Assistance for Torture Victims


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides funding and technical support to domestic survivors of torture programs. The Services for Survivors of Torture (SOT) program assists persons who have suffered torture in a foreign country to regain their health and independence and build productive lives in the U.S. The Secretary of Health and Human Services may provide grants to programs in the United States to cover the cost of the following services: 1. Services for the rehabilitation of victims of torture, including treatment of the physical and psychological effects of torture. 2. Social and legal services for victims of torture. 3. Research and training for health care providers outside of treatment centers, or programs for the purpose of enabling such providers to provide the services described in paragraph (1).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Grants were awarded to 35 grantees, including one technical assistance provider. It is projected that 9,500 survivors of torture will receive services from the program in FY 2016. Approximately 7,500 survivors of torture received services from the program in FY 2016
Fiscal Year 2017 Grants were awarded to 35 grantees, including one technical assistance provider. Approximately 8,000 survivors of torture received services from the program in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 It is projected that 30 direct service grantees and one technical assistance provider will be awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is projected that 35 direct service grantees and one technical assistance provider will be awarded in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is projected that 35 direct service grantees and one technical assistance provider will be awarded in FY 2020.
Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998, Section 5 (a), Public Law 105-320, 22 U.S.C. 2152
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to received awards. Eligibility is open to the following types of entities: State governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments 8 of 48 (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education; nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education; private institutions of higher education; for profit organizations other than small businesses; and small businesses.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Services for Survivors of Torture program serves individuals and families, regardless of immigration status, who have suffered torture in a foreign country and are currently residing in the U.S.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. The Direct Services grant program is designed to assist survivors of torture in the healing and recovery process by providing access to medical, psychological, legal, and social work which are provided directly by the grantee and indirectly through partner organizations. SOT grantees also provide professional training to local service providers to assist them in identifying and serving survivors of torture. The Technical Assistance grant seeks to ensure that survivors of torture have access to quality and sustainable services by providing trainings, resources, and consultations to direct service grantees and other ORR-funded organizations serving survivors of torture.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants may find funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) on or on the ACF website at Applicants may apply on
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of federal funds in its award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. Funding decisions are made by the Director of ORR based on the review.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Non-competing continuations will be issued annually contingent upon funding availability, grantee performance and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals are included in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The Torture Victims Relief Act (TVRA) of 1998 restricts funding for domestic programs to direct services, research and training. The authorizing legislation uses the definition of torture given in 18 U.S.C § 2340(1). Service providers are restricted to serving individuals who meet the eligibility criteria based on this definition.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Staff of the Office of Refugee Resettlement make site visits to grantees to review the financial and programmatic aspects of the project.
Periodic audits are made as part of the system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements.
Grant recipients are required to keep all financial and program reports necessary for program review and audit for the project period in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-5 to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants were awarded on 9/30/2018 for a four-year project period with one-year budget periods. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down awards funds. Funds are made available for reimbursement of allowable expenditures.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Curi Kim
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 401-5585
Fax: (202) 401-0981
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$308,580.00; FY 19 est $535,000.00; FY 20 est $535,000.00; FY 17$291,098.00; FY 16$312,000.00; - Salaries and Administrative Costs(Project Grants) FY 18$10,400,000.00; FY 19 est $13,465,000.00; FY 20 est $13,465,000.00; FY 17$10,423,000.00; FY 16$10,423,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant awards range from $200,000 to $450,000. The average award was $335,484.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notices of funds availability are posted on the ACF website and can also be accessed through Inquiries may be directed to the Contact Information listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 The Center for Victims of Torture's National Capacity Building (NCB) Project is the SOT program’s technical assistance provider. NCB strengthens torture rehabilitation centers and other organizations serving survivors in the United States by providing training, producing resources, and offering consultations.


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