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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) School-Based Victim Services Grant (Virginia)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)


    The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) School-Based Victims Services Grant Program:  This grant program is intended to increase access to trauma-informed interventions for victims within schools, expand access to mental health services for victims in schools, and support behavioral interventionist positions serving victims of crime at school.

    Funds are being made available to provide services to children and youth who have been the victims of crime, or have been secondary victims (have witnessed violence in the home or community or been exposed to traumatic crimes).

    Applicable projects include but are not limited to:

    1. Provide school-based treatment that follows evidence-based and best practices for services for victims.
    2. Develop a process—through the procurement of a private application or other resource—by which children and youth may report at school when they have become a victim, and connect these individuals to services.
    3. Develop a protocol for the use of behavior interventionists for youth victims in schools. Funds could be used to hire those individuals to provide the appropriate interventions to address the student's behavior issues. Services may be provided by local service providers that partner with school divisions to address violence within the education setting.
    4. Provide services to child and youth victims of human trafficking. 
    5. Serve youth in the school division who are current or past victims of crime.
    6. Incorporate a child-centered, trauma-informed space to existing programs working with children and youth who are victims of crime. This may include a separate space for working with children and youth in a full-service agency, or enhancing space in an agency dedicated to serving children and youth.
    7. Develop and/or provide training for employees who work with youth victims.
    8. Develop a restorative justice program that is victim-focused. This could be for youthful offenders, or for youth victims, so long as the program as a whole is victim-focused.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Pre- Registration is required.

    It is anticipated that most of the programs and interventions will take place in public schools. However, schools may also apply for transportation and other related costs to access community or nonprofit sponsored programming.

    See the program guidelines for VOCA rules and requirements.

    Costs directly related to and that are essential to providing direct services to crime victims can be supported with grant funds. For new projects, applicants may allow for up to three months at the beginning of the grant cycle for planning, development, and hiring of project personnel.

    Disbursement of funds will occur on a cost-reimbursement basis for actual funds expended.

    Grantees are strongly encouraged to focus on direct service delivery, and to document that service delivery, in order to secure continuation funding.

    All grant recipients are required to complete and submit a Progress Report and a Financial Report by the 12th working day after the close of each quarter.


    Victim Services DCJS program staff

    Victim Services DCJS program staff


  • Eligibility Details

    This funding is open to local units of government.

    Deadline Details

    The submission deadline was on March 20, 2019, by 5 pm. Future deadlines are anticipated but have yet been announced. Monitor the program page for updates.

    Award Details

    The maximum award available is $250,000. A cost match of 20% is required. See the program guidelines for match requirements.

    The grant period is for 2 years beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021.

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