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Home Office opens new Modern Slavery Fund to applications

Melanie May | 11 November 2016 | News

The Home Office is seeking proposals for funding from its new Modern Slavery Innovation Fund, and Child Trafficking Protection Fund until 29th November.
The £11m Modern Slavery Innovation Fund (MSIF) was announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in October, and seeks projects that trial new approaches to tackling modern slavery in countries from which victims are trafficked. In addition, a further £3m Child Trafficking Protection Fund (CTPF) is available, to be used to protect potentially trafficked children both in the UK and overseas.
The £11m MSIF will be available from 2016-17 to 2020-21, with this first call for proposals for £6m funding, available until 2018-19. The CTPF funding is available over a 27-month period, which will cover three financial years from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
The Home Office is seeking proposals from organisations from the statutory, not-for-profit and for profit sectors and has said that it welcomes collaborative proposals covering multiple areas and different sectors with the intention of making multiple awards covering a range of different initiatives.
More information is available on the .gov site, and potential bidders must register on Crown Commercial Service’s eSourcing tool.
At the time of the funds’ launch, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“Modern slavery is a global crime which demands an international response. We are determined to work with other governments around the world to eradicate slavery and send a message that it will not be tolerated. As part of our ongoing commitment to tackle the scourge of modern slavery these funds, totalling £14 million, will help develop innovative approaches to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.”



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