The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) supports victims of mass violence and terrorism through the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP).
Funding for this program comes from the Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve (the Emergency Reserve).Along with non-grant training and technical assistance
services, there are four types of grants that may be combined into one application:
crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, and crime victim compensation.
AEAP grants are a mechanism by which the Director of OVC may award supplemental crime victim compensation and assistance to eligible entities responding to acts of mass criminal violence or domestic terrorism.
The event must be sufficiently large that the jurisdiction cannot provide needed services to victims of the incident with existing resources, while also supporting victims of other crimes, in a timely and comprehensive manner.
AEAP funds may be used to provide emergency relief to benefit victims such as crisis response efforts, help victims adapt to and cope with the consequences of the event over the longer-term, and facilitate victim participation in the judicial process.
AEAP can also supplement state crime victim compensation administrative agencies that reimburse victims for out-of-pocket expenses related to their victimization.
Funding provided under this program is retroactive to the date of the incident.
Justification for all funding must demonstrate that AEAP funds will support victims of the incident and are supplemental to existing resources.
OVC may provide a no-cost consultant(s) to help the prospective grantee with the AEAP application process.
AEAP is authorized by 34 U.S.C.
§§ 20101(d)(5) and 20105(b).