The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 provides federal financial assistance to states for the purpose of compensating and assisting victims of crime, as well as expanding and enhancing direct services. Priority program areas under VOCA are: Sexual Assault Victims, Spousal Abuse Victims, Child Abuse and Neglect Victims, and Previously Underserved Victims of Violent Crime. VOCA grants are awarded to both private nonprofit and public agencies. All projects are required to provide direct services to victims of violent crime, to have at least one volunteer, and to assist victims in applying for victims' compensation benefits. All grants are reviewed on a competitive basis. Currently, continuation grants are provided first priority. Matching requirement for projects is 80 percent federal and 20 percent in-kind or cash. To learn more about the VOCA grant program, please access the Application Guideline and Procedures (PDF).
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is established under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. S.T.O.P. (Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program authorizes financial assistance to states for developing and strengthening effective law enforcement, prosecution, court, and victim services projects in cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or teen dating violence. State agencies or units of local government are required to provide a 25 percent cash or in-kind match to the federal awards. Non-profit direct victim service providers or tribal organizations are exempt from match. VAWA program funds cannot be used for grant programs exclusively designed for, or focused on, services or projects for persons under the age of 11 years. VAWA projects must address one or more of the 22 federal program purpose areas to be eligible for funding. To learn more about the VAWA grant program, please access the Application Guideline and Procedures (PDF).
In 1986, General Assembly of South Carolina passed the Omnibus Criminal Justice Improvements Act. As a result of this act, a percentage of the wages earned by inmates participating in the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ Work Release Program must be placed on deposit with the State Treasurer for credit to a special account to support victim assistance programs established pursuant to the Victims of Crime Act of 1984. The special account is known as the State Victims Assistance Program (SVAP).
OHSJP administers these funds. Designed to complement and coordinate with the federal VOCA funds, the SVAP provides services under these project areas: Victims of Sexual Assault, Victims of Spousal Abuse, Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect, Law Enforcement Victim Assistance, Training Programs, and Previously Underserved Victims of Crime. Any certified private non-profit organization or public/government agency (local, county or state) is eligible to apply for grant monies under SVAP. Match requirements for direct service project funding are as follows: First Year—80 percent Grantor/20 percent In-Kind or Cash Match, Second Year—80 percent Grantor/20 percent In-Kind or Cash Match, Third Year—80 percent Grantor/20 percent Cash Match, Fourth Year—70 percent Grantor/30 percent Cash Match, Fifth Year and Beyond—50 percent Grantor/50 percent Cash Match, and Training Grants—No match required. To learn more about the SVAP grant program, please access the Application Guideline and Procedures (PDF).
The application process for this grant is now CLOSED.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS WAS APRIL 3, 2018 AT 5:00:00 PM
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