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Client Grant Opportunities

Even with the best budgeting and financial planning, sometimes a small unexpected expense can cause big problems.

Targeted, Game Changer Grants

Sometimes things happen. We can help.

We recognize sometimes when something unexpected happens, like a job loss, a car repair, a loss of housing or other unanticipated expense, even the best financial plans can be challenging. We may be able to provide you with one-time, financial assistance in small amounts for expenses that once paid can be a “game changer” towards achieving your goals.

Throughout our history, Operation HOPE has created temporary grant programs to provide a little financial assistance to help our clients stay on track with their expenses and meet the goals they and their financial coach have developed together.

Helping Hand Fund

The Helping Hand Fund is a one-time emergency program set up specifically for eviction relief for economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are designated for full or partial rent/lease payments of up to $2,500.

We developed the Helping Hand Fund (HHF) as an additional tool to help HOPE clients during these financially challenging times. These grants are intended to be one-time, “Game Changers” that will significantly help you (i) meet a temporary financial, rental assistance need, and (ii) better position yourself to achieve the longer term financial plan that you have created with your HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach.

New Grant Opportunities

We will continue to work to identify situations where limited financial assistance can be helpful and will roll out new grant opportunities where we see the greatest need and as our funding permits.

If you haven’t already, enroll as a HOPE client to connect with a coach to start your journey to a better financial future.

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How to Help

If you are interested in helping Operation HOPE expand the reach of the Helping Hand Fund or in working with us to create additional grant opportunities for clients in one of our programs, join us.

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Testimonials

“Thank you so much Operation HOPE for your assistance. During trying times, it’s difficult to sometimes make ends meet, especially when you have more bills than money due to this pandemic. I was referred to Operation HOPE a little over a year ago and they have helped me tremendously with my credit issues which is also raising my credit score, and my confidence in reaching my goals. They also helped me with their Mini Grant program which was a huge help to keep me on my path to better credit.”
“As a single parent navigating the pandemic, I had to overcome job loss, loss of child care and school closings. Thanks to the Helping Hand Fund I received $2500 to pay my rent back rent. This allowed me to keep my apartment, and renew my lease.”

Frequently
Asked
Questions

Is there an application fee for this program?

No, there is not an application fee for the program. And you are never required to pay for any of Operation HOPE’s programming or coaching. Our mission is to provide assistance through our programming at no cost to you – ever.


How will I receive the funds from the grant?

The grant is paid directly to the third party for the client. (Money is not granted directly to the client.)


What are eligibility requirements for the Helping Hands Fund?

To be eligible to apply for the Helping Hand Funds you must do the following:

  1. Sign up as a client for Operation HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coaching.
  2. Have completed three (3) sessions with a HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach with at least one (1) session having occurred within the last twelve (12) months;
  3. Currently be an active client enrolled in a HOPE Program (for example, Credit and Money Management, Homeownership, or Small Business / Entrepreneurial Training);
  4. Have an established financial work plan documented and updated within the last twelve (12) months in your client file and signed off on by your HOPE Coach;
  5. Provide documentation of being at least two (2) months delinquent in rental payments for your primary residence and/or present documentation of  pending eviction action against you;
  6. Attest to the fact that you are renting from an unrelated party. The landlord or rental company should not be a friend or family member.
  7. Agree to allow HOPE to share your story (and photo) in our social media, blog, or other communications and /or to participate in recording a video testimonial of your experience with HOPE;
  8. Have your Landlord or Rental Company provide a W-9 directly to Operation HOPE (as the Internal Revenue Service, IRS, a 1099 form for all rental payments over $600. The W-9 form can be found here.
  9. Any individual who has received a grant from HOPE tied to COVID-19 during 2020 or 2021 may not apply for the Helping Hand Fund during the first disbursement period of the program.