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Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that applications are now available for obtaining grants under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

Programs that offer direct services to victims of violent crime may apply for the funds. The application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2017, and awards are scheduled to be announced in September.

The VOCA program provides a range of services to crime victims, including crisis intervention and follow-up, therapy, group counseling, information and referral, court advocacy, and assistance with victim compensation claims.

Eligible applicants include public agencies and nonprofit programs such as domestic violence shelters, child advocacy centers, rape crisis centers, prosecutorial and crisis intervention programs, and other advocacy programs that provide direct services to crime victims. The application offers additional information on which services qualify.

All applications must be submitted online via the Kentucky Justice Electronic Grants Management System (eGMS). New applicants are encouraged to establish an account and become familiar with the system well in advance of the due date.

Applicants should also note that validating a new user accounts requires 48-72 hours. Training videos and other aids are available by following the links on the Grants Management Branch webpage,

Assistance with the application process may be obtained by contacting the Grants Management Branch at

STEP grant will assist businesses to expand markets

Kentucky businesses can expect more state assistance to help them market their products worldwide. The Small Business Administration has announced  the Commonwealth will receive a $400,000 State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant, designed to encourage and boost international trade among the Commonwealth’s small businesses.

“Kentucky small businesses and exports are vital to Kentucky’s continued growth, and the STEP program provides an opportunity to provide assistance in both areas,” said Mandy Lambert, commissioner of business development in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “This funding will allow us to offer assistance where those businesses need it most, and it will help those companies reach their full potential.”

The objectives of the STEP program are to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export, as well as increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently conduct international business. As demand for Kentucky products increases worldwide, those businesses, in turn, are able to expand and create more jobs for Kentuckians.

The latest grant is the fourth round of funding offered through the program. Kentucky previously received a $300,000 grant in 2014; a $276,000 grant in 2012; and $427,000 in 2011.

Kentucky uses these funds to lower the cost for small businesses wanting to participate in international trade missions, sales trips and subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Additionally, the funds assist companies with international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops or other export initiatives that are in line with the objectives of the program.

The STEP grant is directly aligned with the goals of the Kentucky Export Initiative (KEI), launched in 2010 by Governor Steve Beshear. KEI was formed to streamline and elevate the state’s efforts to help Kentucky businesses reach global markets. Last year, the Commonwealth exported $27.5 billion in products to nearly 200 countries, the fourth consecutive year of record growth. Gov. Beshear also has led economic development trade missions to the United Kingdom and Canada in recent years, and those missions have led to increased export opportunities for the participating companies.

To learn more about the STEP program, click here. Find out more about Kentucky’s exporting efforts at