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Victims Advocacy Initiative Fund

Call for Applications: Supporting Victims of the Chinese Communist Party’s Repression in Xinjiang

Small Grants for spotlighting and empowering the narratives of those harmed by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) repression in Xinjiang.

Issuance Date: June 21, 2021

Application Deadline and Instructions:

For the first round, applications must be received by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation by 23:59 EST on August 1, 2021. For the second round, applications must be received by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation by 23:59 EST on November 1, 2021. All grant applications must be submitted electronically to mishel.kondi@victimsofcommunism.org with “Victims Advocacy Initiative Funds” in the subject line.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) invites applications for funding independent advocacy initiatives that relate to supporting victims of the CCP’s repression in Xinjiang, with a preference for ending forced labor and human rights related topics. Through witness testimony videos, advocacy campaigns, artistic work, education, and/ or other awareness-raising initiatives, proposed projects will aim to promote the stories and daily realities of those negatively impacted by the CCP’s repression in Xinjiang.

The “Victims Advocacy Initiative Funds” grants program will serve the following objectives:

  1. Support victims’ independent advocacy initiatives
  2. Empower victims and civil society activists among China’s diaspora communities
  3. Demonstrate commitment to advocacy to end repression against Uyghur and other ethnic minorities in China
  4. Enable stronger collaboration prospects for the impacted communities
  5. Raise awareness and expose CCP’s brutal policies towards ethnic minorities

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will support initiatives up to $2,000. The proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of VOC representatives.

Applicants have broad latitude to design projects under this call, but applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

ELIGIBILITY

–       Victims of the CCP’s repression in Xinjiang.
–       Organizations and individuals with demonstrated interest and motivation to advocate for Uyghurs and human rights.

AWARD INFORMATION

Grants will be awarded in two rounds. For the first round, decisions will be made by September 1, 2021, and the implementation of the project is expected to start by October 1, 2021. For the second round, decisions will be made by December 1, 2021, and the implementation of the project is expected to start by January 1, 2022. The distribution of funds will follow entry into an agreement with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is an educational, research, and human rights nonprofit organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to pursuing the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.