The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Program funds projects that provide direct services to crime victims. VOCA grant funding is derived from the United States Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, who distribute grant funding to states based on fines and penalties levied against criminals convicted of federal crimes.
Visit the DCJ Grants page to apply for VOCA grant funds.
What Does VOCA Fund?
VOCA dollars only fund organizations that provide direct services to victims of crime. Direct services include, but are not limited to:
- Crisis intervention
- Emergency services
- Legal advocacy
- Criminal justice and court support
- Training and coordination of volunteers who provide direct services to crime victims
Is My Organization Eligible?
To receive VOCA funds, an organization must provide direct victim services to crime victims and be operated by a public agency or a nonprofit organization, or a combination of both. Agencies must:
- Have a record of providing effective services to victims of crime
- Have substantial financial support from sources other than VOCA
- Use volunteers
- Promote community efforts to aid crime victims
- Assist victims in applying for compensation
When are the Funds Awarded?
VOCA awards are made every two years, typically in late summer or early fall. The Crime Victim Services Advisory Board makes the funding recommendations to the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice and the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety.
My Organization is Eligible for VOCA. Are There Additional Requirements?
Yes. A 20% or 25% cash or in-kind match is required for all grant recipients. This match must be used for providing direct victim services as outlined by the federal rule. Indian tribes or Native American organizations on Indian reservations are not required to provide matching funds. In addition, grant recipients are required to comply with all state, federal, and local guidelines, including completing a quarterly report in the federal reporting system (PMT).
What Organizations Have Received Funding?
A variety of organizations have received VOCA funds. Click on each link to view grant award recipients for that year.
In addition to grant administration, the Office for Victims Programs (OVP) conducts a series of special projects designed to provide support for services to victims of crime. Click on a collapsible text box to learn more about a statewide special project.
- Colorado Civil Justice Corps (CCJC) Fellowship
- Extraordinary VOCA Funding Opportunity
This project aims to provide funding to agencies with new initiatives to serve various underserved/marginalized communities, statewide public awareness campaigns, or mass tragedy response planning projects. The awards for these projects ends on December 31, 2020.
- Civil Legal Services for Crime Victims
Lawyers for Victims Project
This special project aims to increase the continuum of services for a variety of civil legal service needs of crime victims. For an introduction to the project view the the Introductory Webinar,(MP4) or Introductory Presentation (PDF). For project updates, visit the DCJ Grants Calendar.
GIS Research Project
As part of the work of this Special Project, GIS Researcher Susan Buckingham mapped a variety of data points/factors for the state of Colorado. While the Project was initiated to support the work of the Special Project, these maps can be applied more broadly as programs seek to not only identify the characteristics of their communities’ crime victims but to then use the data to tailor their services to meet their communities’ specific needs. The Map Book is broken down into 9 regions and is further broken down by the variable. In addition, Ms. Buckingham created the Economic and Social Vulnerability Composite Models and the Colorado Self Sufficiency Standard Index (PDF). If you have questions about the maps, please contact OVP.
Program Evaluation and Insights Final Report
The intent of the Lawyers for Victims expansion grant was to determine whether a flat-fee model of providing unbundled civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking could work in a variety of settings for these and other types of crime victims. Ultimately, the initiative created by Project Safeguard and further implemented at four project sites in other areas of Colorado helped crime victims feel safer, increased access to direct representation and supportive services, and cultivated a pool of trauma-informed attorneys. Full Report: Lawyers for Victims Expansion Program Evaluation and Insights Final Report May 2017 - December 2018
This project was supported by Award No.2015-VA-GX-0040 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, through the Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety.
- Housing for Crime Victims
This special project aimed to address and implement new, innovative methods of housing provision for crime victims across the state.
Full Final Report: 2019 Colorado Housing for Crime Victims Special Project
- Emergency Funds for Crime Victims
This project aims to increase accessibility of emergency funds for crime victims in Colorado. Learn more: VOCA Emergency Fund project