Recovery Act - State Victim Compensation Formula Grant Program


The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will award each eligible state victim compensation program a Recovery Act - VOCA victim compensation formula grant to support the provision of crucial financial assistance to victims of crime throughout the Nation. In addition to fulfilling program-specific purposes, projects funded under the Recovery Act should be designed to further one or more of the general purposes of the Recovery Act, which are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, or other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Victims of Crime Act, Public Law 98-473, Title II, Sections 1402(d)(4) and 1403(a) (codified at 42 U.S.C. 10601(d)(4) and 10602(a) respectively).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals), U.S. Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans).
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications are submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs’ Grant Management System at: and must follow the criteria outlined in the solicitation. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Award Procedure
Successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
See 28 CFR Part 18.
No renewals are available with Recovery Act funding.
How are proposals selected?
This is a formula grant program; there is no discretionary selection by OJP of the principal recipients of this funding. To the extent that a formula grant recipient make discretionary sub-awards, in addition to its own requirements, and those requirements identified in the program solicitation, the recipient should consider including factors related to the purposes of the Recovery Act as a part of the selection process for sub-awardees. Such factors might include–

1)Project objectives that are linked to meaningful and measurable outcomes consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act, and the likelihood of achieving such outcomes, such as job creation and preservation.

2)Activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, and in a manner that maximizes job creation and economic benefit.

3)Sound financial systems and procedures that can track and report funds separately and in a clear, accurate, and timely manner.
How may assistance be used?
To the extent (if any) that this Recovery Act program permits recipients to use funds for construction, renovation, or related projects, the recipient should be aware that special restrictions may be applicable under particular sections of the Recovery Act. For example, see Section 1605 of the Recovery Act (Buy American), Section 1606 (wage rate requirements), Section 1602 (preference for quick-start activities), and Section 1554 (special contracting rules). Recipients should also be aware of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. Under the Recovery Act, funds may not be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool. Additional government-wide guidance that applies to Recovery Act programs may become available that could affect proposal narratives, time lines, budget requests, certifications and other matters including appropriate uses of funds and restrictions on uses of funds. Interested applicants are encouraged to regularly check the OJP website for further information and updates. All recipients of any funding under the Recovery Act will be required to follow any and all applicable provisions of government-wide guidance that may be issued pursuant to the Recovery Act, even if that guidance is not reflected in this CFDA posting.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Financial and Progress reports are required in accordance with the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide. To fulfill the requirements of the Recovery Act and assist in fulfilling the Department’s responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Pursuant to the Recovery Act, certain financial and programmatic progress reports are required (including complete performance measure data) to be submitted by each recipient of funds to OJP within 10 calendar days of the end of each calendar quarter, throughout the life of the grant. Reports should be submitted beginning July 10, 2009. Expenditure reports are not applicable. No performance monitoring is required.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds. Although Recovery Act funds may be used in conjunction with other funding as necessary to complete projects, tracking and reporting of Recovery Act funds must be separate, to meet the reporting and other requirements of the Recovery Act and other applicable law. There can be no commingling of funds.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Consistent with the VOCA statue, awards will be made for the year of award, plus three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Toni L. Thomas, State Compensation and Assistance Division, Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 307-5983.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0910-1-1-754 - Treasury Symbol: 1509100402.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Recovery - VOCA Victim Compensation Formula Grant program will be administered by OVC under the applicable provisions of VOCA, 42 U.S.C. 10602, the Recovery Act - State Victim Compensation Formula Program solicitation, the Final Program Guidelines for the VOCA Crime Victim Compensation Formula Grant Program (published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2001), the applicable provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, signed by the President on February 17, 2009, the Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 CFR).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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