Victims of terrorism
Questions can be directed to the OVC Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program by email to [email protected] or you can call the main OVC number (800–363–0441 or 202–307–5983) and ask to be directed to someone who can assist you. You can also send questions to the following address:
Office for Victims of Crime
Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program
810 Seventh Street, NW.
Washington, DC 20531
How long will it take OVC to award funding after receiving my Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) application?
OVC will conduct a thorough review of each AEAP application; however, due to the unique nature of each incident and the complex nature of the application and the application review process, OVC cannot provide a specific timeframe.
OVC is aware of the critical role AEAP funding can provide to communities and will work as quickly and efficiently as possible in its review of every application. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the review process has been completed.
The amount of Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding awarded is decided on a case-by-case basis considering factors such as the availability of other resources (including Victims of Crime Act formula grant dollars); the severity of the impact; and the number of people suffering from physical, emotional, and psychological injury. Requests for funding must identify all other federal and nonfederal contributions (cash or in-kind).
If amounts awarded are not expended by the end of the grant period, they must be returned to OVC for deobligation.
OVC will provide funding for the following activities:
- Crisis response assistance.
- Consequence management assistance.
- Criminal justice support assistance.
- Crime victim compensation assistance.
These activities are intended to complement services that are available from other agencies and organizations as well as to provide a base level of assistance for terrorism and mass violence victims.
Funding for services and other support may include activities that are deemed necessary and essential to providing services and are not limited to the assistance categories listed above. In addition, a limited amount of available funding, as agreed upon by OVC and the applicant, may be used for administrative purposes deemed necessary and essential to the delivery of services and assistance to victims.
View pages 6–8 of the AEAP solicitation for further details about the types of services that are allowable.
What if other organizations submit an application via the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) for the same event?
AEAP grants are available by OVC invitation only. Shortly after an event, OVC will contact officials in the state or jurisdiction where the incident occurred to discuss the scope of victims’ needs and explain what resources may be available. OVC encourages potential applicants to coordinate victim-related activities with organizations such as state emergency preparedness agencies; state mental health agencies; local chapters of the American Red Cross and United Way; and federal, state, local, and/or tribal law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices.
In most instances, OVC will make only one award for each incident with the grantee assuming overall responsibility for coordination of grant activities with subgrantees.
You are encouraged to view the AEAP solicitation to learn more about eligibility requirements.
If an event occurred in a neighboring community, is my agency/organization eligible to apply for Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding?
Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program applications are accepted only from the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred unless a compelling justification can be provided to the OVC Director that supports requests from other jurisdictions or a statute establishes a special authorization and appropriation for allocations to be made to other jurisdictions.
No, individuals cannot apply for AEAP funding. Help in your area is available from your State/Local Victim Compensation and Assistance programs. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA).
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone at 855–484–2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.
Find out more about What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, an OVC brochure with a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.
Eligible applicants for the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) include state victim assistance and compensation programs; public agencies, including federal, state, and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and published in the Federal Register; U.S. Attorney’s Offices; public institutions of higher education; and nongovernmental and victim service organizations.
NOTE: Funding is not available for foreign governments or individual crime victims.
What is the difference between the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) and the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP)?
Individuals are not eligible to apply for AEAP, but U.S. citizens who have suffered direct physical or emotional injury from an act of terrorism occurring outside the United States, and family members of U.S. citizens killed by such an act, are eligible to apply for financial reimbursement for qualifying expenses through ITVERP. Qualifying expenses include medical expenses, mental health care costs, property loss, repair, or replacement, and funeral and burial costs. For further information about ITVERP, visit the ITVERP website.
OVC manages AEAP, which offers five funding streams to provide timely relief to communities affected by domestic terrorism and criminal mass violence for immediate and ongoing victim assistance services in the form of grants. Qualifying applicants include state victim assistance and compensation programs; public agencies, including federal, state, and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and published in the Federal Register; U.S.