United Nations Trust Fund Call for Proposals 2012: Ending Violence against Women – VAW

UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has issued a call for proposals for the year 2012 to provide grants from US $100,000 to US $300,000 to both small grassroots-based NGOs as well as large organizations for implementing projects that address violence against women (VAW).

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“The UN Trust Fund”), established in 1996 under the UN General Assembly 50/166, is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.

The 2012 UN Trust Fund Call invites proposals in the following areas of action:

  1. Closing the Gap on the Implementation of National and Local Laws, Policies and Action Plans that Address Violence against Women
  2. Addressing Violence against Adolescent and Young Girls

For large civil society organizations, governments and UN Country Teams, budget requests should be within the range of a minimum of US$ 300,000 to a maximum of US$ 1 million total for duration of two to three years.

For small civil society organizations, especially grassroots women’s organizations and networks, budget requests will also be considered for a minimum of US$ 100,000.

Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note. For preparation of the Concept Note, refer to the following annexes:

  • Annex 1:  Concept Note Form
  • Annex 2:   Budget Summary

Concept Notes can be submitted in the following languages only: English, French and Spanish (please note that while the call is available in Arabic, Portuguese and Russian,  concept note applications will only be accepted in English, Spanish or French).

The deadline for submission of the Concept Note is 21 January 2013, 11:59pm New York Time (EST).

For more information, visit this link.


Deadline- April 20, 2012

Despite the many human rights instruments setting clear obligations for action by states and non state actors, human rights laws are rarely invoked by those fighting against these abuses. They are ready to use all of the tools at their disposal, including human rights law.
Human rights can and should act as a platform upon women stand to demand housing and land, freedom from discrimination due to their gender and/or HIV status, and equal respect with men. Huairou Commission, with members in Peru, Philippines and South Africa, as well as COHRE, UNDP and OSF Law and Health Initiative (LAHI) have developed the human rights manual Tools for Change (TFC) to clearly lay out these rights and how they may be claimed.

Grassroots women strengthen, using human rights as a tool, their ability to effectively claim, gain and maintain land and housing, especially in the context of HIV/AIDS.

  • Grassroots organizations better understand human rights concepts and law through use of the TFC manual and learn and apply new strategies in their struggle against asset stripping;
  • Grassroots organizations share their gains and challenges in fighting for land and housing as a human right through communication and exchange and develop and implement a common advocacy strategy;
  • Demonstrate that human rights are a viable tool to facilitate women to (within the context of land and housing as related to HIV/AIDS) identify and shift power relationships, build strategic partnerships and implement effective advocacy strategies in their communities and at national level;
  • Insights into utilizing human rights in the struggle against asset stripping and for land and housing in the context of HIV/AIDS is documented and disseminated as a basis for further advocacy and action.

Eligibility –

  • Groups must be in an African country.
  • Must be organized at community level.
  • Must be women led.
  • Must have a grassroots constituency.
  • Must work on issues of land and HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit this link

Women PeaceMakers Residency

Applications are now open for the Women PeaceMakers program, which is  an eight-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), located on the University of San Diego campus in San Diego, California.

Four peacemakers selected to participate in this residency. The program pairs each peacemaker with a Peace Writer and a documentary film team to document her story and best practices. Selected candidates give presentations on their work both at the IPJ and in the San Diego community and have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, increasing their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts and in post-conflict decision-making.

This is a program open to women who have been involved in either official or unofficial peace processes and who may be working at the grassroots, national or international level. We select women who have been active in efforts to secure a just peace, namely, through conflict resolution and civil society participation that is inclusive and honors human rights. Women PeaceMakers must:

  • Have experience working directly in peacemaking and/or human rights efforts at a grassroots, national or international level.
  • Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.
  • Be in a position to apply what is learned and/or to share with others at the conclusion of the residency program.

The deadline to submit applications is 15 May 2012. For more information, visit this link.

The Pari Project’s “Fundraising at the Grassroots level in Cambodia: Using Strategy for Prosperity”

The Pari Project in Cambodia has recently come out with a research-based report to analyze how grassroots NGOs strategize their fundraising in Cambodia. The country has more than 1500 local NGOs with another 300 international NGOs registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, despite so many organization, fundraising continues to remain a challenge for all of them.

The “Fundraising at the Grassroots level in Cambodia: Using Strategy for Prosperity” (February 2012) has gathered important lessons from the various fundraising experiences of grassroots organizations in the country.

Fundraising at the Grassroots level in Cambodia

The report aims to address issues such as:

  • What different sources of funding exist and how organizations secure them?
  • What benefits and challenges accompany various methods of fundraising?
  • To what extent do organizations strategize in regards to fundraising?
  • How are fundraising decisions made and who makes them?

The report can be downloaded from this link.

APWLD invites Women from Various Countries and Fields to attend the First Asia Pacific Feminist Forum in Thailand

Asia Pacific Forum for Women Law and Development (APWLD) invites women lawyers, academics and grassroots activists to register to attend the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) to be held on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and youth leaders to celebrate the collective achievements, reflect on the challenges and shifting political environments, deepen feminist knowledge and analysis, strengthen our sisterhood, solidarity and collaboration and reaffirm the resolve to advance women’s rights.

APFF Objectives

  • To build knowledge and practical skills of women in the Asia Pacific region that advance women’s rights;
  • To strengthen and encourage more collaboration between women’s organisations in the Asia Pacific region;
  • To map out what different organizations in the Asia Pacific region are doing, to see where overlaps happen and where collaboration can start;
  • To energize the women’s movement in the Asia Pacific region (with a particular focus on bringing in young women, women with disabilities and women who are new to the movement);
  •  To deepen feminist knowledge and analysis.

Profile of Participants:

  •  100-150 women from the Asia-Pacific Region
  •  Participants to be a mix of lawyers, activists and academics
  •  5 sub regions will be included (Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific)
  • 30% of the participants will be young women under 35 and members who have never attended an APWLD training or conference
  • Women with Disabilities (WWD)
  • Self-funded participants are also welcome- slots have been allotted for those who would like to self-fund.

Selection Criteria

  • Balance in regional representation from the countries in Asia and the Pacific Islands
  • 30% quota of women under 35
  • A mixture of lawyers, activists and academics who are part of the women’s movement
  • 30% women from marginalized groups including rural, indigenous, migrant women,  women living with disabilities, sexual  minorities

Funding Support and Priorities

Funding support is available to a limited number of participants who meet the target groups. Grassroots women and WWD will be prioritized for funding support.

Last date for submission of applications is November 4, 2011

For more information, visit this link.

UN Women Office in PNG invites EOI for First Phase of the Port Moresby: A Safer City for Women and Girls Project

UN Women Office in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is calling for expressions of interest from eligible supporting NGOs for the first phase of the Port Moresby: A Safer City for Women and Girls Project.

Focus of this project is to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) particularly all forms of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

The current call for Expression of Interest is for one or several support NGOs who will play key roles at this initial phase of the Project in building capacity of the grassroots women organizations and other key stakeholders to ensure their ability to further develop, implement and monitor the Port Moresby Safe City Project.


The supporting NGO(s) will be responsible for:

–     Collaborating with the Safe Market Management Steering Committee (SMMSC), UN Women, the Gender and Equity Desk of NCDC, and men and women councillors of NCDC to:

->     Support and facilitate the mobilisation of grassroots women who are vendors or buyers at the markets in Port Moresby.

->     Carry out awareness raising initiatives to build an understanding among women and men of the value of collective organising and representation to engage strategically with authorities and influence decision-making.

->     Engage with existing grassroots women’s and youth organizations that have relevant experience in organizing and empowering local women to build ongoing partnerships with these key groups.

->     Mobilise NGOs, CBOs, local artists and performers to determine how they can contribute innovative, creative, cultural events to make Port Moresby’s city markets better.

->     Review and adapt the best practices and lessons learned, tools and training materials available in global and regional projects to engage City Hall and the police in ending violence against women and girls in public spaces.

->     Identify existing and emerging women and youth leaders, and resource people among the grassroots market vendors to increase their knowledge and understanding of the project goals and approaches, build their capacity, and support leadership opportunities.

–     Support leaders and the formation of market vendors association with a focus on fostering women leaders.

–     Support grassroots women and youth organisations to formulate key principles and new standards of dignity, respect and human rights, as a basis for the market bylaws and daily standards of behaviour to be set and monitored on the marketplace.

–     Mediate and resolve any conflict or misunderstanding that may arise among these groups so that they can present a united front to City Hall and the national Government.

–     Support the mainstreaming of HIV into project activities including the implementation of trainings, development of awareness materials and campaigns, etc.

–     Work with men and boys on: 1) developing violence prevention initiatives; 2) implementing a zero tolerance policy for violence against women and girls; 3) becoming agents of change on ending violence against women and empowering women and girls; 4) support the implementation of the project at all stages.


–     Proven track record of grassroots community organizing and facilitating the mobilisation of women, partnership building, leadership and empowerment to make locally driven social change.

–     Experience in developing programmes on gender based and sexual violence, and improving community safety.

–     Experience in working with diverse groups of women and those that have been marginalized socially, economically and may have been victims of violence.

–     Proven track record of working in public environments with weak governance, high levels of discrimination and violence against women, insecurity and crime.

–     Experience in working with men and boys on programs/projects to end and prevent different forms of gender based violence.

–     Be registered as a non-profit organization in Papua New Guinea.

Last date for submission of expressions of interest is October 24, 2011.

For more information, visit this link.

amfAR funding opportunity for grassroots organizations linked to MSM/LGBT communities in Africa addressing HIV/AIDS

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is inviting grant proposals for the projects to address HIV/AIDS among gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) individuals in Africa. Grassroots organizations led by or closely linked to MSM/LGBT communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa are encouraged to submit relevant proposals.

The MSM initiative was started in 2007 with support from different international and regional agencies including UNDP, UNAIDS, and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. This program seeks to address HIV issues by planning for prevention, treatment, care, and support services; policy, advocacy, human rights efforts; and community-led research.

Funding Priorities and Areas of Interest

This request for proposals (RFP) solicits proposals for innovative community-led projects relevant to reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM, and/or transgender individuals.

The RFP process is different this year in an important way. Based on feedback provided by grantees, applicants and peer reviewers, regional priorities have been determined in advance of issuing the RFP by surveying a wide range of community-based colleagues with experience and expertise in the region. Below (not listed in order of importance) is a synthesis of the priorities they identified, which will be used as a guide by the community peer review panel in making recommendations for applications to be funded.  Well-designed applications that address these priorities will be more likely to be funded by the MSM Initiative.

Funding Size and Availability

Each organization may apply for an award of up to $20,000 USD to support project-related costs for up to 12 months. Only one application may be submitted per organization. Proposals for general operating support will not be considered.

Approximately $100,000 USD is available for this round of awards in Africa; amfAR anticipates funding from six to eight proposals. Funding recommendations will be announced in December 2011. Organizations that are approved for awards can expect to receive funds to begin activities as early as February 2012.


–        Community-based organizations located in low-and middle-income countries in Africa (click here to see list of eligible countries);

–        Non-profit organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, and other charitable organizations) that are the equivalent of U.S. tax-exempt non-profit organizations;

–        Organizations comprised of MSM or LGBT community members and/or that have established links to MSM/LGBT communities and experience directly involving members of those communities in the development and implementation of programs and activities;

–        Organizations with strong management and leadership;

–        Organizations with capacity to carry out the proposed activities and effectively manage award funds.

Last date for submitting the application is October 6, 2011

For more information and details, you can visit this link.

USAID to fund $20 Million for a four-year Livelihoods Project in the Kivus and Orientale provinces in Eastern Congo

Source: http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/us-fund-livelihoods-project-worth-20-million-eastern-congo

In response to a number of calls from various advocacy groups, USAID recently announced a $20 million livelihoods project in eastern Congo inviting proposals for a four-year program in the Kivus and Orientale provinces, focused on people affected by sexual violence and the conflict minerals trade. The project is basically aimed at reaching at least 80,000 people in these provinces. In order to address the problems faced by grassroots communities in these areas that have been very much affected by the violence in eastern Congo, Enough Project has played a major role in convincing USAID for this initiative.

In eastern Congo’s mining communities are more and more taking up to legitimate business and abandoning the conflict minerals trade, people will need targeted assistance to help them find meaningful sources of livelihood and cope with the ongoing challenges of living in an area long plagued by conflict. It is expected that that part of this project can target these vulnerable communities in particular. This program must also be carried out in a transparent and grassroots-oriented manner, so that grassroots communities indeed receive direct, tangible benefits from the projects funded by USAID.

As per the request for proposals the Community Recovery and Livelihoods Project (CRLP) is aimed at promoting stable socio-economic recovery in targeted communities in eastern DRC, especially in areas where SGBV [sexual and gender-based violence] and gender inequalities are considered as major challenges to stability and reconciliation. USAID is seeking the applicants to address relevant factors such as the communities’ experience with conflict and particularly Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), as well as their proximity to illicit mining activities.

Focus areas of funding:

–     Livelihoods work through support to agriculture, market access, alternative livelihoods, and gender role dialogues.

–     Civil society support through aid to civil society in capacity building, advocacy support, and women’s participation.

–     Community conflict resolution through infrastructure construction, women’s participation, and community conflict management structure support.

Request for applications also acknowledges that in order to consolidate recovery gains, both the more productive and entrepreneurial as well as the more marginalized and vulnerable members of society must be included. USAID intends for the project to work along this spectrum, ensuring the inclusion of victims of violence, particularly women and girls.

The initiative is encouraging development besides the efforts to reform the trade in minerals so that the revenue will benefit local communities. The request is posted on grants.gov website, and applications are due on September 15.

First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund

First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund aims at supporting Indigenous-led projects and increasing access to funding for Indigenous communities and supporting Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.

It supports strategies that address Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).

Keepers of the Earth Fund is seeking applications from Indigenous-led grassroots or local organizations or groups to apply for grants.

Applicant Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group;
  • have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor’s terms and requirements will be requested.
  • insure project activities will be completed outside of the United States.

Grant Criteria

  • Indigenous-led grassroots/ local projects
  • Control and self-determination of Indigenous homelands
  • Strategies for redressing evictions (i.e., mapping, co-management, advocacy)
  • Indigenous stewardship – land and natural resource models
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Community organizing and Start-up costs for Indigenous organizations (i.e., by-laws, registrations, certifications, etc.)
  • Appropriate technology and learning exchanges
  • Advocacy for Indigenous voice within policy forums

Grant Size and Timeframe

Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000. Project timeframes are between six and 12 months. It can take up to eight weeks to review and process your request. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you for additional information.

For more information, visit this link.

Special Award Opportunity for Organizations using Media for Advocacy at the Grassroots

As part of the One World Media Awards 2010, the Special Award has been announced for any organization (or project) in the developing world using media to make an impact on the lives of the people. The media project can include using local community-based radio or TV initiatives (including specific programmes, channel or network of stations) or even print media of any other new form of media implemented at the ground level in developing countries. Organizations working on advocacy using media at the grassroots level with their staff are also eligible to apply for the award.

The winner of the award will be flown to London in an all-expenses paid trip and will participate and receive a trophy in the awards ceremony to be held on 22 June 2010 at Kings Place in London.  The entries should contain the following information:

Description of the project (1000-1500 words) highlighting how it fits the eligibility criteria above – explain what makes it unique and remarkable. Please include details of when the project was set up, number of staff and volunteers, how many and who the audience is, what issues are covered and what the local conditions are in which it has to operate (for example, political, social, cultural)
Full contact details (including name of Director and website where available)
Name of representative who would collect the award in London
Letters from two independent references who have worked with the organization and know it well, but do not work for it.”

The entries have to be sent by email. The deadline to submit them is 26 February 2010. For more information, visit this link.