The Open Society Foundations Public Health Program has launched a call for proposals on Mapping, Tracking and Advocating for Funds to Address Migrants’ Mental Health. The call welcomes proposals from civil society organizations (individual organizations or consortiums) that will identify the current EU funds designated for migrants’ mental health, and elucidate whether such funds have been spent in a relevant and accountable manner by the European Union and member states. The successful applicant will also conduct advocacy-related activities to support the appropriate designation, levels, and use of EU funds.
Over the past years, the combination of EU policies—including the EU–Turkey deal and Dublin Regulation—has contributed to the large-scale deterioration of migrants’ mental health, yet the European Union’s financial contribution to migrants’ mental health remain unexamined. Furthermore, member states’ own approaches to migrants, including detention in appalling conditions has led to major human rights violations.Targeted advocacy is needed to support increased funding at the EU and state levels for migrants’ mental health, including their integration into the society of the country of which they now reside.
The successful grantee will propose specific paths to:
- Identify relevant sources of EU funds available for migrants’ health.
- Provide a detailed understanding of each of the relevant EU sources of funding for health
- Identify whether/how budgeted and actual expenditures relating to funds designated for migrants’ health, and in particular mental health, are being tracked and reported upon at country levels and at the EU level.
- Analyze available budget documents and expenditure data pertaining to the use of EU funds for migrants’ health and uncover injustices
- Identify what institutional bodies are in charge of the oversight of these funds at the EU and member state levels and flag gaps in accountability
- Implement advocacy related activities to raise awareness and promote the increased financial allocations for migrants’ mental health at EU and state levels
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be nongovernmental organizations or a consortium of nongovernmental organizations, and be familiar with the EU structure, institutions, and funding mechanisms; as well as with experience in tracking EU funds.
Submissions should be made via the relevant Open Society Foundations Grant Portal.
The deadline for applications will be 15th December 2017
More information can be found on the OSF website.