Department of Justice Announces $100 Million in Recovery Act Funds for Crime Victim Programs
Washington – The Department of Justice today announced that $100 million is available for crime victim programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding will be administered by the departmentís Office of Justice Programs (OJP) through its Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), which oversees the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) compensation and assistance formula and discretionary grant programs.
Of the $100 million, $47.5 million in formula funding will be directed to state agencies that administer VOCA-funded crime victim compensation programs and $47.5 million in formula funding will be directed to state agencies that administer VOCA-funded crime victim assistance programs. Five million dollars of the $100 million will be directed to discretionary grant projects to be awarded under the currently open National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Projects (NFG) competitive grant solicitation.
A list of the allocations and an explanation of how the VOCA allocations were calculated is available at: http://www.ojp.gov/recovery/awards09.htm. More information about the National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Projects (NFG) competitive grant solicitation is available at: http://www.ojp.gov/recovery/awards09.htm.
The Recovery Act includes more than $4 billion to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement and for other criminal justice activities that help to prevent crime and improve the criminal justice system in the United States. Overall, OJP will administer more than $2.7 billion in assistance for the criminal justice community, which will support the creation of jobs and much needed resources for states and local communities. Visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery for more information about these and the other OJP formula and competitive grants available through the Recovery Act.
The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.