• Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding

    The federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) provides funding for state and community based organizations to offer free mental health counseling and a range of other specialized services for crime victims. MOVA is the designated administrator of VOCA funds in Massachusetts.

    Each year, MOVA distributes more than $7 million in VOCA funds to almost 100 programs across the state. The funds go to assist survivors of homicide victims, children who witness violence, and victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, drunk driving, hate crimes and elder abuse. Funding cycles are generally for periods of three years.

    Any program interested in applying for funding should contact MOVA by e-mail to determine their eligibility and the availability of funds. Check the links at left for VOCA program guidelines and information for grantees, or read the VOCA FAQs. Please click here for information on current funding opportunities.

    Visit the Office for Victims of Crime for federal information on funding and guidelines.

  • MOVA Releases 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Services

    The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released the 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for VOCA services.  An intent to apply form is due Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 5:00pm.  Applications must be delivered to MOVA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday February 5, 2015.  All documents are available on COMMBUYS – www.commbuys.com/bso.  For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristen.tavano@state.ma.us.   

    The purpose of this procurement is to seek qualified applicants interested in providing counseling, advocacy, and intervention services to victims of crime.  

    Qualified applicants who are interested in applying for VOCA funds must operate as a public agency or a nonprofit organization that has a record of providing direct services to victims of crime.  Additionally, the applicant must have the approval and support of the applicant agency’s Board of Directors in applying for VOCA funding.  Applicants who do not have a record of providing direct services to victims of crime, will be eligible to apply for funding, provided they can demonstrate that at least 25-50% of their funding comes from a non-federal source, and are able to provide letters of support from community partners.  

    This grant runs for a three year grant cycle.  The initial grant duration will be through June 30, 2016.  There will be an option to renew on an annual basis for the following two years, dependent upon the provider’s performance and funding availability.  All renewed grants will end no later than June 30, 2018.  

    VOCA FY2016 Timeline

    • December 5, 2014:  Release of Request for Grant Applications
    • December 15, 2014:  RSVP due for non-mandatory Bidders’ Conference
    • December 18, 2014:  Bidders’ Conference (Non-mandatory): 10:00am-12:30pm, Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA FY2016 Bidders Conference Registration Form  doc format of FY2016 Bidders Conference Registration Form
    • December 31, 2014:  Intent to Apply Form due 5:00pm
    • January 16, 2015:  Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA:  Answers to question will be posted on or before January 22, 2015
    • February 5, 2015:  Grant Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.
    • May 20, 2015: Victim and Witness Assistance Board Meeting: Vote on VOCA awards
    • July 1, 2015:  Start date for VOCA grant
    • June 30, 2018:  End date for VOCA grant

    Note:  Timeline is subject to change at the discretion of MOVA and/or the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

    For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristen.tavano@state.ma.us.