The U.S. Embassy Panama City in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) is pleased to welcome proposals for the 2021 Julia Taft Refugee Fund from potential partners working to assist refugees in Panama. This support is meant to meet low-cost gaps in refugee protection and assistance.
- Minimum Award Amount: $5,000;
- Maximum Award Amount: $25,000.
Types of Activities
- Improve the mental health of the refugee community.
- 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 health care for persons with disabilities.
- Support a women and girls’ empowerment project for urban refugees.
- The funds are meant to support sustainable (beyond one year) projects that assist refugees of all nationalities in Panama.
- Consideration for support is given to projects that benefit both populations of concern and their host communities.
- The fund is not meant as an emergency fund.
- Applicants must be a registered organization (e.g.: NGO, community-based organization; faith-based organization).
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 (no more than two pages).
- 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).
Review and Selection Process
A selection committee at the U. S. Embassy Panama City will review all applications received under this announcement based on the following criteria:
- 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 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://pa.usembassy.gov/call-for-proposals-julia-taft-refugee-fund-for-fy-2021/