FY 2019 – 2021 Victim / Witness Grant Program Guidelines for New and Continuation Applicants

In accordance with §9.1-104, 19.2-11.1, and 19.2-11.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is disseminating these Program Guidelines to continue supporting grant funded local victim/witness programs, establish new programs in un-served localities, and support existing statewide programs designed to provide direct services, information, and assistance required by Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act (the Act; see 1995, c. 687) and other victims’ rights laws.

The FY2019-FY2021 guidelines were developed for grantees that wish to apply for continuation funding for the period July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021.  Please note that this is a three-year funding cycle.

These Program Guidelines provide guidance to aid applicants in determining eligibility, developing the itemized budget and budget narrative, and completing other related forms, including service delivery targets. Using the guidance presented in this document, applicants should be able to efficiently and effectively prepare complete applications. 


(FY 2019 – 2021) Victim/ Witness Grant Program Guidelines for New and Continuation Applicants

List of Required Application Attachments

The following attachments must be included in the completed .pdf that is emailed to grantsmgmt@dcjs.virginia.gov:

Attachment 1:  Grant Application Budget Excel spreadsheet (Contains Face sheet, Budget Itemization and Risk Assessment Worksheets)
Attachment 2:  Itemized Budget Narrative Template
Attachment 3:  Annual Targets for Victim/Witness Program Service Objectives (Victims) and (Witnesses) and: Program Development and Required Certification Checklist
Attachment 4: General Grant Condition and Assurances and “Certifications Regarding Lobbying; Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements”
Attachment 5:  Civil Rights Certification Form

Grant Development Resources

Attachment 6:  VOCA Rule
Attachment 7:  Side-by-Side Comparison of the VOCA Assistance Guidelines and Rule
Attachment 8:  Sample Cooperative Agreements
Attachment 9:  Sample Confidentiality Policy
Attachment 10: FY2019-2021 Projected Maximum Total Awards FY19-21
Attachment 11:  Sample Service Implementation Plan
Attachment 12:  Victim/Witness Program Codebook
Attachment 13:  Sample VW Job Descriptions
Attachment 14:  Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 18, 2018 and must be submitted electronically to grantsmgmt@dcjs.virginia.gov.

Applications submitted via fax will not be accepted. 

Please carefully review the information posted on our DCJS website, and if you have any questions, please contact Patricia Foster at (804) 371-8634 or Patricia.Foster@dcjs.virginia.gov