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Letter from CVAD Director Sandi Tibbetts Murphy

On June 8, 2022, CVAD issued this letter to grantees regarding funding reductions projections for their grants starting October 1, 2022.  Due to the reduction in deposits to the crime victim fund at the federal level, CVAD anticipated a larger reduction from VOCA. 


May 18 2022 Grantee Meeting Files 

On May 18, 2022, CVAD hosted a grantee meeting to discuss the impacts of the 2023 VOCA reduction. Here are the files and recording: 

Spanish webinar



Questions and answers

Topic: CVAD Budget Reduction Meeting 
Start Time: May 18, 2022 01:36 PM

Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: RL@33.4w


General Grant Funding, Application and Review Process

The Crime Victim Assistance Division of the Iowa Attorney's Office generally awards their victim services grant funds for three-year grant cycles. Due to the uncertainty of  VOCA funding, CVAD delayed releasing their competitive application by one year.

The next competitive grant cycle will begin on October 1, 2023. Requests for proposals and grant submission instructions will be posted here by mid-2022. 

CVAD's victim service funding is concentrated into two  focus areas: criminal justice grants and victim services grants. CVAD anticipates releasing the next round of funding in two phases. The request for criminal justice funding applications/grant solicitation is expected to be released in November 2022. The request for victim services funding applications/grant solicitation is expected to be released in January 2023. 

Criminal Justice Grants

Criminal justice grants are awarded to non profit organizations, law enforcement agencies, courts, victim witness coordinators and prosecutors. The majority of funding for criminal justice grants is STOP and VOCA; the projects funded include violence against women prosecutors, victim witness coordinators, DART and SART teams, violence against women law enforcement efforts and community coordinated response teams. 

Victim Services Grants

Victim services grants are awarded to non profit organizations, governmental agencies and institutes of higher education. Victims services grants fund projects and programs designed to assist crime victims with healing after victimization.  These grants are for comprehensive victim services agencies, culturally specific agencies and organizations who serve victims in specific capacity.  

 CVAD is transitioning to a new grants management system and will update this page as we complete our transition to the new system. 

Grant Review

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.


Grantee Resources and Recordings


Meeting Recording from May 2021, Access Passcode: &Chn?KB0:


Contact Information

Office of the Attorney General of  Iowa
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-281-5044
Toll-Free: 800-373-5044
FAX: 515-281-8199

For more information contact Victim Services Support Program Administrator Lori Miller.

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