DOJ – Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking (2017)

Applications Due: February 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

The purpose of the Enhanced Collaborative Model To Combat Human Trafficking program is to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces that implement collaborative approaches to combating all forms of human trafficking within the

United States—sex trafficking and labor trafficking—of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens (of all sexes and ages). The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) intend for funding through this fiscal year (FY) 2017 program to enhance the effectiveness of multidisciplinary task forces that are implementing victim-centered and coordinated approaches to identify victims of all types of human trafficking, address the individualized needs of victims through quality services, and investigate and prosecute sex and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels

Through this solicitation, OVC and BJA will make awards to support law enforcement and victim service provider efforts within human trafficking task forces. Within each geographic region covered by a task force, two separate awards will be made—one to a lead law enforcement agency and one to a lead victim service provider; however, the total amount of funding that will be awarded for each task force will not exceed $1.5 million. The law enforcement and victim service provider applicants must submit separate but coordinated proposals that outline how this funding will be used over a 3-year project period to combat human trafficking within the specific geographic area, in coordination with other key members of the task force, including the

U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO); local prosecutor’s office; local, state, and federal law enforcement; and community- and system-based service providers.

Funding Title: Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

Agency Name: Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number:   OVC-2017-11575

 Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes

Target Population: Victims of all forms of human trafficking

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:  Federal funds awarded under this program may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project. Applicants must identify the source of the 25 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how they will use match funds. If a successful applicant’s proposed match exceeds the required match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. (“Match” funds may be used only for purposes that would be allowable for the federal funds.) Please see page pages 14 of full RFP for more details.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000

 Award Ceiling: $900,000

Award Floor: $600,000

How to Apply: Applicants must register in and submit applications through, a primary source to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application at Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline.

In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by February 27, 2017 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application. Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are members of a human trafficking task force that has been operating for at least one year prior to this application. The application must include a signed human trafficking task force.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that documents the formal partnerships involved in the task force and a commitment to combating all forms of trafficking (sex and labor) within the geographic area covered by the task force.

This funding announcement requires two separate but coordinated applications from each human trafficking task force seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency and one application from a lead victim service organization. The two applications must be developed in close collaboration with each other, and must be submitted as a pair, with each applicant naming the other as the primary partner.

 Link to Full Announcement: Here

Contact Information: For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, Victim Service Provider applicants should contact Mary Atlas-Terry, OVC Program Specialist, by telephone at 202–353–8473 or via email to, and Law Enforcement applicants should contact Linda Hammond-Deckard, BJA Policy Advisor, by telephone at 202–514–6014 or via email to

Categories: Department of Justice, Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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