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Funding and Resources
This committee is charged with identifying and applying for potential grants and other forms of funding.
2021 Committee Reports
The Committee finished up 2020 with new enthusiasm for providing resources to those entities hoping to obtain funding for their anti-human trafficking efforts. The Committee began the year planning a series of half-day virtual workshops to equip potential grantees with tools, resources, and information to successfully apply for, receive and administer grant funding.
The committee proceeded to develop a curriculum for potential grant applicants ranging from funding for beginners all the way up to strategies for securing federal grants. The Committee, together with the Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP), led by Commissioner Kathy Maitland, created three separate half day workshops providing tools, resources, and information to successfully apply for, receive, and administer a variety of funding resources to support provision of services to victims of trafficking. The first three free workshops in the “Building Capacity for Funding Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts” were offered virtually in March of 2021, in anticipation of the spring cycle of federal grant announcements.
- Part 1: Is My Organization Ready to Apply for Grant Funding?
- Part 2: Fund Development Overview
- Part 3: Federal Grants: The Process and Development of Your Resources
Presenters for each workshop were selected for their expertise, experience and success procuring funding for service provision organizations, especially those serving victims and survivors of human trafficking. Each workshop was well attended and well received. The workshops were recorded and are available on the Commission’s webpage free of charge.
After the very positive feedback from the first three workshops, the Committee recognized that a fourth session was needed to increase understanding on state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund applications and administration. The Committee, again with MAP, planned and presented a fourth free three-hour virtual workshop in November. The Committee again sought out experts and were happy to include staff from the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services, administrators of state VOCA funding, together with panelists experienced in obtaining and administering VOCA grants. The VOCA workshop was also recorded. Now, the Commission website is home to the entire four-part workshop series, free to all.
The Committee looks forward to continuing to support those pursing funding for anti-human trafficking efforts by focusing next on developing published resources to aid in grant applications including a fact sheet providing information about human trafficking in Michigan. The Committee is looking forward to working with the Data and Research Committee to utilize the standardized data collected from their ongoing data project.