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OVSJG Funding Sources

The Coverdell program awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services. Among other things, funds may be used to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog.
The Crime Victim Assistance Grant Program seeks to improve the treatment of victims of crime by providing victims with the assistance and services necessary to speed their restoration after a violent criminal act, and to support and aid them as they move through the criminal justice process in the District of Columbia. Eligible applicants are nonprofit, community-based organizations located in the District of Columbia and/or District government agencies. 
JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. Funding must fall within one of seven purpose areas:(1) law enforcement; (2) prosecution and courts; (3) crime prevention and education; (4) corrections and community corrections; (5) drug treatment and enforcement; (6) planning, evaluation, and technology Improvement; (7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation); and (8) mental health programs and services. 
OVSJG plans to apply for FY2019 Byrne JAG funding to support sub-grants under three purpose areas:
  • Community Corrections (specifically reentry services)
  • Prevention and Education
  • Planning, Evaluation, and Technology Improvement

The priorities areas for the District are based upon stakeholder feedback, grantee data collection specific to gaps and barriers, and results of a stakeholder survey conducted in 2017. OVSJG anticipates making subawards for 60 percent of the funds to community-based organizations and 40 percent to District agencies. OVSJG, in turn, released a Request for Application (RFA) for community-based organizations and District agencies to apply under the FY 2020 Consolidated Justice Grants RFA. Preliminary funding decision are anticipated in early September.


For questions or more detailed information, please contact Michelle Garcia, Director, OVSJG at [email protected] or 202-724-7216.

Discretionary grant awarded by the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to create an on-call medical forensic and in-person advocacy program for victims of intimate partner violence.
Local Appropriations
OVSJG awards grants from local funds to sustain and/or expand the provision of victim service, truancy reduction, juvenile justice, and reentry programs. Eligible applicants are non-profit, community-based organizations and/or District government agencies located in the District of Columbia that provide direct services to crime victims. 
A multi-agency and collaborative crime prevention initiative established in 2001, led by the U.S. Department of Justice and administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. PSN aims to reduce gun violence through strategies rooted in enforcement, deterrence, and prevention using both an intelligence-led approach and by addressing violent crime at places through problem-solving. 
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program furthers the DC Department of Corrections mission by assisting state, local, and tribal efforts to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs.
The Second Chance Act supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. SCA discretionary funds support coordination of services for criminal justice involved individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
The goal of the STOP Program is to encourage a coordinated community response between members of law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim service agencies to address the issues of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and dating violence. Eligible applicants are community-based non-profit, victim service organizations within the District of Columbia and DC governmental agencies. 
Show Up, Stand Out (SUSO) is designed to reduce the rate of unexcused absences by eliminating barriers to school attendance. The SUSO program targets students with five to nine unexcused absences in order to address any practical, behavioral, financial and health challenges prior to Child and Family Services Agency and/or court involvement. Each participating school closely partners with a community-based organization with the capacity to provide fast-tracked wraparound services that quickly stabilizes the family in order to prevent any further absenteeism.
This program supports state and local efforts in planning, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system. This program also focuses on the OJJDP Act Compliance and PREA compliance in juvenile facilities.
Discretionary grant awarded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to reestablish and support the training and professional development of victim service providers in the District.
Discretionary grant awarded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to create a strategic plan for the development of victim services programs and policies within the District
Provides funding for the creation and development of a holistic legal network for crime victims. The DC Victim Legal Network works to leverage the specialized knowledge and unite the resources of the District's legal community in order to ensure that crime victims are empowered and have all their legal needs addressed.