Disability Rights Fund Inviting LoIs from Bangladesh and Uganda for “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015”

Deadline: 5 June 2015

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is accepting applications for its second grant-making round – small grants, mid-level coalition grants or national coalition grants. The civil society organizations of the disabled persons’ in Bangladesh and Uganda are encouraged to submit letters of interest on “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015”.

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the developing world.

Grants –

  1. Small Grants – Single organizations or partnerships. One-year grants ranging between USD 5,000-20,000.
  2. Mid-Level Coalition Grants – Mid-Level (state, regional, provincial, or district) DPO-led coalitions. Two-year grants ranging between USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years) and must be conceived and led by a DPO.
  3. National Coalition Grants – National DPO-led coalitions. Two-year grants ranging between USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years).

Priority Areas

  • Small Grants priority areas include:
    • Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Regarding the CRPD at Local Levels
    • Addressing Implementation of CRPD Articles
  • Mid-Level Coalition priority areas include:
    • Passage of specific legislation or policy at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD
    • Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at sub-national level
  • National Coalition priority areas include:
    • Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified)
    • Passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD
    • Production of and/or follow up to alternative reports to the CRPD Committee; or
    • Production of and/or follow up to reports submitted to other UN human rights monitoring mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council or to other Committees of Experts from other human rights treaties
    • Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that the CRPD is taken into consideration in strategy and goal development and assessment
    • Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD



  1. Rajendra Adhikari says:

    Dear Rashmi Kanti,

    We RADP is a national level NGO working in Nepal in the sector of WASH, environment and governance, however we are seeking fund for WASH, environment/climate change, gender, capacity development so please could you suggest about the funding agency or provide our email address to the funding agency?

    And, we are small organization and have very negligible resources to attend in the international conferences so please is there any opportunity to found travel fund from any funding agency?

    Our organization member are interested to completed their Master Degree in International Relation & Diplomacy,IRD but she have no sufficient money to complete her degree, if you provide the information of Scholarship donors she can fulfill her desire to complete the Master Degree.


    Iam a social Advisor working for empowerment of people with leprosy related disablities. However, the deadline has passed. Can I apply?

    • Hello Kawikizi,

      Applicants cannot apply after the deadline. To get detailed information on application process, go to next article and visit the link given in ‘For more information…’ line.

      Good luck!

  3. Hi, I am the founder of Multi-Techs Foundation from Ghana. Training our people living with disability in a wheel chair on ICT. Can our organisation apply for the Mid-Level Coalition Grants ? As we are working on extending our project regional.

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Peter,
      If your organisation fulfills all the eligibility conditions mentioned in the article, you can proceed with your application for these grants.
      To get detailed information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the link on the line ” For more information…”
      We wish you all the Best!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    hi, I am a researcher from Ethiopia, working on rights of Deaf people. Can i apply for the small grant?


    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Please go through the eligibility criteria and application process which is given in next article linked with “Next” link and proceed.

      Good luck!