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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): U.S. Embassy Julia Taft For FY 2023: Call For Proposals
December 21, 2022

Call for Proposals: U.S. Embassy Julia Taft Fund for FY 2023 

Date Open: December 21, 2022  

Date Closed: February 9, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. South Africa Standard Time  

Award Value: $5,000 to $25,000  

Grantees: National, local, or refugee-led NGOs  

Commencement of the Project: No later than September 29, 2023  

Duration of the Project: Up to one year  




Each year, the Julia Taft Fund awards grants of up to $25,000 per project with the goal of supporting one-time interventions that respond to critical gaps in protection, assistance, or durable solutions for refugees, asylum seekers, and/or refugee returnees. Grants are issued to national, local, or refugee-led non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for projects to meet critical humanitarian and protection needs not addressed by International Organizations (IOs) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs). Please note the beneficiaries of your proposed project must be at least 50 percent refugees, asylum-seekers, and/or refugee returnees. For FY 2023, the U.S. Embassy may award multiple grants of up to $25,000 each, pending availability of funding.   


Who Can Apply: 


Julia Taft Fund grants are intended for national, local, or refugee-led NGOs. The Mission may consider proposals submitted by INGOs, but in such cases preference will be given to INGOs that demonstrate close partnerships with local NGOs through the proposed programs.   


National and local governments, as well as IOs and individuals, cannot be directly funded through the Julia Taft Fund grants. The Mission will not consider proposals from these entities.   


Areas of Focus: 


Proposals should be tailored to focus on either option A or option B below.  Please specify which option your proposal is focused on in your application package.  


  1. Projects that include a program participant base of at least 50 percent refugees, asylum-seekers, and/or refugee returnees.   
  2. Projects that include a program participant base of at least 50 percent refugees, asylum-seekers, and/or refugee returnees with a specific focus on LGBTQI+ individuals among these groups.   


The U.S. Embassy welcomes projects that support equal access to protection, assistance, and other solutions for refugees, asylum seekers, and/or returned refugees who may experience particular vulnerabilities, such as persons with disabilities, older persons, or women and girls.   



Projects that seek to duplicate work or services provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) or other IOs will not be considered.  Projects that are focused primarily on research and surveying will also not be considered.  


Grant Application Package: 


All applications must be in English.   


Applications not containing following documents will not be considered. Please submit all documents via Microsoft Word or PDF:  


  1. Proposal (strict 4-page limit applies) containing: 
  2. Your organization’s legal name and address  
  3. Description of the proposed project   
  4. Describe the problem the program seeks to address. Describe the proposed program including detailed information about activities, activity timelines, program locations, and a profile of the intended beneficiaries. Include information explaining your organization’s past experience working with refugees, asylum seekers, and/or refugee returnees, if any.   
  5. Detailed budget in USDBudget should detail all direct costs associated with the implementation of grant activities. 
  6. Unique Entity ID (UEI) Number or evidence of applying for a UEI Any selected organization will be required to have a UEI for the grant to be issued. Please include your UEI number or evidence of attempted registration for a UEI with your proposal. Organizations can register for a UEI at https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration.  
  7. Copy of organization’s signed Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) Code of Conduct The code of conduct must be consistent with the updated 2019 six core principles from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee relating to SEA. 


Application Submission: 


All applications must be submitted by email to RefCoordSA@state.gov by 11:59 PM South Africa Standard time on February 9, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.   


Review and Selection Process: 


A selection committee at the U.S. Mission in South Africa will work in coordination with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC to review all applications received under this announcement and assess them based on the strength of the documents from the application package detailed above and make a final selection. All applicants will be notified about funding decisions by July 2023.  


Successful Applications: 


Each project must commence no later than September 29, 2023 and cannot last longer than 12 months from the commencement of the project.  Selectees must be able to obtain a UEI number on SAM.gov before the grant is issued. Organizations can register for a UEI at https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration.  




Please direct any questions about this announcement to the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator for Southern Africa at RefCoordSA@state.gov.