• FY17 VOCA Request for Grant Applications, now available

    The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released the FY2017 VOCA Request for Grant Applications (RGA), Renewal.  An intent to apply form is due Thursday February 4, 2016 at 5:00pm.  Applications must be delivered to MOVA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 4, 2016.  All documents are available on COMMBUYS – www.commbuys.com/bso.  

    COMMBUYS, www.commbuys.com/bso, the Commonwealth’s Procurement system will be utilized for posting the application, questions, and ultimately the awards related to this procurement.  Although COMMBUYS registration is not required, any interested applicant considering applying for VOCA funds is encouraged to register on COMMBUYS as a “Seller”.  Information regarding registration and training can be found at: http://www.COMMBUYS/training-and-registration.html.

    To access the VOCA bid, click on ‘Contract & Bid Search’, search for ‘bids’, using ‘any of the search criteria’, select ‘1111-Victim and Witness Assistance Board’ as the organization, and click ‘find it’.

    This procurement is for currently funded VOCA recipients only.  The purpose of this procurement is to provide continued support to agencies providing counseling, advocacy, and intervention services to victims of crime through the VOCA grant.  Only applicants who received a FY2016 award may apply during this renewal period.  

    VOCA awards are traditionally awarded on a three-year funding cycle.  Fiscal year 2017 marks the second year of a three year funding cycle.  Funding levels will be reviewed each year and decisions will be contingent on a sub-recipient’s submission of a complete and satisfactory renewal application for funding each fiscal year, satisfactory performance, compliance with VOCA regulations and funding availability.  All grant awards are made by the Victim Witness Assistance Board.  

    VOCA FY2017 Timeline
    January 21, 2016               Release of Request for Grant Applications on COMMBUYS           
    February 4, 2016               Intent to Apply Form and e-Grants Project Grantee Survey due
    February 19, 2016             Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA Answers to question will be posted on COMMBUYS on or before February 23, 2016
    March 4, 2016                   Grant Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.
    May 18, 2016                    Pending Victim and Witness Assistance Board Meeting Schedule: Vote on VOCA awards
    July 1, 2016                       Start date for FY17 VOCA grant
    June 30, 2017                    End date for FY17 VOCA grant

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

    If you have issues opening the FY17 VOCA PDF Application (if you see ‘please wait’ after downloading from COMMBUYS), please save the application to your desktop and re-open.  This should fix the issue.  

    For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristen.tavano@state.ma.us.  In order to abide by the Commonwealth’s Procurement Policies and Procedures, only written questions will be permitted.

  • 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.