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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program FY 2019 Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Receiving Center Competitive Request for Applications

Grant to a Georgia Nonprofit or Government Entity to
Offer Services to Minors Involved in Human Trafficking

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Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

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Deadline Date:

08/14/19 5:00 PM


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Grant to a Georgia nonprofit organization or a public government entity to operate a facility that offers services to minor victims of human trafficking. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for the operation of a triage center that receives and assists victims of sex trafficking. The Receiving Center will be located in Northwest Georgia with a capacity of 20 beds.

According to the 2016 VOCA Program Rules, direct services or services to victims of crime are defined as those efforts that (1) respond to the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of crime victims, (2) assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization, (3) assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system, or (4) restore a measure of safety and security for the victim.

The DMST Receiving Center seeks to alleviate some of the burdens of human trafficking victims and their non-offending caregivers by eliminating both the need for duplicative storytelling and access to adequate transportation in order to receive the care they deserve. In accordance with the Governor’s office priorities to combat the threat of human trafficking in State of Georgia, the Receiving Center uses a compassionate “wraparound” service delivery model to stabilize and begin the healing process for victims of human trafficking. These services include transportation to the facility for an assessment of victims’ needs, immediate medical attention, and secure shelter.

For a list of staff members at the DMST Receiving Center, see Page 6 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.

Proposals should identify how the following activities and/or trauma-informed services will be provided:
- Safe and secure shelter – personnel ratios to DMST youth
- Assessment
- Transportation
- Meal services to adhere to DJJ’s and DFCS’ required standards while in custody of the state
- Provide clothing and items for personal hygiene
- Acute medical/physical examination and sexual assault examination and treatment to adhere to DJJ’s and DFCS’ required standards while in the custody of the state
- Forensic interviews on-site (determined by victim readiness)
- Substance abuse assessment and risk reduction plan, if needed
- Mental health treatment
- Trauma-informed counseling and evidence-based treatment programming
- Trauma-informed support groups/group therapy
- Family support, if appropriate
- Recreation and leisure activities
- Education services (web-based or on-site)
- Ensure youth attends court proceedings
- Treatment plan to include solidified long-term stay options for victims
- Participation in statewide MDT meetings

For a list of allowable costs and activities, see pages 32-37 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174328

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000 for annual operations of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Receiving Center and up to $200,000 for one-time costs.

Term of Contract:

The initial award period is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020. Awarded agencies will be eligible annually for continued funding at the amount awarded through September 30, 2022. All continuation funding will be contingent upon availability of funds and compliance with grant management requirements.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Be a non-profit organization or a public government entity
2. Serve as the fiscal agent for the grant and the point of contact to CJCC
3. Be responsible, liable, and oversee financial, program, and post-award reporting requirements
4. Be certified and eligible to receive Local Victim Assistance Program (LVAP) 5% funds and be certified to provide trauma-informed services to trafficking victims
5. Have a history of providing specialized, trauma-informed direct services to human trafficking victims
6. Be a licensed Child Caring Institution in Georgia

To be eligible to receive VOCA funds, organizations must be operated by a public or private non-profit organization, or a combination of such organizations, and provide services directly to crime victims.

The Selected Operator of the DMST Receiving Center is required to maintain Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with key agencies, outlining each agency’s support for the DMST Receiving Center and the extent to which each agency will participate (onsite and/or offsite) with the DMST Receiving Center. These MOU’s are to be reviewed and updated annually. Key agencies shall include, at a minimum:
- Department of Juvenile Justice;
- Division of Children and Family Services;
- Organization(s) whose primary mission is to serve human trafficking victims;
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

For additional eligibility requirements, see pages 10-13 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.

Generally, funding cannot be used for the investigation of crimes or collection of evidence to further the prosecution of crimes.

For a list of expressly unallowable costs, see page 38 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent via Formstack by July 27, 2019.

Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

All VOCA subgrantees must provide at least a 20% cash or in-kind match from non-federal sources to the federal amount awarded which must include the use of allowable volunteer services.

- Release RFAs and open applications: July 1, 2019
- Application closes: August 14, 2019
- CJCC sends award packets to subgrantee: October 1, 2019
- Award packet workshop: TBD
- Award packets due to CJCC: November 15, 2019
- Start of VOCA grant year: October 1, 2019

If an applicant is awarded a grant, the subgrantee will be required to attend a CJCC grant management workshop.

Contact Information:

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

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Applicants who experience technical difficulties or emergency circumstances should contact Kristy Carter immediately at or (404) 657-2061 to request an extension or alternate method of applying.

For assistance with this solicitation, contact
- Amy Hutsell:
- Erica Mortonson:

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
104 Marietta Street, SW, Suite 440
Atlanta , GA 30303-2743
Primary: (404) 657-1956
Toll Free: (877) 231-6590
Fax: (404) 657-1957

Funding or Pin Number:

CFDA 16.575

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia