The U.S. Embassy in Dakar in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is pleased to welcome proposals for the Julia Taft Refugee Fund from potential partners working to assist refugees in Guinea-Bissau.
Type of Activities
Below are just a few examples of the kinds of activities that can supported by this grant. Please make sure that there is a strong tie to the local context and that proposed activities build on the competencies/capacity of the proposing organization:
- Improve the mental health of the refugee community.
- Build a playground for refugee children.
- Support sports programs.
- Provide a shelter for 150 women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
- Support livelihood and vocational training program for refugees.
- Train refugees in running small businesses.
- Support an income-generating project and provide health care to persons with disabilities.
- Support women and girls’ empowerment project for urban refugees.
- Minimum Award Amount: $5,000;
- Maximum Award Amount: $25,000.
- The funds are meant to support sustainable (beyond one year) and quick impact projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees. Projects that include one-time cash or food distributions, for example, will not be considered.
- Consideration for support is given to projects that benefit both populations of concern (refugees and/or refugee returnees) and their host communities. However, proposals that exclusively benefit non-refugee populations such as Internally Displaced Persons or Migrants will not be considered for support. The fund is not meant as an emergency fund.
- Applicants must be a registered organization (e.g.: NGO, community-based organization; faith-based organization). Local NGOs will be given priority.
Applications that do not include ALL of the components below will automatically be rejected.
- Proposal (there is no specific form for the application, but each application must include the information listed in the Proposal Format section.
- Detailed project timeline/calendar.
- Detailed budget.
- CV/resume of project manager and other key project personnel.
- At least one reference/recommendation letter from other donors or stakeholders.
- Proof of national registration of the organization.
- Copy of bank statement or other proof of existing bank account.
- A copy of the signed code of conduct of the organization that is consistent with the six core principles from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee recommendations (these can be provided upon request).
- *All applications should be in English.
Review and Selection Process
- A selection committee at the U. S. Embassy will review all applications received under this announcement based on the following criteria:
- The capacity of the organization: the organization has experience in implementing activities related to vulnerable populations and is focused on economic and social development and demonstrates the ability to implement the activities proposed;
- Sustainability Plan: the proposal demonstrates a clear sustainability plan beyond the life of the award;
- Cost Application: the proposed costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results;
- Monitoring and evaluation: the applicant should provide a clear monitoring and evaluation plan that includes specific, measurable, and achievable indicators.
- Once the review process is completed, the U.S. Embassy will notify the successful applicants as well as the unsuccessful applicants. Prospective grantees will receive further instructions along with the notification of a successful proposal. Once awarded, each grantee will be responsible for the program and financial reporting as specified in the award agreement.
For more information, visit https://gw.usmission.gov/call-for-proposals-julia-taft-refugee-fund-for-fy-2021/