Article 16(3) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) provides for the establishment of a Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) to support national implementation of the Treaty and encourages all States Parties to contribute resources to the Fund.
The VTF was formally established in August 2016 by the Second Conference of States Parties to operate under its approved Terms of Reference (ATT/CSP2/2016/WP3/Rev.1). The VTF shall disburse funds to ATT implementation projects according to the provisions of its Terms of Reference and Administrative Rules. Where necessary, OECD DAC guidelines for development cooperation may also apply.
The VTF aims to assist requesting States requiring international assistance to implement their Treaty obligations, including with respect to legal or legislative assistance, institutional capacity building, and technical, material and financial assistance.
A Selection Committee consisting of up to 15 seats supports the administration of the VTF. Members of the Selection Committee serve for two years and are eligible for reappointment.
There are currently 15 members of the VTF Selection Committee who were appointed by CSP4 and who will serve until CSP6. The current member are: Australia,
Chile, Finland, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand,
Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United
As part of the VTF's operationalization, the Chairperson of the VTF Selection Committee makes a regular Call for Voluntary Contributions to the Fund as well as an annual Call for Proposals.
The following applicant States were approved for VTF funding in the 2018 cycle:
1. Burkina Faso
3. Côte d’Ivoire
4. Dominican Republic
5. Ghana (1)
6. Ghana (2)
Details of the projects approved for VTF funding in the 2018 VTF cycle available here.
*Chad's application to the VTF was withdrawn.
Details of the projects approved for VTF funding in the 2017 VTF cycle available here.
The Final Reports of all completed projects are available below, in accordance with paragraph 16 of the VTF Terms of Reference:
Only States may apply directly for VTF funding.
The Forms are available in English, French and Spanish. Applications that are submitted in French or Spanish must be accompanied by an English translation.
Explanatory Notes for Completing the Grant Application Form and the Detailed Budget Form are available in English, French and Spanish.
* All fields of the Grant Application Form and Detailed Budget Form are mandatory and must be completed in full.
* Any VTF Grant Application submitted in any other form other than the VTF prescribed form shall not be considered.
The deadline for VTF proposals for each cycle of the VTF is announced in the annual Call for Proposals. The latest Call for Proposals was open from 15 October 2018 to 16 January 2019.
The deadline for the next Call for Proposals will be announced in Ocotber 2019.
Contributions to the VTF can be made throughout the year by governments and private-sector donors in any amount of money. The Chairperson of the VTF Selection Committee issues Calls for Contributions to the VTF on a regular basis. The latest Call for Contributions is available here.
States and other donors with additional queries regarding donating to the VTF or who are interested in making a contribution to the VTF should contact the Head of the Secretariat, Mr. Dumisani DLADLA at: email@example.com