Oregon Department of Justice

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Fund

NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

2016-2019 VOCA Competitive Request for Application (RFA)

The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ), Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD) is releasing the 2016-2019 VOCA Competitive Request for Application (RFA) through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funds today, Monday May 2, 2016 with an application due date of Monday June 20th, 2016. The VOCA awards for this competitive grant cycle will be from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2019. Applications must be initiated on or before Friday June 3, 2016 through the CVSD E-Grants system.

The primary purpose of the VOCA funds is to extend and enhance direct services to victims of crime. Eligible organizations must provide services to crime victims and be operated by a public agency or nonprofit organization, Native American Tribe/organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. The RFA includes eligibility criteria, general application guidelines, grant application contents, and other relevant information.

Additional RFA Resources:

OVP PMT Information

Subgrantees are required to use the new OVC PMT system found at https://www.ovcpmt.org/ to submit VOCA statistical information quarterly.

Resources for completion of Subgrantee Data Report in OVC PMT:

Federal Civil Rights Requirements

A Civil Rights Requirements page has been added under CVSD Grantee Information. This page provides information and links that will assist Grantees in complying with the civil rights laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in federally assisted programs or activities, the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) guidelines, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Plans (EEOP) that are required of recipients of VOCA funding through the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD).

VOCA Overview

Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) is the only federal grant program supporting direct assistance services to victims of all types of crimes. VOCA funds are allocated annually to Oregon and are sub-granted to victim service organizations throughout the state to extend and enhance services to victims of crime. These organizations provide essential, often life-saving, services, such as emergency shelter and safety, crisis intervention, assistance in obtaining protective orders and filing compensation applications, counseling, advocacy, helping crime victims navigate the criminal justice system and more.

Funds are allocated through a non-competitive and competitive process based on the availability of funds. There are 4 federally required priority categories and each state must earmark a minimum of 10% of its annual allocation. They are:

1) Child Abuse;

2) Sexual Assault;

3) Domestic Violence; and

4) Underserved victim populations.

Additionally, the Oregon VOCA Advisory Committee designated a fifth category which also must meet the 10% allocation minimum:

5) General Victims Services.

An agency must meet all of the following federal requirements to receive VOCA funds:

  • Demonstrate a record of providing effective direct services to crime victims;
  • Meet program match requirement;
  • All grantees must utilize volunteers to provide or support direct services;
  • Promote coordinated public and private efforts to assist victims;
  • Assist victims in seeking crime victim compensation benefits;
  • Provide services to crime victims, at no charge, through the VOCA funded project;
  • Maintain confidentiality;
  • Provide services to victims of federal crime on the same basis as victims of state crime;
  • Maintain required civil rights information; and
  • Meet the terms of the Certified Assurances, Special Conditions and other federal rules regulating grants.

For more information please see a brief history of VOCA.

Grant Fund Coordinator contact information assigned to specific programs can be found at: Fund Coordinators Across the State.

Grant Fund Coordinator contact information:

Cathy Relang, Fund Coordinator
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096
Cathy.L.Relang@doj.state.or.us
503-378-4476