The US Embassy in Djibouti, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator and the Community Grants Program Office, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2021 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.
The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees (also known as the Ambassador’s Refugee Fund) is an initiative by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees.
Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees support projects that fill gaps in refugee services not already being addressed by other organizations and that can be filled locally. Successful projects are those that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are already receiving USG funding.
Program Focus of the 2021 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees
While the Julia Taft Fund is open for applicants to propose any project that could best serve refugees in their region, there is particular interest in proposals addressing livelihood projects for refugees, projects that compliment ongoing interventions in camps or urban refugee areas, and projects that assist both host communities and refugees.
- Project budgets cannot exceed $25,000 USD.
- The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is limited to registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with at least 1-2 years of experience working in Djibouti. Note that the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need and will not support a program for more than one year. The 12 month performance period will begin immediately following the award disbursement.
Past projects funded through the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees in the past
- Past grant recipients have implemented projects focused on increasing livelihood opportunities; renovating education facilities for the children and adolescent refugees in Djibouti City; developing youth empowerment program; constructing an IT center to train refugee youth basic computer skills; education and psychosocial support for children living with disabilities in refugee camps; and legal assistance and support to refugees to provide access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Note: NGOs that have been approved for funding will be required to submit a copy of their code of conduct, which must be consistent with the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.
For more information, visit https://dj.usembassy.gov/julia-taft-fund-for-refugees-fy-2021/