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Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Program - Human Trafficking Increase Residential Capacity

Grants to Tennessee Nonprofits and Agencies to Expand
Residential Services for Victims of Human Trafficking

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Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration - Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP)

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Deadline Date:

03/29/19 4:30 PM CT


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Grants to Tennessee nonprofit organizations and government agencies to expand residential services for human trafficking victims. An Intent to Apply must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the construction, expansion, and operation of residential services serving disadvantaged victims of violent crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

VOCA Human Trafficking Increase Residential Capacity funds are awarded primarily for building residential capacity. Operating costs for renting new facilities are also allowable grant expenses. Requests may include staff positions needed to support the additional residential clients. All requested residential units and support positions must represent an increase to the agency’s total number of available beds and staff positions.

For a detailed list of program requirements, see pages 6-11 of the Increase Residential Capacity document listed in Supporting Documents below.

For a detailed list of Allowable Use of Funds, see pages 15-19 of the Increase Residential Capacity document listed in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185269

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects are to be no more than $300,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Human Trafficking Increase Residential Capacity Grants will be three (3) years in length and run from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2022.

Multiple year contracts will remain contingent on the availability of U.S. Department of Justice federal appropriations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply, the following requirements must be met:

- Applicant organizations must be operated by public or nonprofit organizations, or a combination of such organizations. OCJP will consider sub-recipient organizations that have Federal 501(c)(3) tax status.
- State agency applicants (executive, judicial or legislative branch agencies) must notify their Department of Finance and Administration budget analyst at the time the OCJP application is submitted of their intentions to apply for a grant.
- Applying law enforcement agencies must comply with the rules and regulations of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI).
- All applicants are required to have a DUNS number and register via SAM. (To obtain a DUNS number, see To register with SAM, see

Eligible agencies include all agencies in Tennessee that can describe and demonstrate a history of working with victims of human trafficking. (For further information about proof and letters of support, see page 3 of the Increase Residential Capacity document listed in Supporting Documents below.)

Program Eligibility: Services must be provided to Victims at no charge through any VOCA funded program. Any deviation from this requires prior approval by the state.

Program Income, and any cost related to construction, including architectural drafting expenses, are unallowable. For a detailed list of Unallowable Costs, see pp. 19-20 of the Increase Residential Capacity document listed in Supporting documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm central time, March 29, 2019.


- Grant Solicitation Released on: February 15, 2019
- Intent to Apply Deadline: 4:30 PM March 1, 2019
- Application Deadline: 4:30 PM March 29, 2019
- Contract Start Date: July 1, 2019

After submitting an Intent to Apply, applicants should initiate Department of Revenue registration or exemption process for sales/use accounts. This process should be initiated at least two (2) business days prior to application due date. Note that this exemption is not the same as a “sales tax exemption” and a failure to follow the process entailed may result in the disqualification of the application. If you previously possessed a grant with the Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) or other state entity and created a sales/use account or received an exemption then that documentation can be submitted to satisfy this requirement.

There is a 20% match requirement on grant funds under the VOCA Program. Federal funds may be used to pay for up to 80% of the cost of the project. Applicants may satisfy the required match with either cash contributions or in-kind contributions.

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

Submit the online Intent to Apply:

Submit the application, and direct all communications regarding this Grant Solicitation, via email to:
(subject = Human Trafficking Increase Residential Capacity)

Tennessee Dept. of Finance and Administration
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, Suite 1800
Nashville, TN 37243-1102
(615) 741-0320

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