The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is accepting project proposal aimed at providing direct assistance to victims of torture and their family members.
The Fund was established in 1981 by the General Assembly to focus global attention on the needs of torture victims. The Fund’s aim is to help victims and their families to rebuild their lives and to seek redress for the human rights violations they have suffered.
In addition, the Board of Trustees of the Fund established the following thematic priorities for the 2022 call for applications:
a) victims of torture and intersecting discrimination (focus on indigenous peoples, minorities, LGBTI persons, persons with disabilities, women and girls and victims of genderbased violence);
b) human rights defenders working under restrictive or retaliatory measures, including reprisals due to collaboration with the United Nations, subjected to acts of torture;
c) victims of excessive use of force by law enforcement and security forces amounting to acts of torture, in particular in the context of protests (focus on young people, political opponents, people combating racial discrimination and migrants in pushback operations);
d) persons deprived of liberty impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Applications from all regions will be accepted.
Only applications by civil society organizations and other channels of assistance (for example, hospitals and professional associations) (hereafter organizations) are admissible.
Grants may only be awarded to organizations for projects that provide direct assistance to victims of torture and their family members. Such assistance may be in the form medical, psychological, social, economic, legal, humanitarian, educational or other forms of direct assistance.
Organizations addressing the specific needs of victims of torture falling under the thematic priorities outlined above are particularly encouraged to apply.
Grants requested from the Fund can cover an implementation period of up to 12 months.
Grants to projects for direct assistance range between US$30,000 and US$100,000.
All applications should be submitted in English, French or Spanish.
Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until 1 March 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
For more information, please visit https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/torture/unvft/pages/index.aspx