Human Trafficking Grants

The 68th Legislative Assembly approved an appropriation to the Office of Attorney General to fund grant awards to organizations involved in providing prevention and treatment services related to human trafficking victims. Funds are awarded through a competitive application process.


  • Grant applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2025 biennium.



Eligible Program Participants


Grant funds are disbursed through a political subdivision partnering with the organization involved in providing prevention and treatment services to human trafficking victims.


  • For purposes of the grant, a political subdivision is defined as a county, township, park district, school district, city, and any other unit of local government which is created either by statute or by the Constitution of North Dakota for local government or other public purposes.
  • Grant funds cannot be awarded directly to non-government organizations, but a grantee may contract for services from such an organization.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the participating/cooperating agencies must be provided with the application.



Eligible Uses


Human trafficking grant funds may be used for the development and implementation of:


  • direct care emergency or long-term crisis services,
  • residential care,
  • training for law enforcement,
  • support of advocacy services, and
  • programs promoting positive outcomes for victims.



Prohibited Uses


Grant funds cannot be used to supplant state and local funds.  In addition, grant funds cannot be used for:


  • Lobbying, research or research projects, fundraising, or construction or remodel projects
  • Providing out of state direct services or training (excluding referrals).


Additional prohibited uses:


  • No sub-grantees
  • No office supplies outside of cost allocation plans
  • No food for office use (shelter is still okay)
  • Admin pay will be capped at 10% of the approved budget unless additional details and documentation are provided.
  • No agency will have victim reimbursement dollars in their awarded budget. The Victim Service Reimbursement fund will be directly under the Attorney General’s Office and will be submitted separately. More details on this will be provided if your agency is awarded a Human Trafficking Grant.



Length of Award


The grant award commences July 1, 2023, and continues through June 30, 2025.  Continued funding cannot be guaranteed.  Applicants should secure local funding so that projects may be continued after the grant ends.



Grant Application


  • Grant applications are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2025 biennium.


This is a reimbursement-based grant. Submitted expenses must be supported by complete and detailed documentation, such as invoices, time-sheets, payroll records, training agendas, travel itineraries, etc. Quarterly financial reporting and semi-annual progress reports are required. Reimbursement may be withheld if reporting is not complete. The grant manager may conduct a site visit or desk review during the award period. The Attorney General’s office reserves the right to request additional details or deny any request that does not have enough documentation or does not relate to direct Human Trafficking expenses.



Application/Award Timeline

  • July 2023:  Notice of funding availability is made.
  • August 2023:  Application deadline.
  • September 2023: Drug & Violent Crime Policy Board meets to review applications and make funding recommendations to the Attorney General.
    • Award and denial letters are distributed to applicants by mid-October. Awards are retroactive to July 1, 2023.
  • June 2025: Funding award ends.


Grant Awards


Quarterly financial reporting and semi-annual progress reports are required and must be accompanied by complete documentation. Reimbursement may be withheld if reporting is not complete. Current audits and a financial questionnaire will need to be submitted prior to receiving funds.

  • If awarded, a Petty Cash Policy must be submitted if your agency uses any petty cash. If any expenses are submitted before the Petty Cash Policy is received it will not be reimbursed.
  • A copy of the agency’s Victim Assistance Policy needs to be submitted either with the application or before funds are awarded out.



Technical Assistance

If you require any assistance regarding the grant application process, please call 701-328-2210 and ask for the grants management section.

Office of Attorney General
General Inquiries
(701) 328-2210


(701) 328-3404
1-800-472-2600 within ND only

Tip Line

1-800-472-2185 within ND only

Concealed Weapon
Licensing Unit

(701) 328-5523

National Human Trafficking
Resource Center