Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $6,000,000)
The National Criminal Justice Association proposes to continue the work of the OVC Center for Victims of Crime Act Administrators (OVC VOCA Center). The purpose of the OVC VOCA Center is to provide peer led and subject matter expert training and technical assistance to Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance and Compensation formula grant State Administering Agencies (SAAs) and subrecipients in all states and territories. Project activities include stakeholder engagement; peer-to-peer technical assistance; subject matter expert led in-person and virtual trainings; resource document development; coordination with national associations; and project evaluation. Expected outcomes include increased access to victim services; equity in grant administration, increased knowledge of Victims of Crime Act grant administration, management and compliance; the advancement of promising practices, policies and programming, and enhanced communication and networking between the Office for Victims of Crime, State Administering Agencies and subrecipients. Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance and Compensation formula grant State Administering Agencies and Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance subrecipients are the intended beneficiaries of the project.