Safe Harbor Minnesota

Safe Harbor for All
Strategic Planning Grant

MDH is seeking applications to create a “Safe Harbor for All” statewide strategic plan outlining recommendations for Minnesota’s responses for adult victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Recommendations must address relevant criminal issues, access and availability of services, unintended consequences of such recommendations, and engage priority stakeholders.

Key Dates

Application Period Begins August 4, 2017
Letter of Intent Due August 21, 2017
Proposal Questions Accepted Through August 30, 2017
Applications Due September 5, 2017
Announcement of Funding Decisions September 15, 2017
Agreement Period Begins October 2, 2017

MDH seeks proposals to create a “Safe Harbor for All” statewide strategic plan. The plan, which can use principles and practices consistent with those used in completing Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), should be designed and implemented using a community based and/or community engagement process involving stakeholders statewide, including those populations most impacted by sexual exploitation and trafficking.

The desired outcome of community engagement process is to receive input on how Minnesota should respond to adult victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. Stakeholders must include but are not limited to sex trafficking survivors and their family members, statewide crime victim service coalitions, victim service providers, nonprofit organizations, task forces, prosecutors, public defenders, tribal governments, public safety and corrections professionals, public health professionals, and impacted community members

Eligible Applicants

Individuals, community based organizations, community health centers, tribal governments, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, county and local governments, and any other public or private non-profit agency are eligible to apply. More than one entity may apply jointly; however, there must be one identified fiscal agent.

Applicants must have experience in strategic planning, legal frameworks, community engagement, and working with underserved or marginalized populations. Preference will be given for applicants with an understanding of the dynamics of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Funding Available, Duration of Project, and Funding Restrictions

Approximately $67,000 is available for 11 months beginning November 2017 and ending October 2018.

Funds may be used to cover costs of personnel, supplies, project-related travel, and other project-related costs. Funds may not be used for building alterations or renovations, construction, fund raising activities, political education, or lobbying. Matching funds are not required. 

For more information, please review the complete RFP located below.

All questions regarding this RFP should be submitted to Lauren Ryan via email or phone / 651-201-5412. No other MDH staff are authorized to respond.

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