Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
October 17, 2011


The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) hosted the 2011 Conference for Potential Bidders on October 17, 2011 to provide information and technical assistance regarding the upcoming Fiscal Year 2012 grant solicitations. The presentation is included below for reference.

Welcome

G/TIP International Programs is pleased to host the 5th annual Bidders’ Conference to discuss our open competition for Fiscal Year 2012 funding. The topics covered today reflect suggestions made by participants after last year’s Conference. Our office values your feedback; please give us your completed evaluated at the door.

  • We will focus on the 2012 Solicitation and a few examples of projects selected for G/TIP funding.
  • Today’s presentation is being video-taped. The video, this overview, and “Frequently Asked Questions” will be available on our website, www.state.gov/j/tip.

G/TIP International Programs Overview

G/TIP allocates foreign assistance through a transparent open competition for funding each year. In our administration of funds, we emphasize effective use of our limited resources and accountability. Our foreign assistance priorities and funding decisions are guided by the trends and country-specific recommendations in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The 2011 TIP Report is posted on our website.

G/TIP’s program funds are dedicated solely to combating human trafficking outside the U.S. We do not fund programs that combat TIP in the U.S. G/TIP monitors project effectiveness and conducts on-site program and administrative reviews to ensure accountability.

Each year, the number of applications we receive are Increasing- Competition Is Very Tough!

  • Number of Proposals Received by G/TIP

FY 2007 – 286 proposals
FY 2009 – 372 proposals
FY 2011 – 429 proposals

  • Amount of Funding Requested in Proposals Received by G/TIP

2007 – $80 million
2009 – $146 million
2011 – $235 million

Recent Grant Awards

Applicants are encouraged to review descriptions of projects funded in 2010 and 2011 on our website. Our Office awarded 96% of our FY 2011 funds ($16 million) appropriated for anti-trafficking projects by September 30, 2011. In all, G/TIP awarded 69 grants to 43 organizations in 34 countries totaling nearly $24 million in FY 2011, including $4.5 million in funds specially appropriated for Haiti in late 2010; and $3.5 million in 2010 funds, primarily for India and Afghanistan.

Current G/TIP Anti-trafficking Programming

We funded 168 projects totaling over $64 million in 70 countries. Ninety percent of these projects include a victim protection component. Most include activities to increase prosecutions and convictions. Seventy-four percent of awards focus on both labor and sex trafficking – to build a comprehensive response in target countries.

G/TIP’s 2012 Solicitation

The Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) was posted October 14, 2011 on the following websites three main websites, www.GrantSolutions.gov , www.Grants.gov and the G/TIP website, www.state.gov/j/tip . Awards will be made, pending appropriations and availability of funds for FY 2012.

The Decade of Delivery

G/TIP Seeks Proposals That:

  • Assist governments to enforce anti-trafficking laws.
  • Expand victim assistance and protection services.
  • Demonstrate model approaches to combating TIP.
  • Present innovative ideas.
  • Propose research and/or evaluation to advance our understanding of how to eradicate TIP.

Procedures for 2012 Competitive Grants

G/TIP uses a two-stage competitive review process.

1. In the first stage, statements of Interest (SOI) submitted for review. The two-page SOI saves resources of applicants and reviewers. The technical requirements help to preserve a fair and open competition.

2. In the 2nd stage of the review, applicants with highly rated SOIs will be invited to submit full proposals (most likely in February). Invited applicants will have 30 days to submit proposals in this limited competition.

Who Is Eligible To Apply

  • U.S. and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Public international organizations (PIO)
  • Colleges and universities
  • For profit organizations (Awarded on a limited basis)

Award Limits

  • Maximum award: $750,000
  • Maximum duration: 36 months. This will vary based on the proposed objectives.

Geographic Focus of Proposed Projects

  • Bilateral Programs: focus on one country
  • Regional Programs: focus on more than 1 country in a region (Regions/countries are posted on the State Department website)
  • Multi-regional/Global Programs: focus on countries in more than one region (for example, source and destination countries) or on global issues

Selecting Priority Countries

To target limited funds and provide applicants with information about priorities, we select priority countries in consultation with other offices in the Department of State. Key factors considered in the selection of countries include:

  • TIP Report Tier Rankings over the past two years
  • Political will to improve the response to human trafficking
  • Economic resources and need for trafficking expertise
  • Recent USG support for anti-trafficking programs

2012 Priority Countries By Region (32 Countries)

Africa (12): Botswana, Burundi, Dem Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, and Africa Regional

East Asia/Pacific (4): Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Regional – Pacific Islands

Europe and Eurasia (2): Albania, Azerbaijan

Near East (4): Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia

South and Central Asia (4): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka

Western Hemisphere (6): Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Regional – Caribbean

How To Apply and Deadline

All applications must be submitted using www.GrantSolutions.gov OR www.Grants.gov . Proposals will not be accepted via e-mail or other forms of delivery. Detailed instructions for how to apply are provided in the solicitation announcement. The deadline is November 18, 2011, at 5:00 PM EST.

  • Registration is required for the websites. Register early!
  • GrantSolutions.gov – requires a DUNS number.
  • Grants.gov – requires a DUNS number and current CCR registration. CCR registration must be updated annually to be current.
  • For assistance with GrantSolutions.gov or Grants.gov please contact the Help Desk. If they cannot resolve the problem, please contact our Office.

Technical Requirements Must Be Met

The purpose of the technical review is to ensure fairness –all applicants should have an equal opportunity to describe their proposed project. Please do not submit additional documents.

The Application Package must include:

1. Standard Forms 424 and 424B (Completed; Instructions provided in the solicitation). Please note: SF-424 #14 – Name the country or List the countries in alpha order, or enter Global.

2. Two-page Statement of Interest (See Content description in the solicitation). This should be in English, all in 12 Point font (Arial or Times New Roman). The Amount of funding should be requested in U.S. dollars. Any cost share amount should also be in U.S. Dollars, if it is proposed. No budget categories are requested or required.

Application Review

G/TIP screens SOIs to determine whether they meet the Technical Requirements. SOIs that meet these requirements will be reviewed by the U.S. Embassy in the country where the proposed project would take place.

G/TIP will convene Regional Interagency Review Panels (representatives of relevant USG agencies with TIP and regional expertise). The results of the Panels will be reviewed by the Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Human Trafficking.

Application Review and Approval

Applicants with highly rated SOIs will be invited to submit full proposals within 30 days for competitive review. Full proposals will be reviewed by the relevant U.S. Embassy and an Interagency Review Panel in G/TIP.

Next, the Ambassador-at-Large will review the Panel results, considering our Office’s funding priorities, bilateral, regional and global factors, as well as any relevant funding restrictions. The Ambassador-at-Large will make funding recommendations to the Director of Foreign Assistance. Final approval and Congressional notification must take place before funding is awarded. The G/TIP Grant Officer will work with Program Officers to make 2012 awards by September 30, 2012.

Projects To Be Funded

Some examples of the types of projects G/TIP seeks to fund are listed in the solicitation. We also welcome new ideas. The 2011 TIP Report trends and recommendations will guide funding decisions.

The “3 P” paradigm guides human trafficking programming. These are: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution + Partnerships. Applicants are not required to address all 3 Ps in a project or all TIP Report recommendations for a country.

Organizations are encouraged to build on the unique strengths and expertise that they bring to the target area.

Most projects funded by G/TIP focus on one of the priority countries; but some regional and global projects will also be funded. Projects in non-priority countries may also be funded.

Examples of G/TIP-funded Successful Projects

BBC World Services Trust: Raising awareness among people vulnerable to bonded labor in India.

  • The strategy was tailored to the local community and included a 36-episode radio program. They engaged listeners with local discussion groups and administered baseline and end line assessments. Awareness of compensation for freed bonded laborers rose from 8% of respondents to 73%.

Assisting government agencies to identify victims and provide quality aftercare in Zambia – IOM.

  • After building the relationship, IOM is working to train staff of three government affiliated shelters to meet minimum standards for aftercare services for victims and to upgrade their facilities.

IJM: Improving law enforcement and victim protection

  • The project had clear objectives; targets for training criminal justice personnel and victim service providers; reported on reintegration after 1 year; and had a Memorandum of Agreement to strengthen cooperation.

Slavery Footprint Survey and Mobile App

  • Fair Trade Fund is raising awareness of modern slavery in supply chains and mobilizing action globally.

Research on forced labor in the fishing industry

  • This IOM report documented the experiences of victims of forced labor on Thai fishing vessels and outlined the legal framework changes that are needed to prevent this crime.

Safeguarding Fairness and Transparency

The Office makes every effort to ensure a fair, transparent, competitive grants process. In keeping with this commitment, we cannot advise applicants on the content of their proposals or provide suggestions regarding proposals. Partnerships with civil society organizations are critical to our efforts to end human trafficking in our time.

We appreciate your commitment to fighting human trafficking – it is a very challenging area in which to work. But the potential impact on the lives of millions of people is tremendous.

Our Office strives to ensure we make a difference through our funding and we welcome your ideas and your applications.