Mapping, Tracking and Advocating for Funds to Address Migrants’ Mental Health

The Open Society Public Health Program invites 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. While epidemiological evidence exists to show how European policies are exacerbating migrants’ vulnerabilities and suffering, the European Union’s financial contribution to migrants’ mental health remain unexamined. Furthermore, member states’ own approaches to migrants, including detention in appalling conditions and failure to provide access to effective mental health services, 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Nongovernmental organizations or a consortium of nongovernmental organizations, with a lead organization identified, that cumulatively meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • formally registered not-for-profit organizations with established legal status;
  • familiar with the EU structure, institutions, and funding mechanisms;
  • have conducted or are conducting work in monitoring EU funds, and of tracking such funds at the level of member states;
  • familiarity with the financial accountability mechanisms in Greece and Italy; and
  • experience in conducting advocacy activities in the public sphere.
Purpose and Priorities

The successful grantee will propose specific paths to:

  1. Identify relevant sources of EU funds available for migrants’ health. If funds are designated for migrants’ health, identify whether mental health activities are targeted as part of the funding.
  2. Provide a detailed understanding of each of the relevant EU sources of funding for health, with a focus on mental health.
  3. 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.
  4. Analyze available budget documents and expenditure data pertaining to the use of EU funds for migrants’ health; uncover possible systemic issues pertaining to the spending of EU funds, which may be barriers to supporting migrants’ mental health.
  5. Identify what institutional bodies are in charge of the oversight of these funds at the EU and member state levels. Assess how this oversight is exercised in practice, and flag possible gaps in accountability that could be points of entry for advocacy.
  6. Implement advocacy related activities to raise awareness and promote the increased financial allocations for migrants’ mental health at EU and state levels.

Applicants should submit a completed proposal and budget, the organization’s 2016 annual financial report, and CVs of project manager(s) and the organization’s leadership. All documents should be in English and the project budget should be in U.S. dollars. The proposal and budget template are available in the Download Files section of this page. The maximum grant size is $75,000.

Submissions should be made via the relevant Open Society Foundations Grant Portal.

The application deadline is February 2, 2018 (5:00 p.m. CET). Incomplete or late applications will not be given consideration. The successful applicant will be notified by March 2, 2018. 

Questions may be directed to [email protected].