State Announces $1m in Grant Funding to Establish ‘Resiliency Center’ for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

A participant number tag is seen among running shoes left at the makeshift memorial following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, in an exhibit titled "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" at the Boston Public Library last month. –(REUTERS)

Massachusetts today announced more than $1 million in public funds will be used to create a “resiliency center’’ for Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families.

The state’s Office for Victim Assistance said the center will provide both physical and virtual space where victims and their families can seek support, services and connect with other survivors.

The center will offer specialized services to victims “to address the range of physical and emotional trauma they experienced,’’ officials said. It “will serve as a single point of entry for [victims] who reside in Massachusetts and in over 20 other states and 5 different countries.’’

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Nonprofits within Massachusetts that have “appropriate expertise’’ can apply for grant funding to establish the center.

The office said it will provide more than $1 million over a two-year period to launch and operate the center. Those funds were given to the state office by the US Department of Justice.

The state plans to hold a non-mandatory “bidders conference’’ in Boston next Friday to discuss eligibility requirements, allowable costs, timelines and other expectations for the center.

For more information about the grant opportunity or to register for the upcoming conference, call state victims assistance office at 617-586-1340 or visit www.mass.gov/MOVA.