Our grantees are on the front line of this struggle. Among other things, you enhance victim services in the Philippines, bring together stakeholders in Nicaragua, and maintain one of the only shelters for women and girl victims in DRC. Your work lets us know what efforts are making the biggest difference, and where gaps exist in the way we respond to this crime. In fact, we have worked with our partners across the U.S. Government to develop a new booklet of promising practices. I hope that you will take the time to go take a look at it on our website.
Each year, my office receives more requests for funding than we will ever be able to meet, and that is especially true in today’s tight budgetary environment. That’s why we look for projects that will give us the biggest "bang for the buck." We look for applications that push the envelope, and bring innovative approaches to the issue.
So what do you need to know about this year’s solicitation?
Well, we are planning to fund the same number of NGOs as we have in the past—maybe even more. But as you prepare your proposal, you should know that we’re doing things a little differently this year.
First, NGOs and universities will no longer have to compete against the International Organizations, such as UN offices or the IOM. We will continue working with our IO partners, of course, but that funding will be kept separate.
Second, the list of countries we are prioritizing is shorter than in previous years, and the solicitation is more targeted to what we have identified as pressing needs. We hope that this will allow us to make the best use of everyone’s time and energy during the RFP process.
We are also taking advantage of our new media platforms to provide more information and be more responsive to your concerns. I urge you to send us questions on our website. We will post responses, along with updates on this year’s solicitation, on our website, on our Twitter feed and on our Facebook page.
I look forward to reviewing your proposals, and continuing to work with you to move forward in this effort. We all know that so much work remains, but by working in partnership, we can continue to build a world where every person’s freedom and dignity are protected. A world in which governments, the private sector, academics and NGOs come together to work on behalf of survivors: A world free from slavery.