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Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Training Services Initiative

Drawing on years of experience with child abuse prevention and community awareness programs, and in partnership with the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ (ODJFS) Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund (OCTF) officially announces the availability of funding to support three separate human trafficking related activities. These activities include human trafficking prevention, intervention, and training services throughout Ohio aimed at eliminating the crime of human trafficking and child exploitation.

This collaborative group is interested in funding agencies that are geographically diverse and have a history of working with victims, at-risk youth, and professionals in the field of human trafficking and child exploitation. Through this multi-tiered approach in responding to the needs of human trafficking victims and those at-risk of human trafficking victimization, we can potentially stop this crime before it starts and put an end to it altogether.

By working together with these agencies, the OCTF has pooled funding in the amount of $350,000 in SFY 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) and $350,000 in SFY 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). This funding request is for a 17-month grant cycle, and the Trust Fund anticipates this funding will be able to support 5-8 grants, between thirty and fifty-thousand-dollars ($30,000 - $50,000) per award per each fiscal year based on the request of the applicant.

The OCTF is interested in funding service providers across the state to provide at minimum two, but up to three, separate human trafficking related activities, which include, (1) Human Trafficking Victim Support Services for Minors, (2) Training and Professional Development for those implementing Human Trafficking Victim Support Services, and/or (3) Human Trafficking Prevention Initiatives for Minors. By increasing resources, support services, and prevention initiatives, we can decrease risk factors related to the occurrence of minor human trafficking victimization and increase awareness of best practices.

This communication is a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA), providing instructions to interested organizations on how to qualify for funding; how to prepare and submit applications; how the applications will be evaluated; and how the award decisions will be made. Provided as part of this application packet is a fillable form, labeled as the Ohio Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and/or Training Services Initiative Application Form. Interested organizations should read these instructions carefully, and then complete AND SIGN the form as directed. Applications must be received by 4:00 P.M. Friday, December 20, 2019, and selected applicants will be notified by Friday, January 3, 2020 (estimated).

Funding

The minimum grant award of the Ohio Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Training Services Initiative is $30,000 and the maximum grant award is $50,000 per application per each fiscal year (SFY 2020 and SFY 2021). All applicants must complete and submit a budget as part of their application packet. The budget should accurately report how the agency’s implementation plan will fall within the minimum and maximum budgeting requirements.

This is a multi-tiered initiative where agencies can apply for a certain percentage of funding, not to exceed the spending caps outlined below, to implement the various components of this collaborative project.

The spending caps for this project are outlined below. Please note that these spending caps apply to each fiscal year’s budget. The applicant is responsible for proposing a project and project budget that is compliant within the spending caps and meets the threshold of the total amount of grant spending per application.

Tier 1: Victim Support Services for Minors – cannot exceed 80% of total requested budget per each SFY

Tier 2: Training and Professional Development for those implementing Human Trafficking Victim Support Services for Minors – cannot exceed 20% of total requested budget per each SFY

Tier 3: Human Trafficking Prevention Initiatives for Minors – cannot exceed 20% of total requested budget

Administrative Costs – cannot exceed 10% of total requested budget per each SFY

Organizations are encouraged to collaborate with another entity to accomplish the scope of this initiative. An application submitted by collaborating organizations are eligible to receive a funding amount between $30,000 and $50,000 per award per each fiscal year.

The funding period of the grant will begin upon the issuance of a State of Ohio purchase order and will last through State Fiscal Year 2021 which ends on June 30, 2021. This funding request is for an anticipated 17-month grant cycle. The funds will be paid to each grant award recipient upon submission of an invoice for services performed.

Instructions for Applying

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is accepting grant application proposals for Ohio’s Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and/or Training Services Initiative. Any agency wishing to apply is required to electronically submit a completed application packet to the OCTF by the following due date:

  • 4:00 P.M. Friday, December 20, 2019

Proposals will be reviewed by a grant review committee with members from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. Any applicant who fails to submit a completed and signed application packet to the Trust Fund will not receive consideration for funding. OCTF will only accept one application per agency/organization. Additionally, the OCTF encourages collaborative applications between entities within the same county or region of the state. Collaborating agencies are required to designate a lead agency in the application. Applications from collaborating agencies are required to include a letter of support/permission from the nonlead agency.

Completed application packets should be emailed to: OCTFgrants@jfs.ohio.gov.

A complete application packet is defined as the following:

  1. Completed Application (Attachment A)
  2. Completed Budget Form (Attachment B)

Please include the following in the subject line of your email: “<Name of organization> – REQUEST FOR OCTF FUNDING – 2020 Human Trafficking Initiative Grants”

Once you submit your application packet electronically, you should receive an e-mail from the OCTF confirming receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within four business days after submitting your application packet, please contact the OCTF by phone at 614-387-5478.

Internet Question and Answer Period; RFGA Clarification Opportunity

Potential vendors or other interested parties may ask clarifying questions regarding this RFGA via email to OCTFgrants@jfs.ohio.gov, during the Q&A period of November 20, 2019 through November 27, 2019. The vendor Q&A period closes at 8 a.m. on November 27, 2019. The OCTF may, at its discretion, disregard any questions which do not appropriately reference a RFGA application instruction or section of the fillable application form. Questions submitted after 8:00 a.m. on the date the Q&A period closes will not be answered.

The OCTF’s responses to all questions asked via email can be found under the More Information section on the right side menu.