DOJ – America’s Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims (2020)

Applications due: by May 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Under Purpose Area 1, direct service grantees will support children, youth, and their caregivers—either directly or through a partner—with ongoing services such as mental health treatment, including individual counseling and other types of therapy; advocacy; trauma-informed treatment; support groups; and case management. Purpose Area 1 grantees will work in partnership with local community-based victim service agencies and agencies dedicated to substance abuse treatment and recovery so that grantees may refer family members or caregivers to addiction treatment and recovery services that are not provided through this grant (e.g., substance abuse treatment, housing, legal services). Children and youth will be eligible for services in this program regardless of their caregiver’s acceptance of services targeted for caregivers.

Helpful resources

  • Learn how civil legal aid helps those affected by the opioid crisis in a co-branded NLADA and Justice in Government Project factsheet. On the last page are four examples of partnerships supported by this grant that are currently serving individuals affected by the opioid crisis.
  • NLADA recently presented at a national conference on how legal aid can help individuals affected by substance use disorders. We also heard from two states on what they’re doing to address the opioid crisis. Access that presentation here.
  • Last year, NLADA and the Justice in Government Project started publishing a monthly newsletter with curated research and funding information. Read the edition on opioids.
  • In 2019, NLADA hosted a webinar series on opioids. Access those webinars here.

Grant information

Funding Title: Enhancing Community Responses to America’s Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims

Agency Name: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2020-17912

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes, there is express language for legal aid. In the first iteration of this grant, DOJ OVC made four awards to legal aid providers. You can read about these projects in our factsheet with the Justice in Government Project.

Target Population: Children and youth affected by opioids

Expected Number of Awards: 26

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:  No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $19,000,000

Award Ceiling: $700,000

Award Floor: $0

Other important information: OVC will conduct one pre-application webinar on March 23, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants. You may register for the webinar at:

Current Closing Date for Applications: by May 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: States and territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, nonprofit, nongovernmental victim and social service organizations with the capacity to serve young crime victims affected by the addiction crisis, for-profit organizations with the capacity to serve young crime victims affected by the addiction crisis, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Grantees who received FY 2018 or FY 2019 awards under OVC’s Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims program may be eligible for this FY 2020 program if their new proposed project serves a different geographic area or justifies an expanded scope or quantity of services to the original population.

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to listing. Link to announcement from DOJ OVC

Contact Information: For assistance with any requirements of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll free at 800–851–3420; via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only); email to; fax to 301–240–5830; or web chat.The NCJRS Response Center operates from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., eastern time, Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., ET on the solicitation closing date.

Categories: Children, Department of Justice, Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Family, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Substance Use Disorder, Victims of Crime

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