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General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program (VOCA)

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to
Help Crime Victims Recover and Navigate the Justice System

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Texas Office of the Governor (OOG) - Public Safety Office (PSO) - Criminal Justice Division (CJD)

Deadline Date:

02/27/20 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, school districts, and IHEs to provide support services to people affected by crime. The purpose of funding is to assist individuals with the criminal justice process and speed their recovery. Applicants must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Services may include the following:

  1. Responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims;
  2. Assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after a victimization;
  3. Assisting victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and
  4. Providing victims with safety and security.

Eligible activities:

  • Crisis services
  • Forensic interviews
  • Legal advocacy
  • Multi-disciplinary teams and case coordination
  • Peer support groups
  • Professional therapy and counseling
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Protective order assistance
  • Shelter programs
  • Victim-offender meetings

For more details about eligible activities, costs, and program requirements, see pages 2-5 of the Funding Announcement below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168540

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum: $10,000
Maximum: No Maximum

Term of Contract:

Projects selected for funding must begin on or after 10/01/2020 and expire on or before 9/30/2021. Due to the availability of funding, CJD can no longer support 24 month project periods. Projects may not exceed a 12 month project period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by state agencies, public and private non-profit institutions of higher education, independent school districts, Native American tribes, councils of governments, non-profit corporations (including hospitals and faith-based organizations) and units of local government, which are defined as a non-statewide governmental body with the authority to establish a budget and impose taxes (includes hospital districts). Other local governmental agencies should apply through an associated unit of local government.

Additionally, per 28 CFR §94.112 (b), organizations applying to receive VOCA fund must 1) have a demonstrated record of effective direct services and 2) substantial financial support from sources other than the Crime Victims Fund.

Agencies applying for funds to support a CASA or Children’s Advocacy Center program must apply through either Texas CASA, Inc. or Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.

Organizations that have received a 24-month project in FY2020 may not apply for continuation or expansion funding.

Entities receiving funds from CJD must be located in a county that has an average of 90% or above on both adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as directed in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 66. The disposition completeness percentage is defined as the percentage of arrest charges a county reports to DPS for which a disposition has been subsequently reported and entered into the computerized criminal history system.

For further eligibility requirements, see Page 6 of the funding announcement in Attached Files below.

Grant funds may not be used to support the unallowable costs listed in the Guide to Grants or any of the following unallowable costs:
1. Lobbying or advocacy activities with respect to legislation or to administrative changes to regulations or administrative policy (cf. 18 U.S.C. 1913), whether conducted directly or indirectly;
2. The active investigation and prosecution of criminal activity, except for the provision of victim assistance services (e.g., emotional support, advocacy, and legal services) to crime victims, under 28 CFR § 94.119, during such investigation and prosecution;
3. Any activities related to fundraising;
4. Capital improvements; property losses and expenses; real estate purchases; mortgage payments; remodeling; and construction;
5. Reimbursement of crime victims for expenses incurred as a result of a crime;
6. Salaries, benefits, fees, furniture, equipment, and other expenses of executive directors, board members, and other administrators (except as specifically allowed);
7. Counseling or treatment for substance abuse (general counseling that includes a component addressing substance abuse is eligible);
8. Victim-offender meetings that serve to replace (or as a part of) criminal justice proceedings;
9. Services to incarcerated individuals;
10. Medical training;
11. Medical care or expenses (except as specifically allowed);
12. Forensic medical evidence collection to include the salary or overtime cost of SANE Nurses;
13. Cash payments to victims, gift cards, or fuel vouchers;
14. Creation of a voucher program where victims are directly given vouchers for such services as housing or counseling;
15. Transportation, lodging, per diem or any related costs for third-party participants to attend a training, when grant funds are used to develop and conduct training;
16. Leasing of vehicles;
17. Transitional housing - Travel, rental assistance, security deposits, utilities, and other costs incidental to the relocation to such housing, as well as voluntary support services such as childcare and counseling;
18. Research and studies, except for project evaluations under 28 CFR § 94.121(j);
19. Activities that may compromise victim safety;
20. Entertainment, including amusement, diversion, social activities, and any associated costs (i.e. tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities) unless there is a clear programmatic purpose and the costs are approved in advance by CJD; and
21. Any other prohibition imposed by federal, state or local law or regulation.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Funding Announcement Release: 12/13/2019
- Online System Opening Date: 12/13/2019
- Final Date to Submit and Certify an Application: 2/27/2020 at 5:00 PM CST
- Project Start Date: 10/01/2020

Match Requirement: 20% of the total project

Eligible applicants must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number and must be registered in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) database.

Instructions for submitting an application kit:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, contact the eGrants help desk at:
(512) 463-1919

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USA: Texas: Counties with 90% or above on adult and juvenile dispositions entered into the computerized criminal history database

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