Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program

OVC Antiterrorism

5 Types Of Grants For Crisis Aftermath Response

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Help for Communities Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to promoting justice and healing for all victims of crime. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, OVC administers federal funds to support victim services, provides training for diverse professionals who work with victims, develops projects to enhance victims’ rights and services, and undertakes public education and advocacy activities on behalf of crime victims. OVC works with international, national, tribal, state, military, and local victim assistance and criminal justice agencies and other professional organizations to promote fundamental rights and comprehensive services for crime victims.

What this grant does for your agency

Help for the Aftermath of Crimes of Terrorism and Mass Violence

The threat of terrorism and criminal mass violence against Americans, both in the United States and abroad, has increased in recent years. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate effort. Victim assistance and compensation providers face the daunting task of coordinating effective and timely responses, providing information and assistance to victims, and working closely with other agencies and victim service organizations. OVC can help. Through the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, we are committed to providing assistance to communities reeling from terrorist attacks and other cases of mass violence.

OVC offers 5 categories of assistance to respond to terrorism and mass violence: crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance. Assistance in each category targets a specific phase in the aftermath of a crisis and is designed to meet the immediate and extended needs of victims and the community.

  • Crisis response grants (available up to 9 months) provide funds to help victims build adaptive capacities, decrease stressors, and reduce symptoms of trauma immediately following the terrorism or mass violence event.
  • Consequence management grants (available up to 18 months) provide supplemental funds to help victims recover from the traumatic event and to restore their sense of equilibrium.
  • Criminal justice support grants (available up to 36 months) facilitate victim participation in an investigation or prosecution directly related to the terrorist or mass violence event.
  • Crime victim compensation grants (available any time during crisis aftermath) provide supplemental funds to state crime victim compensation programs to reimburse victims for out-of-pocket expenses related to their victimization.
  • Training and technical assistance (available any time during crisis aftermath) provide tools to help federal, state, and local authorities identify victim needs and needed resources, coordinate services to victims, develop strategies for responding, and address related issues.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for funds include state victim assistance and victim compensation programs; U.S. Attorneys; Offices; victim service and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, and local governments. (Note: Funding is not available to foreign governments.)

If multiple requests for funding are received from a single jurisdiction, applicants must describe plans for collaboration. In addition, funded activities should be coordinated with agencies such as state emergency preparedness agencies, state mental health agencies, local chapters of the American Red Cross and the United Way, and federal and state law enforcement and prosecution personnel.

Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Programs funds may be used to provide services and assistance to:

  • Victims and surviving family members
  • Emergency response personnel
  • Nationals of the United States
  • Officers or employees of the U.S. Government, including family members and legal guardians

About The Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. Learn more about OJP

Grant Deadline

This grant program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.


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