HHS – Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities *Forecast* (2020)

Full title of grant: Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program

This is a forecasted opportunity. It is estimated to post on March 23, 2020 and be due on May 22, 2020.

“The goal of the VHT-NC Program is to fund organizations that will build, expand, and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver services to Native (i.e., American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and/or Pacific Islanders) victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 through the provision of direct services, assistance, and referrals. Through the VHT-NC Program, OTIP is encouraging a focus on individuals affected by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic. Under VHT-NC the following activities are required: 1) outreach efforts to increase identification of Native victims of sex and labor trafficking; 2) training to service providers and community partners that serve Native victims of trafficking in their respective urban, rural, and/or tribal settings; and 3) provision of comprehensive culturally and linguistically responsive case management to Native victims of trafficking and their immediate family members within their household.”

Helpful resources

  • In 2018, HHS released a program fact sheet on this grant with links to various webinars, trainings, and guides.
  • Looking for research on how civil legal aid helps human trafficking survivors? Access The Justice in Government Project’s research brief with curated research summaries and search for studies through NLADA’s LegalAidResearch.
  • What is a forecasted grant? Some agencies, like HHS, make it easy to learn about “forecasted” grants, or potential funding opportunities. Grant-making agencies, pending budgetary and discretionary spending approvals and federal agency program decisions, often offer previews of their planned funding opportunities. You can read our guide on forecasted grants here.

Grant information

Funding Title: Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program

Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families-IOAS-OTIP

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2020-ACF-IOAS-OTIP-TV-1805

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: Legal services are not explicitly referenced in the forecast announcement. However, victim service organizations are eligible.

Target Population: Victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000

Expected Number of Awards: Not listed

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes, 25 percent (cash or in-kind)

Estimated Total Program Funding: $750,000

Award Ceiling: 187,500

Award Floor: 150,000

How to Apply: Check back in March 2020 when the opportunity is posted.

Current Closing Date for Applications: The grant opportunity is estimated to post on March 23, 2020 and be due on May 22, 2020.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • State governments
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • County governments

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link

Contact Information: Contact Flavia Keenan-Guerra, (202) 401-9303, Flavia.Keenan-Guerra@acf.hhs.gov  for more information.



Categories: Department of Health and Human Services, Domestic Violence, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Native Americans, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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