Health and Human Services announces $15 million grants to help crime victims

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging local organizations across the state to apply for $15 million in Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grants to provide services to crime victims.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these awards will help expand and enhance services by supporting the response to immediate needs of crime victims, reducing psychological consequences of victimization and helping restore victims’ sense of dignity and self-esteem.

MDHHS will award three- to five-year grants with amounts ranging from $50,000 to $1 million.  The deadline for the proposal is 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.  Eligible applicants must be public or non-profit organizations – including faith-based organizations and American Indian tribes – that provide direct services to crime victims.

The Crime Victim Services Commission is accepting proposals from new applicants and all American Indian tribes that focus on three purpose areas including Native American Tribal Victim Assistance services; transitional supportive housing services for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or other victims of crime; and services to priority and underserved victims of crime as authorized by VOCA and addresses an unmet community need.  These projects can serve one victimization type or any combination of the crime victimization types.

This is the second Request for Proposals for the VOCA Program this year.  The first one in May focused on six purpose areas including trauma recovery centers, human trafficking intervention services, sexual assault intervention services, victims of child physical and/or sexual abuse, American Indian tribal victim assistance and elder abuse services.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants Website at and click the “About EGrAM” link on the left panel to access the Crime Victims Agreement training manual. For questions, email

The Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission (CVSC) is a state agency within the MDHHS. CVSC is in charge of funding and services for victims of a physical crime.

CVSC has four programs that serve and support crime victims including: Compensation, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (S.A.F.E), Victim Rights and Crime Victim Assistance (VOCA). No state or federal tax dollars are used to support these programs.

Questions about services may be directed to 517-373-7373 (or victims only may call 877-251-7373) or visit