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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – Julia Taft Refugee Fund 2024
February 9, 2024

Julia Taft

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)
Julia Taft Refugee Fund
FY 2024


The U.S. Embassy in Madrid, through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity to support organizations assisting refugees in Spain.


What is the Julia Taft Refugee Fund? 

The Julia Taft Refugee Fund is an initiative by PRM to respond to critical, unmet needs of refugees. Established in 2000, the Julia Taft Refugee Fund intends to meet gaps in assistance by issuing grants of up to $25,000 to national or local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for quick impact projects to meet critical needs not addressed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), or other international organizations and NGOs.  NOTE: This notice is subject to availability of funding.


Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity is open to public or private non-profit organizations registered in Spain, such as business associations, foundations, and civil society/NGOs with programming experience in refugee affairs. Government institutions and for-profit or commercial entities are not eligible to apply. While international NGOs (INGOs) are eligible to apply, preference is given to national/local NGOs. INGOs that apply should demonstrate close partnerships with local NGOs through the proposed project. Applicants must have organizational representation (i.e., an existing office) in Spain.

To be eligible to receive an award, organizations must be fully registered on SAM.gov. Please see the registration requirement section below for more information.


Applications Submission

All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CET on March 8, 2024. Proposals should be submitted by email to Embassy Madrid at Madrid_POL@state.gov. Applicants should include “2024 Julia Taft Refugee Fund Proposal” in the subject line of their email. Proposals must be in English.

The Julia Taft Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees. Proposals should focus on quick impact to address immediate needs. The Julia Taft Fund is designed to support a one-time need and the period of performance shall not exceed one year from the date of award disbursement. There is no opportunity for follow-on funding upon completion of the award.

While the Julia Taft Fund is open for applicants to propose any project that could best serve refugees in Spain, there is particular interest in proposals addressing equal access to protection, assistance, and other solutions for LGBTQI+ individuals, persons with disabilities, older persons, women and girls, and/or stateless persons.


Application Package

Application packages should include the following and be written in English:

Cover Letter: Applicants must submit a cover letter on the organization’s letterhead containing the organization’s name, address, and Unique Entity ID number from SAM.gov, the proposal’s submission date, and the project’s title, goals, objectives, and performance period. The cover letter should not exceed one page total.

Proposal Summary: Brief narrative that outlines the proposed project, including its objectives. The proposal summary should not exceed one page total.

Project Proposal: Applicants must submit a proposal that includes all the items listed below. The proposal should not exceed 10 pages total.

  • Organization Background: Describe past and present operations, including information on previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  • Problem Statement: Include a clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed project is needed.
  • Project Goals: The “goals” describe what the project intends to achieve.
  • Project Objectives: The “objectives” refer to the specific or intended outcomes that lead to the achievement of the goals. Include the refugee population to be served and anticipated number of direct beneficiaries.
  • Project Activities: Describe the program activities and indicate how they relate to and will help achieve the objectives and ultimately the goals.
  • Methods and Design: Describe how the project is expected to work and how it will solve or address the problem statement. Include how the target population will be recruited for the project.
  • Project Schedule: Include a proposed timeline for undertaking and completing of the specific planned project activities, outlining dates, times, and locations.
  • Key Personnel: Include the names, titles, and roles of the key personnel to be involved in the project.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Describe the key performance indicators for each program activity. Describe how the project activities will be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner and how the project will be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the project objectives.
  • Potential for Multiplier Effect/Longer-term Impact/Sustainability: Describe the expected long-term impact of the project and any multiplier effects during and after the completion of the project. Describe any expected follow-up activities.
  • Media/Communications Plan: Describe how the applicant will use traditional and social media to raise awareness about this project and its results.
  • Proposed Budget: List of all project expenses, consistent with the proposal narrative and project activities.  Include a budget narrative to explain any costs that are not self-explanatory.
  • SAM.gov: If you have completed the SAM.gov process, include a screenshot showing your active SAM.gov status. If you have not completed the SAM.gov registration, include a screenshot from SAM.gov reflecting that you have started the process.
  • Code of Conduct: Provide a copy of the organization’s Code of Conduct, consistent with the UN’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recommendations on the prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, found here.


Registration Requirements

The following online registration is mandatory to be considered for the Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

Full registration of your organization on SAM.gov is required to receive a Unique Entity ID.  SAM.gov is an official website of the United States government and there is no charge to get a Unique Entity ID, register your entity, and maintain your entity registration at SAM.gov.  Please note that your registration in SAM.gov must be renewed annually.  To finalize your registration or if you need further assistance in connection with registration in SAM.gov, you may contact the Federal Service Desk.