Announcement: The final 12 Small Grants
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking's (UN.GIFT) first ever Small Grants Facility programme has been deemed a huge success. An impressive 440 proposals were submitted by civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world when the Call for Proposals was opened on 1 March 2010.
Within one month, more than 800 organizations from 76 countries registered with the Small Grants Facility. Out of the first 300 proposals that were submitted, 12 organizations were selected for funding to implement projects in Afghanistan, Albania, Brazil, India, Ireland, Lao, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine, and Ukraine/Macedonia. Click here to find out more about the projects.
UN.GIFT understands that CSOs around the world perform invaluable work and that financial resources to fund these important activities are often limited. The Small Grants Facility was established to support CSOs in their work with survivors of human trafficking. The final objective is to increase and improve support structures for victims of human trafficking around the world.
The selected projects focus on different areas such as direct victim support; empowerment of vulnerable groups and communities; cooperation between non-governmental organizations from countries of origin and destination; and collection of evidence-based knowledge.
Priority was given to proposals from least developed countries, low- income countries and lower-middle-income countries. 80 per centof selected projects are located in these countries while the remaining 20 per cent of funds were used to support activities in developed countries.
The selection process was conducted by a multi-agency Board of Experts made up of representatives from IOM, OSCE, UNODC and UN.GIFT. The amount given to CSOs for their activities is between $30,000 to $50,000 per project. All of the selected CSOs have received their grants and have started implementing the projects.