Funding available to help Southeast Texas crime victims

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More than $2 million has been awarded to Southeast Texas to help local agencies assist victims of crime, according to South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) Executive Director Shaun Davis.

“The Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, has allocated $2,036,132 in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funds to the Southeast Texas region of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties,” Davis reported. “Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.”

Funding will be administered through eligible applicants including “local governments, hospital districts, nonprofit organizations with an active charter with the Texas secretary of state, universities, colleges, community supervision/corrections departments and councils of governments,” according to information from SETRPC. The money granted to the qualifying awardees will be used for activities such as “direct services to victims of crime; hospital and emergency medical facilities offering crisis counseling, support groups or other types of victims services; and faith-based organizations (tax exempt as certified by the IRS) that provide direct services to victims of crime,” per SETRPC information.

The deadline for submitting an application is Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Applicants must also attend a workshop at SETRPC, which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. Interested agencies can find the grant application at egrants.gov.texas.gov under Funding Opportunities or visit the SETRPC Web site at setrpc.org. Call (409) 924-7514 for more details.

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