Call for Proposals: Julia Taft Refugee Fund

The U.S. Embassy in Cyprus, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), is pleased to welcome proposals for the Julia Taft  Refugee Fund from potential NGO partners working in the area of refugee protection and assistance in Cyprus.  Julia Taft Fund awards provide up to $25,000 in funding for one-time, low-cost gaps in refugee protection and assistance and to respond to urgent needs that have not been addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs.  The activities of the proposed project should not be directed to sustained programs or duplicate services provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees or other multilateral refugee programs.  Funding for proposals submitted in response to this funding notice is not guaranteed and will be based on availability of funding.

Interested organizations should submit a 1-page concept note providing a brief description of the organization and its goals, outlining the main objective and activities of the project to be implemented, and providing an estimated budget.  The U.S. Embassy will give preference to projects that provide a long-term, sustainable impact.

The deadline to submit the concept note is 11:59pm, Friday, January 22, 2021.
Proposals must be sent via e-mail to

The U.S. Embassy will then review all concept notes and select proposal(s) that best meet the goals of the Julia Taft Grant program.  The U.S. Embassy will then directly contact the selected organization(s) to submit a more detailed proposal including a detailed project narrative that would support how the proposed project would benefit the targeted community, a detailed budget, a project timeline, and detailed description of the goals and activities.  For monitoring purposes, all final proposals will require measurable results and indicators.  Please note that more than one proposal may be funded, up to a combined total of $25,000 per country.

Examples of Projects That Have Received Funding in Prior Years:

  • Job / Vocational Training for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Establishment of Community Centers to Serve Refugee and Asylum Seeker Populations
  • Language Classes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Rehabilitation of Shelters for Refugees and Asylum Seekers