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Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 7 – Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Children and Families-IOAS-OTIP , USA

General Information

Document Type:Grants Notice
Opportunity Number:HHS-2021-ACF-IOAS-OTIP-ZV-1954
Opportunity Title:Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 7
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation: 
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation: 
Expected Number of Awards:2
CFDA Number(s):93.598 — Services to Victims of a Severe Form of Trafficking
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No
Version:Forecast 1
Forecasted Date:Sep 18, 2020
Last Updated Date:Sep 18, 2020
Estimated Post Date:Mar 22, 2021
Estimated Application Due Date:May 21, 2021  Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date:Sep 29, 2021
Estimated Project Start Date:Sep 30, 2021
Fiscal Year:2021
Archive Date: 
Estimated Total Program Funding:$400,000
Award Ceiling:$400,000
Award Floor:$200,000


Eligible Applicants:County governments
Special district governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Private institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Small businesses
State governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:As referenced in 45 CFR §75.216(b), HHS funds are prohibited from being paid as profit to any recipient even if the recipient is a commercial organization. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Additional Information

Agency Name:Administration for Children and Families-IOAS-OTIP
Description:The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is announcing funds for the newly developed Victims of Human Trafficking – Services and Outreach (VHT-SO) Program – ACF Region 7. The goal of the VHT-SO Program is to fund local organizations located in ACF Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska). Prime recipients will build, expand, and sustain organizational and local capacity in their selected geographic area to deliver services and financial assistance to foreign national victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Foreign national includes nonresident alien individuals, and any other person that is not a United States (U.S.) person. Foreign nationals include individuals who are not U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, parolees, refugees, or asylees. Through the provision of direct services, emergency assistance, and referrals, the VHT-SO Program seeks to assist victims of labor and sex trafficking in their pursuit of independence and self-sufficiency. Under the VHT-SO Program, the following activities are required: 1) deliver comprehensive case management, and direct financial assistance, to support foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking with out-of-pocket expenses while they seek U.S. Department of Health and Human Services certification; 2) conduct outreach to increase identification of foreign national victims of both labor and sex trafficking; and 3) deliver training to service providers and community partners on effective intervention on behalf of victims, and strategies to identify, respond, and serve victims of human trafficking in a person-centered, trauma-informed, culturally- and linguistically-responsive manner to support victims’ efforts to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. The VHT-SO Program is informed by a whole family approach that focuses equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for victims and their immediate family members living within their households, when in the best interest of the client. OTIP is encouraging the establishment of community partnerships, meaningful engagement of survivors, and the hiring of qualified professionals that reflect the communities being served in all project implementation strategies. Under VHT-SO, the prime recipient has a 12-month project implementation period to facilitate optional partnerships, on-board new staff, develop victim service protocol, and develop a sustainability plan.
Link to Additional Information: 
Grantor Contact Information:Flavia Keenan-Guerra
(202) 401-9303

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