Funding Your Partnership highlights some important sources and strategies for securing financial resources.

Finding financial resources to support anti-trafficking has consistently been a struggle for advocates, survivors, practitioners and law enforcement involved in partnerships. Often human trafficking is framed from a criminal justice perspective, which constrains federal funding opportunities that can change with each new administration. But as awareness of the crime grows, funders are beginning to understand human trafficking from a rights-based approach, a public health perspective, or even as a social justice issue. This reality has opened up new funding opportunities for organizations and partnerships working to end human trafficking together. The search for funding begins with an important question: Does your partnership’s mission and vision align with a potential funding source?

Develop Funding Sources 

A comprehensive list of government grant opportunities are available at . Here are a few offices and programs to be aware of:

  • Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) Program
  • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
  • Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force To Combat Human Trafficking: Supporting Law Enforcement’s Role Grant
  • DOJ’s Field-Generated Innovations in Assistance to Victims of Human Trafficking
  • DOJ’s Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Program Grant
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Service Grant
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Enhancing Juvenile and Family Court Responses to Human Trafficking Grant
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Field-Generated Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement Grant
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Grant
  • DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Grant
  • Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Services and Outreach (DVHT-SO) Program
  • Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education (HTYPE) Demonstration Grants
  • National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Research and Evaluation on Trafficking in Persons
  • NIJ’s Research on Law Enforcement Responses to Sex Trafficking of Minors Grant
  • Office for Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) Per-Capita Grant Program
  • Department of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Preventing Trafficking of Girls
  • OJJDP’s Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Examples of large funders in the human trafficking space:


Examples of smaller funders that gave at least one-third of their annual giving budget to anti-trafficking initiatives):

Major corporate donations given for anti-trafficking:

  • Human trafficking is an emerging field with limited funders who explicitly fund anti-trafficking work. 
  • While many funders do not have a specific funding priority on human trafficking, they may still allocate special funds to programs that charge fees for services.
  • Examples could include fee-based training, consulting, or strategic planning facilitated by the partnership.

Explore Other Sections of the Partnership Toolkit

Partnership 101

How do you define a partnership? How will you be intentionally inclusive in your membership?


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Partnership Management

Has your partnership set up specific goals and strategies?


Trust and Sustainability

How will you maintain trust and resolve conflict?


Survivor Engagement

How will you make your partnership survivor-centered?


Contact Colorado’s Human Trafficking Hotline Today

Colorado’s 24/7 Human Trafficking Hotline is managed by the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Request referrals, report tips, or get help today.

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