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Current Funding Opportunities

Youth Hotline Planning

Request for Applications (RFA)



                                                                                                                                                                IMPORTANT NOTICE

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017

OVSJG’s electronic Grants Management System (eGMS) ZoomGrants™

*Hard copies of the application will not be accepted


To access ZoomGrants™ click on https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2121&limited=1064



Program Description:

The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants is seeking applications to develop a plan for the design and implementation of a youth hotline for the District of Columbia. The hotline is intended to address the recommendations of the Sexual Assault Victims Rights Act (SAVRA) Task Force and the Working Group on Runaway and Missing Youth to provide a resource for youth who experience sexual victimization and range of other issues that may contribute to leaving or being lured from home.

Program Requirements:

The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants is seeking applicants to create a plan for the design and implementation of a youth hotline for the District of Columbia. The primary goal of the hotline is to address the needs of youth who have been sexually assaulted in accordance with the recommendations of the SAVRA Task Force. Additionally, the hotline shall have the capacity to connect youth to a variety of local resources that provide support, information, and referrals for a wide range of concerns that may contribute to youth leaving or being lured from home. Applicants are expected to develop a framework of requirements for the entity ultimately responsible for implementing a youth hotline for the District.

More specifically, the successful applicant will provide recommendations in a written plan that address the following:

  • Proposed method of operation for a hotline specific to serve the needs of youth including staffing structure, communication modalities (i.e., text, phone, chat, app, social media, etc.);
  • Key relationships or partnerships needed for successful implementation and operations;
  • Marketing and outreach strategies geared specifically to reach youth;
  • Proposed hours of operation;
  • Proposed key activities for creation and implementation;
  • Recommendation of whether the hotline will be anonymous or confidential and rationale to support recommendation;
  • Recommendation of how to address Mandated Reporting laws in the District;
  • Recommendation of how youth hotline will meet the diverse needs of youth and also meet the specific needs of youth who are sexually assaulted;
  • Recommendations of how to ensure the hotline will comply with the Violence Against Women Act;
  • Recommendations on how the hotline will ensure autonomy of youth who contact the hotline;
  • Recommendation of technology needs to implement;
  • Proposed timeline for implementation that may include a phased approach of both hours of operation and communication modalities;
  • General guidance of costs to implement and operate a youth hotline based on research; and
  • Potential pitfalls and/or "blind spots" to successful implementation.

The full RFA can be accessed here.

The OVSJG Youth Hotline Planning application is accessible under the Sexual Assault Victims' Rights Act Programs at ZoomgrantsTM

. All submissions are due by midnight on December 8, 2017, via OVSJG’s electronic grants management system (eGMS) , Zoomgrants TM.

Apply via ZoomGrants™


Questions must be emailed to [email protected] by November 20, 2017 with subject reference “Youth Hotline Planning RFA Inquiry.”