2022-23 Unserved/Underserved Victim Advocacy and Outreach (UV) Program RFP

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The purpose of the UV Program is to increase access to culturally appropriate victim services for unserved/underserved victims/survivors of crime.


Many victims/survivors of crime in California do not receive services and support that meet their physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs after victimization. Meeting their needs is far more difficult when their access to services is complicated by factors such as race, ethnicity, geographic isolation, language barriers, cultural intolerance, disability, lack of knowledge of the criminal justice system and their rights, and/or lack of appropriate social support.

There is no single way to meet the needs of all unserved/underserved populations because of the uniqueness of each group. However, programs can improve their response to these victims/survivors by looking carefully at specific populations and asking for feedback.

The purpose of the Program is to increase access to culturally appropriate victim services for unserved/underserved victims/survivors of crime. This can be accomplished by enhancing existing programs to commit staff time to specifically address the needs of the identified unserved/underserved victim/survivor population, hiring staff that reflect the identified population, training all staff on the cultural norms of the population, and increasing outreach efforts.

Unserved/underserved populations can be any victim/survivor population that disproportionately accesses victim services in your service area. Subrecipients must focus on only one specific unserved/underserved victim population. Subrecipients may choose to focus on one victim/survivor population from the following list or identify an additional unserved/underserved victim/survivor

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

For a proposal to be eligible to compete for funding (i.e., read and rated) all the following conditions must be met:

• Applicants must be a governmental or non-governmental organization that provides direct services to victims/survivors of crime.

• The Unserved/Underserved Population Certification Form (Attachment A) must be completed and included in the proposal.

• The proposal must be submitted per the instructions in Part I, Subpart C.

Eligible Geographies:

All California counties.

Matching Funding Requirement:

To request a match waiver, Applicants must submit the VOCA Match Waiver Request Form (Cal OES Form 2-159) with their proposal. Up to two VOCA fund sources can be entered on one form. An additional VOCA Match Waiver Request Form may be necessary when there are more than two VOCA fund sources. All sections of the form must be completed and answers to questions 6 and 7 must be specific and unique to the Applicant and Program.

Important Dates

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The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
01/01/23 - 12/31/23

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $196,906
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Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
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  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

Detailed information on all VS Branch federal fund sources can be found in the VS Branch Federal Fund Information Guide. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review this document to familiarize themselves with the requirements for all fund sources that support this Program.

The Program is supported through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program (Formula Grant Program)

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Blake Braboy, 1-916-845-8803, blake.braboy@caloes.ca.gov