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Victims of Crime Act Program (VOCA) (Wisconsin)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Wisconsin Department of Justice


    The primary purpose of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grants is to support programming in non-profit agencies that provide direct services to victims of crimes throughout Wisconsin. Direct services are defined as efforts that:

    • Respond to the emotional, psychological, or physical needs of crime victims;
    • Assist victims to stabilize their lives after a victimization;
    • Assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; or
    • Restore a measure of safety and security for the victim.

    Eligible services and activities are:

    • Immediate Health and Safety - Services that respond to immediate needs of crime victims;
    • Personal Advocacy - Allows for personal advocacy and emotional support;
    • Health Care Assistance - Costs of the following, on an emergency basis, non-prescription and prescription medicine, prophylactic or other treatment to prevent HIV/AIDS infection or other infectious disease, durable medical equipment (such as wheel-chairs, crutches, hearing aids, eyeglasses), and other healthcare items;
    • Forensic Examinations - For sexual assault victims, forensic medical exams are allowable only to the extent that other funding sources (such as state compensation, private insurance or public benefits) are unavailable or insufficient;
    • Forensic Interviews;
    • Mental Health Assistance - Assisting victims in understanding the dynamics of victimization and in stabilizing their lives after victimization;
    • Assistance with Participation in Public Proceedings Arising from the Crime - The provision of services and payment of costs that help victims participate in the criminal justice system and in other public proceedings arising from the crime;
    • Cross-System Coordination - Activities that support a coordinated and comprehensive response to crime victims needs by direct service providers; and
    • Non-Emergency Legal Services - Legal assistance services where reasonable and where the need for such services arises as a direct result of the victimization.

    History of Funding

    $27,000,000 was available in total funding for the 2018-2019 continuation grant year.

    Additional Information

    Ineligible services and activities include:
    • Lobbying and administrative advocacy;
    • Studies and research;
    • Prosecutions or investigation of criminal activity and activities directed at improving the criminal justice system's effectiveness and efficiency. Some examples include, witness notification and management activities, expert witnesses, witness protection;
    • Fundraising activities;
    • Capital improvements; property losses and expenses; real estate purchases; mortgage payments; and construction;
    • Administrative staff expenses (salaries, fees and reimbursable expenses for administrators, board members, executive directors, consultants, coordinators and other individuals unless incurred while providing direct victim services) except as they apply to direct administration of VOCA funding;
    • Activities exclusively related to crime prevention; and
    • Medical care not outlined specifically above.


    Amanda Powers

    Amanda Powers
    P.O. Box 7857
    Madison, WI 53707
    (608) 267-2251

  • Eligibility Details

    Projects must be operated by a public agency, a nonprofit organization, or a combination of both.

    For the 2019-2020 competitive grant year, successful applicants will be awarded VOCA subgrants for a one-year project period with the intent of four additional continuation years. Each continuation grant year requires an application, and awards are contingent upon the availability of federal funds

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit applications was May 17, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Note: Another competitive grant cycle is not anticipated until 2024.

    Award Details

    $38,000,000 is available in total funding for the 2019-2020 competitive grant year. Award amounts vary. Cost matching of at least 20% is required. Native American tribes or organizations on Indian Reservations are not required to provide a local match.

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