Demonstration Grants for Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking


The Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) Program has the following objectives: 1) Conduct community assessments with the goal to build capacity, create partnerships, and deliver comprehensive, quality services to domestic victims; 2) Develop, strengthen, and expand comprehensive victim-centered services and case management at the community level for domestic victims; 3) Address the immediate and long-term housing and shelter needs of domestic victims through a continuum of flexible housing supports, including emergency and transitional housing; 4) Identify, provide, or refer victims to behavioral health and substance abuse treatments services; and 5) Integrate survivor engagement in their case management and service delivery strategies for victims.

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
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 12 grants will be awarded 13 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 13 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 13 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 12 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020 OTIP anticipates awarding 11 grants
22 US Code § 7105(f) (Section 107(f) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended; and Section 213(a)(1) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008), Public Law -110–457, 22 U.S.C. 7105(f)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible organizations includes: state governments, tribes, units of local government, and non-profit, non-governmental victim service organizations. Victim service organizations include those who by nature of their current operations serve victims of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and youth homelessness. Victim services organizations may also include faith-based organizations that are addressing human trafficking in their services. Individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Institutions of higher education and for-profit organizations are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible recipients for DVHT program services include United States citizens and lawful permanent residents who are victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the TVPA.
All applicants must have a DUNS number, be registered in the SAM prior to submitting an application, and have an active SAM registration. Non-profits must submit proof of Non-Profit status documentation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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. This program is exempt from E.O. 12372, which requires advance notification to Congress of awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Contact the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management or review the FOA, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Not applicable.
Awards are made for 3-year project periods. Non-competing continuations will be issued in years two and three contingent upon funding availability, satisfactory performance, and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
Information on evaluation criteria for awarding funds can be found in the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
The Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) program funds time-limited comprehensive case management services to domestic victims of trafficking. Eligible recipients for DVHT program services include United States citizens and lawful permanent residents in select states. The DVHT program leverages existing systems, fills in service gaps, and builds capacity of direct service providers. Under the DVHT Program, OTIP requires a comprehensive case management approach that uses trauma-informed and victim-centered models. Comprehensive case management services for the program include, but are not limited to referrals, emergency assistance (such as food, clothing, and shelter), and support to gain access to housing, employability services, mental health screening and therapy, medical care, and some legal services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Grant recipients (and subrecipients) are required to keep all financial, business, and program reports necessary for program review and audit in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365 grant terms and conditions.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 25%. There is a 25% matching requirement. The match may be met through cash or in-kind contributions. This program does not have MOE requirements.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are generally made available for 3-year project periods with funding on an annual basis. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Katherine Chon
330 C. Street, SW., 4th Floor,
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 2024019372
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,898,525.00; FY 19 est $3,198,525.00; FY 20 est $4,000,000.00; FY 17$3,423,912.00; FY 16$3,423,912.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$150,000 to $300,000 per grant per budget period for the three-year project period. The average grant award per budget period is $263,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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