“Local Initiative Fund Turkey” for Supporting Vulnerable and At-risk Persons


Deadline: 15 June 2019

Applications are now open for “Local Initiative Fund Turkey (LIFT)” with an objective to provide technical and financial support to local interventions responding to specific assistance and service needs of vulnerable and at-risk persons.

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Within the scope of the fund, new local initiatives will be piloted, or successful approaches will be advanced to serve the special needs of particularly vulnerable groups and persons at risk amongst refugees and host communities. It aims to reach out to people in disadvantaged and underserved areas, to strengthen their inclusion and improve their access to high-quality services.

Funding Information

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Each local initiative can apply for funds between 50,000 EUR and 500,000 EUR with a project duration between 6 and 12 months, starting earliest in August 2019 and latest in December 2019. The exact amount for each project will be determined for each case in accordance with GIZ’s positively assessed rules and procedures for grants.

Project Area

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The geographical scope of the fund will be nationwide, with a special focus on neglected and underserved areas.

Expected Results

All funded projects should contribute to at least one of the following results:

  • Facilitated access to services provided in underserved areas;
  • Improved quality and quantity of service delivery in the field of protection, registration, counselling and advice on issues regarding education, health, employment and others;
  • Inclusion of the most vulnerable and at-risk persons in the humanitarian assistance;
  • Averted or reduced negative coping mechanisms;
  • Increased knowledge of actors in the field, increased advocacy and awareness;
  • Averted or mitigated tensions resulting from the impact of displacement on local communities.

Activities to be funded

The activities to be funded must be tailored to the specific local environment and respond to the specific needs of a certain area and identified persons in need. Therefore, the list of activities below might not be comprehensive. Possible activities include the following:

  • Developing and providing access to needs-based services to refugees, displaced persons and vulnerable members of the host communities in the field of legal issues and protection (e.g. support with registration), education, health, employment and local integration;
  • Promoting outreach (both static and mobile for accessing areas not covered yet) to mitigate and limit exposure to risks and conduct protection advocacy measures;
  • Piloting new models of service provisions and establishing access to existing service providers;
  • Developing and implementing measures to enable refugees and displaced people to have a voice and engage in participatory dialogue with organizations, host communities and others;
  • Developing and implementing awareness-raising measures regarding the positive contribution of refugees to Turkish society;
  • Developing, promoting and implementing measures for social interaction, intercultural exchange, trust-building, networking;
  • Implementing measures that help integrating refugees and displaced people within host communities.

Eligible Target Group

The fund is dedicated to projects that support particularly vulnerable groups who have not yet benefited from services and who are at risk of being ‘left behind’ in humanitarian and development assistance endeavours. These vulnerable groups include working children, seasonal migrants, non-registered refugees, persons with disabilities, single parents, elderly persons at risk, people with specific legal and physical protection needs, victims of human trafficking, victims of torture, LGBTI individuals, survivors or persons at risk of SGBV. Others will be included upon given data and justification.

Eligibility Criteria

The following types of entities are eligible to receive financial support:

  • Existing and registered small and medium-sized local organizations such as civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

All applicants must be:

  • Non-profit-making actors;
  • Registered as a legal entity in Turkey – usually as an NGO, association or foundation;
  • Directly responsible for the implementation and not acting as an intermediary;
  • In possession of required legal permissions depending on intended activities.

How to Apply

  • The contract and reporting language will be English. Therefore, applicants will ideally submit their proposals in English. In cases where no translation services are available, proposals in Turkish will also be accepted.
  • Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

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