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FY 2020 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies
for Programs to Support Victims of Crime

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Deadline Date:

04/20/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA law enforcement agencies for programs to improve support services for victims of crime. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority will be given to programs that provide services in rural, impoverished, or economically distressed communities.

Under this program, OVC will fund law enforcement
victim specialists to enhance the quantity and quality of services available to victims of crime.

This program will develop or enhance crime victim specialist programs within law enforcement agencies to better support victims through the criminal justice process. These programs should have a strong focus on assisting and supporting victims in high-crime areas and communities particularly affected by violence, and improving care and services to these crime victims.

Training and technical assistance (TTA) will be available to law enforcement agencies funded under this program.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

The goal of this program is to assist state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing victim specialist programs that connect victims and families to much needed services. Program funds can be used to hire victim service specialists and ensure the development and training of these victim specialists.

The objective of this program is to support law enforcement agencies in identifying victims, providing victims’ rights information, and more quickly ensuring that victim services are provided to meet the emotional, psychological, and/or physical needs of crime victims.

Deliverables for this program include the following:

  • Provision of, or referrals to, support services for crime victims, such as crisis intervention services, emergency transportation to court or certain appointments, short-term child or elder care services, temporary housing/shelter, and security measures.
  • Assistance with participating in criminal justice proceedings.
  • Assistance with obtaining state compensation and/or state-issued federal assistance for forensic medical examinations of crime victims.
  • Assistance with other crime victim compensation applications and eligibility requirements.
  • Provision of other allowable victim assistance services identified by the grantee (See, e.g., the VOCA Victim Assistance Program Rule (28 C.F.R. 94) regarding allowable costs [e.g., allowable direct service costs, expressly unallowable costs]).
  • A plan for how the victim specialist program will be developed or enhanced, implemented, and sustained at the conclusion of the 36-month project period.

In FY 2020, in addition to executing any statutory prioritization that may be applicable, OJP will give priority consideration to—

  • Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.
  • Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186178

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Maximum number of awards OVC expects to make: 25 (across all purpose areas)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small (non-federal departments employing fewer than 250 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $90,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $276,000.
- Medium (non-federal departments employing 250 to 1,000 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $150,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $450,000.
- Large (non-federal departments employing more than 1,000 full-time sworn officers) – Awards of up to $275,000 per year with a maximum award of up to $825,000.
- Tribal – Additional awards are available of up to $150,000 per year with the maximum of $450,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance start date: 10/1/2020
Period of Performance duration: 36 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply: Public law enforcement agencies (state, local, and tribal agencies).

Tribal agencies must be public law enforcement agencies of federally recognized Indian tribes. Additionally, an organization that is acting as the authorized designee of a federally recognized Indian tribe may apply. While all applications from tribal agencies will require a tribal resolution or other satisfactory evidence of legal authority from the tribe as part of the application, only organizations that are tribal designees MUST submit this documentation as part of their application.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not received funding under the OVC FY 2018 Law Enforcement-Based Direct Victim Services Program. Recipients of OVC FY 2019 Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program funding are not eligible to apply for this FY 2020 solicitation.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 20, 2020

Prior to Registering in,applicants must:
- Acquire a DUNS Number (see OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)
- Acquire or renew registration with SA

OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For requirements of this solicitation, please contact OVC’s National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll free at 800–851–3420
Via TTY at 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
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Fax to 301–240–5830
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