OVC manages grants to improve services for victims of crime in tribal communities through the following programs.
Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside
Working in consultation with tribal stakeholders, the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside grant program supports a wide range of activities including community planning, outreach, victim service program development and implementation, and more. In fiscal years 2018 and 2019, OVC awarded more than $300 million under this program.
U.S. Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation
OVC supports victim services in tribal communities through the following Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation purpose area: Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities. This program supports communities in developing, establishing, and operating programs that improve the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse, especially child sexual abuse, in a culturally appropriate and trauma-informed manner to lessen trauma for child victims.
Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center
Operated by OVC, the Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center seeks to strengthen human trafficking victim services in the United States by delivering free coaching and mentoring, and by providing a resource library, for organizations and federally recognized tribes. The Center partners with organizations and tribes in a collaborative and creative process to build their capacity to serve all victims of human trafficking. Through custom coaching, the Center helps tribes build a community response, develop sustainment strategies, build capacity, and enhance victim services.
Tribal Access Program
The U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior supports the Tribal Access Program which helps provide tribe with access national crime information systems for both civil and criminal purposes. OVC is one of the U.S. Department of Justice Program Offices that funds the Tribal Access Program. Under the Tribal Access Program, funds provide kiosks, software, and training; onboarding and vetting services; and deployment and ongoing support for tribal nations to help protect crime victims.
Support for Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs
OVC funds Bureau of Indian Affairs programs that provide direct victim assistance and help ensure that all crime victims receive the services and referrals they need.
Community-Driven Responses to the Opioid Crisis
OVC awarded funds to multiple tribes and tribal organizations to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand on existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis. View OVC’s A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs to learn about the many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment.
Tribal Victim Assistance Micro-Grant Program
In an effort to address the barriers that prevent American Indian and Alaska Native victims from receiving services, OVC funded a cooperative agreement to enable the successful applicant to design, administer, and oversee a competitive tribal victim assistance micro-grant program. In partnership with the National Congress of American Indians (serving the continental United States) and the Denali Commission (serving Alaska), millions of dollars in victim assistance micro-grants will be allocated to federally recognized tribes under a competitive selection progress.
OVC Tribal Financial Management Center
The OVC Tribal Financial Management Center (OVC TFMC) provides data-informed, culturally humble, victim-centered training and technical assistance and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards.
OVC TFMC offers targeted virtual and onsite training and technical assistance, a Virtual Support Center, collaborative needs assessments, innovative programming and robust curriculum including Financial Policies and Procedures Guide Sheets to enhance existing financial management and support grantee award implementation. Available assistance spans the life cycle of an OJP award – from application preparation to award acceptance, and ultimately the effective financial implementation, management, and reporting. Financial Specialists are uniquely trained, and qualified to meet the diverse, and varied needs of tribal grantees.
Other Funding Opportunities
OVC periodically offers other funding opportunities for which Federally recognized tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations and institutions may apply.