Starting Victim Services
- Consider what types of funding and resources are needed to implement the project. Expenses might include personnel and training; meetings and conference calls among partnering agencies; victim assistance (items to give victims at the crime scene, transportation and housing vouchers); program publicity and outreach such as advertisements, printed materials, Web sites, and promotional items; equipment including computers, software, cell phones, pagers, and vehicles; services such as phone and printing; supplies; and equipment to enhance evidence collection.
- Explore what can be done without seeking additional funding. Consider existing regional resources that might be useful. For example, law enforcement agencies, prosecution offices, local organizations, and businesses may be willing to donate office space, personnel time and expertise, services, equipment, and supplies. Residents and college students might be willing to volunteer.
- Determine what types of additional funding are required to implement and sustain the project, if any.
- Identify potential funding sources and apply for funding. Governmental grant funding is a staple of any development plan. In addition, be proactive and creative in seeking nongovernmental fundingfrom national, state, and local foundations and local businesses and organizations. Consider applying jointly with other entities if it will assist in implementation or increase your chances of receiving a financial award. If your agency does not have experience writing funding proposals, seek assistance from someone with experience or attend a workshop on grant writing.