The purpose of the VOCA Assistance programs is to fund direct services to victims of crime that 1) respond to the victims; 2) assist victims of crime to stabilization their lives after a victimization; 3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and 4) provide victims of crime with a safe and secure environment.
The VOCA Assistance grant funding is awarded in the Crime Victim Services funds consolidated funding process which includes VOCA, VAWA, SASP, and State VALE.
Federal Guidelines require that each state allocate a minimum of 10% of its total victim assistance grant funds to each of the four priority categories: (1) child abuse (sexual and physical); (2) adult sexual assault; (3) domestic violence; and (4) designated "previously under-served" victim populations which include: victims of federal crimes; survivors of homicide victims; victims of assault, robbery, gang violence, hate and bias crimes, bank robbery, economic exploitation and fraud or elder abuse; victims of vehiclular homicide, intoxicated drivers (DUI/DWAI) or careless driving resulting in death; non-or-limited English speaking victims; and victims who are at-risk adults.
Organizations within the state of Colorado which provide direct services to victims of crime including, but not limited to, crisis intervention, emergency services, counseling, legal advocacy, criminal justice and court support, and training and coordination of volunteers who provide direct services may be eligible for VOCA funding.
Additional eligibilty requirements include:
In the past, awards have been in the range of $5,000 to $110,000. The amount of money available fluctuates from year to year dependent on the amount of collections at the federal level (see Funding Source below). In 2012, 6.5 million was awarded to 122 projects. 2012 VOCA Grant Awards VOCA grants are awarded through the consolidated crime victim services funds application process for a two year period. The next funding process will take place in January 2014 for the 2015-2016 awards.
Victims of Crime Act - federal funding originating from the collection of fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes.
A 20% or 25% cash or in-kind match is required for all grant recipients. This match must be used for providing direct victim services as outlined by the federal guidelines. (Indian tribes or Native American organizations on Indian reservations must provide a 5% match.)
Non-Supplanting: Federal funds may not be used to supplant or substitute for state and/or local funds which would otherwise be available for crime victims assisstance services. Grant funds are intended to enhance or expand services which extend beyond currently funded legislative mandates.
VOCA grants are awarded through the consolidated Crime Victim Services funds application process which is now closed. Materials related to that recontracting may be found here. The next funding process will be January 2014 for the 2015-2016 awards.
To be placed on the mailing list, fax or mail your name, address and phone number to:
Division of Criminal Justice
Office for Victims Programs
700 Kipling Street Ste 1000
Denver, CO 80215
1-888-282-1080 Toll free outside the Denver Metro area