UN Voluntary Trust Fund (UNVTF) Small Grants Programme


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Deadline: 31 January 2022

The UN Voluntary Trust Fund (UNVTF) for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched the sixth Call for Proposals (Sub-grant Programme 1) to provide essential humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons through established channels of assistance.

UNVTF is managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and benefits from the strategic guidance and expertise of a five-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the UN Secretary-General for a three-year term. Since its inception, UNVTF has awarded USD 5 million in grants to more than 100 NGO projects in over 50 countries.


This Call for Proposals takes into consideration the importance of harnessing all available resources towards the implementation of activities aimed at meeting the objectives of this Grants program.

The main objectives of this Grants program are:

  • to provide direct assistance and protection to vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons
  • to improve health and well-being, facilitate social integration and prevent re-trafficking amongst vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons
Thematic Focus and Priority Issues
  • This call for proposals seeks to provide funding support to not-for-profit organisations working in the area of trafficking in persons whose projects are aimed at providing immediate and essential direct assistance for vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons.
  • Priority shall be given to projects that target the following population:
    • women and girls
  • Projects targeting men and boys as well as persons of non-binary gender will also be considered.
  • Priority will be given to projects tackling emerging and temporary crises scenarios in the following regions:
    • Central Asia
    • Corridor of South America to Central America and Mexico.
  • Priority shall be given to projects that target persons identified in the following situations:
    • persons identified among large movements of refugees and/or migrants, including internally displaced persons in Africa and other geographic regions where conflict, post-conflict and continued instability caused by socio-political tensions as well as the spill-over of climate change related displacement.
    • persons identified in or fleeing from areas where armed conflict is taking place or has recently taken place; or where there is instability caused by a breakdown of law and order
  • Priority shall be given to projects that target the following forms of exploitation:
    • sexual exploitation
    • forced labor
    • organ removal
    • forced begging
    • forced criminal activity
    • forced marriage
    • production of pornographic material
    • recruitment of children into armed groups
    • child trafficking in Sport
  • Indicative activities that will be given priority include:
    • medical support
    • material assistance in the form of food, clothing etc.
    • immediate, safe and short-term shelter
Funding Information
  • Proposals with budgets ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 20,000 will be considered for award.
  • All activities financed by this sub-program must be implemented within 9 months.
Fundamental Principles

Grant applicants are expected to consider the following fundamental principles in designing their grant project proposals:

  • Partnership / collaboration / cooperation with other stakeholders;
  • Sustainability of project activities;
  • An approach that values diversity and considers the particular needs of girls, boys, women, men and persons of non-binary gender;
  • Alignment with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
  • This is a global call for proposals.
  • Projects to be implemented in origin, transit and destination countries will all be considered.
Eligibility Criteria
  • In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
    • be a non-profit making organization (CSOs including NGOs, CBOs) registered under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered and in the country where it will be implementing the proposed project;
    • have been registered by 31 January 2021;
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, ie not acting as an intermediary;
    • demonstrate prior experience of at least one (1) year implementing activities in the area of direct assistance to victims of trafficking in persons in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime or in providing other services to vulnerable populations including IDPs and forcibly displaced persons;
    • have a bank account in the organization’s name;
    • take all appropriate measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Only projects aimed at achieving the objectives, focusing on the priority issues and meeting all other requirements are eligible for funding under this Call for Proposals.
    • Projects should be time-bound (have discernible start and end dates), and have a specific, finite objective that does not require further funding to sustain results over time. Costs, activities and beneficiaries of the proposed project must be distinguished from those relating to the applicant’s other operations.

For more information, visit UNVTF.