FY20 General Victim Assistance Grant Workshop Registration
The purpose of the General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program (GVA) is to provide services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process. Services may include responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; assisting victims in stabilizing their lives after a victimization; assisting victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; and providing victims with safety and security.
Read the General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program Funding Announcement below to determine if your agency is eligible to apply and that your proposed project fits within the eligibility criteria.
General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program Funding Announcement
Important: If your agency is currently funded for a GVA project(s), check this spreadsheet to determine the project’s FY20 grant cycle status. The spreadsheet shows GVA workshop attendance requirements for each project.
FY20 GVA Status Spreadsheet
If your agency is not currently funded for an Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD) victim services project: Agencies new to CJD’S General Victim Assistance funding wishing to submit a first year project must attend an NCTCOG General Victim Assistance Grant Application Workshop session. Per CJD the request may not exceed a 12-month grant period and your General Victim Assistance application will be scored. Workshop attendance is mandatory.
Critical Information for Certain GVA Projects
Agencies applying for funds to support a CASA or Children’s Advocacy Center program must apply through either Texas CASA, Inc. or Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.
Per CJD, COGs will not score/prioritize Long-term Housing (Transitional Housing) projects, Campus Victim Assistance projects, or Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children projects. If your agency is submitting a project in any of these special categories you may attend a GVA workshop if you like; however, you are not required to attend since these projects bypass the COG scoring/prioritization process.
The attendance of an applicant agency at any one of the workshop sessions, regardless of funding category, will satisfy the mandatory attendance requirement as set forth in the Policies & Procedures. Therefore, if your agency is applying in more than one funding category, attendance is only required at any one of the funding category-specific workshops.
If your agency anticipates using a grant writer who is not an employee of your organization, an organization employee must also attend. Furthermore, contract grant writers will not be allowed to sign in for multiple agencies they may be representing. It is imperative that the applicant agency sends a staff person in order to be clear on the submission process and scoring criteria associated with this region.
Other handouts will be posted as they become available.
Kelly Schmidt, Criminal Justice Program Administrator