Missing Children's Assistance
To coordinate Federal missing and exploited children activities and to support research, training, technical assistance, and demonstration programs to enhance the overall response to missing and exploited children and as well as their families. Establish and maintain a national resource center and clearinghouse dedicated to missing and exploited children issues that: (1) provides a toll-free hotline where citizens can report investigative leads and parents and other interested individuals can receive information concerning missing children; (2) provides technical assistance to parents, law enforcement, and other professionals working on missing and exploited children cases; (3) promotes information sharing and provides technical assistance by networking with regional nonprofit organizations, State missing children clearinghouses, and law enforcement agencies; (4) develops publications that contain practical, timely information; and (5) provides information regarding programs offering free or low-cost transportation services that assist in reuniting children with their families. On a periodic basis, as funding is designated by Congress for this purpose, conduct national incidence studies to determine the type and extent of missing children in America. Support law enforcement demonstration programs (e.g., the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program) to enhance the investigative response to missing and exploited children cases. Support research to broaden understanding of a wide range of missing and exploited children issues (e.g., abduction homicide investigation solvability factors), to inform training and technical assistance efforts and to identify promising practices and programs for replication. Develop training programs for law enforcement, child protective services, medical personnel, and prosecutors to enhance coordination and effectiveness of missing and exploited children investigations and to enhance the overall system response. Identify service gaps and develop programs to meet specialized needs of parents or guardians of children who are reported missing.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18, OJJDP funded the following programs under the Missing and Exploited Children’s program: • The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: o 1 invited application received; 1 grant funded • The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program: o 59 invited applications received; 59 grants funded • The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program: Montana and Central Florida: o 4 applications received (1 for Montana & 3 for Central Florida); 2 grants funded • Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces: Forensic Capacity Hiring Program for Wounded Veterans o 4 applications received; 3 grants funded • National AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program: o 1 invited application received; 1 grant funded • Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force National Training Program: o 6 invited application received; 6 grants funded • Missing & Exploited Children Training and Technical Assistance Program: o 1 invited application received; 1 grant funded • Internet Crimes Against Children Program Support: o 1 invited application received; 1 grant funded • Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation o 65 applications received; 3 grants funded
An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations (as well as other recipients) must forgo any profit or management fee. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) program is by invitation only and is not published as a competitive program. In addition, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program is also by invitation only. The exception to this is only if one of the existing 61 task forces voluntarily agrees to no longer serve as the lead agency for the task force in their region. In those rare cases, a competitive solicitation is posted for the affected area.
State and local units of government, private nonprofit agencies, organizations, institutions or individuals.
Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement. For specific application instructions see applicable program announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement. For specific application instructions see applicable program announcement.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm).
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 6 months.
see 28 C.F.R. Part 18
See applicable program announcement.
How are proposals selected?
Vary by program. Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by OJJDP and applicable laws.
How may assistance be used?
On the basis of a yearly appropriation and sufficient funds, the program pays for research, demonstration projects, or service programs designed (1) to educate parents, children, and community agencies and organizations in ways to prevent the abductions and sexual exploitation of children; (2) to provide information to assist in the locating and return of missing children; (3)
to aid communities in the collection of materials which would be useful to parents in assisting others in the identification of missing children; (4) to increase knowledge of and develop effective treatment pertaining to the psychological consequences, on both parents and children, of (a) the abduction of a child, both during the period of disappearance and after the child is recovered; and (b) the sexual exploitation of a missing child; (5) to collect detailed data from selected States or localities on the actual investigative practices utilized by law enforcement agencies in missing children's cases; (6) to address the particular needs of missing children by minimizing the negative impact of judicial and law enforcement procedures on children who are victims of abuse or sexual exploitation and by promoting the active participation of children and their families in cases involving abuse or sexual exploitation of children; (7) to address the needs of missing children and their families following the recovery of such children; and (8) reduce the likelihood that individuals under 18 years of age will be removed from the control of such individuals legal custodians without such custodians' consent; (9) and to establish or operate statewide clearinghouses to assist in recovering or locating missing children. Funds that support missing children’s program activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
See Uniform Audit requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted by D.O.J. Part 2800
All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be retained for a period of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. SS 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800
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
See applicable program announcement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Us. Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$69,276,552.00; FY 19 est $82,000,000.00; FY 20 est $76,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
program authorization and Uniform Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
The National AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program