The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a project that supports the implementation of new Labor Code provisions related to freedom of association in Vietnam.
DRL’s objective is to support reforms to and implementation of the new labor law and progressive aspects of that related to freedom of association and trade union organizing, with an overall goal of expanding freedom of association and adherence to international labor rights in Vietnam.
Project focus areas could include:
- Awareness and training so that workers and employers understand labor rights related to WROs under the new law and its implementing regulations as well as international norms and standards on freedom of association and collective bargaining.
- Capacity building for workers and worker organizations to understand the role and core functions of WROs, building the foundations of providing an effective means of channeling worker voice to employers and other external entities.
- Public awareness-raising among civil society, academics and the private sector, stimulating social dialogue around the law and how to strengthen implementation of these reforms.
- If feasible, the project could consider engaging multinational corporations and/or private sector enterprises in global supply chains that already include or wish to include engagement with WROs.
- The project could identify and consider expansion to creating pilot initiatives under a larger project whereby workers are able to convene at the factory level.
- Award Ceiling: $850,000;
- Award Floor: $850,000.
- DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
- Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331595