For Immediate Release: March 2, 2018
Contact: Janice Mackey, (916) 491-3821
Sacramento, CA — On February 26, the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) posted a Notice of Funds Available for Trauma Recovery Centers (TRCs). The funding is for fiscal years 2018–19 and 2019–20.
TRCs provide trauma-informed mental health treatment and case management to underserved crime victims who may not be eligible for victim compensation or who may be fearful of reporting a crime to law enforcement.
All interested parties must submit a grant application packet by both postal mail and email before 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018. Complete details on eligibility criteria and application instructions can be found on the CalVCB website at the Grant Opportunities page.
CalVCB annually awards two-year grants through a competitive application process. Funding comes the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act (SNSA), which appropriates 10-percent of the funds saved annually due to reductions in the state prison population to CalVCB for TRC grants. For fiscal year 2018–19, an estimated $6.4 million will be available from SNSA.
Currently, CalVCB funds 12 TRCs across California including Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 52,000 applications and provided over $53 million in compensation to crime victims.
If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCB will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible expenses include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCB comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes, traffic offenses and federal funds.