As of June 2019, SAAs are no longer required to receive prior OVC review and approval for match waiver determinations if the SAA has an OVC approved match waiver policy in place.
Match Waiver Process
28 C.F.R. § 94.118 requires subrecipients to “contribute (i.e., match) not less than 20 percent (cash or in-kind) of the total cost of each project." Matching requirements are automatically waived for subrecipients “that are federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribes, or projects that operate on tribal lands" and for subrecipients “that are territories or possessions of the United States (except for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico), or projects that operate therein."
Upon request of the state administering agency (SAA), the OVC Director may, at their discretion, waive in part or in full the matching requirements, pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 94.118(b)(3). Waivers are entirely at the OVC Director’s discretion, but the Director typically considers factors such as local resources, annual budget changes, past ability to provide match, and whether the funding is for new or additional activities requiring additional match versus continuing activities where match is already provided.
Time and Effort Best Practices for VOCA-Funded Personnel
This document serves as a resource for VOCA recipients when documenting salaries, wages, and fringe benefits for grant funded personnel. Where grant recipients work on multiple grant programs or cost activities, documentation must support a reasonable allocation or distribution of costs among specific activities or cost objectives.
The allocation or distribution of costs should be an after-the-fact accounting not based on estimates. Payroll records must reflect actual time spent on the activity or activities. Additionally, records must be certified by the employee and approved by a supervisor with firsthand knowledge of the work performed.
National Association of VOCA Victim Assistance Administrators (NAVAA)
NAVAA's mission is to advance education, research, and public service to assure accessible quality services for crime victims nationwide, to strengthen exchange of information and communication among its members and to provide its members with training and technical assistance to effectively respond to the issues and challenges of supporting those services.
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
NACVCB shares information and ideas through its network of victim compensation programs. Training and technical assistance activities and other resources focus on fiscal stability, outreach, communication, and advocacy.
VOCA-Funded Elder Abuse Programs
In 2016, the new VOCA Formula Victim Assistance Rule clarified and expanded states’ allowable uses of VOCA victim assistance funding. With this clarification, states were able to identify more ways to support all victims, including victims of elder abuse. Access this list of VOCA–funded elder abuse programs and the VOCA offices that funded them.
VOCA Administrator Regional Meeting Notes
- November 6–7, 2019: Santa Fe, NM
- June 20, 2018: Salt Lake City, UT
- May 17, 2018: Washington, DC
- June 14–15, 2017: Portland, OR
- May 22–23, 2017: Washington, DC
- July 28–29, 2016: Tallahassee, FL
- June 14–15, 2016: Sacramento, CA
- November 19, 2015: Albuquerque, NM
- June 10, 2014: Des Moines, IA
- October 21, 2014: Phoenix, AZ
- November 11, 2013: Denver, CO
- March 13, 2014: Washington, DC