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September 2004Vol. 5, No. 7Funding for Community- and Faith-Based Victim Service Organizations

The Federal Helping Outreach Programs to Expand (HOPE) program offers up to $5,000 for grassroots community- and faith-based victim service organizations to improve outreach and services to crime victims. Funds may be used to develop program literature, train advocates, produce a newsletter, support victim outreach efforts, and recruit volunteers. Funds are available on a continuous basis, contingent on availability.

Organizations and coalitions interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants cannot also receive Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grant funding.
  • Applicants must have an annual operating budget of $50,000 or less.
  • Applicants must be operating for at least 1 year.

Initiated in 2002, HOPE is a program of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Information on applying for HOPE funds is available on the OVC website at