Past Funding


The information below is intended to help future applicants understand our approach to grantmaking. Future funding opportunities will be posted on our Current Funding page in Spring 2019.

Inaugural Funding Round

For its first round of grants, GFEMS solicited concept notes from potential partners to address opportunities in support of our overall Theory of Change, with the expectation of awarding up to $15 million across programs through this inaugural solicitation. Addressing the specific opportunities below supports the broader strategy of GFEMS by:

  • Demonstrating effective approaches that can be scaled or replicated; 

  • Strengthening relationships with key stakeholders as a foundation for budgeted action plans; and

  • Illustrating new ways for the private sector to combat modern slavery.

GFEMS' inaugural funding round is now closed, but focused on the below specific opportunities. Complete details of funding priorities can be found here.

Migrant Labor

  • Reducing trafficking of overseas domestic workers from the Philippines by (1) supporting government labor migration reforms and (2) leveraging industry demand to generate alternative employment and migration opportunities

  • Collaborating with government and private sector to improve the protection of Vietnamese migrants in recruitment to key destination industries

Sex Trafficking

  • Creating new solutions to combat online-enabled sex trafficking in Maharashtra, India and replicating demonstrated successes in other geographies

  • Partnering with law enforcement, private sector and NGOs to target sex trafficking of Vietnamese women and girls to key regional destinations

Apparel and footwear

  • Building the business case for preventing and ending forced labor in the global apparel supply chain by quantifying prevalence and identifying win-win solutions for businesses and workers (multiple countries; applicants proposing work in Vietnam and India are especially encouraged)


  • Building the business case that eliminating forced labor in supply chains will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, including through investment in worker skilling, safe migration, and ethical recruitment (multiple countries; applicants proposing work in India are especially encouraged)


Interested in learning more about GFEMS' approach to grantmaking? Review our Funding Principles and Evaluation Criteria.