An official website of the United States Government Here's how you know

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

What kind of initiatives and programs does the U.S. government fund through the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration?

For the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s most recent breakdown of funding in support of humanitarian activities, view our Summary of Major Activities for Fiscal Year 2020 and other past year summaries from 2017-2019. The majority of this funding was programmed through international organizations and, to a lesser extent, non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A large majority of Bureau-managed funds are allocated to international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) , the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) , and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) .

However, PRM also funds NGO programs that are coordinated with multilateral institutions, other NGOs, and other civil society actors to complement and expand the reach of U.S. government assistance and complement the humanitarian assistance ecosystem. PRM does not provide overseas assistance through for-profit organizations.

Are the NGOs that receive money from the Bureau obligated to follow any guidelines?

Yes. The Bureau funds projects that align with the Bureau’s mission to provide protection and life-sustaining relief (such as food, water, sanitation, education and medical care) to refugees and victims of conflict.

For more details, consult the specific Funding Opportunity Announcements which will provide any additional requirements and programmatic objectives.

You may also view previous year opportunities from 2017-2020.

All prospective applicants are required to apply for PRM’s open funding opportunities on

PRM Application and Reporting Templates

PRM recommends that applicants responding to PRM’s funding opportunities use the following templates.  PRM-issued notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) will state whether an application requires a concept note or full proposal application format. Please review the video below for additional guidance on the NGO proposal application process.

Recording of NGO Application Webinar

On February 27, 2023, PRM conducted a public webinar on the general NGO proposal application and supplemental registration processes. Further questions may be posed to 

If an applicant is not using PRM’s templates, then proposal narratives must not be more than 10 pages in length (15 pages for multi-year proposals).  If an applicant is using PRM’s templates, single-year application proposal narratives must not exceed 15 pages in length, (20 pages for multi-year funding proposals).

(Note:  Required proposal narratives, indicator tables, and budget documents written in a language other than English will be disqualified.)

All proposals (except indicator tables and budget templates) must use Times New Roman or Calibri 12-point font (footnotes may be 8-point font, if necessary), on letter sized paper with one-inch margins on all sides.  Organizations may choose to attach charts, work plans, and/or activity calendars as an addenda or appendices to the proposal but are not required to do so. These attachments do not count toward the page limit total; however, annexes cannot be relied upon as a key source of program information and should be included in moderation.  The proposal narrative must be able to stand on its own in the application process and serves as a primary basis for the panel review’s scoring.

For proposals related to Refugee Resettlement and admissions programs, see the relevant funding opportunity for details on the required proposal format and templates.

PRM awardees seeking additional information on proper display of the U.S. flag and direct image downloads can access the Department of State’s Branding guide.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future