DOJ – Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking (2018)

Applications Due: June 27, 2018 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time


The purpose of this program is to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized 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 services for victims of human trafficking.

There are various areas where a more intense focus is needed. This solicitation focuses on a number of these identified services in order to fill significant gaps to assist all victims of severe forms of 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.

Funding Title: OVC FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

Agency Name: Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2018-14041

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. Legal services is identified as one of the five priority areas the OVC is interested in supporting:

Legal services. Comprehensive legal services, addressing the range of legal issues that arise from the victimization, may be provided in-house or through referrals to community partners. Examples of allowable services include, but are not limited to, immigration assistance; assistance with civil legal remedies, such as family law (including divorce, custody, and child support; emancipation, dependency, or guardianship; and family reunification); protective orders; employment law (including wage and hour claims); public benefits access; crime victims’ rights enforcement; and other civil legal remedies and legal resources available. Note: OVC funding may not be used for criminal defense services. Please note, direct representation on vacatur or expungement matters, through court filings or through other litigation services, is not an allowable cost under this solicitation or with FY 2018 funds.

Expected Number of Awards: 20

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Estimated Total Program Funding: $14,000,000

 Award Ceiling: $700,000

Award Floor: $0

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, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by June 27, 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), nonprofit groups (defined as an organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 and is exempt from taxation under 501(a) of such title), and 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.

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 as 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. Only one application per lead applicant will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Link to Full Announcement: Here  

Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via email to The Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.


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

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