Deadline: 10 January 2020
The U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Thailand is inviting applications for 2020 Julia Taft Fund.
The activities of the proposed project should not be directed to sustained programs. They encourage community-based organizations (CBOs/NGOs) to submit proposals that would provide assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants, and/or stateless persons as the Taft Refugee Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returnees.
This year’s announcement encourages organizations to include in their proposals quick-impact projects that include an advocacy angle, with the goal that such projects also encourage governments to change policies in a positive way. For example, proposed quick-impact projects, in addition to focusing on needs and interventions, could also include a roundtable to which government representatives are invited, or could result in a report or publication that is shared with government officials with recommendations. Projects that duplicate the work or services provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees or other multilateral refugee programs will not be considered.
Examples of projects which have received funding in past:
- Establishment of Legal Aid Clinics for Asylum Seekers
- Job-Training / Vocational Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- Establishment of Community Centers to Serve Refugee / Asylum Seeker Populations
- Human Rights Education
- Environmental Improvement
Julia Taft Fund awards grants of up to $25,000 USD with the intent of meeting gaps in refugee assistance by issuing grants to local nonprofit organizations for quick-impact projects that aim to address one-time needs or interventions, and/or respond to needs that are not addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- Project proposals must be submitted by a registered local community group and not by government officials or private individuals.
- Groups must have diverse membership (no single families) and must be already established and operating legally in Thailand.
- Ongoing administrative or operating costs, such as stipends or rent, may be included in the request, but should only account for a small portion of a comprehensive grant proposal.
- Proposals mailed to the Julia Taft Fund will not be returned.
For more information, visit https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-embassy-julia-taft-fund/