U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

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1) About

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States’ population and migration policies. Their mission is to provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people by providing life-sustaining assistance, working through multilateral systems to build global partnerships, promoting best practices in humanitarian response, and ensuring that humanitarian principles are thoroughly integrated into U.S. foreign and national security policy. A large majority of Bureau-managed funds are allocated to international organisations and NGOs that provide relief services.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Repatriation: going home when they are no longer at risk of persecution
  • Local integration: settling permanently in the country to which they have fled
  • Resettlement: settling permanently in a third country

3) Focus Countries

The Bureau funds projects assisting refugees and victims of conflict worldwide (mainly in Near East followed by Africa, Asia and Europe).

4) Application Procedure

Their annual funding volume is around 3 billion USD: the majority (app. 85% goes to overseas assistance followed by 12% refugee admission). Most of their overseas assistance is directed towards UN Agencies, around 10% is directly given to NGOs (must be coordinated with the multilateral system and fill critical gaps in humanitarian assistance and protection programs. NGO proposals in response to PRM funding opportunity announcements must be submitted via Grants.gov. Preparing to apply for PRM funding is a multi-step process that can take four weeks or more for US NGOs and considerably longer for non-US NGOs (i.e. obtain DUNS number, register with SAM). All current and prospective applicants for PRM funding are required to read the guidelines in their entirety when they are updated each fiscal year.

5) Contact

E: please use the online contact form

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