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2011 Call for Proposals
London Launch of the Trust Fund
In a bid to promote a more victim-centric approach to human trafficking, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons was established in 2010 by the General Assembly with the aim of assisting front-line organizations helping survivors of this crime. On 8 March 2011 - International Women's Day - the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in its capacity as Fund Manager, and the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, launched the Trust Fund in London.
The grants are intended to serve as a major avenue for the channeling of funds to the front-line organizations working on the ground to fight human trafficking and is a core component of the Trust Fund. The purpose of the event was to introduce the Fund to all stakeholders and potential applicants. The Board and Fund Manager aim to make applying to the Trust Fund available to as many organizations as possible. It was therefore important to ensure wide publicity of the call for proposals.
The 2011 Call for Proposals (CFP)
Reflecting the current financial status of the Fund, and the desire to quickly ensure that available funding was passed onto victims, the Board unanimously agreed to the establishment of the 2011 Call for Proposals. The CFP aimed to provide tangible support, through established channels, to victims of trafficking in persons. The design drew from lessons learned from a pilot project hosted under the auspices of UN.GIFT.
Key Facts of the 2011 CFP
The 2011 Call for Proposals accepted project proposals from eligible not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs were able to submit applications on behalf of a coalition (more than 4 organizations) or a consortium (minimum of 2 other organizations and a maximum of 4), but the NGO had to be the primary focal point, and agree to financial responsibility for the delivery of the grant.
Applicants were permitted to request grants of up to USD 25,000 per year, for project proposals ranging between 6 and 36 months. All applications were required to be submitted in English. The 2011 Call for Proposals was launched on 8 March 2011 and closed on 30 April 2011 at 24:00 CET.
The Trust Fund awarded nearly USD 750,000 to 11 projects between 2012-2104.
The two thematic priorities of the 2011 CFP were:
Cross-border and inter-regional activities providing direct humanitarian, legal and/or financial assistance to victims.
Effective remedies for victims of human trafficking, including, but not limited to, legal support, access to justice and compensation.
All proposals had to focus on either one or both of the above-listed thematic priorities. If an application failed to respond to at least one of the two thematic priorities, it was ineligible to receive funding.