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London Launch of the Small Grant Facility    

In a bid to promote a more victim-centric approach to human trafficking, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking 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 2011 Small Grants Facility (SGF) in London. 

The SGF is 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 SGF to all stakeholders and potential applicants. The Board and Fund Manager aim to make applying to the SGF available for as many organizations as possible. It was therefore important to ensure wide publicity of the SGF and its call for proposals.     

The 2011 Small Grants Facility (SGF)

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 Small Grants Facility. The SGF aims to provide tangible support, through established channels, to victims of trafficking in persons. The design of the Small Grants Facility drew from lessons learned from a pilot project hosted under the auspices of UN.GIFT.

Key Facts of the 2011 SGF

The 2011 Small Grants Facility accepted project proposals from eligible not-for-profit, 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 Small Grants Facility 2011 was launched on 8 March 2011 and closed on 30 April 2011 at 24:00 CET.

Thematic Priorities

The two thematic priorities of the 2011 SGF 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.

Applying to the Fund and Further Questions

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Small Grants Facility. Unfortunately, the application period for the 2011 SGF has closed. We expect to initiate a second call for proposals sometime in 2014. Please return to the Trust Fund website, as we will announce more information on this call for proposals as it becomes available.

Other Funding Sources

The UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is run by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. More information on this fund can be found here.

 

Winners of the 2011 Small Grants Facility