OCVA Grants and Funding

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examination Grant Program

The purpose of this grant program is to provide funding to increase access to Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations and address service delivery challenges in Washington State. The intention of this funding is to complement existing resources such as Crime Victims Compensation, creating a more sustainable service model. 

Eligible applicants include service providers that are operated by a public agency, nonprofit, Tribe, or tribal organization; able to provide services to victims; can demonstrate a documented history of providing effective services to victims of crime; has financial support from other sources; and can demonstrate organizational capacity to provide sexual assault medical forensic examinations. 

Applications are due November 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. 

Click here for the application 

Contact Tara Wolfe, Application Coordinator, with questions: tara.wolfe@commerce.wa.gov.

Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)

SASP funding may be used to support services and activities providing direct intervention and related
assistance to primary and secondary victims of sexual assault.

Applicants must be a current sexual assault services grantee with the Department of Commerce’s Office
of Crime Victims Advocacy and meet the OVW definition of a rape crisis center. Please review the
application for more information on how this is defined.

This is a competitive application process. Funds will be awarded for a 36-month project period of
January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023.

Applications are due November 17th at 5:00 pm PST.
Click here for application. 

Contact Trisha Smith with questions –  trisha.smith@commerce.wa.gov.

Black Community By and For Victim Services and Activities

The purpose of this funding is to help address emergent victim service needs in the Black community.  

Eligible applicants are non-profit or governmental organizations that are by and for the Black community. This means that the organization must have a primary mission and history of serving the Black community and must be culturally based, directed, and substantially controlled (led) by the Black community. This could include faith-based non-profits such as churches or mosques.

This is an open, ongoing funding opportunity. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The funding opportunity will remain open as long as funds remain available.

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Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2021 and all funds must be used by September 30th, 2021. 

Contact Trisha Smith with any questions: trisha.smith@commerce.wa.gov

2020 Application Calendar:
Application release dates are tentative and subject to change:

ApplicationTentative Publication DateTentative Due DateTentative Project Start DateApplication Coordinator
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations (SAMFE) (2 year awards)09/15/202011/02/202001/01/2021Tara Wolfe
By and For – Central and Eastern WA Programs (2 year awards)07/01/202008/14/202010/01/2020Nicky Gleason

Please monitor the OCVA Grants and Funding web page for additional infomation.

Additional Information:

Expanding the Reach of Victim Services: Maximizing the Potential of VOCA Funding for Underserved Survivors  (website)

Apply for VOCA Funding: A Toolkit for Organizations Working with Crime Survivors in Communities of Color and Other Underserved Communities  (pdf)

Office Of Crime Victims Advocacy
Washington State Department Of Commerce
PO Box 42525
1011 Plum Street Se
Olympia, WA 98504-2525
Grantee Line: 1-866-857-9889
Fax: 360-586-7176

If you are a victim of a crime and are looking for services:
Direct Service Line:1-800-822-1067