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United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture: open for NGOs

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted January 26, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on February 28, 2021
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United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture logo

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.

Utilize This Offer

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

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 26
Jan 26

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the project and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
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8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse and its website.

Jill Langhus
Jan 27
Jan 27

Thanks, Ana.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hi Ana,
I will send this out to organizations in Canada who are working on this, thanks!

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jan 27
Jan 27

Great to know. Many thanks.