U.S. Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire: 2019 Julia Taft Refugee Fund

Deadline: 15 March 2019

The U.S. Embassy Abidjan in collaboration with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) is pleased to welcome proposals via the Julia Taft Refugee Fund from potential partners working in the area of refugees’ protection in Côte d’Ivoire.

This support is meant to meet low-cost gaps in refugee protection and assistance. Similarly, the intent of this initiative is to provide U.S. Ambassadors with the means to respond to critical gaps that have not been addressed in larger multilateral refugee programs.

Funding Information

  • Minimum Award Amount: $5,000
  • Ceiling Award Amount: $25,000

Program Activities

Below are just a few examples of activities that can be funded under this program (Please make sure that there is a strong tie to the local context building on the competencies / capacity of the proposing organization):

  • Improve the mental health of the refugee community.
  • Support a sports program for refugee youth.
  • Build a playground for refugee children.
  • Start an income generating cooperative for returnees.
  • Support an education program for refugees.
  • Develop a youth program for refugees.
  • Support livelihoods training and sports programs.
  • Support a transit center for unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Support early childhood education, health, and nutrition activities.
  • Support water, sanitation, health, and livelihoods.
  • Provide protection for vulnerable refugees.
  • Provide a shelter for women and girls refugees who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
  • Provide security upgrades to a camp.
  • Support a vocational training program for refugees.
  • Support returnees with manufacturing of liquid soap.
  • Train refugees in gardening and running small businesses.
  • Support an income generating project and provide health care to disabled residents.
  • Support an urban refugee training and girls’ empowerment project.
  • Support an orphanage center and an income generating project at refugee settlement.
  • Train mothers of youth, who participate in non-formal out-of-school program, on furniture re-upholstery and also provide the women with basic hygiene awareness.
  • Provide agricultural support to returnee families.
  • Any other activities that support the refugees or returnees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The funds are meant to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees.
  • Requests to provide funding to populations other than refugees/returnees are discouraged, but exceptions can be made in some regions with “populations of concern” to PRM, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), vulnerable migrants, and stateless persons.
  • Consideration for support is also 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)
  • Local NGOs will be given priority.

Review and Selection Process

A selection committee at the U.S. Embassy Abidjan will review all applications received under this announcement based on the following criteria:

  • Organizational capacity of the organization – the organization has experience in implementing activities related to vulnerable groups 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.

How to Apply

Applicants can submit their applications via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://ci.usembassy.gov/education-culture/call-for-proposals-julia-taft-refugee-fund/

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