Helping Outreach Programs to Expand I (HOPE I)
OVC directly supports grassroots victim service efforts. The HOPE grant program provides grassroots community-based victim organizations and coalitions with up to $10,000 to network, develop programs, build coalitions, and deliver services. Faith-based victim service programs are eligible to apply for these grants and may use the funds to
- Develop and disseminate brochures, newsletters, and other victim-related materials to the community.
- Provide financial support for advocates and volunteers to attend victim-related training conferences.
- Support a 24-hour crisis counseling hotline.
Examples of innovative uses of HOPE funding include offering SMILE Bags that contain personal care items, stuffed toys, and books for women and children who are victims and supporting National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities.
Update 11/13/06: OVC announces the amount of funds available for the HOPE program has increased from $5,000 to $10,000.