Federal grants available to provide services to crime victims

Local organizations across the state will be able to apply for $18 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants to provide services to crime victims over the next three months, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Tuesday.

The MDHHS Crime Victim Services Commission has posted the first of five Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for VOCA Victim Services funding. The RFP focuses on services for victims of elder abuse.

The Division of Victim Services is accepting proposals from organizations that would provide direct services, resources and care to elder abuse victims. The purpose of the $3.75 million elder abuse grant is to provide services for those who are sexually, physically, emotionally and financially abused. MDHHS will award three- to five-year U.S. Department of Justice grants of $50,000 to $750,000.

Questions about the RFP for victims of elder abuse can be emailed to MDHHS-CVSC-VOCA-GRANTS@michigan.gov and must be submitted by Friday, March 30, by 5 p.m. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, April 19, by 3 p.m.

The remaining four RFPs will be available in April and May and will focus on supervised visits and safe exchange, sexual assault services, tribal victim services and children’s advocacy center development. The release dates for those RFPs are April 5 for supervised visits and safe exchange, April 19 for sexual assault services, May 3 for tribal victim services and May 15 for children’s advocacy center development.

Applicant agencies must be public or non-profit organizations – including faith-based entities and American Indian tribes – that provide direct services to crime victims. The purpose of the funding is to expand and enhance services to victims of crime, such as responding to the immediate needs of crime victims, reducing psychological consequences of victimization and helping restore victims’ sense of dignity and self-esteem.

For additional information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants Website at Egrams-mi.com/dch and select the “About EGrAMS” link on the left panel to access the Crime Victims Agreement training manual. The RFP is located under “Legal and Policy Affairs” in the Current Grants section.

For additional information about Michigan’s Division of Victim Services, visit Michigan.gov/crimevictims.