Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Victims’ Services Program Grant Information

VOCA, FVPSA, STOP, SASP, and DASA Grants

Applications for the VOCA, FVPSA, STOP, SASP and DASA grants, as described below, are only accepted through an on-line system. Access to the on-line system requires prior contact with the Victims’ Services Program.

Agencies who are currently not funded with Victims’ Services Grants, but who are considering applying for a grant(s) are strongly encouraged to contact the Victims’ Services Program Manager prior to grant announcements being released for the upcoming funding cycle.

The VOCA, FVPS, STOP, SASP, and DASA Grant solicitations are normally released in January of each year, with funding announcements made in May.

Current Grant Announcements and Application Information

  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. The funds come entirely from fines and penalties assessed against convicted federal criminals. Funds are awarded to provide direct assistance to innocent victims of violent crime.
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) funds are awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families. Congress appropriates the funds annually. Funds are awarded to prevent incidents of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence and to provide immediate shelter, supportive services and access to community-based programs for victims of family violence, domestic violence or dating violence and their dependents.
  • Violence Against Women Act (STOP VAWA) funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Congress appropriates the funds annually. Funds are awarded to develop and implement effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking; and to develop and enhance victim services for cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, through court advocacy and other core services. Funds are also awarded to support services provided to underserved populations.
  • Sexual Abuse Services Program (SASP) funds are awarded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Congress appropriates the funds annually. Funds are awarded to support the establishment, maintenance, and expansion of sexual assault services including providing intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault, family and household members of victims, and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault.
  • The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Program (DASA) funds are appropriated through the State of South Dakota general funds annually. Funds are awarded to provide domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and education programs, to provide training programs for the staff and volunteers of the shelter service programs and to provide assistance to shelter programs that serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Access and Visitation Grant

Applications for the Access and Visitation Grant are only accepted by mail, as stated in the grant announcement.

Agencies who are currently not funded with the Access and Visitation Grant, but who are considering applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to contact the Victims’ Services Program Manager prior to grant announcements being released for the upcoming funding cycle.

The Access and Visitation Center Grant solicitation is normally released in March of each year, with funding announcements made in late April.

Current Grant Announcements and Application Information

  • Access and Visitation Grant funds are awarded by the US Department of Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Funds are awarded to programs to provide services to non-custodial parents, custodial parents and their children. The purpose of the funds is to provide scholarships to income-eligible families to help support and facilitate noncustodial parent access to and visitation with their children.