DOJ – VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program (2018)

Applications Due: States apply by May 30, 2018 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This is the announcement for states to apply to DOJ OVC, not individual local organizations. This is a block grant — you apply to your state’s grant administering agency. To see deadlines and contact, go to the DOJ OVC website.

Description: OVC will award each eligible state victim assistance program an annual grant to support eligible crime victim assistance programs in that state or territory. Funds under this program shall be used by states and territories to support eligible crime victim assistance programs that provide direct services to crime victims with the following exception: states and territories may retain up to 5 percent of their total grant for administrative and training purposes. Apply by May 30, 2018.

Funding Title: OVC FY 2018 VOCA Victim Assistance

Agency Name: Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2018-13701

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes.

OVC issued the final rule for its VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program on August 8, 2016. The final rule provides clarity and allows more flexibility in the programs that states and territories are able to support, such as expanded forms of legal assistance and VOCA-funded projects to support transitional housing for survivors. Frequently asked questions regarding the rule are available on the OVC website at

Target Population: Victims of crime

Expected Number of Awards: 56

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,000,000,000

Award Ceiling: $397,000,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply: States and territories determine which organizations and agencies will receive subgrants. Legal services can receive VOCA funds directly from state or by partnering with a primary grantee.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by May 30, 2018 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:  All states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive an annual VOCA victim assistance formula grant.

Link to Full Announcement: Here  

Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via email to The Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Categories: Children, Consumer, Department of Justice, Disaster Victims, Domestic Violence, Elderly, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Individuals with Disabilities, Native Americans, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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