Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS): Inviting applications for ‘grant’ to catalyse a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.

Funding brief: The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is pleased to announce new funding available to combat modern slavery through an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). GFEMS will distribute approximately USD 15M across 14 opportunities in support of its overall Theory of Change. These opportunities fall into the following categories:
● Overseas Labour Recruitment – India & Bangladesh
● Commercial Sexual Exploitation (of Children) – India & Bangladesh
● Apparel – India & Bangladesh

Please find the Fund’s full Request for Concept Notes. The 14 opportunities consist of evidence-based interventions, experimental innovations, or a combination thereof; consult the Request for more details. Applicants must submit an 8-page concept note in the required template by August. 29th, 2019 11:59 pm EDT to be considered for any funding. Applicants may submit a letter of interest in order to access additional GFEMS research that will support design work.




1. Bangladesh ethical recruitment, safer migration, and reintegration
Business Engagement 1.1 Shift the recruitment industry towards ethical recruitment (Bangladesh source communities)
Sustaining Freedom 1.2 Support recovery, reintegration, and restitution for victims (Bangladesh source communities) 1.3 Test tools that digitise documentation, awareness, and other aspects of immigration (Bangladesh)
2. India ethical recruitment and sustaining freedom
Sustaining Freedom 2.1 Integrated Sustaining Freedom Programmes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
Business Engagement 2.2 Pilot an ethical recruitment agency in Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. [Innovation grants] 18

2.3 Test financial health services and low-cost finance for migrants. [Innovation grants] (Uttar Pradesh & Bihar)

3. Reducing CSEC in destinations in India and at sources in India and Bangladesh
Commercial Sexual Exploitation Sustaining Freedom 3.1 Strengthen systems to protect victims of CSEC in key destination states and expand access to victim services (Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Telengana, India)

3.2 Deliver targeted prevention in vulnerable source areas, mainly India (Rural Assam and West Bengal, India & Jessore, Nagail, and Shathkira districts, Bangladesh)

3.3 Strengthen rehabilitation and reintegration services in Bangladesh for returning survivors of CSE (Khulna Division, Bangladesh)

3.4 Pilot or scale market-driven jobs for survivors and the highly vulnerable [Intervention and Innovation grants] (India & Bangladesh)

3.5 Testing of tech tools to research and disrupt CSEC [Innovation grants] (India)

4. Informal RMG Factories in Bangladesh
Sustaining Freedom 4.1 Integrated Sustaining Freedom activities to address forced labour in the informal RMG sector (Source & destination communities in Bangladesh)
Apparel 5. Informal RMG Factories in India



5.1 Engage buyers to detect and mitigate risks of forced labour in their supply chain,

and curb purchasing practices that can exacerbate forced labour (Delhi/NCR, India)

5.2 Innovative approaches for formalising informal RMG factories and encouraging

ethical practices (Delhi/NCR, India)

The fund’s theory of change
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is working to catalyse a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable. The Fund’s mission and its funding are driven by its Theory of Change, pictured below. It is meant to be read bottom to top:

The Challenge
Although human trafficking sits at the intersection of many global trends – such as migration, security, organised crime, and global business operations – anti-slavery programmes rarely tackle the problem with an integrated approach at the macro level. Many outstanding efforts currently underway are constrained by minimal funding and limited coordination between on-the-ground implementers across multiple sectors. Additionally, limited and inconsistent data collection hinders efforts to effectively leverage resources and disrupt modern slavery.

Framework for action / Global Fund outputs GFEMS is designed to respond to these constraints and mobilise a coherent global strategy to eradicate modern slavery. The Fund is executing six major work streams:
● Increasing resources commensurate with the scale and complexity of the challenge, and elevating global commitment to address the issue
● Engaging government to facilitate ownership of anti-slavery strategies and co-funded budgeted actions plans in a country/sector, and creating mechanisms for regional and global collaboration
● Engaging private sector to help create market-based solutions, including targeted public-private partnerships that increase the impact and sustainability of anti-trafficking programmes
● Engaging civil society to ensure effective design and implementation of interventions to end modern slavery
● Funding transformative programmes and technologies within our 3 funding themes to test, demonstrate, and scale high-impact approaches
● Ensuring robust assessment of impact by deploying cost effective approaches to identify and measure prevalence reduction, return on investment, and drivers of vulnerability

Funding themes / targeted outcome areas
The Fund’s grant making will catalyse reductions in slavery prevalence in communities and industries in three interconnected areas:
● Rule of Law–ending impunity and delivering justice for all forms of trafficking through effective laws and policies, criminal proceedings, and civil remedies
● Business Engagement– Private sector creates value by eliminating forced labour from supply chains and investing in market-based solutions
● Sustaining Freedom–ensuring recovery, reintegration, and economic opportunity for victims and the most vulnerable populations The Fund’s downstream partners will execute programs within and across these intervention areas in a way that supports the work streams in the Fund’s framework for action.

Donor Name: Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS
Funding name: No specific fund name

● Letter of Interest Deadline: August, 15th, 2019, 11:59 pm EDT.
● Concept Note Deadline: August, 29th, 2019, 11:59 pm EDT.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● Intervention/Combination Award Ceiling: USD 5M
● Intervention/Combination Award Floor: USD 500K
● Innovation Ceiling: USD 250K per innovation

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration:
● Intervention Period of Performance: 24 months
● Innovation Period of Performance: 18 months

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: An applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for GFEMS Funding. If applying as a consortium, all applicants within the consortium must meet these requirements:
● Applicants must be registered non-profit organisations, multilateral organisations, academic institutions, or for-profit organisations if the for-profit organisations are prepared to generate no profit from grant-funded activities. GFEMS will not directly fund profit-making activities.
● Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial due diligence (e.g., prior experience managing official development assistance funding from a government or multilateral organisation, a minimum of 2 years of audited financials, etc.)
● Applicants must have existing legal permissions to operate in relevant locations.
● Applicants must be able legally receive grant funding that originates with the UK Government without excessive tax or the use of an intermediary organisation

Eligible Country: India & Bangladesh

Submission mail:
● Letter of Interest:
● Concept Note:

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

How to apply:
Letter of Interest Deadline: Please submit your letter of interest to with the subject Opportunity X.X [Question/Letter of Interest/Concept Note]”. For example, if submitting a letter of interest for opportunity 2.1, your subject line should read “Opportunity 2.1 Letter of Interest. Please submit your letter of intent as a PDF.

Concept Note Deadline: Please submit your concept note by the above deadline to with the subject Opportunity X.X [Question/Letter of Interest/Concept Note]”. For example, if submitting a letter of interest for opportunity 2.1, your subject line should read “Opportunity 2.1 Letter of Interest. Please submit your concept note as a PDF.

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