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Julia Taft Fund for Refugees
January 13, 2020

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees FY 2020

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 2020 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 is intended to meet gaps in refugee assistance by issuing grants to local NGOs for 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 Fund for Refugees in the past?

Past grant recipients have implemented projects that increase education access through technology; developing tailored livelihoods opportunities for refugees; and counseling, training, and community activities.

Program Focus of the 2020 Julia Taft Fund for 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.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is limited to registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with at least 2 years of experience working in Kenya. Note that the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees is meant to cover a one-time need and will not support a program for 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 January 17, 2020 via email. Please send completed applications to: prmnairobi@state.gov.

Project descriptions 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 and location

– The population to be served

– Number of direct project beneficiaries

– Statement of need (max 300 words)

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

– Project Goals and Objectives (measurable)

– Project Budget (major expenditures only) including the amount that your organization will be contributing toward the project

– Organizational Code of Conduct

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

NGOs that have been approved for funding will be required to submit a copy of their 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.