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New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Grant

Deadline: July 23, 2018

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Grant will support agencies that provide direct services to victims of crime in New Mexico (state and tribal lands). Services are defined as those efforts that: 1) Respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; 2) Assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization; 3) Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and 4) Provide victims of crime with a measure of safety and security. The purpose of the VOCA Victim Assistance grant program is to provide services to all crime victims regardless of their ability to pay for services rendered or availability of insurance or other third-party payment resources. Crime victims suffer tremendous emotional, physical, and financial losses. It is the intent of VOCA to reduce the impact of the crime by offering effective services at no cost to the victims.

Grants will be awarded to agencies that are currently funded in Federal Fiscal Year 2018 and for new/competitive projects. The types of new/competitive programs to be supported include: Programs that support victim advocate, counseling, victim coordinator, direct victim service positions, and language access within nonprofit, tribal, and governmental (including District Attorney’s Office, Department of Corrections, and law enforcement agencies) victim services organizations throughout the state. Consideration will be given to programs that provide services to culturally specific populations and organizations that provide services to underserved populations.

Selected subgrantees must provide free direct services to victims of crime including, but not limited to, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, DWI/DUI crashes, financial exploitation, survivors of homicide, elder abuse, stalking, and assault. Subgrantees may provide direct services to victims regardless of their participation in the criminal justice process and victim eligibility for direct services under this program is not dependent on the victim’s immigration status.

The following categories must be utilized for the primary project components:

  • Information and referral including: Providing information about the criminal justice process, information about victim rights, how to obtain notifications, etc., referral to other victim service programs, and referral to other services, supports, and resources (includes legal, medical, faith based organizations, address confidentiality programs, etc.).
  • Personal advocacy/accompaniment including: Victim advocacy/accompaniment to emergency medical care, victim advocacy/accompaniment to medical forensic exam, law enforcement interview advocacy/accompaniment, individual advocacy (assistance in applying for public benefits, return of personal property or effects), performance of medical forensic exam or interview, or medical evidence collection, immigration assistance (e.g. special visas, continued presence application, and other immigration relief), intervention with employer, creditor, landlord, or academic institution, child or dependent care assistance (provided by agency), transportation assistance (provided by agency), and interpreter services.
  • Emotional support or safety services including: Crisis intervention (in-person, includes safety planning, etc.), hotline/crisis line counseling, individual counseling, on-scene crisis response (e.g. community crisis response), therapy (traditional, cultural, or alternative healing; art, writing, or play therapy, etc.), support groups (facilitated or peer), and emergency financial assistance (includes emergency loans and petty cash, payment for items such as food and/or clothing, changing windows, doors, and/or locks, taxis, prophylactic and nonprophylactic meds, durable medical equipment, etc.).
  • Shelter/housing services including: Emergency shelter or safe house, transitional housing, and relocation assistance.
  • Criminal/civil justice system assistance including: notification of criminal justice events (e.g. case status, arrest, court proceedings, case disposition, release, etc.), victim impact statement assistance, assistance with restitution (includes assistance in requesting and when collection efforts are not successful), emergency justice-related assistance, civil legal attorney assistance in obtaining protection or restraining order, civil legal attorney assistance with family law issues (e.g., custody, visitation, or support), other civil legal attorney assistance (e.g., landlord/tenant, employment), immigration attorney assistance (e.g., special visas, continued presence application, and other immigration relief), prosecution interview advocacy/accompaniment (includes accompaniment with prosecuting attorney and with victim/witness), criminal advocacy/accompaniment, civil advocacy/accompaniment (includes victim advocate assisting with protection orders).
  • Other VOCA allowable services and activities not listed. If using this category, specify the services and activities provided with the appropriate number of victims for each service.

Service population – victims of crime: The proposal review committee and CVRC are required to take into consideration the following factors regarding service populations:

  • Priority areas: Priority shall be given to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. A minimum of 10% of each federal grant will be allocated to each of these categories of crime victims.
  • Previously underserved priority areas: An additional 10% of each VOCA Victim Assistance federal grant will be allocated to victims of violent crime (other than ‘priority’ category victims) who are previously underserved. These underserved victims of either adult or juvenile offenders may include, but are not limited to: victims of federal crimes, survivors of homicide victims, victims of assault, robbery, gang violence, hate and bias crimes, victims of intoxicated drivers, human trafficking, economic exploitation, fraud, and elder abuse.

Allowable costs for direct services include: Immediate emotional, psychological, and physical health and safety; personal advocacy and emotional support; mental health counseling and care; peer support; facilitation of participation in criminal justice and other proceedings arising from the crime; legal assistance; forensic interviews; transportation; public awareness/outreach regarding available services; transitional housing; and relocation. See the solicitation for a listing of allowable costs for eligible activities supporting direct services.

Amount: A total of $7,000,000 is expected to be available to support a number of new/competitive projects, while $6,646,127is available for current VOCA subgrantees to continue their projects through Federal Fiscal Year 2019.

Match requirements: Both new/competitive programs and current/continuation programs require a 20% (cash or in-kind) match for the total VOCA Victim Assistance project. Federally recognized American Indian/Native American tribes/projects that operate on tribal lands are exempt from match requirements.

Eligibility: Nonprofit victim service organizations, tribal organizations, faith-based and neighborhood programs, crime victim compensation programs, and public agencies (including federal, state, tribal, or local governments), and nongovernmental organizations that provide assistance to victims of crime in New Mexico, which shall be used to provide emergency relief, including crisis response efforts, assistance, training, and technical assistance, and ongoing assistance, including during any investigation or prosecution, to victims of terrorist acts or mass violence occurring outside the United States. If a current VOCA Victim Assistance subgrantee is requesting additional funds, the subgrantee must request the additional funds through an additional new/competitive application.

Programs must demonstrate a record of providing effective services to crime victims and support from sources other than the Crime Victims Fund (VOCA VA). The program must also have substantial financial support (at least 25%) from sources other than the Crime Victims Fund.

Link: https://www.cvrc.state.nm.us/information/voca-grant-info/

Note: An optional grant writing workshop webinar will be held on July 2, 2018 from 1-3 PM Mountain Daylight Time. See the CVRC website (www.cvrc.state.nm.us) to register. A recording of the webinar will also be made available on the CVRC website.

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