The U.S. Embassy Gaborone, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2021 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.
What is the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees? The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is an initiative by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to respond to critical unmet needs of refugees. Created in 2000, the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees supports projects that fill gaps in refugee services not already being addressed by other organizations and that can be filled locally. Successful projects are those that are not being addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), that are already receiving U.S. government funding.
NOTE: This notice is subject to availability of funding.
What types of projects in Botswana have been funded through the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees in the past? Past grant recipients have implemented projects focused on establishing job training/vocational training, establishing youth councils, human rights education, and HIV/AIDS education and advocacy.
Who is eligible to apply? The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is limited to registered NGOs with at least one-two years of experience working in Botswana. Local NGOs and international NGOs not receiving broader refugee program funding from the United States government are eligible to apply.
Note that the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need and will not support multi-year projects, though funds may be utilized to lay the groundwork for such projects or programs. The 12-month project performance period will begin in/around July 2021.
How can an organization apply for funding? NGOs are invited to submit a brief description of their proposed projects by close of business (5:00 p.m. GMT +2) February 8, 2021 via email. Please send completed applications to: ManningS@state.gov and MoreengAR@state.gov
Please note the following guidelines when preparing proposals: Project budgets cannot exceed $25,000 USD. Note that all proposals are required to have at least 50% of the beneficiaries be refugees.
Proposals are due by Monday, February 8, 2021, should be no longer than three pages in length, and should include the following:
- Name of organization along with current funding support.
- Point of contact information.
- Project title.
- Project location (including a map showing how to get to the project from a major road).
- The refugee population to be served.
- Number of direct project beneficiaries.
- Statement of need (max. 200 words).
- Project description (how the project will be carried out – max. 300 words).
- Project goals and objectives (measurable).
- Project budget (major expenditures with budget breakdown) including the amount that your organization will be contributing toward the project.
- Supporting documents as a separate attachment:
- A detailed history of your organization and project, stating when it started, what has been accomplished, what you have done for the community, and how the community supports your work;
- Reliable contact information, with at least one cell phone number;
- Copy of organization/project bank account details;
- Code of Conduct as a separate attachment.*
*All proposal submissions must include a copy of the NGO’s code of conduct, which must be consistent with the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation. Any proposal without a code of conduct will be ineligible for funding.
- Organizations must be registered in SAM.gov and registered and able to provide a DUNS number. It is advisable for organizations to register and obtain their DUNS number early.*
*Please see the below link for helpful guides.