Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)


    Through this solicitation, OVC seeks to provide funding to organizations that demonstrate innovative strategies to create, expand, or enhance the use of technology to interact directly with crime victims, improve the quality of services, and improve the accessibility and responsiveness of victim service organizations.

    Funding under this initiative may support:

    • technology development and maintenance to facilitate efficient service delivery and/or communication;
    • staff required to operate, update, and maintain the proposed technology platform or service; training and technical assistance on the purpose and use of the technology (including outreach and publicity activities); and
    • staff engaged in coalition-building activities regarding the use of technology.

    Applicants are encouraged to focus on, but are not limited to applications that focus on—

    • addressing online gender-based abuse and harassment, which is defined as actions by one or more people that harm others based on their sexual or gender identity or enforce harmful gender norms that are carried out using the internet and/or mobile technology and includes stalking, bullying, sex-based harassment, defamation, hate speech, exploitation, and gender trolling,”;
    • offering programming or services that respond to online and online-facilitated gender-based violence; and
    • using technology to make services safe and more accessible, and that reach underserved communities. 

    History of Funding

    Up to $4,500,000 was available in FY 2021.

    Additional Information

    Deliverables can be web applications (apps), management information systems, interactive websites, or any improvement or enhancement that uses technology to provide the service or support the program.

    Other deliverables include the following:

    • Criteria to best determine strategies and effective collaborative models for planning, implementing, and evaluating the proposed technological innovations in the community, state, or region. Development of a staff training plan.
    • Development of outreach and public awareness strategies.
    • Development of a training and technical assistance plan for participating organizations.
    • Development of an evaluation plan to measure project effectiveness in achieving the project goals, objectives, and identified outcomes.
    • Signed Letters of Intent or Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with key implementation partners. 



  • Eligibility Details

    The following entities are eligible to apply:

    • Public agencies,
    • Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education),
    • Federally recognized Indian tribes, and
    • Nonprofit organizations. 

    Deadline Details

    Applicants are to submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by May 26, 2022. Applicants are then to submit the full application in JustGrants by June 2, 2022. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $3,000,000 is available in FY 2022 for up to four awards. Individual award amounts vary up to $750,000. Cost sharing/matching is not required. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2022.

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