Crime Victims Assistance Grant Program is a result of the Victims of
Crime Act (VOCA) signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on October
12, 1984. The Act created the Crime Victims Fund which is financed
through fines and assesments on criminals at the federal level. No tax
dollars go into the Fund.
Assistance Grants are dispersed through the Office for Victims of
Crime, U.S. Department of Justice and are awarded to each state and
several territories based on a specific formula. States are then
responsible for subgranting the money to approved applicants in order
to help finance their crime victim service programs. Applicants may
include non-profit agencies, state and local government agencies, and
Native American tribes.
In Oklahoma, a nine-member Victims of Crime Act Board makes the funding decisions. Click here for a list of the current board members. VOCA funds are awarded yearly on a competitive basis. Pursuant
to the Victims of Crime Act, the VOCA Board must give priority to
applicants serving victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child
abuse and unserved/underserved victims. Federal regulations require
that each of these service areas receive a minimum of 10% of the total
In order for
applicants to be eligible, the applicant must be a non-profit agency
with 501(c)(3) status, a local government, a state government, or a
Native American Tribe. In addition, the applicant must certify funds
will only be used for direct victim services; and, provide a 20% cash
or in-kind match. Native American Tribes have a 5% match requirement. Click here for a detailed description of the eligibility requirements and allowable costs under the VOCA grant.
VOCA GRANT TIME LINE (exact dates vary from year to year)
Application notices are mailed to past and current subgrantees,
District Attorneys Offices, Police Deparments, Sheriffs Offices, Native
American Tribes, and any other agencies that have requested to be
placed on the mailing list.
March: Completed applications are due at the Distirct Attorneys Council.
VOCA Board meets for two days. The first day is for applicants to be
present to answer questions. The second day is when the Board makes the
actual funding decisions.
June (early): VOCA Board meets for the Appeals Meeting.
June (late): Financial
Training is held at DAC. This training is mandatory for first time
subgrantees and is offered as a refresher course for existing
July 1st: VOCA Grant Cycle begins.
July 15th, Aug.15th, etc.: Draw Down requests (Form A-3) due the 15th of each month.
Sept. 30th: Performance Report (Form A-10) due for previous grant. This report is due within 90 days of the end of the grant period.
June 30th: VOCA Grant Cycle ends.
In May 2005, the VOCA Board awarded $4,437,612.86 to 95 subgrantees. Click here for a list of the subgrantees and their award amounts.
VOCA SUBRECIPIENTS CLICK HERE FOR FORMS and FINANCIAL GUIDE.
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Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
Oklahoma Crime Victims Compensation Board
421 NW 13th, Suite 290
Oklahoma City, OK 73103