OVC allocates more grant funding than any other federal agency to programs that provide direct services to victims of human trafficking.
As part of our commitment to ensuring services for all victims of human trafficking, OVC is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation.
This solicitation will provide funding for direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It will also support efforts to increase the capacity of communities to respond to human trafficking through the development of interagency partnerships, professional training, and public awareness activities.
This FY 2019 solicitation consolidates multiple OVC human trafficking direct services programs released as separate solicitations in previous years. By combining multiple solicitations, OVC hopes to streamline the application process and to encourage a more diverse pool of applicants.
Applicants may apply for one or more of the following purpose areas (and focus areas):
Purpose Area 1: Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking
Focus Area # 1. Building Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services will provide funding to organizations to strengthen their capacity to provide comprehensive services for victims of all forms of human trafficking.
Focus Area # 2. Sustaining Capacity to Provide Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking will provide funding to experienced service providers to offer comprehensive services outlined within the Comprehensive Services Model.
Focus Area # 3. Comprehensive Services and Partnership With Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces will provide funding to service providers who demonstrate a history of offering direct services to victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking and working within multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces.
Over the past few years, OVC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have provided joint funding to support Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Forces which required a significant amount of coordination between law enforcement and victim service provider applicants to submit joint applications for funding.
This year, OVC and BJA are allowing separate applications from victim service and law enforcement applicants that fully demonstrate each applicant's strengths related to participation in a human trafficking task force.
Purpose Area 2: Specialized Services
Victims of trafficking have diverse and distinct needs that may require specialized responses. OVC is interested in supporting programs that will focus on one or more of the priority areas: housing, economic and leadership empowerment and/or education, mental health, substance abuse, and legal services.
OVC conducted a pre-application webinar on June 14, 2019, to review requirements and answer questions. A recording and transcript of this webinar are now available on our Funding Webinar Series page.
Learn more and apply for the FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking solicitation. Apply by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 19, 2019.
(Updated June 21, 2019)