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Crime Prevention & Treatment

Weed and Seed
Department of Justice

This year the Executive Office of Weed & Seed added the Faith-Based and Community Initiative to its list of targeted programs from implementation, and included as an incentive that continuation Weed and Seed sites could apply for up to $50,000 in grants for this implementation. Initiatives eligible for increased funding may include, singularly or in combination: drug/alcohol treatment; anti-gang activities; offender re-entry mentoring, tutoring, and job preparedness training; after-school recreational activities; homeless shelters; and anti-truancy activities.

This special emphasis area is especially intended to provide resources to small entities that have not previously received Federal funding. This is important as it demonstrates an understanding of the need to address disparities in funding and historical utilization of FBOs/CBOs in the grant process. The Weed and Seed site seeking funding for the initiative is encouraged to provide as much assistance as possible to sub-grantees in complying with the requirements that accompany Federal funding.

Present Weed & Seed sites can apply for up to $50,000 in funding to partner with a faith-based organization.

Approximately $58,542,000 was appropriated for FY 2003, and the President requested $58,265,000 for FY 2004.

Contact: To find the Weed and Seed contact for your state, visit, CFDA: 16.595

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Helping Outreach Programs to Expand (HOPE)
Department of Justice

Through a series of roundtable meetings with crime victims and victim advocates, the Department’s Office of Victims of Crime (“OVC”) became aware of a growing body of grassroots, nonprofit, community-based victim organizations and coalitions who are not linked to mainstream victim services programs and who do not have access to traditional funding for services, outreach, and networking. Often, these organizations need only a small amount of money and access to resources to expand and enhance their outreach and services to crime victims.

OVC will provide up to $5,000 in funding to grassroots, community-based victim organizations and coalitions to support program development, networking, coalition building, and service delivery. Funds may be used for the following types of expenses, such as to develop program literature, train advocates, produce a newsletter, support victim outreach efforts, and recruit volunteers. Interested organizations should submit a letter of request on the agency’s letterhead to the OVC director. The letter should contain the following: (1) the organization’s mission statement, (2) background information about the organization/coalition, (i.e., how long in existence, names and titles of organization’s principals, etc.), (3) description of activities and crime victim services, (4) statement of need, and (5) intended uses of funds. Recipients of funds will be required to participate in roundtable describing how funds were used and the impact of funding on program efforts.

Grass roots, community organizations, including faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply.

Up to $5,000 per applicant is available.

Contact: DOJ Response Center, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, 810 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531, (800) 421-6770

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