Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls – Apr 19

Posted by NoVo Foundation on March 19, 2019

NoVo Foundation Accepting LOIs for Proposals That Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls

The NoVo Foundation is dedicated to catalyzing a transformation in global society from a culture of domination and exploitation to one of equality and partnership. Through its Life Story: Moments of Change initiative, the foundation seeks to illuminate the truths of girls and women in the sex trade — the vast majority of whom enter the trade due to a dearth of economic options and a failure of social systems to support them.

A year after it launched the initiative, the foundation has decided to deepen its support for organizations working to change those life trajectories. Through its Life Story Grants program, the foundation seeks to impact commercial sexual exploitation by addressing two influences: the people and communities who are disproportionately impacted by the sex trade but are largely invisible; and the critical life moments where a different path becomes possible.

To that end, grants of up to $600,000 a year for up to three years will be awarded in support of U.S.-based projects or approaches that imagine and create new possibilities and an exit for girls and women in sexual exploitation. Examples of approaches and programs eligible for support include a pilot program within a system to address the needs of survivors; dedicated capacity to address a particular system or agency’s response to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation; or collaborations between systems and community-based providers to develop specialized responses. New collaborations, existing work, and new ideas from existing organizations all will be supported.

Projects must explicitly address one or more of six “moments” of systems interaction identified by the foundation as key factors that can create vulnerability to sexual exploitation: housing, medical needs, law enforcement, trauma and mental health, immigration, and systems impacting youth. Priority will be given to projects focused on the communities who drive much of the foundation’s work, including girls and women of color, indigenous girls and women, immigrant girls and women, adult women and mothers, and trans girls and women. In addition, the foundation will prioritize projects that are heavily led or informed by those with lived experience of the sex trade.

Projects should have the potential for replication and the dissemination of case studies and/or promising research practices that contribute to solutions-based literature in collaboration with the individuals, organizations, and communities involved.

The foundation will be hosting non-mandatory informational webinars on March 19 and March 26, 2019.

Eligible candidates include organizations registered as tax exempt according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, collaborations with a registered organization (or fiscal sponsor), tax-exempt tribal governments or tribally-chartered institutions, and current NoVo grantee partners.

See the NoVo Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: April 19, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)

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