Under the National Identity Theft Assistance Network Expansion Program (NITVAN II), a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), ITRC awarded six grants to coalition leaders across the nation in 2017.
ITRC will competitively select up to ten (10) additional sub-grantee organizations to develop and lead an identity theft and/or cybercrime coalition. Each will be awarded up to $50,000, for a period of one year (October 2018-September 2019), to engage in coalition activities within their designated service area.
The purpose of NITVAN II is to help expand the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft through the establishment of collaborative regional, statewide, and community-based coalitions dedicated to improving the response to victims of identity theft, with additional and growing emphasis on victims of identity theft within the context of cybercrime. For the purposes of this grant, cybercrime is defined as the use of an online platform to engage in activities where another individual’s personally identifiable information (PII) is targeted or used as a principal tool for financial/personal gain.
This funding opportunity builds on prior NITVAN efforts, and will further strengthen the network previously established. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide training, technical assistance, and policy guidance to programs and coalitions through a national network that builds capacity to provide assistance to victims of identity theft and encourages expansion of existing victim service programs and coalitions to address the needs of identity theft and cybercrime victims.
An important focus of NITVAN II is to develop coalitions that focus on assisting more vulnerable groups (such as children, elders, and domestic violence victims) and to ensure the coalition network represents all segments of victim populations that can be impacted by identity theft and/or cybercrime, as well as those that work hard to assist them day in and day out. From the first grant opportunity 2 coalitions were established that focus on assisting seniors (state of MA & MI), a coalition dedicated to cybercrime and working with law enforcement, and a coalition that is national in scope focusing on assisting small businesses with business identity theft. American Indian/Alaska Native entities should be represented within NITVAN. While there are coalitions that have American Indian/Alaska Native organizations as members, there is no coalition solely dedicated to addressing the needs of American Indian communities.
The grant opportunity will be open from February 1 to July 31, 2018.