Covid-19 response
Covid-19 response

Greetings from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – UN migration, Washington D.C. Office!

We are delighted to announce a new project “Supporting COVID-19 response and relief at the country level through disbursement and facilitation of sub-grants for selected diaspora organizations” providing sub-grants for COVID-19 response and relief, funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

The sub-grants will support diaspora organizations in their processes of scaling up and strengthening their own existing or developing initiatives to complement the COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts undertaken by local actors. Applicants must be diaspora organizations with interventions in Tunisia, Lebanon and Zimbabwe but may be based anywhere worldwide. Please feel free to share this widely with your networks or any diaspora organization who you think might be interested in implementing on the ground in any of the three countries; Tunisia, Lebanon or Zimbabwe.

At least 6 grants will be awarded between the amounts of USD 10,000 to 40,000, and each grant will be viable for a period of 4 to 6 months until October 2022, with the projected possibility of a no-cost extension (subject to further donor approval).

Learn more about the sub-grants and the steps to applying here:  ( & How to Apply to the COVID-19 Diaspora Grants | iDiaspora.

We are going to organize a Q&A session on May 11th at 10:00 AM EST, discussing the sub-grants and application process and answering any questions potential applicants may have, kindly find the invitation attached for further dissemination.


I would also like to share the FAQ document that we created to clarify some of the most common inquiries about the Call for Expression of Interest and the project in general. You can access it at the following link CEI_FAQ.

The deadline for the Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) is at 11:59PM EDT on May 18 2022, (CEI.pdf).

Should you have any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.




For the past two years the world has lived in the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected each and every one of us, disrupting our routines and teaching us new skills. Pre-existing issues have been exacerbated in vulnerable communities and have driven humanitarian needs to new levels. As we have entered the third year of the pandemic, over 464 million confirmed cases and over 6 million deaths have been reported worldwide as of 18 March 2022. 

Since the beginning of the outbreak, diaspora members and organizations have been remarkable actors in responding to the pandemic, both in their countries of residence and heritage. Through various efforts such as developing online platforms for information sharing, making and distributing masks, and creating virtual health initiatives including mental health consultations, diasporas have developed a multitude of innovative and transnational responses to address their communities’ COVID-19 associated needs and provide relevant support. Diasporas have become a force to be reckoned with.  

About the Initiative

The project, “Supporting COVID-19 response and relief at the country level through disbursement and facilitation of sub-grants for selected diaspora organizations,” will be rolled out in three stages: 

The initial stage includes a needs assessment of the COVID-19 situation on the ground as well as publishing the Call for Expression of Interest (CEI). It invites diaspora organizations worldwide to submit their proposals for immediate and longer-term interventions to address the fallout of COVID-19 in conjunction with local, national and/or international partners, especially those with existing COVID-19-related humanitarian assistance efforts. The CEI is welcoming towards innovative ideas and activities outlining the areas of intervention that align with the needs of targeted countries. Diaspora members, proven to be active, key actors in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, are also encouraged to disseminate the CEI among organizations committed to elevate their impact in humanitarian assistance. 

Under the second stage, at least six grants will be available to the selected diaspora organizations to implement their projects in the following three countries: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and Lebanon* (Lebanon is subject to further donor approval). IOM encourages diaspora organizations to apply and demonstrate their expertise in technical assistance and systemic coordination among key stakeholders in project implementation. During this stage there are resources available to build capacity of the selected organizations including in such areas as project implementation, monitoring and evaluation, coordination, and accountability. Diaspora organizations will also get a chance to cooperate and learn from IOM Country offices as well as IOM Washington, DC.  

The third stage is the monitoring and evaluation and exploration of lessons learned, whereby all the actors and stakeholders will share their experiences in cooperation, implementation, learning, and responding to the communities on the ground. These findings will not only be issued as a separate report, but will also help enhance a more formal coordination between institutional humanitarian actors and diaspora organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance. 

How to Apply to the Sub-Grants

The deadline for applications is 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, May 18th.

Get Involved

IOM welcomes the feedback of diaspora leaders and organizations at any of the stages and encourages additional inquiries about the project. Contact IOM’s Diaspora Engagement Unit today at [email protected] to find out more and how you can get involved to help develop communities’ resiliency to COVID-19.

Submitted by: Noha SHALAN, Operations Assistant. Diaspora Engagement Unit, International Organization for Migration /