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Grants to USA Agencies to Provide Services to Crime Victims

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
CFDA Number: 16.575
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVC-2023-171712
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/23 11:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/06/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state and territory government agencies to support programs that assist victims of crime. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects and activities that serve diverse and generally underserved victims of violent crime. The goal of funding is to improve the treatment of victims of crime by providing victims with the assistance, support, and services necessary to aid their restoration and healing after a criminal act.

OVC seeks applications for funding under the FY 2023 VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing grants to support the provision of services to victims of crime throughout the nation. OVC encourages SAAs to use VOCA funding within program parameters to affirmatively advance equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity. In line with these goals, OVC particularly encourages SAAs to include American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in program planning and funding.

Award funds will be used only to provide services to victims of crime, except for a maximum of 5 percent that may be used for administration and training.

OVC strongly encourages State Administrating Agencies to use the VOCA Assistance funding within the program parameters to affirmatively advance equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity. The following practices may advance State Administrating Agency efforts toward these goals:

  • Include historically marginalized and underserved populations in any process to identify victim service needs (e.g., strategic planning).
  • Consider funding organizations that in the past have not received VOCA funds.
  • Support victims of violent crime through community violence intervention programs.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
State governments, Territories and possessions of the United States.

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
OVC will conduct a pre-application webinar during which OVC staff will review all planned FY 2023 VOCA formula solicitations, provide high-level information about solicitation requirements, and conduct a Question-and-Answer session with interested potential applicants. Participation is optional.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., eastern time


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by 1:59 p.m. eastern time on May 30, 2023.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 p.m. eastern time on June 6, 2023.

To use the webinar time most efficiently, OVC encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than 2 days prior to the webinar.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Webinar recording:

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Each state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico receive a base amount of $500,000. The territories of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa each receive a base amount of $200,000. Additional funds are distributed to states and territories based on population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
Period of Performance Duration: 48 months

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and an SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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