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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant

Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits and Agencies
to Provide Services for Crime Victims

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Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

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05/14/21 6:00 PM ET


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Grants to Kentucky nonprofit organizations and government agencies for services and activities to provide support to crime victims. New applicants must register in the online application system prior to applying. Funding priority will be given to programs that provide services to victims of sexual assault, spousal abuse, and child abuse.

The first three priority categories have been clearly defined by Congress as being victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence and victims of sexual assault. A fourth category was added in 1988, for previously underserved victim populations, to be defined by each state. Subsequent to publishing the initial program guidelines, OVC has determined that victims that fall under the first three priority categories will not be eligible for consideration under the category of “previously underserved.”

The Commonwealth of Kentucky defines its previously underserved victim populations as any of the following: survivors of homicide; elderly victims of abuse; survivors of incest; victims of financial crimes including identity theft; victims of robbery and other forms of violence against persons, including victims of drug and alcohol related crime; victims of ritualistic abuse, and victims of juvenile crime.

Direct services for which VOCA funds may be used include, but are not limited to:

  • Immediate emotional, psychological, and physical health and safety.
  • Personal advocacy and emotional support. 
  • Mental health counseling and care.
  • Peer support. 
  • Facilitation of participation in criminal justice and other public proceedings arising from the crime.
  • Legal assistance.
  • Forensic medical evidence collection examinations. 
  • Forensic interviews. 
  • Transportation. 
  • Public awareness. 
  • Transitional housing. 
  • Relocation. 

For more information on direct services, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 181405

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Term of Contract:

The standard award period is one year (12 months). For applications in 2021, the award period will be
October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To receive VOCA funds, organizations must be public or nonprofit or a combination thereof and provide direct services to crime victims.

Eligible subrecipients include victim services organizations whose sole mission is to provide services to crime victims. There are special provisions for faith-based organizations, neighborhood programs, and crime victim compensation programs as indicated in the federal Final Rule for the Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance Program.
• Subrecipients must provide services to victims of federal crimes on the same basis as to victims of crimes under State or local law.
• Subrecipients may provide direct services regardless of a victim’s participation in the criminal justice process.
• Subrecipients may not make direct services supported by this program contingent upon a victim’s participation in the criminal justice process.
• Victim eligibility for direct services under this program is not dependent on the victim’s immigration status.

Agencies whose mission is not focused on serving crime victims may still receive VOCA funds. However, the agency must have a record of providing direct services to crime victims and a minimum of 25% of financial support from other sources. Furthermore, the direct services program / project being proposed must have a means of identifying crime victims within the agency’s service population and a plan for providing VOCA-allowable services related to their victimization.

Ineligible Recipients: Federal agencies including U. S. Attorney’s and FBI Field Offices are not eligible to apply for funding under this program. In-patient facilities such as those designed to provide treatment to individuals with drug, alcohol and/or mental health-related conditions are also not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

For more information on eligibility requirements, see the following link:

For a list of unallowable costs and activities, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

The VOCA 2021-2022 subgrant application opportunity will open on Thursday April 1st, 2021 and close on Friday May 14th, 2021 at 6p ET.

Recipients of awards will be notified by e-mail and will receive further instructions on award acceptance.

All applicants for federal funds must include a DUNS number in their application for a new award or a supplement to an existing award.

Registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) is a required step in order for your organization to be able to apply for federal grants.

The 20% Program Match requirement for this grant opportunity has been waived in full for the 2021-2022 period of performance by the JPSC GMD Division Director.

New applicants must establish a user account at Please note validation of new user accounts will take 48-72 business hours.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Apply:

Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet
Grants Management Division
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Telephone: (502) 564-3251
Fax: (502) 564-5244

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