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Julia Taft Fund for Refugees
January 4, 2022

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees FY 2022

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator and the Community Grants Program Office, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2022 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

What is the Julia Taft Refugee Fund?

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund 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 Fund is intended to meet gaps in refugee assistance and protection by issuing grants to local NGOs for one-time, quick impact projects of up to $25,000 that are not addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), other international organizations (IOs), or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. government funding.   

NOTE: This notice is subject to availability of funding.

What types of projects in Kenya have been funded through the Julia Taft Refugee Fund in the past?

Past grant recipients have implemented projects that increased education access through technology; developed livelihoods opportunities for refugees; and provided counseling, training, legal assistance, and community activities.

Program Focus of the 2022 Julia Taft Refugee Fund

The Taft Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returned refugees.  While the Julia Taft Fund is open for applicants to propose any project that could best serve refugees in their region, there is particular interest in proposals addressing legal and social protections, as well as livelihood projects, for refugees, refugee youth, and stateless persons that compliment ongoing interventions in camps or urban refugee areas.  PRM is also interested in supporting projects to prevent and resolve statelessness, including in countries where nationality laws prohibit women from conferring citizenship on their children on an equal basis with men.  Additionally, PRM seeks to support local organizations providing protection, assistance, and other solutions for LGBTQI+ refugees and stateless persons.  

Who is eligible to apply?

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund is limited to registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with at least two years of experience working in Kenya.  Note that the Julia Taft Refugee Fund is meant to cover a one-time intervention and will not support a sustained program lasting more than one year.  The 12-month performance period will begin immediately following the award disbursement.

How can an organization apply for funding? NGOs are invited to submit a brief description of their proposed projects by midnight East Africa time on January 28, 2022 via email.  Please send completed applications to: prmnairobi@state.gov with the subject line “Julia Taft Application.”  Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.  

Project descriptions should be no longer than three pages in length, and should include the following:

– Legal name and address of local organization responsible for implementation and management of the project funds.  

– Point of contact information

– Project title and location

– The population to be served 

– Statement of need and justification for the request (max 300 words) 

– Number of direct project beneficiaries and the benefits to be received (including a breakdown of percentage of refugees/returned refugees and host community among direct beneficiaries)

– Project description (how the project will be carried out—max 300 words)

– Project Goals and Objectives (measurable)

– Project Budget (major expenditures only) 

– Other sources of funding support

– Organizational Code of Conduct signed by staff and consistent with the updated 2019 IASC’s six core principles and recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation (PSEA).  

– Please also complete these forms: SF 424, SF 424A, and SF 424B.

– NGOs that have been approved for funding must have an Organizational DUNS or UEI number and SAM.gov registration

Contact Information:

Bryan Lupton 

Refugee Coordinator for Kenya and Somalia

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya 

Email: prmnairobi@state.gov