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Enhancing Community Responses to America's Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims


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Application Deadline: May 4, 2020


Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC)


Awards funding to government agencies and other organizations to provide direct services to children and youth ages 0-18 who are victims of crime related to the current national addiction crisis. Children and youth eligible to receive services may be victims of any type of crime, including but not limited to child abuse, neglect, physical or sexual assault, domestic or family violence, and who have been impacted by addiction and substance use, including use of opioids, methamphetamines, other substances, and polysubstance misuse. Funding also supports training and technical assistance to help successfully implement direct victim service programming for children and youth impacted by addiction.

Eligible organizations may apply for funding under two purpose areas.

Purpose Area 1: Direct Service grants provide ongoing services, either directly or through a partner, for young crime victims, including mental health treatment, counseling, therapy, advocacy, trauma-informed treatment, support groups, and case management. Funding supports building partnerships with community-based victim service agencies and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery organizations. Purpose Area 1 objectives include:

  • Increase the amount and the quality of direct services, including treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome and support for children, youth, and their caregivers
  • Provide assistance or referral to essential services for young crime victims and their families or caregivers
  • Collaborate with and provide training to local partners
  • Improve outcomes for child and youth victims in areas such as health, well-being, family stability, and school outcomes, depending on services provided
  • Use local data sources to identify and direct services toward the most urgent local victim needs

Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance grants provide national-scope expertise to direct service grantees to support the successful implementation of programs and services for young victims impacted by addiction. Purpose Area 2 objectives include:

  • Deliver technical assistance to ensure the quality of direct victim services provided through the program
  • Offer support in identifying and providing other types of assistance, essential services, and referral sources
  • Help direct service grantees collaborate effectively with and provide training for local partners
  • Assist grantees with documenting improved outcomes for victims
  • Provide assistance with data collection, reporting, and use of local data sources to target the most current and necessary local service needs
  • Share promising practices and lessons learned with funded grantees and the general public on a regular basis

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • $700,000 for Purpose Area 1 grants
  • $1,500,000 for Purpose Area 2 grants

Estimated number of awards:

  • 25 Purpose Area 1 awards
  • 1 Purpose Area 2 award

Project period: 36 months
Estimated total program funding: $19,000,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States and territories
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes
  • Nonprofit, nongovernmental victim and social service organizations with the capacity to serve young crime victims affected by the addiction crisis
  • For-profit organizations with the capacity to serve young crime victims affected by the addiction crisis
  • Institutions of higher education, including tribal institutions of higher education

Priority is given to applicants who propose to address challenges in rural communities, benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, and enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Qualified Opportunity Zones.

To receive a rural priority consideration, applicants must describe:

  • What makes the geographic service area rural using U.S. Census Bureau or other appropriate government data
  • How isolated that area is from needed services
  • How they will address specific public safety challenges in rural communities

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

To receive a priority consideration for a Qualified Opportunity Zone, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in a specified Qualified Opportunity Zone.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording, slides, and transcript


For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year (FY) 2020 can be found on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Mental Health • Methamphetamine • Opioids • Parents, Families, and Children • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth