Grants & Funding
OVC receives applications and awards annual VOCA crime victim compensation and victim assistance formula grants online through OJP’s Grants Management System (GMS) to eligible states and territories.
Amounts allocated under each program vary by state and are determined by several factors. Read below for more information or go straight to the 2016 Crime Victims Fund Compensation and Assistance Allocation Chart for more information about your state.
VOCA Victim Compensation Allocations
The Director shall make an annual grant from the Fund to an eligible crime victim compensation program of 40 percent in fiscal year 2002 and of 60 percent in subsequent fiscal years of the amounts awarded during the preceding fiscal year (two years prior to the grant year). For example, in FY 2009, Alabama reported a certified payout of $1,752,545, so they received $1,052,000 in FY 2011 as their allocation.
VOCA Victim Assistance Allocations
From the Fund deposits available for victim assistance grants, each state grantee receives a base amount of $500,000, except for the territories of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, which are eligible to receive a base amount of $200,000. The Republic of Palau's share is governed by the Compact of Free Association between the US and the Republic of Palau. The remaining Fund deposits are distributed to each state, based upon the state's population in relation to all other states, as determined by current census data.
Applications for VOCA formula grants may be submitted online only by the state agency designated by the Governor to administer the VOCA victim compensation and assistance program. For step-by-step instructions, visit OJP’s Training Support Center for GMS.
Required Files for VOCA Victim Assistance Grant Applications
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Required Files for VOCA Victim Compensation Grant Applications
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Previous allocation charts and performance reports can be found in the Formula Grant Allocations Archive.
The State crime victims assistance and compensation programs that receive VOCA are required to submit an annual state performance report which includes information on all grants active during the fiscal year. The performance report provides information on the effect the VOCA funds had on services to crime victims in the state. Access the U.S. Resource Map to view these performance reports.