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For immediate release Friday, December 4, 2009
News release contact -- Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699, rbrammer@ag.state.ia.us
Information for applicants Donna Phillips, 515-281-5044, or
800-373-5044, dphilli@ag.state.ia.us

Funding Available for Victim-Service Agencies


Des Moines Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. State and federal grant funds are available for local and statewide programs that provide services to victims of crimes in Iowa.  The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division (Victim Services Program) administers the funds, which are available from several sources.

Funds must be used to support community-based services to victims of crimes such as sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse, drunk-driving, and other violent crimes.  Funds also may be used to assist survivors of homicide victims.  Funds also may be used for law enforcement, prosecution, and court efforts related to violence against women.

In the current year, for example, approximately 90 programs are receiving a total of about $9.8 million in state and federal funds to support their work with victims of crime. 

Interested applicants must file a Letter of Intent to apply for funding by 4:30 p.m. December 15, 2009.  Applications for grant funds are due February 26, 2010.  Letters of Intent should be addressed to Donna Phillips, Crime Victim Assistance Division, Lucas State Office Building, Ground Floor, 321 East 12th St., Des Moines, Iowa  50319.

Three application workshops will be held across the state early next year:  January 6 in Storm Lake, January 8 in Ottumwa, and January 12 in Des Moines.  The workshops will explain procedures for applying for grant funds.

Successful applicants will be designated for continued funding for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2013.  The application for funds is available at the Crime Victim Assistance Division website at http://victimservicegrant.iowa.gov.  

For more information about the grant funds or the application process, contact Donna Phillips at 1-800-373-5044, or 515-281-5044.

Federal funds are available from the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act; Victims of Crime Act (VOCA); the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and the Sexual Abuse Services Program (SASP).  State funds are available from Iowa’s Domestic Abuse Fund and State Sexual Abuse Fund.

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