The Colorado Legislature approved a bill that created the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) program in 1984. The legislation crafted a funding mechanism that generates funds in each of Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts. Its intent was to provide programs and services for crime victims and to assist law enforcement. The funds for this legislation come from surcharges on fines paid by those convicted of crimes. The Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 24-4.2-100 outlines the existence and authority of VALE boards.
By state statute, the fund is administered by the District Attorney’s Office and governed by a five-member board, appointed by the Chief Judge of District Court. The Judicial Administrator’s Office of the 17th Judicial District oversees the fiduciary responsibilities outlined in statute.
The fund provides grant money to assist agencies providing direct victim services in both Adams and Broomfield counties. Agencies apply for funding via a competitive grant process.
Please visit www.17vale.org for a full description of grant application eligibility requirements, grant application forms, and the VALE funding process for the 17th Judicial District.
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