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The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program funds projects that provide direct services to crime victims. VOCA grant funding is derived from the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, who distribute grant funding to states based on fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes.
Visit the DCJ Grants page to apply for VOCA grant funds.
VOCA dollars only fund organizations that provide direct services to victims of crime. Direct services include, but are not limited to:
To receive VOCA funds, an organization must provide direct victim services to crime victims and be operated by a public agency or a nonprofit organization, or a combination of both. Agencies must:
VOCA awards are made every two years, typically in later summer or early fall. The Crime Victim Services Advisory Board makes the funding recommendations to the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice and the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety.
Yes. A 20% or 25% cash or in-kind match is required for all grant recipients. This match must be used for providing direct victim services as outlined by the federal rule. Indian tribes or Native American organizations on Indian reservations are not required to provide match. In addition, grant recipients are required to comply with all state, federal, and local guidelines, including completing a quarterly report in the federal reporting system (PMT).
A variety of organizations have received VOCA funds. Click on each link to view grant award recipients for that year.