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National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) program

Grant to a USA Agency, Business, Nonprofit, or
IHE to Operate a Human Trafficking Victim Hotline

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP)

Deadline Date:

08/14/17 11:59 PM ET for online submission, 4:30 PM ET for receipt of paper applications with online submission exemption.


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Grant to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, government agency, school district, IHE, or tribal government to operate a national hotline for victims of human trafficking. The selected recipient will provide around-the-clock, timely, trauma informed, victim-centered information and emergency assistance phone service for potential foreign and domestic victims of sex and labor trafficking.

This funding opportunity will support the operation of a dedicated, toll-free, 24-hour, seven days a week, every day of the year U.S. national telephone and online communication system staffed by trained and experienced human trafficking advocates that provide services and assistance to victims of severe forms of labor and sex trafficking in persons. Multi-lingual services and assistance for foreign and domestic victims must include crisis intervention, information and referrals to anti-trafficking and/or direct victim services programs, temporary lodging/housing resources, and access to other emergency assistance.

The NHTH Program must also work cooperatively with law enforcement and other key stakeholders, e.g., governmental and nongovernmental organizations, anti-trafficking advocacy groups, etc. to support appropriate notification and interventions on behalf of potential victims in distress. The NHTH Program recipient must have the capacity to receive and process requests in multiple formats, e.g. telephonically, text, email, and online communication (chat and website visits).

The NHTH Program must take reasonable measures to safeguard protected personally identifiable information in reporting on services rendered to potential victims and in notifying law enforcement, other governmental, and nongovernmental organizations about potential cases of sex and/or labor trafficking.

Program Overview:

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), began funding a 24/7 national, toll-free Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline to receive calls about potential human trafficking in the United States. In 2007, HHS changed the name of the hotline to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) to expand the program and to develop and disseminate resources for trafficking victims and anti-trafficking advocates and programs.

Following several years of program implementation and a documented increase in demand for hotline services, HHS decided to separate the training, technical assistance, and resource development functions and has reverted back to centralizing hotline services under one funding opportunity announcement for the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) Program.

The NHTH Program is a critical part of the nationwide anti-trafficking response to victim identification and service delivery that is relied upon by human trafficking victims and survivors, social service agencies, nongovernmental organizations, law enforcement, and the community. The NHTH Program also provides online services through the hotline web portal.

The NHTH call specialists respond to requests for urgent assistance, but also receive and report tips about potential trafficking situations to law enforcement, and make referrals to a network of local organizations capable of providing assistance to victims of severe forms of labor and sex trafficking.

NHTH Program Goals

The goals of the National Human Trafficking Hotline Program are:
-Operate the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a 24/7 U.S national telephone and online communication hotline system with experienced and trained anti-trafficking advocates;
-Increase the identification and protection of victims of severe forms of human trafficking;
-Provide information and service referrals to human trafficking victims using a Trauma- informed, victim-centered approach, and in a timely manner; and
-Notify law enforcement agencies of potential cases of human trafficking or other instances required by law, and document emerging trafficking schemes to assist in the detection and investigation of trafficking cases.

NHTH Program Requirements:

The NHTH Program provides immediate assistance to potential trafficking victims and resources to individuals requesting assistance or information related to human trafficking in areas of labor or sex trafficking (i.e., foreign and domestic victims, adults and minors). The NHTH Program serves all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories. Under the NHTH Program, there are four (4) main requirements that must be managed throughout the project period. The four requirements are 1) NHTH Program System Requirements to Respond to Calls and Texts; 2) NHTH Program Systems Requirements to Respond Online; 3) Referral Database; and 4) Public Awareness and Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172466

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $1,000,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is September 30, 2017.

The grant supports a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This FOA is open to any of the following 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 (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; and private institutions of higher education.

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.

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.

Nonprofit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their nonprofit status. Proof of nonprofit status is any one of the following:

-A reference to the applicant organization's listing in the IRS's most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in the IRS Code.
-A copy of a currently valid IRS tax-exemption certificate.
-A statement from a state taxing body, state attorney general, or other appropriate state official certifying that the applicant organization has nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals.
-A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status.
-Any of the items in the subparagraphs immediately above for a state or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local nonprofit affiliate.

Unless directed otherwise, applicants must include proof of nonprofit status in the Appendices file of the electronic application submission.

Funding Restrictions:

Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency.

Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals. Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period.

Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.

Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.

Purchase of real property is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award. No funds made available through this grant may be used to promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution. Nothing in the preceding sentence shall be construed to preclude assistance designed to promote the purposes of the TVPA by ameliorating the suffering of, or health risks to, victims while they are being trafficked or after they are out of the situation that resulted from such victims being trafficked.

No funds may be paid for international travel.

No HHS funds may be paid as profit to any recipient even if the recipient is a commercial organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Electronic applications must be submitted via by 11:59 PM ET on August 14, 2017.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 PM ET on August 14, 2017. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sherri Harris
Office on Trafficking in Persons
Administration for Children and Families
330 C. Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

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