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FY 2019 Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Local and State Governments for
Programs to Enhance Services to Human Trafficking Victims

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Conf. Date:

05/09/19

Deadline Date:

06/27/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations for projects to identify and enhance services for human trafficking victims. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. Proposed projects should develop or enhance promising practices, models, and victim-centered programs, or apply them in innovative ways, to build the capacity of victim service providers to close gaps in assisting all victims of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

The overarching goal of this program is to improve and support the victim services field’s response to victims of human trafficking, and to bridge gaps in assisting victims of human trafficking. OVC seeks to address four areas, which may intersect, depending on the applicant’s proposed activities and project strategy. These are—

1. Improving the quality and quantity of victim-centered and trauma-informed services for victims of human trafficking;
2. Establishing creative collaborations or coalition building;
3. Developing service models or best practices designed to identify and/or serve victims of human trafficking; and
4. Expanding or enhancing existing service models or best practices to identify and/or serve victims of human trafficking.

Under this program, a victim of trafficking is defined as a person who has been subjected to “severe forms of trafficking in persons,” which, as defined in 22 U.S.C. § 7102(9), means:

i. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
ii. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Applicants must describe how their proposed project extends beyond existing programming and is innovative in addressing gaps in the current victim identification and/or assistance response to human trafficking. Applicants must also include and describe their plan for human trafficking survivor involvement in the proposed project. Proposed projects may adopt a local, statewide, or national scope, but applicants should specify the geographic area(s) where the project will be implemented.

Encouraging Program Investments in Economically Distressed Communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones)

Under this program, OJP will, as appropriate, give priority consideration in award decisions to applications that propose projects that directly benefit federally designated Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183837

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,600,000

Number of Grants:

OVC expects to make up to four awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $900,000

Term of Contract:

OVC expects to make awards for a 36-month period of performance to begin on January 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (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). 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.

All recipients and subrecipients must forgo any profit or management fee.

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).1 The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program.

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.

Activities that Compromise Victim Safety and Recovery: The following activities have been found to jeopardize victim safety or deter or prevent physical or emotional healing for victims. OVC will not fund projects that include these activities.
1. The development and implementation of policies or procedures that exclude victims from receiving safe shelter, advocacy services, counseling, and other assistance based on factors not related to victim safety;
2. The development and implementation of policies or procedures that compromise the confidentiality of information and privacy of persons receiving OVC-funded services;
3. The development and implementation of policies or procedures that impose requirements on victims in order to receive services (e.g., receive counseling, seek civil or criminal remedies).
4. The development and implementation of policies or procedures that fail to conduct safety planning with victims.
5. The implementation of project designs and budgets that fail to account for the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities and individuals who have limited English proficiency or are deaf or hard of hearing.
6. The establishment or enhancement of a multidisciplinary collaborative community response lacking the appropriate policies and procedures regarding victim confidentiality and information-sharing for partnering members.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for a pre-application webinar on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. eastern time. Participation in the webinar is optional. OVC staff will review the solicitation requirements and conduct a question and answer session with interested potential applicants.

For more information and to register: https://ojp.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=ojp&service=6&rnd=0.35200251490707934&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fojp.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b0000000411e0561b78b9f560247c7eeb74d7ef6d159bf4cc5984261d27da634fb45f8b6b%26siteurl%3Dojp%26confViewID%3D124912529169198962%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAAQdiJ0KC4b7EjnoC87wX1xQF4grlA313RJhZ92N9gToAQ2%26

For webinar schedule and recordings: https://www.ovc.gov/grants/webinars.html

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 27, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant 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.

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number) and SAM
Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

Federal funds awarded under this solicitation may not cover more than 75 percent of the total costs of the project. An applicant must identify the source of the 25-percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how it will use match funds.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315362

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
Toll free: 800–851–3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov
Fax: 301–240–5830
Web chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp

CFDA Number:

16.320

Funding or Pin Number:

OVC-2019-15655

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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