For Immediate Release - May 01, 2014

Funding Announced to Establish Resiliency Center for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Boston - In order to streamline services for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families, The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released a grant opportunity to establish a “resiliency center” that will serve as a single point of entry for those who reside in Massachusetts and in over 20 other states and 5 different countries.    

The center is intended to be a physical and virtual space where victims and their families can turn for support, services, and to connect with other survivors regardless of where they live. In its design, the center will connect individuals with specialized services in their area or via technology to address the range of physical and emotional trauma they experienced. Funded via federal dollars administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), MOVA intends to commit funds in excess of $1 million over a two-year period for its implementation and operation.

Entities eligible to apply are limited to not-for-profit institutions operating within Massachusetts with the appropriate expertise. A non-mandatory Bidders Conference has been scheduled In Boston on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. to discuss eligibility requirements, allowable costs, timelines, and program expectations. For further information on this grant opportunity or to register for the Bidders Conference, contact MOVA at (617) 586-1340 or visit www.mass.gov/MOVA.