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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) (Ohio)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Ohio Attorney General’s Office


    The State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) was passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed into law in 1984, and establishes the Crime Victim Services Section (CVS) of the Ohio Attorney General's Office (OAG). CVS administers the Crime Victims Fund, made up of court costs paid by offenders, driver's license reinstatement fees, and federal grant monies to provide compensation to innocent victims of violent crime who have suffered an unrecoverable economic loss as a result of their victimization, and also administers VOCA and SVAA grants. The guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application process for VOCA and SVAA grants are very similar. This application may be used for either or both types of grants, and differences between the two programs will be highlighted throughout these guidelines.

    Under VOCA, priority shall be given to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Thus, a minimum of 10% of each federal fiscal year's grant (30% total) will be allocated to each of these categories of crime victims.

    Under SVAA, financial aid to crime victim assistance programs shall be based upon the following priorities.

    • Programs in existence on July 1, 1985 shall be given first priority.
    • Programs established after July 1, 1985 or new programs proposing to offer the broadest range of services and referrals to the community shall be given second priority. Experience and expertise in providing quality services, financial stability, and compliance with administrative requirements are taken into account.
    • Other qualified programs shall be given last priority.

    Simply put, allowable expenses are those that provide a direct service to crime victims. Some services, activities, and costs may be allowable even though they do not constitute direct service to crime victims. Before being allowed, however, OAG must agree in writing that direct services to crime victims cannot be offered without support for these expenses, that the subrecipient has no other source of support for them, and that only limited amounts of grant funds will be used for these purposes. A more exhaustive list of allowable expenses can be found at


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Unallowable expenses include:

    • Activities related exclusively to crime prevention. Grant funds may be used to support outreach such as presentations in the community as long as they are designed specifically to identify crime victims and provide or refer them to needed services.
    • Political activity, lobbying or advocacy on behalf of legislation, administrative reform, or improving the criminal justice system, whether conducted directly or indirectly
    • Active investigation and prosecution of criminal activities or activities that aid in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activities. Prosecutor-based victim/witness assistance programs that provide both victim services and witness notification services may receive funding support only for that portion of the program that provides direct services to crime victims. In addition, victim witness protection costs and subsequent lodging and meal expenses are considered part of the criminal justice agency's responsibility and cannot be supported with VOCA funds.
    • Fundraising activities
    • Reimbursement to victims for expenses incurred as a result of a crime such as insurance deductibles, replacement of stolen property, funeral expenses, lost wages, and medical bills.
    • Research and studies, except for project evaluation
    • Victim assistance grant funds cannot support medical costs resulting from a victimization, except for forensic medical examinations for sexual assault victims or other costs specifically listed as allowable.
    • Salaries, fees, and reimbursable expenses associated with administrators, board members, executive directors, consultants, coordinators and other individuals unless these expenses are incurred while providing direct services to crime victims.
    • Services for which the provider intends to bill Medicaid or any other federal institution or program. Medicaid may not be billed for work funded by VOCA
    • Costs of fines and penalties resulting from violations of, or failure of the organization to comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations except when incurred as a result of compliance with specific provisions of an award or instructions in writing from the awarding agency.
    • Contributions to a contingency reserve or any similar provision made for events the occurrence of which cannot be foretold with certainty as to time, intensity, or with an assurance of their happening. The term contingency reserve” excludes self-insurance reserves; pension funds; and reserves for normal severance pay
    • Costs of entertainment, including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities) are unallowable.
    • Overtime, extra-pay shift, and multi-shift premiums are only allowable with the prior approval of the awarding agency.
    • No federal funds may be used as matching funds.
    • Gift cards or gas cards, even if for victims
    • Other items as determined by the awarding agency.


    Aaron Bryant

    Aaron Bryant
    30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (216) 787-4155

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are victim assistance programs that are operated by either a public agency or a private nonprofit organization; direct service to victims of crime must be a core component of the organization's mission and operations. This includes organizations such as rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, child abuse treatment facilities, and community-based victim service organizations. Eligible organizations may also include:

    • Criminal justice agencies: state and local law enforcement, prosecutor's offices, courts, and probation and paroling authorities, among others, are eligible to receive funding. Grants made to law enforcement agencies must be used for direct services to victims..
    • Faith-based organizations.
    • Hospitals and emergency medical facilities that officer crisis counseling, support groups, or other types of direct, immediate victim services.
    • Others: state and local public agencies such as mental health service organizations, legal services agencies, and public housing authorities.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm, June 30, 2021. Similar deadline anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. 20% cash or in-kind matching is required.

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