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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

$100 million for Crime Victim Programs

Fact Sheet

Among the resources included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, is more than $4 billion for state and local law enforcement and other criminal and juvenile justice activities. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), which provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administering justice, and assisting victims, will administer $2.7 billion of this funding, including $100 million for programs for crime victims.

OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime will oversee the $47.5 million designated for Recovery Act - Victims of Crime Act compensation grants and the $47.5 million designated for Recovery Act -Victims of Crime Act assistance grants. In addition, $5 million will be directed to discretionary grant projects through the awards made under the National Field-Generated Training, Technical Assistance, and Demonstration Projects (NFG) competitive grant solicitation.

Visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery for more information on these formula and competitive grants available through the Recovery Act.

How to Apply for Grants

OJP encourages all interested applicants to register to apply for funding. Potential applicants need to obtain a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) registrant database. A DUNS number is a unique number that identifies an organization and helps track the distribution of grant money. The CCR is a central repository of organizations working with the federal government.

Formula grant applicants, if eligible for funding, must have a DUNS number with their application submission and must register with the CCR as directed by OMB guidance. Competitive grant applicants must have a DUNS number and register with the CCR as part of the www.grants.gov application submission process. First tier subawardees must also have a DUNS number and register with the CCR.

Most state agencies and units of local government (towns, townships, villages, parishes, cities, counties, and other general purpose political subdivisions of a state) have already established a DUNS number. Please check with your grants administrator or chief financial officer to see if your organization has a DUNS number. To obtain a DUNS number, call the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Customer Resource Center at 1-866-705-5711 or visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/.

To verify or renew a CCR registration, visit http://www.ccr.gov. If your organization is not registered with CCR, identify a primary contact who should register your organization. During registration, your organization will be asked to designate an E-Business Point of Contact who will create a special password called a Marketing Partner ID Number (M-PIN) that authorizes individuals to submit grant applications on behalf of the organization. Keep in mind that your organization must receive a DUNS number before it can register with CCR. Organizations must update or renew their CCR registration at least once per year to maintain an active status. Please allow up to three weeks to complete the CCR registration process.

Visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/recovery for more information on formula and competitive grants available through the Recovery Act.