Anti-trafficking Request for LOIs

The Adjunct Committee is currently seeking Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for its anti-sex trafficking initiative. The Adjunct Committee will not review unsolicited proposals outside of this initiative.

The Committee welcomes LOIs from non-profit organizations working to implement and/or operate programs focused on the prevention of sex trafficking and exploitation.

These efforts may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Programs which build the awareness of vulnerable youth about the root causes of trafficking and exploitation and the associated risks;
  • Programs which increase public awareness of the issue and provide resources for effective intervention;
  • Programs which seek to educate front line professionals such as healthcare workers, social workers, law enforcement, and teachers to recognize signs of trafficking and exploitation and take appropriate action;
  • Capacity-building for relevant programs; and
  • Research supporting any of these activities.

Note that while the Committee’s grantmaking focus remains on sex trafficking and exploitation, programming may address intersections of trafficking and exploitation (e.g. labor and sex), since these issues are often intertwined.

In reviewing LOIs, EFA will look for:

  • Organizations and staff with a proven track record in the field;
  • Organizational capacity and sustainability;
  • Programming that is inclusive of all genders and LGBTQ youth (where relevant);
  • Organizations composed of diverse and inclusive teams; and
  • Programming that adheres to established best practices in youth development (when relevant).


  • EFA will consider LOIs from U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofits, academic institutions, and government entities.
  • Programming must take place in one or more of the following trafficking hubs:
    • California
    • Florida
    • New York
    • Texas
    • Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, MD metro area
  • Local, state, and/or national organizations may apply.

Organizations may submit individually or as part of a collaboration, defined as two or more organizations working together to offer programming to the target population.

Proposed budgets should range between $40,000 and $80,000 per year for an organization and $40,000 and $100,000 for a collaboration, defined as two or more organizations working together to offer programming to the target population. The number of proposals supported and total amount of support will depend on the nature and quality of proposals received.

Grants will be made for a maximum of two years.

Note that EFA does not fund organizations that discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Nor does EFA fund organizations that proselytize or use religion as a primary tool for service delivery.

LOI Process:

To confirm eligibility and access our online LOI form, please go to: LOIs will only be accepted through EFA’s online system. LOIs are due by December 11, 2015.

Projected Timeline:

October 2015: RFLOI released
December 11, 2015:    LOIs due to EFA through online system
January 2016: Selected LOIs will be invited to submit full proposals
March 2016: Full proposals due to EFA through online system
March – May 2016: Proposal review and site visits
June 2016: Grantee partners will be informed of funding decisions

This RFLOI is part of the Committee’s strategic grantmaking process. Committee members have decided to focus on the issue of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation based on the severity and urgency of this human rights issue and the increasing need for awareness at all levels.

Please contact Program Officer Jessica Mowles with questions: