Victim Services Support Program
Announcement: Funding Opportunity for Survivors of Homicide and Other Violent Crimes
The Victim Services Support Program, a component of the Crime Victim’s Assistance Division (CVAD) of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office has released a request for proposals (RFP) and is seeking applicants to provide victim services to survivors of homicide and other violent crime (SOH/OVC) victims in part of Zone #4 in the following Iowa counties: Benton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Poweshiek, Tama, Van Buren and Washington. The organization currently holding the contract to provide SOH/OVC services in this area has relinquished their CVAD contract and will no longer provide SOH/OVC services in the communities covered by this funding opportunity.
CVAD seeks grant proposals from victim service agencies, nonprofit agencies and governmental agencies for projects or programs designed to strengthen effective and holistic responses to homicide and other violent crime victims in Iowa. This is a competitive two-year grant.
DUE DATE: June 10, 2020
General Grant Application and Review Process
When grant funds become available from the state or federal government funding information is distributed through the IowGrants.gov website. You can find out more information about available funding and how to submit an application on the State of Iowa's Grants Management System.
The submitted proposals are reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer grant review committee. The committee is made up of persons with expertise in victim services, grant management, and public policy.
The review committee and CVAD staff submit their recommendations for funding to the Crime Victim Assistance Board. The Board determines final grant awards to the extent funds are available and to the extent the applicants meet eligibility criteria.
Click here for more information on grant eligibility, required grant certificates, and required grant reports.
Click here for administrative rules governing the VSS Program.
The VSS Program administers grant funds that provide partial funding to local and statewide crime victim service programs in Iowa.
- Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. The funds come entirely from fines and penalties assessed against convicted federal criminals.
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA or VW) funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Congress appropriates the funds annually. Click here for Iowa's VAWA Implementation Plan for FFY2014-FFY2016.
- Federal Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Grant (FVP&SA) funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families. Congress appropriates the funds annually.
- Federal Sexual Abuse Services Program (SASP) funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Congress appropriates the funds annually.
- Iowa’s Domestic Abuse (DA) and Sexual Abuse (SA) funds are appropriated by the Iowa General Assembly annually.
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
For more information contact Victim Services Support Program Administrator Lori Miller.