Deadline: 01-Mar-2024The U.S. Embassy in Malaysia has announced the Julia Taft Refugee Fund to address gaps in refugee assistance by issuing grants to local nonprofit organizations for quick-impact, time-limited projects.
Grants are intended to address one-time needs or interventions, and/or respond to needs not addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), or other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. government funding.Funding Information
For FY2024, the U.S. Embassy may award multiple grants of up to $25,000 each, pending availability of funding.
This year, they encourage applicant organizations to submit proposals that include at least one of the following areas of focus:
Legal Assistance, Protection, Health (including Mental Health), or Education for Newly Displaced Persons: including activities that provide time-bound assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, and/or vulnerable migrants who were newly displaced into Malaysia during calendar years 2022 or 2023. They will not consider proposals that duplicate the work or services provided by UNHCR, other UN agencies, or other U.S. Government assistance programs.Stateless Persons: including activities aimed at resolving, reducing, or preventing statelessness.LGBTQI+ Persons: including activities that provide innovative assistance, promote equal access to protection, and assist with durable solutions for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers, refugees, vulnerable migrants, and/or stateless persons. They will not consider proposals that are focused primarily on research or surveying needs.
Proposals must be submitted by a local community group (CBO/NGO) that is registered in Malaysia, and not by government officials or private individuals. Projects that duplicate the work or services provided by the UNHCR or other multilateral refugee programs will not be funded. The organization(s) selected will be required to submit registration documents to demonstrate status as a nonprofit organization authorized to operate in Malaysia. Groups must have diverse membership (no single families) and must be already established and operating.Please note the beneficiaries of your proposed project must be at least 50 percent refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants, and/or stateless persons.Ongoing administrative or operating costs, such as stipends or rent, may be included in the request, but should only account for a small portion of a comprehensive grant proposal.Organizations are welcome to submit proposals ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 total.All final proposals will require measurable results and indicators. The U.S. Embassy will regularly monitor the progress of any approved and funded projects.The U.S. Embassy may seek to promote funded projects by use of branding (i.e. U.S. flags) on project banners and/or materials, and via social media or other publicity (unless a branding waiver is granted).