Funding Priorities

Under the leadership of Ambassador Lagon G/TIP has taken the lead in articulating priorities for foreign assistance dollars to combat trafficking--for our G/TIP managed funds and for funds managed by posts and other offices.

G/TIP funds are used primarily to assist Tier 3 and Tier 2 Watch List countries; however we are also cognizant of the need to address identified gaps in Tier 2 countries. Priority is given to address issues or deficiencies identified in the TIP Reports and Interim Assessments. Additional factors that are considered include:

With our funds we are working to create an environment conducive to systemic change that will have a long-term, sustainable, positive impact on combating TIP. Our goal is to assist governments to improve their response to TIP. This strategy includes supporting civil society leadership that has proven so important in promoting change. We hope that the improvements will be evident in and improve the targeted country's Tier ranking.


Dear Friend in the Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery,
Our office was pleased to host many of you at our first annual Bidder’s Conference in late November 2007; approximately 140 representatives from 90 organizations attended.  Participants’ evaluations indeed showed it was a valuable opportunity to share information about our office, our anti-human trafficking priorities, and current grant solicitations.  The presentation materials are available for all to review on our website: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rfp/biddersconference/index.htm .
Current Funding Opportunities
I would also like to remind you of our current open solicitations available on www.grants.govPlease visit www.grants.gov and our website (www.state.gov/g/tip) to view all eligibility and application requirements.

1) Evaluation Assessments of International Anti-Trafficking Programming. G/TIP invites applicants to submit proposals for conducting evaluation assessments of currently funded G/TIP anti-trafficking programs. The Department will enter into two cooperative agreements with a maximum amount per award of $200,000. Deadline: January 15, 2008, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

2) International Programs to Combat Trafficking. The Department has approximately $8.5 million available to fund programs across all global regions, and a maximum amount per award of $500,000. Deadline for regional or global scope proposals: February 12, 2008, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications for programs in individual countries must be submitted to U.S. Embassies in the country where the proposed program will be located. Deadline for country-specific proposals: Determined by individual U.S. Embassies but before February 12, 2008. 

3) International Collaborative Partnerships to Combat Trafficking. G/TIP invites U.S. non-profit/NGOs to submit anti-TIP proposals for capacity building programs with locally-based organizations abroad. Each application must include at least one sub-grant to a locally-based organization as part of a mentorship model. Direct funding for non-U.S. institutions is not available under this announcement. The Department has approximately $1.2 million available for this grant program to support multiple awards with a maximum amount per award of $200,000. Deadline: March 3, 2008, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Grant Awards in Fiscal Year 2007

Our office recently announced that during Fiscal Year 2007, we awarded $16.5 million for anti-human trafficking programs. We funded 63 projects in 46 countries totaling approximately $13.55 million, six regional projects totaling $1.1 million, located in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Near East, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere regions, four global projects totaling roughly $1.3 million, and four research projects totaling about $500,000.  The vast majority of these awards (91%) were funded through the TIP’s Office’s annual competitive grant process.  A complete list of awarded projects and descriptions can be found here: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/rpt/97990.htm.  
The TIP Office staff and I wish you the very best in the New Year, as we commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in the United States.  We look forward to a year of great strides, not just mitigating or regulating but thoroughly eradicating human trafficking around the globe.
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon
Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP)
U.S. Department of State
(202) 312-9640 

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