Victims of Crime Act Grant
TO ALL VOCA GRANT SUB-RECIPIENTS
We want to keep you informed as the VOCA grant program fully transitions from the DPS Crime Victim Services Unit to the Missouri Department of Social Services. Grant sub-recipients should know VOCA grants continue to be processed and worked on, just as they were in the past, but now at the Department of Social Services.
If you have any questions, please call (573) 751-5775. This is the number for the VOCA Unit at the Department of Social Services’ Division of Finance and Administrative Services. You can also contact the DSS VOCA Unit by email at DFAS.VOCAUnit@dss.mo.gov
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The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 was passed by Congress to assist states in providing high quality services that are directly related to the emotional healing and recovery of crime victims. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), administers these funds at the federal level, and the Missouri Department of Public Safety administers the VOCA funds at the state level. The primary purpose of these grants is to support the provision of direct services to victims of crime throughout the nation, to assist victims of crime as soon as possible in order to reduce the severity of the psychological and emotional consequences of the victimization, and to demonstrate on-going support for the victim in coping with the impact of the victimization.
Losses not covered by the Program include, but are not limited to: stolen or damaged property; pain and suffering; crime scene clean-up; relocation; house payments; rent; utilities; food and/or clothing costs; tuition reimbursement or monetary losses from investment schemes.
- VOCA Activity Timesheet
- VOCA Annual Report Tracking Tool
- VOCA Final Program Guidelines
- VOCA PMT Frequently Asked Questions
- VOCA Purchased Equipment List
- VOCA Quarterly Data Report
- VOCA Quarterly Report Form
- VOCA Vehicle Purchase Request
- VOCA WebGrants Manual
- Webgrants - Subgrantee Manual
- 2017 Certified Assurances
- 2017 VOCA Notice of Funding Opportunity
- 2017 VOCA Pre-Bid Seminar
- 2017 VOCA Questions and Answers
- 2016-2017 VOCA Compliance Webinar
- 2016 VOCA Renewal
- Claims 101 Training
- Contract Adjustment
- CVSU Change of Information Form
- CVSU Site Monitoring Sample Forms
- DPS Grants Management System
- DPS Sub-Recipient Travel Policy
- DPS WebGrants-Notes and Helpful Hints
- DPS WebGrants-Site Visit FAQ
- Financial and Administrative Guide
- Match Waiver Request Sample Letter
- MCADSV Domestic Violence Service Standards
- MCADSV Sexual Violence Service Standards
- MOCVSU Code of Ethics
- MOCVSU Standards
- Officials Chart
Source of Funds
The Victims of Crime Act is funded through fines, penalties, and forfeitures collected from persons convicted of offenses against the United States.
Allocation of Funds
At least ten percent (10%) of total funds distributed must be allocated to each of the three priority categories – victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse – and at least ten (10%) to programs that serve victims determined by the state to have been previously underserved.
VOCA recipients must provide 20% of the total project cost in cash or in-kind match.orem
Organization Eligibility Requirements
- Organizations must be operated by a public or nonprofit organization, or a combination of such organizations, and provide services to crime victims.
- Agencies must demonstrate a record of providing effective services to crime victims.
- New programs must demonstrate that 35% of their financial support comes from non-federal and non-state sources.
- Subrecipient organizations must use volunteers in the provision of services.
- Promote, within the community, coordinated public and private efforts to aid crime victims.
- Assist victims in seeking crime victim compensation benefits.
- Comply with the applicable provisions of VOCA, the Program Guidelines, and the requirements of the OJP Financial Guide.
- Maintain statutorily required civil rights statistics on victims.
- Abide by any additional eligibility or service criteria as established by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
- Provide services to victims of federal crimes.
- Provide services to crime victims, at no charge, through the VOCA-funded project.
- Maintain confidentiality of client-counselor information, as required by state and federal law.