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National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Projects

The National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Community Awareness Projects initiative helps communities raise awareness of victims' rights and services. Through this initiative, approximately 60 victim assistance organizations nationwide are selected each year to receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for their innovative outreach and public awareness activities carried out during NCVRW. Specifically, project funds help defray costs associated with the following activities:

  • Advertising to promote NCVRW events, victims' rights, and services.
  • Design and print of promotional or educational materials, posters, invitations, and fliers.
  • Purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment used in public awareness events and activities.
  • Support of NCVRW event speakers.

A requirement of the funding is development of a community-wide, collaborative approach that highlights services for all types of crime victims. The strategy should involve various organizations within the community, such as victim assistance organizations, faith-based and community organizations that provide services to crime victims, criminal justice system agencies, the civic and business communities, and schools, colleges and universities. Public agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based victim service organizations, community coalitions, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Funding is intended to support community-based campaigns, not campaigns that are state or national in scope. For details about the 2004 and 2005 initiatives, visit the project's home page on the OVC Web site.

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