$35 million in grants available to provide services to crime victims

LANSING — Local organizations can apply for $35 million in grants to provide services to crime victims, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today, March 18, 2016.

The MDHHS Crime Victim Services Commission will award three- to five-year U.S. Department of Justice grants of $50,000 or more. The department will accept applications through 3 p.m. on April 18, 2016.

The purpose of the funding is to expand and enhance services to victims of crime, such as responding to the immediate needs of crime victims, reducing psychological consequences of victimization and helping restore victims’ sense of dignity and self-esteem.

Applicant agencies must be public or non-profit organizations – including faith-based organizations and American Indians tribes – that provide direct services to crime victims. Eligible organizations could include, but are not limited to, sexual assault treatment centers, domestic violence programs, child abuse programs, children’s advocacy centers; and other community-based organizations, including those that serve survivors of homicide victims, drunken driving or elder abuse; and American Indian tribal victims or other underserved victims.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants Website at https://egrams-mi.com/dch and click the “About EGrAM” link on the left panel to access the Crime Victims Agreement training manual. For questions, email MDHHS-CVSC-VOCA-GRANTS@michigan.gov by March 25.

For more information about Michigan’s crime victim services, visit www.michigan.gov/crimevictims.

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