Helping Outreach Programs to Expand I
OVC directly supports grassroots victim service efforts. The Helping Outreach Programs to Expand (HOPE) grant program provides grassroots community-based victim organizations and coalitions with up to $10,000 to network, develop programs, recruit volunteers, 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 production of public service announcements featuring the service organization's contact information to be displayed in local movie theaters and support of National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities.