Georgia Increases Funding for Victim’s Services Grant Amid Federal Cutbacks

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Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp has allocated an additional $26 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s (CJCC) Victim’s Services grant for FY25. This decision follows a previous increase of $13.2 million for FY24, bringing the total ARPA funding for the grant to $94,237,210.

Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to support crime victims, Governor Kemp remarked, “I’m grateful we’re able to provide these desperately needed funds to support the victims of crime as the federal government fails to live up to their promises.”

The initial boost to the Victim’s Services grant was prompted by significant cuts to the Crime Victims Fund by the federal government. Despite the heightened need for services due to increases in crime during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, federal support dwindled. This grant aids nonprofit organizations that faced economic hardship during the pandemic, ensuring continued assistance to over 200 nonprofits statewide.

The grant supports various victim service providers, including those offering domestic violence shelters, sexual assault centers, human trafficking programs, and more. These organizations offer crucial services such as crisis response, emergency shelter, case management, legal assistance, and medical services.

The ARPA funds will help address the economic impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence shelters and community-based programs, supporting increased demand for services and staffing needs. This includes financial assistance for clients, support for affordable housing, program supplies, technology, and staff retention.

To read more on VOCA funding through CJCC, click here.