• September 2004
  • Vol. 5, No. 7

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Funding 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 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ProgramPlan/section5.htm#hopeIII.

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