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Request for Statements of Interest: J/TIP FY 2013 International Programs to Combat Trafficking in Persons


Funding Opportunity Announcement
December 18, 2012

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The deadline for submission is now Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST.

Program Office: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, International Programs
Opportunity Title: J/TIP FY 2013 International Programs to Combat Trafficking in Persons
Announcement Type: Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI)
Funding Opportunity Number: AT-ATC-13-002
Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:00p.m. EST

Executive Summary:

The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (the TIP Office) is announcing an open competition for fiscal year 2013 funding of projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with this solicitation for two-page Statements of Interest (SOI) from eligible organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that address specific recommendations identified in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. In the second stage, the TIP Office will invite selected applicants to submit full proposals that expand upon their capability to perform the project proposed in the first stage SOIs. U.S.-based and foreign non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. For-profit organizations are eligible to apply on a limited basis. Public International Organizations (IOs) are not eligible to apply under this solicitation. Pending the availability of appropriated funds, the TIP Office anticipates awarding grants of up to $750,000 per project. All SOIs must be submitted via www.grantsolutions.gov OR www.grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Background

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (Div. A, P.L. 106-386), as amended (TVPA), authorized the establishment of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in the U.S. Department of State. The TIP Office provides leadership and coordination within the U.S. government and seeks partnerships with foreign governments, civil society, and multilateral organizations to combat modern slavery utilizing the “3 Ps” strategy: preventing trafficking in persons, protecting and assisting trafficking victims, and prosecuting traffickers. Through targeted foreign assistance, the TIP Office funds programs that address human trafficking, the act of obtaining or maintaining another person in compelled service. This includes forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, and child soldiers.

The TVPA requires that the Department of State submit an annual assessment of “severe forms of trafficking in persons” and governments’ efforts to address them. The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report), published in June each year, is an important diplomatic tool in the Department’s dialogue with other governments and also serves as the guide on U.S. foreign assistance for governments and NGOs in countries working to eradicate trafficking. The 2012 TIP Report, available at http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2012/index.htm, includes Tier rankings and country-specific recommendations for 181 countries and territories.

The 2012 TIP Report noted that throughout the decade since the UN’s Palermo Protocol was signed and the TVPA enacted into law, most countries (142) have become parties to the Protocol, have passed laws criminalizing all forms of human trafficking, and have begun to develop victim assistance mechanisms. However, the numbers of victims identified, victims assisted, and traffickers convicted remains alarmingly low. The challenge of the next decade is for governments to fully implement the legal and programmatic frameworks that have been created.

Through this solicitation and in keeping with the priorities identified in the TIP Report, the TIP Office seeks to fund programs that assist foreign governments to enforce laws to combat human trafficking and expand victim assistance services, demonstrate model approaches to combating human trafficking, and add to our knowledge and understanding of how best to eradicate this form of modern slavery through comprehensive research and evaluation.

Information on the USG’s international anti-trafficking efforts to combat human trafficking is available on at http://www.state.gov/j/tip/response/index.htm. A list of programs the TIP Office recently funded is available at: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/intprog/index.htm.

2013 Grant Competition Overview

The TIP Office allocates some of its foreign assistance funds through an open two-stage competitive process that begins with an annual solicitation for applications each fiscal year. The tremendous interest globally in anti-trafficking program support has made the competition for funding very rigorous. In 2012, the TIP Office received 518 first-stage applications requesting $281 million in funding.

This solicitation announces the first stage of the 2013 grant competition. Applicants may submit a Statement of Interest (SOI), a two-page summary of a proposed project that includes the information described below. Following a technical review and an interagency competitive review panel, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal that expands on their SOIs. These second-stage proposals will then be reviewed by the TIP Office and considered for funding.

The global trends and country-specific recommendations listed in the country narratives of the 2012 TIP Report serve as a diagnostic tool and guide anti-trafficking programming under this announcement. Applicants are urged to review these recommendations before developing and submitting an application for funding.

Pending the availability of appropriated funds, the TIP Office anticipates awarding grants of up to $750,000 for project periods of up to 36 months to successful organizations in the second stage of this competition.

U.S.-based and foreign non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGO) and accredited educational institutions are eligible and encouraged to submit SOI applications. For-profit organizations are also eligible to submit SOIs ; however, they may not generate a profit from grant-funded activities.

Funding Priorities

Generally, the TIP Office prioritizes foreign assistance in countries ranked as Tier 3, Tier 2 Watch List, and in some cases, Tier 2, where governments lack the economic resources and trafficking expertise to effectively address the problem.

Given the limited funding planned, the TIP Office has identified 14 countries for this solicitation based on a review of the TIP Report Tier rankings over the past two years; consultation with other offices in the Department; and consideration of recent anti-trafficking program funding from this Office, other USG agencies, or other donors. The TIP Office recognizes that some countries with significant trafficking problems and a need for assistance may not be among the 14 countries identified below.

The TIP Office is only interested in SOIs for countries that are specifically named for funding consideration in this solicitation, and these SOIs must be responsive to the country-specific recommendations listed below the respective country and articulated in the 2012 TIP Report. SOIs for projects taking place in countries that are not identified in this solicitation or that do not address a priority objective for an identified country will be rejected during the technical review process.

The countries and regions selected for funding consideration in this solicitation are listed below. The TIP Office has selected 14 Countries from 5 regions in which projects will be considered for funding under this solicitation.

Africa Region (AF)

1. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Kenya that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services
  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Kenya within these categories are:

  • Establish an official process for law enforcement officials to refer trafficking victims for assistance
  • Increase protective services available to adult trafficking victims, particularly those identified in and returned from the Middle East
  • Provide additional training to all levels of government, particularly law enforcement officials, on identifying and responding to trafficking crimes
  • Approve and implement the national action plan

2. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Senegal that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services
  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Senegal within these categories are:

  • Develop appropriate referral pathways for victim care
  • Train police and magistrates to recognize indicators of trafficking and investigate trafficking crimes under Senegal’s anti-trafficking law
  • Begin proactive victim identification programs, including screening vulnerable populations, such as women in prostitution and children begging in the streets, and expand government-funded shelters or partner with international organizations to establish wider sheltering options for trafficking victims

3. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Sierra Leone that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services
  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Sierra Leone within these categories are:

  • Increase efforts to prosecute, convict, and punish trafficking offenders using Sierra Leone’s 2005 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act
  • In collaboration with civil society organizations, train police and prosecutors to identify, investigate, and prosecute trafficking cases
  • Train law enforcement officers and social workers to identify trafficking victims proactively among vulnerable populations, such as women in prostitution, unaccompanied minors, or undocumented migrants, and provide them with protective services

4. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in South Sudan that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Raising awareness on the issue of TIP

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for South Sudan within these categories are:

  • Launch a public awareness campaign to educate government officials and the general public on the nature and dangers of human trafficking

5. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Uganda that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, investigate, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Uganda within these categories are:

  • Increase efforts to prosecute, convict and punish trafficking offenders
  • Continue to implement comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation and build the capacity of the CTIP office and other governmental and non-governmental stakeholders
  • Establish policies and procedures for government officials to identify and interview potential trafficking victims proactively and transfer them to the care, when appropriate, of local organizations
  • Institute a unified system of documenting and collecting data on human trafficking cases for use by law enforcement, labor and social welfare officials

East Asia and the Pacific Region (EAP)

1. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Cambodia that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendation for Cambodia within this category is:

  • Sensitize law enforcement authorities and policy makers to the prevalence of trafficking of adult men, especially in fishing, and make more services available to male victims within NGO shelters

2. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Malaysia that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendation for Malaysia within this category is:

  • Develop and implement procedures to identify labor trafficking victims, using internationally recognized indicators of forced labor among vulnerable groups such as migrant workers and refer them to available protection services
  • Increase training for officials on the effective handling of sex and labor trafficking cases, with a particular emphasis on victim protection and the identification of labor trafficking victims
  • Improve victim identification efforts to ensure that victims of trafficking are not threatened or punished for crimes committed as a result of being trafficked
  • With the assistance of NGOs, improve victim protection in government facilities by providing victims regular access to legal services and effective counseling in their native languages
  • In collaboration with NGOs, develop and implement mechanisms to allow adult foreign trafficking victims to travel, work, and reside outside government facilities, including while under protection order

Near East Region (NEA)

1. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Jordan that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers
  • Producing comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation consistent with the Palermo Protocol
  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Jordan within these categories are:

  • Amend the forced labor statute to increase prescribed penalties for forced labor offenses
  • Strengthen efforts to proactively identify victims of forced labor and forced prostitution and continue to implement the National Screening Team
  • Using the anti-trafficking statute, increase efforts to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence trafficking offenses
  • Enhance protective services for trafficking victims to include the availability of adequate shelter

South and Central Asia Region (SCA)

1. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Afghanistan that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Formal training for law enforcement and legal systems personnel regarding increasing capacity to identify, prosecute, convict and punish traffickers
  • Mentoring of law enforcement and legal systems personnel to implement legislation that results in increased identifications, prosecutions, convictions and punishment of traffickers
  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Afghanistan within these categories are:

  • Work toward eliminating police and court penalization of trafficking victims for offenses committed as a direct result of being trafficked, such as prostitution or adultery
  • Increase use by law enforcement of Afghanistan’s 2008 anti-trafficking law, including prosecuting suspected traffickers and convicting and imprisoning traffickers for acts of sex trafficking and forced labor

2. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Bangladesh that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendation for Bangladesh within this category is:

  • Provide support services for adult male trafficking victims and victims of forced labor
  • Draft and disseminate the implementing rules for Bangladesh’s Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act (e.g., systematic procedure to identify trafficking victims among vulnerable populations, and to refer victims of trafficking to protective services)

Western Hemisphere Region (WHA)

1. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Costa Rica that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Costa Rica within this category are:

  • Fund specialized services for trafficking victims, possibly through the establishment of a shelter specifically for trafficking victims or through funding NGOs to provide services
  • Ensure that cases of trafficking not involving movement are investigated and prosecuted and that victims of these crimes receive appropriate services

2. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in the Dominican Republic that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services
  • Raising awareness on the issue of TIP

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for the Dominican Republic within this category are:

  • Encourage the identification and documentation of more victims by working with NGOs to establish formal procedures for officials’ identification of adult and child trafficking victims, especially those in the legalized sex trade, and referring them to available services
  • Ensure adequate shelter and services are available to adult male victims
  • Empower an interagency task force that meets regularly and is made up of police, prosecutors, victim services providers, and NGOs with tools and resources to ensure coordination of anti-trafficking efforts, justice for perpetrators, and restorative care for victims
  • Implement a forced labor and forced prostitution awareness campaign in Spanish and Creole that targets the demand for commercial sex acts and forced labor as well as trafficking victims

3. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Honduras that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendation for Honduras within this category is:

  • Ensure that specialized services and shelter are available to trafficking victims through dedicated funding, either to government entities or civil society organizations
  • Develop and implement formal procedures for identifying victims among vulnerable populations and referring them to service providers

4. The TIP Office seeks to fund programs in Mexico that focus on the country’s needs for:

  • Providing direct victim services

According to the 2012 TIP Report, the recommendations for Mexico within this category are:

  • Increase funding for specialized victim services and shelters and ensure that victims of all forms of trafficking receive adequate protection
  • Increase collaboration with NGOs to provide victim care

Europe Region (EUR)

No countries in the EUR region have been identified for funding consideration in this solicitation.

Project Focus

The country-specific recommendations listed within each country named for funding consideration will guide anti-trafficking program decisions under this announcement. The TIP Office is interested only in proposals that meet these identified activities. Strong partnerships involving NGOs and multilateral organizations and government agencies that promote sustainable institutional development and ongoing structural impact are encouraged.

Applicants are reminded that the target beneficiaries of our work are trafficked persons or persons at risk of being trafficked, which are inherently a vulnerable group and who are often targeted because of one or more other vulnerabilities. These groups may include women and those vulnerable to gender-based violence; children; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals; the elderly; the sick; the disabled; and other minorities. Applicants are encouraged to practice inclusivity of vulnerable and underserved populations in developing project plans. Please review the Additional Information section at the end of the solicitation for further details about the Department of State’s guidelines concerning vulnerable populations.

Applicant/Organization Criteria

U.S.-based and foreign NGOs, institutions of higher education, and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Public International Organizations will not be funded under this solicitation. For-profit organizations, including small and disadvantaged businesses, may apply, but such organizations may not generate a profit from activities funded by the TIP Office. Foreign governments are not eligible to apply but governments may be beneficiaries of funded programs, provided that funding does not pay salaries of government agency personnel and that such assistance is not restricted by U.S. law or policy.

Organizations are permitted to submit multiple applications; however, the TIP Office intends to provide funding to a wide range of qualified, capable organizations that do well in the competitive review. Those who submit multiple applications are reminded to tailor each application to their organization’s particular strengths and country-specific experience.

The TIP Office recognizes the important role of civil society leadership in combating human trafficking and thus encourages U.S.-based NGOs and institutions of higher education to partner with NGOs and academic counterparts abroad that have a significant role in improving the response to human trafficking. Community, women’s, and faith-based NGOs, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities are encouraged to apply. Applicant organizations should have demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably in the target country and/or region, and in human trafficking or in similarly challenging program areas.

Technical Requirements for SOI Submissions

All SOIs will be screened to determine whether they meet the Technical Requirements listed below. SOIs that do not meet the Technical Requirements will not be considered for funding.

Technical Requirements: Statements of Interest (SOI) Applications MUST include these two parts. Do not submit additional documents. No additional documents will be reviewed.

1. The SF-424 and SF-424B forms; and

2. A two-page document written in English in Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font with the amount requested in U.S. dollars.

Note: The font-size requirement is designed to ensure that all applicants have an equal opportunity to present their ideas in the SOI. Thus, the entire SOI must be in a 12-point font, including charts. Organization logos, headers, footnotes, and other wording in small fonts that do not meet the 12 point font requirement should not be included. Please double check your submission to ensure the font size is correct.

Instructions for completing the SF-424 and SF-424B forms

Complete the SF-424 and SF-424B forms as described in the instructions provided through www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov.

In addition, the following specific information may be helpful when completing the fields of the SF-424.

1. Type of Submission: Application

2. Type of Application: New

3. Date Received: Leave blank. This will automatically be assigned.

4. Applicant Identifier: Leave blank

5a. Federal Entity Identifier: Leave blank

5b. Federal Award Identifier: Leave blank

6. Date Received by State: Leave blank. This will automatically be assigned

7. State Application Identified: Leave blank. This will automatically be assigned

8a. Enter the legal name of the applicant organization. Do NOT list abbreviations or acronyms unless they are part of the organization’s legal name.

8b. Employer/Taxpayer ID Number: Non-U.S. organizations enter 44-4444444

8c. Enter organizational DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System). Organizations can request a DUNS number at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

8d. Enter the address of the applicant

8e. Enter the name of the primary organizational unit (and department or division, if applicable) that will undertake the assistance activity, if applicable

8f. Enter the name, title, and all contact information of the person to be contacted on matters involving this application

9. Select an applicant type (type of organization)

10. Enter: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

11. Select: 19.019

12. Enter the Funding Opportunity Number and title. This number will already be entered on electronic applications.

13. Enter the Competition Identification Number and title. This number will already be entered on electronic applications.

14. Areas Affected by Project: List the country or countries where project activities will take place in alphabetical order

15. Enter the title of your proposed project (if necessary, delete pre-printed wording)

16. Congressional districts of Applicant and Program: Applicant if based in the U.S. please enter congressional district; if unknown or a foreign applicant please enter “90.” In box 16(b) for congressional district of program please enter “90.”

17. Enter the start date of September 30, 2013 and your projected end date

18. (18a) Enter the amount requested for the project described in the SOI under “Federal”; (18b) enter any cost-share under “Applicant”. Otherwise, use zeros

19. Enter “c”

20. Select the appropriate box. If you answer “yes” to this question you will be required to provide an explanation.

21. Enter the name, title, and all contact information of the individual authorized to sign for the application on behalf of the applicant organization.

Statement of Interest Content

The two-page Statement of Interest document should include the following information.

1. Brief description of the applicant organization and partner or partners, previous work in the country/region where the work would be performed, and previous work to combat human trafficking. Information should clearly demonstrate the organization’s record and capacity and may include previous grant management experience. A general organizational history is not required.

2. Description of how the project meets the TIP Office’s funding priorities, as described in this announcement.

3. Project description, including goals and objectives, intended beneficiaries, and duration.

4. Project outcomes, deliverables, and performance indicators.

5. The amount of funding requested in U.S. dollars. If cost sharing is proposed, include the amount of the proposed cost share in U.S. dollars. No other budget figures are requested or required.

The Competitive Review Process

All SOIs will be screened to determine whether they meet the technical requirements stated in this announcement. SOIs that do not meet the technical review requirements listed above will not be considered for funding.

Those SOIs that pass the technical review will be reviewed and rated by a panel comprised of individuals with knowledge and experience in human trafficking programming and regional expertise. The assessment will be based on how well the proposed project meets the priorities outlined in this announcement and addresses the information outlined in the Content section above. Following this panel review, the TIP Office will invite highly rated applicants to submit full proposals that expand on the SOI; this is the second stage of the competitive grant process. Once notified, applicants will have 30 days to submit a full proposal under a limited competitive announcement.

Full proposals will then be reviewed by members of the J/TIP office, and recommendations regarding projects to fund will be made to the Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons for review. The Ambassador, before making final recommendations, will consider bilateral, regional, and global factors, as well as any policies, restrictions, or limitations on U.S. assistance that may apply to each country or region involved. The Ambassador’s recommendations will be forwarded to the TIP Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance; final approval and Congressional Notification must take place before each grant or cooperative agreement is awarded.

The review panel members will use the following criteria when evaluating SOI proposals.

-- Organizational Capability and Record of Performance

The TIP Office will consider the past performance of prior recipients and the potential of new applicants. Strong knowledge of TIP issues and the trafficking context in the country where the project would take place should be demonstrated. Applicants should describe key partnerships that will be employed to achieve proposed goals and objectives.

-- Quality of Project Idea

The SOI should be responsive to country-based needs identified in this solicitation and articulated in the TIP Report.

-- Program Goals/Objectives

The SOI should demonstrate a logical approach and present project objectives that are measurable and achievable during the project period.

-- Project Outcomes, Deliverables, and Performance Indicators

Output and outcome indicators should be clearly linked to project goals and objectives. The SOI should clearly describe the potential impact on the TIP situation in the target country or region.

-- Requested Amount and Cost Share

Cost effectiveness as it relates to the scope of the proposed project will be assessed. Cost share is considered a positive as it can enhance the potential scope and impact of the project beyond the period of the TIP Office’s funding.

Deadline and Submission Instructions

All SOIs must be submitted via www.grantsolutions.gov OR www.grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The TIP Office will not accept proposals submitted via email, fax, the postal system, delivery companies, couriers, or U.S. Embassies. Applicants may submit more than one application; however, each application should be submitted only once.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to initiate electronic applications early in the application development process, and to submit before the due date or early on the due date. This will aid in addressing any problems with submissions prior to the application deadline. No exceptions will be made for organizations that have not completed the necessary steps to submit applications on www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov.

Applications Submitted Through www.grantsolutions.gov

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications via www.grantsolutions.gov.

Organizations using www.grantsolutions.gov for the first time should register on the www.grantsolutions.gov site to create a New Applicant account as soon as possible. This process must be completed before an application can be submitted. To register with www.grantsolutions.gov, follow the “First Time Applicants” link and complete the “GrantSolutions.gov New Applicant Sign Up” application form. Organizations that have previously used www.grantsolutions.gov do not need to register again. If an organization that has previously used GrantSolutions.gov is not able to access the system, please contact Customer Support for help in gaining access: help@grantsolutions.gov or call 1-866-577-0771.

A valid DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number IS required for submission of an application on grantsolutions.gov. Organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number or take the steps needed to obtain one as soon as possible. Instructions for obtaining a DUNS number can be found at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

A SAM (System for Award Management) registration IS NOT required prior to submitting an application via www.grantsolutions.gov, but applicants are advised to register with the SAM system at www.Sam.gov as soon as possible.

Electronic applications submitted via www.grantsolutions.gov must contain the SF-424 online forms (completed) and the SOI document (Project Narrative) specified in the application kit. No additional documents should be uploaded. The preferred document formats for the uploaded SOI are .doc or .docx. Applicants should wait until the upload shows the status as Successful before moving to the next part of the application kit.

Upon completion of a successful electronic application submission, the GrantSolutions system will provide the applicant with a confirmation page indicating the date and time (Eastern Standard Time) of the electronic application submission as well as an official Application Number. This confirmation page will also provide a listing of all items that constitute the final application submission. Please print this page for your records.

For assistance with www.grantsolutions.gov please contact Customer Support at help@grantsolutions.gov or call 1-866-577-0771 (toll charges for international callers) or 1-202-401-5282. Customer Support is available 8 AM – 6 PM EST, Monday – Friday, except federal holidays.

Applications Submitted Through www.grants.gov

Applicants who do not submit applications via GrantSolutions.gov may submit via www.grants.gov.

A valid DUNS number AND a SAM registration ARE BOTH required prior to submitting an application via www.grants.gov.

Organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number or take the steps needed to obtain one as soon as possible. Instructions for obtaining a DUNS number can be found at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Instructions for registering with SAM can be found at www.sam.gov. Prior to July 2012, this functionality was handled by the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). In addition, SAM registration must be updated annually to maintain a valid registration. Instructions on how to register with SAM are also present on the Grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/org_step2.jsp.

Electronic applications submitted via the www.grants.gov must contain the three parts listed as mandatory forms in the application package, including the SOI document (Project Narrative). Upon completion of a successful electronic application submission on www.grants.gov, the applicant will receive an email confirmation that the application has been successfully submitted and is in the process of verification. The applicant will then receive another email confirming that the application has been verified. Both emails are provided by grants.gov to verify that an application was received. Please print these emails for your records.

For assistance with www.grants.gov, please call the Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except federal holidays.

Additional Information

This call for Statements of Interest (SOI) will appear on www.grantsolutions.gov, www.grants.gov, and the TIP Office’s website, www.state.gov/j/tip, as well as websites of U.S. embassies.

Anticipated Time to Award: In most cases, the TIP Office will award grant funds to successful applicants no later than September 30, 2013.

Reporting and Monitoring Requirements: Applicants selected for an award must meet the following reporting and policy requirements:

1. Reporting Requirements: Grantees are required to submit program progress and quarterly financial reports at pre-determined intervals throughout the project period and final reports 90 days after the close of the project period. Access to funds may be suspended if reports are late or incomplete.

2. Grant Monitoring: The TIP Office monitors and evaluates all funded projects. Grantees should expect to have their programs visited and reviewed by a Grants and/or Program Officer. On-site reviews include assessment of program and administrative effectiveness. Some programs may be selected for independent evaluation, in addition to planned program monitoring.

Anti-Prostitution Policy and Requirements: The U.S. Government is opposed to prostitution and related activities, which are inherently harmful and dehumanizing, and contribute to the phenomenon of trafficking in persons. Consistent with the TVPA, grantees are required to agree to the following conditions prior to a grant being awarded:

1. None of the funds made available herein 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 combat trafficking in persons, including programs for prevention, protection of victims, and prosecution of traffickers and others who profit from trafficking in persons, 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. The recipient shall insert this provision in all sub-agreements under this award.

2. An organization receiving funds for any program targeting victims of severe forms of trafficking must affirmatively state one of the following conditions, and shall also insert one of these provisions in all sub-agreements under an award. Either:

  • “That it does not promote, support, or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution and will not promote, support, or advocate the legalization or the practice of prostitution during the term of this grant.”

Or:

  • “That it has no policy on prostitution and will remain neutral during the term of this grant.”

TVPA Requirement for Training of Trafficking Victim Assistance Personnel: Any applicant seeking funding under this solicitation must be prepared to make the following certification in its full proposal:

  • Applicant hereby certifies that, to the extent practicable, persons or entities providing legal services, social services, health services, or other assistance have completed, or will complete, training in connection with trafficking in persons.

Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts: Any applicant’s hiring process must be consistent with the U.S. government’s position on preventing human trafficking among federal contractors, specifically:

  • “The Executive Order expressly prohibits federal contractors, subcontractors, and their employees from engaging in certain trafficking-related practices, such as misleading or fraudulent recruitment practices; charging employees recruitment fees; and destroying or confiscating an employee’s identity documents, such as a passport or a driver’s license.”

U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security: Applicants are encouraged to review the goals of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security for their relevance to applications. In particular, Outcome 3.3 of the Plan provides guidance on efforts to combat trafficking:

  • “Engage with international and/or civil society organizations to ensure that standard operational procedures are in place to prevent human trafficking, especially among refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), including appropriate assistance and procedures for unaccompanied minors, to identify potential trafficked persons, and to refer survivors to appropriate service providers. As appropriate, provide support to international and civil society organizations to set up emergency care services for trafficking survivors.”

And:

  • “Promote establishment of local coalitions or taskforces comprised of relevant government authorities and civil society organizations to combat human trafficking as part of the justice reform measures in post-conflict areas.”

U.S. Department of State Policy on Disabilities: The United States Government has made a commitment to protect and advance human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people, including persons with disabilities. To that end, President Obama signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 30, 2009, to ensure that every person living with a disability can benefit from the same access and protections, in the United States and abroad.

U.S. Department of State Policy on LGBT Individuals: In preparing applications, grantees are reminded to review the TIP Office’s policy on LGBT individuals. Advancing the human rights of LGBT people, as with our support for other marginalized or vulnerable people, complements and reinforces other U.S. foreign policy priorities, including strengthening civil society, promoting the rule of law, supporting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls, protecting refugees and asylum seekers, and furthering anti-trafficking efforts, among others. Due to these intersections, violations or abuses of the human rights of LGBT people often also have negative implications for other U.S. foreign policy priorities. Therefore, we must engage host governments and civil society to promote human rights to which all people are entitled, or we are less likely to achieve our broader foreign policy and national security objectives.

Solicitation Discussion

The TIP Office has developed an online “Solicitation Presentation” (www.state.gov/j/tip) to provide an opportunity for organizations interested in applying for funding to hear about this request for Statements of Interest. Organizations may submit questions. The questions and answers will be published on the TIP Office’s website (www.state.gov/j/tip) and updated frequently.

Contact Information

A. Please direct questions about the requirements of this Request for Statements of Interest to Chelsea Lord at LordC@state.gov or Zach Winters at WintersZ@state.gov.

B. For assistance with GrantSolutions.gov please contact Customer Support at help@grantsolutions.gov or call 1-866-577-0771 (toll charges for international callers) or 1-202-401-5282. Customer Support is available 8 AM – 6 PM EST, Monday – Friday, except federal holidays. Please note that December 25, 2012, and January 1, 2013, are federal holidays and the help desk will be closed.

C. For assistance with Grants.gov, please call the Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov. The Contact Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except federal holidays.



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