U.S. Department of Justice: Project Beacon – Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex TraffickingDeadline: July 15, 2019
Project Beacon – Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking (Project Beacon) will make awards to increase the quantity and quality of services currently available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of sex trafficking who reside in urban areas. Award recipients will use the funding to develop and enhance their capacity to address the needs of AI/AN victims of sex trafficking through a combination of staff training and education on the topic, building strategic collaborative partnerships with other community-based organizations and agencies, and public awareness activities.
Project Beacon will make awards through two purpose areas:
(1) Purpose Area 1: Direct Services: Applicants may apply to this purpose area to request funding to: develop or enhance their organizational capacity to provide services to urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking; develop and sustain collaborative partnerships; conduct community outreach and awareness activities; and provide training to other stakeholders on how to meet the needs of urban AI/AN victims of sex trafficking. Applicants for this purpose area must demonstrate that they will provide services to the target population in an urban community. Note: The definition of “urban area” is consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of “urbanized area,” which refers to an area with a total population of “50,000 or more people” (www.census.gov/programs-surveys/geography/guidance/geo-areas/urban-rural.html).
Award recipients under Purpose Area 1 will work toward achieving the following objectives:
- Develop and implement a plan or strategy to meet the comprehensive needs of AI/AN victims of sex trafficking, through: (a) the recipient’s provision of direct services to victims; (b) the formation of strategic collaborative partnerships with other community-based organizations and/or agencies who can meet the victims’ needs; or (c) a combination of (a) and (b)
- Work collaboratively with federal, state, and local law enforcement, victim service providers, and community- and faith-based organizations and agencies to facilitate the identification and referral for services to AI/AN victims of sex trafficking
- Participate in Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-sponsored training and technical assistance to: (a) build the recipient’s organizational capacity to provide direct services to AI/AN victims of sex trafficking through professional development training and education for organizational staff; (b) craft an effective public awareness campaign; (c) develop and implement a strategy to collect OVC-defined performance measurement data and grantee-defined program evaluation data as described in the applicant’s program evaluation plan; and (d) develop and implement effective outreach strategies for victims of sex trafficking
- Participate in data collection and program evaluation activities to assess whether or not the funded project is meeting its stated goals and objectives
(2) Purpose Area 2: Training and Technical Assistance: Applicants may request funding to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance (TTA) to successful grantees under Purpose Areas 1.
Amount: A total of $3,700,000 is available to make awards as follows:
- Purpose Area 1: A total of seven awards that range up to $450,000 for a period of 36 months
- Purpose Area 2: One award will be made that ranges up to $550,000 for a period of 36 months
Eligibility: Dependent on Purpose Area, as follows:
- Purpose Area 1: Applicants are limited to: nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) whose primary mission is specifically to provide services that meet the health, safety, and general welfare needs of AI/AN individuals who reside in urban areas. Applicants must demonstrate the primary mission of its organization by submitting a copy of its organizational mission statement as an attachment to its application for funding. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to submit brief biographical sketches of the members of its board of directors, steering committee, or senior management team to demonstrate that the organization is led by individuals who have knowledge and expertise in meeting the needs of AI/AN individuals who reside in urban areas. Purpose Area 1 applicants are not required to have a demonstrated knowledge/expertise in delivering services to victims of sex trafficking.
- Purpose Area 2: Applicants are limited to states, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, units of local government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), national organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). A unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized tribal government. Applicants must demonstrate experience in providing national- and local-level training and technical assistance to organizations and agencies that provide direct services to urban AI/AN communities, and on topics and issues specific to AI/AN victims of sex trafficking.