2018-19 Julia Taft Refugee Grant Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy seeks proposals to fund projects for local Non-Government Organizations to participate in the 2018-2019 Julia Taft Refugee Fund program.  The purpose of the grant is to address issues related to refugee or returnee protection and assistance in Malta.  Organizations interested in participating in the program should design projects to address one-time needs for a maximum grant amount of $25,000 to cover programs from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.  Organizations currently receiving funding from the United States cannot apply.

Please note that this is part of a global call for proposals. The U.S. Department of State will decide how to allocate funding based on the quality of proposals submitted globally, and the program does not automatically grant a slot for Malta.

Proposals should describe how the project would:

  • Combat trafficking in persons among asylum seekers;
  • Assist local law enforcement and intake officials to identify victims of trafficking in persons;
  • Prevent returnees from victimization in route to their home countries or in their home communities;
  • Increase access to and availability of services for refugees or refugee claimants  as trafficking victims or more generally; and/or
  • Strengthen the response and coordination efforts of the country to meet the needs of refugees.

In assessing and describing potential projects, NGOs should think broadly on how a proposed project could impact one of the above objectives.

NGOs who wish to submit a written proposal should provide a detailed description of the project for which they seek funding, identify the benefits that the project would provide to the targeted population group, note any ability to measure the results of the project, provide a line-item budget for the project, and identify whether the participating organization could sustain the project with different funding after the grant expires, together with any supporting information.

Accusations of sexual exploitation have been a wake-up call for many in the international community.  The Department of State has worked closely with our NGO and IO partners to urge and support immediate steps to protect survivors and prevent further abuse in all refugee operations.  The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted a plan of action for the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse developed by a special task force.  The Plan of Action calls for common elements of codes of conduct for humanitarian workers and measures to protect aid beneficiaries from exploitation and to strengthen the accountability and the integrity of humanitarian aid.  As one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Department of State must ensure that its partners meet the highest standards of accountability and conduct.  This includes funding provided to organizations through our Taft Refugee Fund.   Accordingly, all organizations seeking funding must state their commitment to the following code of conduct:

1) Sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian workers constitute acts of gross misconduct and are therefore grounds for termination of employment.

2) Sexual activity with children (persons under the age of 18) is prohibited regardless of the age of majority or age of consent locally.  Mistaken belief in the age of a child is not a defense.

3) Exchange of money, employment, goods, or services for sex, including sexual favors or other forms of humiliating, degrading or exploitative behavior is prohibited.  This includes exchange of assistance that is due to beneficiaries.

4) Sexual relationships between humanitarian workers and beneficiaries are strongly discouraged since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics.  Such relationships undermine the credibility and integrity of humanitarian work.

5) Where a humanitarian worker develops concerns or suspicions regarding sexual abuse or exploitation by a fellow worker, whether in the same agency or not, s/he must report such concerns via established agency reporting mechanisms.

6) Humanitarian workers are obliged to create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of their code of conduct. Managers at all levels have particular responsibilities to support and develop systems that maintain this environment.

To be eligible for this grant, the Embassy must receive your proposal by March 30, 2018.  Please send proposals to VallettaGrants@state.gov