2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Community Awareness Projects

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), in cooperation with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is offering funding to aid approximately 60 communities in conducting public awareness initiatives during National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8 , 2017.

A webinar for applicants was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016. A recording of the webinar, as well as the PowerPoint slides and PDF of the slides, is available here.

Each April since 1981, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first Victims' Rights Week, communities across the nation have held public rallies, candlelight observances, and commemorative activities to promote awareness of victims' rights and needs. OVC helps communities organize these activities and initiatives by supporting the development and dissemination of the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide, which provides national statistics on crime and victimization, sample speeches and proclamations, sample press releases, and camera-ready artwork.

Since 2004, OVC has supported a competitive funding opportunity which provides local communities with up to $5,000 reimbursement for costs associated with public awareness activities during NCVRW. This initiative, known as the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project (NCVRW CAP), has supported 897 community projects throughout the United States to raise awareness about victims’ rights and services among the general public. Within many of these communities, “traditional” NCVRW events were enhanced by the creative, collaborative partnerships that were formed during the planning phase of each project. 

2017 Community Awareness Project Funding
NAVAA will reimburse at least 60 communities up to $5,000 each to aid them in conducting 2017 National Crime Victims' Rights Week initiatives designed to enhance the general public's awareness of crime victims' rights and services, focuing on the year's theme, "Strength. Resilience. Justice".

Proposals should emphasize general public awareness of rights and services for victims of all types of crimes, and not focus on individual victim populations or activities targeted to specific, limited audiences.

Types of Activities
Generally, the types of activities supported with NCVRW CAP funds fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • a public event at which individual members of the general public physically attend in-person (e.g., candlelight vigils, information or resource fairs, 5k walk/runs, recognition ceremonies, memorial services);
  • mass media advertising (e.g., newspaper, radio, or television ads, billboards, mass transit or movie theatre ads, including social media);
  • the production, publication and distribution of printed materials (e.g., brochures, posters, victims’ rights cards, resource directories); and/or
  • the production and distribution of promotional giveaway items (e.g. bracelets, buttons, t-shirts, grocery/tote bags) that contain a message related to NCVRW.

Application Process and Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Interested organizations should download and complete the NCVRW CAP Application Form. Applications are available in both downloadable and fill-in Word and PDF formats. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Funding decisions are anticipated to be made by late-December 2016; all applicants will be notified whether or not their projects will be funded.

All applicants are required to review the Applicants' Guide.

This is a competitive selection process, so all relevant information for applications are contained on this website, the Applicant Guide and applicants' webinar, which will be available for viewing on this website. Please do not submit questions about individual applications or proposals.

Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, faith-based organizations, tribal organizations, and community coalitions committed to advocating for the rights and services of crime victims are among those encouraged to apply.

Organizations without 501(c) 3 status that serve crime victims are eligible to apply. Applications from individuals will not be considered for funding. Individuals with innovative ideas related to this project are encouraged to work in partnership with an organization or community coalition.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated and competitively selected based on the strength of the application in promoting victims' rights and services among the general public. Click here for specific information on selection criteria.

Allowable and Unallowable Activities
Before applying, interested applicants should ensure that the activities they propose are allowable. Click here for more information and consult the Applicants' Guide and OJP Financial Guide for more details.

Project Support and Technical Assistance
NAVAA will provide support and technical assistance in planning and implementing NCVRW CAP projects. NAVAA will provide professional consultation, including an interactive web-based presentation, a dedicated listserv for NCVRW Community Awareness Project subgrantees, and individual consultation and advice. CAP TIPS, a series of technical assistance bulletins will be distributed specifically to assist 2017 NCVRW CAP subgrantees; previously published CAP TIPS is available to the public.