• 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 Intends to Release 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Services

    On or about Wednesday December 3, 2014, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) intends to release the 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) services. Applications must be delivered to MOVA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday February 5, 2015.

    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 3, 2014                  Anticipated Date, 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 13, 2015                         Pending 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.