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If you are unsure which training option best fits your organization's training needs, please call 1–866–682–8822 and ask to speak with an OVC TTAC TTA Specialist.

You can also email OVC TTAC at to schedule a phone call to discuss your interest in training and technical assistance.

Eligibility & Criteria

Customized Training, Technical Assistance, and Speaker Support

Who is eligible to request customized training and technical assistance and speaker support?

Victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and allied professionals (e.g., mental health, medical, clergy) who work in community or state agencies, nonprofits, tribal organizations, and other institutions that serve victims of crime may apply for customized training and technical assistance support.

What are OVC's criteria for evaluating applications?

OVC reviews and makes funding decisions on all applications. Key criteria for evaluating applications include the following:

  • The organization applying for assistance is an established public or private nonprofit organization with an existing track record of providing services to victims of crime.
  • The assistance will expand the capacity of the organization to effectively address the needs of victims in the community or geographic region that it serves.
  • The requested assistance is not provided by another federal organization, including via an ongoing or recent grant.
  • The requested assistance falls within the mission and funding priorities identified by OVC.
  • OVC has not provided customized training and technical assistance or speaker support to the applicant in the past 12 months.

Please Note—

  • OVC TTAC must receive your complete and accurate application no less than 60 days prior to your desired start date — NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Requesters must provide all required information and supporting documentation within the allotted deadlines, or the application may be denied due to incompleteness.
  • Event dates are subject to change based on the results of the needs assessment.
  • Speaker/consultant fees are based on an OVC-established rate structure for training, technical assistance, and other approved work assignments through OVC TTAC. These fees may not be used to subsidize additional funding already anticipated or allocated for support of OVC-funded speakers/consultants.
  • OVC TTAC is federally prohibited from providing technical assistance that may be used to participate in, support, or advocate for the legalization or practice of prostitution.

Standardized Training

Before you apply for a standardized training in your community, please review the following information to make sure that your request will meet these eligibility requirements in addition to the ones listed above.

Please Note—

  • OVC TTAC must receive your application for standardized training no less than 120 days prior to your desired start date — NO EXCEPTIONS.

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Standardized Training

  • Guarantee a minimum number of participants to attend the training. Participants may be from your agency and/or from a coalition of local or regional agencies. The minimum and maximum numbers may vary by training, but average from a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 40 participants. OVC TTAC can provide guidance on optimum numbers for each training topic.
  • Coordinate local marketing and send invitations and/or marketing materials that include the requirements for successful completion of the training. OVC TTAC can offer suggestions to help promote the training in your community/region.
  • Provide a complete participant contact list and submit it to OVC TTAC 3 weeks prior to the training.
  • Secure an appropriate training facility that meets OVC TTAC facility requirements (criteria will be provided) at no cost to OVC TTAC.
  • The training facility should be within close proximity to reasonably priced restaurants if the requester is not providing a free or participant-paid lunch.
  • Provide audio-visual equipment and Internet connection at no cost to OVC TTAC. Audiovisual equipment includes a laptop with MS Office and PowerPoint, an LCD projector and screen, external speakers so that video clips will be audible, flipcharts, easels, and markers.
  • Provide on-site copying services for the onsite coordinator to make any necessary copies for CEU purposes.
  • Identify a suitable hotel near the training facility for housing the OVC TTAC instructors, an onsite coordinator, and training participants who may need overnight accommodations at the prevailing government rate. OVC TTAC will cover lodging fees for instructors and the onsite coordinator. You will need to inform your participants from out-of-town of the recommended hotel so they can make reservations.
  • Provide information about ground transportation options to and from the training facility if not at a local hotel.
  • Confirm the minimum number of participants 3 weeks prior to the start date of the training. OVC TTAC is available to assist your marketing efforts. However, if OVC TTAC must cancel instructors due to low registration, this may impact future training and technical assistance request submitted by your agency.

It is to your benefit to work with your local/regional victim service providers, allied professionals, State Victim Assistance Academy leaders, and VOCA administrators to ensure that you make the most of your opportunity by requesting a training that is truly needed in your area, and that has the greatest chance of attracting the required number of participants.

What is capacity building?

Capacity building refers to the process of identifying the internal and external barriers that inhibit victim services organizations, allied professionals, or individual providers from delivering effective services to all crime victims, and building on existing strengths, enhancing skills, and providing new tools to overcome those barriers. TTA specialists will conduct a thorough needs assessment to maximize the use of OVC's resources to build capacity.

Got Questions?

Phone: 1–866–OVC–TTAC
TTY: 1–866–682–8880