
              Posting Date March 2022
              Due Date April 2022
              Notification Date June 2022


                Grant ML
                Grant Name Victims of Domestic Violence Fund per NRS 217.400 to NRS 217.460
                Agency State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services GMU Program
                Posting Date March 2022
                Due Date April 1, 2022 per NRS. 217.440
                Notification Date May 2022


                  Grant FVPSA
                  Grant Name Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
                  Agency State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services GMU Program
                  Posting Date Fall 2021 (contingent on availability of Federal funds)
                  Due Date October 2021
                  Notification Date November 2021