Department of Justice: Seeking Applications for Innovations in Access to Justice Programs

Deadline: 18 July 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications to increase access to legal assistance for victims of crime.

OVC’s mission is to enhance the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for crime victims. OVC fulfills its mission, in part, through improving the skills, knowledge, and abilities of crime victim service providers and allied professionals who serve them, and by helping to ensure that victims are aware of their rights and are able to exercise those rights.

Priority Areas

  • Increase Capacity and Access to Civil Legal Help for Crime Victims Through Legal Fellows Program (Legal Fellows Program)
  • Using Technology/Other Innovations to Increase Legal Access in Rural Areas
  • Training and Technical Assistance – Legal Partnerships Increasing Medical Care Advocacy to Crime Victims

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,150,000
  • Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
  • Award Floor: $1,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit (defined as an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 and is exempt from taxation under 501(a) of such title), nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits).
  • Eligible applicants are limited to private nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), faith- and community-based organizations, colleges and universities (including tribal institutions of higher education), and public agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or tribal organizations that can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of civil legal representation for crime victims and the range of services needed.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

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