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Grants to USA State Agencies to Financially Assist Crime Victims

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


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
CFDA Number: 16.576
Funding or PIN Number: O-OVC-2023-171699
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);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories government agencies to financially assist crime victims. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to supplement state programs that offer financial compensation to victims for expenses related to and resulting from crime and to encourage victim cooperation and participation in the criminal justice system.

OVC seeks to support VOCA Victim Compensation programs across the nation that provide crucial financial assistance to hundreds of thousands of crime victims each year. VOCA Victim Compensation formula funds shall be used by states and territories for awards of compensation benefits to eligible crime victims. OVC encourages states and territories 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 state and territories to include American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in program planning and funding.

State and territory victim compensation programs, funded by VOCA Victim Compensation Formula Grant awards, supplement state/territory efforts to offset victims’ financial burdens resulting from crime. Compensation is extremely vital to victims who face enormous financial setbacks from medical fees, lost income, dependent care, funeral expenses, relocation expenses, and other costs.

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.

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. Preregistration is required for all participants.

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., eastern time


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by 11:59 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.

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.

Webinar recording from May 2, 2023:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
OVC will award each eligible state and territory victim compensation program an annual grant equal to 75 percent of the amount the program awarded in state-funded victim compensation payments during the fiscal year 2 years prior to the present fiscal year, other than amounts awarded for property damage.

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23 12:00 AM
- 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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