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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)

The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 provides federal financial assistance to states for the purpose of compensating and assisting victims of crime (performed through the Department of Crime Victim Compensation), as well as expanding and enhancing direct services to victims of violent crime (performed through the Department of Crime Victim Assistance Grants). Priority program areas under VOCA are: Sexual Assault, Spousal Abuse, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Previously Underserved. VOCA grants may be awarded to nonprofit victim service agencies and public agencies. All projects are required to utilize volunteers and to assist victims in applying for victims' compensation benefits. All applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Currently, continuation projects have a higher priority. Projects are required to match federal dollars at 80 percent federal and 20 percent in-kind or cash. To learn more about the VOCA grant program, please click the Application Guidelines and Procedures link below.

State Victims Assistance Program (SVAP)

In 1986, General Assembly of South Carolina passed the Omnibus Criminal Justice Improvements Act. As a result of this act, a percentage of the wages earned by inmates participating in the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ Work Release Program must be placed on deposit with the State Treasurer for credit to a special account to support victim assistance programs established pursuant to the Victims of Crime Act of 1984. The special account is known as the State Victims Assistance Program (SVAP). Following amendments to state legislation, twenty percent of inmate’s wages are garnished and half of this amount is remitted back to the Department of Corrections for the support of the work release program. The Department of Crime Victim Assistance Grants administers the remaining half of these funds. Designed to complement and coordinate with the federal VOCA funds, the SVAP provides for services under the same categories and the same match requirements.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is established under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The S.T.O.P. (Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program authorizes financial assistance to states for developing and strengthening effective law enforcement, prosecution, court, and victim services projects focusing on collaborative efforts. Projects are required to match federal dollars at 75 percent federal and 25 percent in-kind or cash. Non-profit victim services organizations and tribal entities and organizations are exempt from match requirements. VAWA grants have few program or funding restrictions for grants once they meet the basic federal program criteria. However, VAWA program funds must be used for grant programs exclusively designed for, or focused on, services, or projects for persons over the age of eleven who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and teen dating violence. Please note that VAWA funds cannot be used for firearms, or the purchase or lease of vehicles. To learn more about the VAWA grant program, please click the Application Guidelines and Procedures link below.

The application process for this grant is now OPEN as of February 13, 2018
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 3, 2018 AT 5:00:00 PM
You may click on the links below to learn more about this program.
If you have any questions regarding victim services grants please
click here for the points of contact list.

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