The Grants Committee was established to support the charitable efforts of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition (LCHTC). Funding is made possible through the generous contributions of members of the LCHTC and its friends.
Overview of the grants program
- The LCHTC only considers projects which support anti-trafficking programs, with emphasis on victim services.
- Applicants must be sponsored by an LCHTC member in good standing.
- Funding will be limited to $2,000 per grant, with one award each funding cycle. There are two grant cycles per year with application deadlines of March 1st and September 1st of each year.
- Read the Grant Policy and Procedures (PDF) for the full details.
- Download the Budget Templates (XLS) as needed: Fully Funded Project or Partially Funded Project.
- Fill out the Consent to Share (DOC) form.
- Download the Grants Application (DOC), fill it out, and submit it to the grants committee (via email to the address listed in the application).
Questions or comments? Contact the Grants chair at grants@LCHTC.net.
Frequently Asked Questions About LCHTC Grants
Q: What is an LCHTC grant? A: A grant that provides funding opportunities to agencies servicing victims of human trafficking.
Q: How do I qualify? A: Be a 501c3 that provides services to victims of human trafficking and a member of the LCHTC or sponsored by a member.
Q: How often can I apply and receive funding? A: If approved, you can only receive funding for a one-year time period. Outside of that, you may apply during any of the open application processes. Grants are non-renewable.
Q: How does the grant process work? A: It is a systematic process:
- Start by downloading the application for funding from Basecamp, complete the form, and then email along with its required information (according to instructions and deadline).
- Possible feedback may occur (if suggestions to modify, complete new form accordingly and then resubmit by its deadline).
- Application for funding is reviewed and then voted on for approval.
- Applicant is notified of award or voted decline.
- Applicant follows guidelines for usage.
- Grant closeout.
Q: How do we get started? A: First, the application needs electronically filled out. In order to do so, one begins with a clear idea of the goals and objectives for their project. Then, complete the application to clearly convey this has been well thought out.
Q: What makes for a good proposal? A: A good proposal stems from a good concept. In turn, is well communicated with sufficient detail (within the allotted word count) for the reviewers to understand four things:
- What it is you or your organization wants to accomplish.
- You or your organization is capable of accomplishing its goals and objectives.
- The impact and cost effectiveness of the project.
- You or your organizations evaluation and applicable dissemination plans.
Q: What makes for a good proposal for consideration? A: The proposal demonstrates evidence of preliminary work in planning and commitment to the project and potential for success. Additionally, it clearly notes what the project will initiate e.g. important changes or assistance to the population of a community applicable for the grant.
Q: What other considerations should be thought through? A: If a proposal requests funds for e.g. a laptop computer, it would be helpful to consider alternatives and explain why those chosen are suitable for the project versus why others (e.g. less expensive) are less suitable.
Q: What does a budget justification mean? A:
- Justification is the information that shows support for your budget.
- This is significant to your proposal and cannot be omitted; partially or vaguely answered.
- Reminder: Your budget should show its overall totals.
Q: Are there any other tips or advice? A: Yes:
- Proposals could be written in a manner that serves as a blueprint for execution of the plan.
- A well written project proposal has a first impression on its reviewers.
- Little things that can make a difference: following directions, complete the forms in their entirety, spelling, proofreading, and submit all the required paperwork.
- Allow enough time to have your application revised if necessary and to obtain all substantiating information.
Q: How do I know if I have written a good proposal? A:
- Project is well summarized in the proposal.
- It is clear and concise.
- It outlines the problem, objectives, expected outcomes, project activities and audience to be addressed.
- Only uses the allotted space.
Q: What is the criterion for review? A: A matrix is used to score (points are based on how well the criterion was met with evaluations scored out of a possible total of 100 pts.):
The proposal was: (a) well organized, (b) included complete budget & detailed budget justification information, and (c) well written; included all the requested information.
The project and its proposal effectively addressed all five of the following:
- Applicant goals and objectives for their proposed project were clearly stated.
- The project demonstrates an ease of client accessibility within your organization.
- Provides a foundation for a cost effective means and positively impacts adequately applies to its targeted audience.
- Developed a well thought out plan in the written proposal for dissemination (once funds are received on behalf of your organization).
- Written proposal included a good plan for their evaluation process of the project.
Q: How will I know the status of my application? A: The grants committee will notify you of your acceptance, suggestions for resubmission, or decline.
Q: Can I submit an application early for feedback? A: Yes, we will be glad to assist you in anyway permissible.
Q: If my application is declined can I reapply? A: Yes, you can always reapply at a later date to seek assistance with funds for a different proposal providing there has not been a prior award cancelled due to its misuse.