The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition each year for projects to combat human trafficking outside of the United States. The first stage of competition begins with the TIP Office posting a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requesting applicants to submit Statements of Interest (SOIs) that summarize priorities for projects addressing the country- and region-specific requirements. The TIP Office posts this notice in October on GrantSolutions.gov and Grants.gov. In the second stage of the competition, which begins in late November, the TIP Office invites select applicants to submit full proposals that expand upon the concepts described in their three-page SOIs.
Organizations eligible to apply include U.S.-based and foreign non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), for-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and public international organizations (PIOs). For-profit organizations are not permitted to generate profits from U.S. foreign assistance grant-funded activities. U.S. government agencies are also eligible to apply. Foreign governments are not eligible to apply.
A typical award falls in the range of $750,000 – $850,000 over a three-year period, although the TIP Office implements a number of projects ranging from $250,000 to more than $1 million. TIP Office projects address one or more of the “3Ps” of human trafficking (prosecution, protection, and prevention) and are designed to combat both sex trafficking and labor trafficking involving men, women, transgender individuals, and children. Within these parameters, the TIP Office is increasing its focus in environments affected by conflict and natural disasters. The TIP Office encourages applicants to submit innovative proposals that align with U.S. government priorities (including as articulated in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report), address human trafficking challenges on a significant scale, incorporate survivor input, demonstrate a strong monitoring and evaluation plan, and offer the potential to have a systemic effect, among other factors. For more specific information on preparing an application for the TIP Office, please refer to the TIP Application 101 Video on the TIP Office website.
We thank all organizations working to combat human trafficking for their continued efforts, and we encourage organizations to consider applying for a grant from our office. Please email JTIPGrants@state.gov if you have any further questions about the annual grants process.