UN.GIFT Small Grants Facility - Upcoming Call for Proposals
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) play a vital role in addressing the issue of human trafficking worldwide. They are an essential partner in all prevention, protection and prosecution efforts. Activities that CSOs engage in range from raising awareness, measuring progress of commitments made by other stakeholders, collection and analysis of data, and influencing public opinion. CSOs help governments in identifying victims of trafficking and offer direct services to them; such services include legal assistance, medical and psychological care, as well as supporting voluntary repatriation and reintegration, or the process of integration in the country of destination.
While CSOs around the world perform invaluable work, financial resources to fund their activities are often scarce. In order to support CSOs in their counter-trafficking activities, the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) has established a Small Grants Facility. Through a Call for Proposals, a total amount of USD 500,000 will be dispersed to selected CSOs in 2010.
On 1 March 2010 , the Call for Proposals will be published on the UN.GIFT website inviting non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations working on counter-trafficking issues to submit their project proposals. Activities eligible for funding include direct victim support, empowerment of vulnerable groups and communities and cooperation between NGOs from countries of origin and destination. The amount of the Small Grants available are between USD 30,000 and USD 50,000 for each selected project. The final number of projects selected (10 to 16) will depend on the actual budget requested.
The application procedure consists of two parts, the completion of an on-line application form and the elaboration of a full project proposal to be submitted through the website. The Call for Proposals will close on 5 April 2010 after which date the received submissions will be screened, evaluated and selected by a Board of Experts made up of members of the UN.GIFT Steering Committee. The projects to receive funding through the Small Grants Facility will subsequently be presented on the UN.GIFT website.