Applications Due: June 25, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
The primary goal of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. This solicitation will provide funding to victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services for victims of human trafficking.
Funding will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking victims through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.
OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one of the following three purpose areas:
Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services. (OVC-2018-14566)
Purpose Area 1 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. Comprehensive services include a range of services that victims of human trafficking often need in order to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. These services include, but are not limited to, case management, shelter, medical care, dental care, mental health treatment/counseling, substance abuse treatment, legal services, education, training, employment assistance, and transportation assistance. OVC anticipates funding approximately six awards under Purpose Area 1 for up to $775,000 each.
Purpose Area 2: Comprehensive Services for Sustained Caseloads. (OVC-2018-14567)
Purpose Area 2 will provide funding to victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking. Comprehensive services include a range of services that victims of human trafficking often need in order to address their needs for safety, security, and healing. These services include, but are not limited to, case management, shelter, medical care, dental care, mental health treatment/counseling, substance abuse treatment, legal services, education, training, employment assistance, and transportation assistance. Applicants should demonstrate a sustained significant caseload of trafficking victims and a high need in their jurisdiction for services (for example, the use of waitlists for certain services). OVC anticipates funding approximately four awards under Purpose Area 2 for up to $925,000 each.
Purpose Area 3: Capacity Building. (OVC-2018-14568)
Purpose Area 3 is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations (e.g., victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual assault, and/or runaway and homeless youth, etc.) but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model due to limited staff and/or partnerships to fully meet the needs of human trafficking victims. Under this purpose area, grantees will carry out a planning phase during the first year of the project for the delivery of comprehensive services in collaboration with community partners. In years 2 and 3 of the project period, grantees will provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking. OVC anticipates funding approximately eight awards under Purpose Area 3 for up to $550,000 each.
Funding Title: OVC FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking
Agency Name: Office for Victims of Crime
Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2018-14070
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes.
Page 6-7: “Applicants must include a description of how they will provide each of the direct services described below, either in-house or through project partners:
- Legal services, including—
- assistance in screening each client to ensure they meet the definition of a victim of a severe form of trafficking as defined by the TVPA;
- screening and assessment to determine the type of legal assistance needed;
- explanation of legal rights and protections, including assistance in obtaining restitution and victims’ rights enforcement and compliance efforts;
- coordination with law enforcement to request CP;
- assistance in achieving HHS certification or for foreign national minors, an Eligibility Letter for eligibility of benefits to the same extent as refugees;
- assistance in applying for a T nonimmigrant status (T-visa) or other immigration relief;
- assistance with payment of application fees and visa fees, if needed;
- assistance on family and civil matters related to the trafficking victimization, including, but not limited to, protection from abuse orders, representation in family court proceedings, and emancipation of minors;
- assistance with repatriation or family reunification;
- facilitation of representation of the victim by attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal services; and
- general advocacy and assistance on matters that arise as a result of the human trafficking victimization.
Target Population: All victims of human trafficking, including adult and minor foreign nationals and U.S. citizens of all genders and sexual orientations
Expected Number of Awards: 18
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
Estimated Total Program Funding: $12,750,000
Award Ceiling: $925,000
Award Floor: $550,000
How to Apply: Applicants must register in, and submit applications through Grants.gov, a primary source to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application at www.Grants.gov. Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726 or 606–545–5035, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Registering with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.
OVC strongly encourages all prospective applicants to sign up for Grants.gov email notifications regarding this solicitation. If this solicitation is cancelled or modified, individuals who sign up with Grants.gov for updates will be automatically notified.
Current Closing Date for Applications: by June 25, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time
Eligible Applicants: By statute, grants under this program may be awarded to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits). For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government. Organizations with a demonstrated history of providing victim assistance, social services, legal services, shelter, or mental health services for victims of human trafficking are eligible to apply. OVC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on, among other considerations, the merit of the applications and the availability of appropriations.
OVC welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed subrecipients (“subgrantees”). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (“subgrantee”) in more than one application.
Current OVC trafficking victim services grantees who received funding from the OVC FY 2016 Comprehensive Services for Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation or the OVC FY 2016 Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking solicitation are not eligible to apply for funding under this solicitation. Nonprofit organizations that hold money in offshore accounts for the purpose of avoiding paying the tax described in 26 U.S.C. § 511(a) are not eligible to apply.
Link to Full Announcement: Here
Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Grants.gov Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.