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UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture – Who can apply


 © « Atelier peinture de Claire Harel, association Mana, France »
© « Atelier peinture de Claire Harel,
association Mana, France »

The UN General Assembly resolution establishing the Fund, 35/151, mandated it to distribute voluntary contributions to victims of torture through “established channels of assistance”.  The Board of Trustees of the Fund has, over the years and in practice, accepted applications from a variety of channels of assistance, including, inter alia, non-governmental organizations, associations of victims of torture and/or their family members, public and private hospitals and clinics, public interest law firms and individual lawyers, legal aid clinics and grass-root and community based organizations. 

Applications by governmental, parliamentary or administrative entities, political parties or national liberation movements are inadmissible.

The Torture Fund: mandate and activities

What the Fund is

What the Fund does

Decision-making

List of grantees 2013 (PDF)

Reporting on the activities of the Fund

Interpretation of Torture in the Light of the Practice and Jurisprudence of International Bodies (PDF)

CAT: Adopted general comment No. 3 on article 14 of the Convention
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Newly- adopted Council resolution on torture rehabilitation 22/21
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How to apply to the Fund

Call for 2015 applications
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Emergency applications
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Who can apply

The grants cycle

On-line application System (GMS)

Revised version : Guidelines of the Fund for the use of applicants and Grantees
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Compliance with the Guidelines of the Fund for Use of Applicants and Grantees: Matrix of follow-up action


Other Sources of Funding

How to report to the Fund

For all beneficiaries the release of the grant is subject to:

Satisfactory submission of a revised and detailed budget adjusted to the amount awarded through the online Grant Management System GMS

Finance questionnaire Form (Word)
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Updated Banking details Form (PDF) also available through the online Grant Management System GMS

Upon receipt of the grant, beneficiaries are requested to fill in and sign the receipt form:

Acknowledge receipt form (Word)

First time applicant:

All first-time grantees and emergency grantees are requested to submit an Interim F & N report on the use of the first instalment and/or first six months of the implementation of the project
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User's Manual for report (PDF)

How to contribute to the Torture Fund
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38th session of the Board of Trustees: Geneva, 30 September - 4 October 2013

39th Session of the Board of Trustees: Geneva, 10 to 14 March 2014

40th Session of the Board of Trustees: Geneva, 29 September to 3 October 2014

30th anniversary of the Fund
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