ViiV Healthcare: Call for Proposals for Positive Actions for Girls and Women Funds

Deadline: 26 April 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking proposals from organisations for its Positive Actions for Girls and Women Fund with an aim to tackle the harmful practices and norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women and increase their vulnerability to HIV and to fund projects which focus on the reducing the commoditization of girls as well as supporting projects and organisations that advocate for girls and women.

Objectives

  • Reduce the commoditization of girls (e.g. sexual or gender-based violence, early marriage, forced sex work, inter-generational relationships)
  • Support existing projects, organisations and innovators that advocate for girls and women

Funding Information: The 2016 Call for Proposals is limited to applications of £50,000 over two years (about £25,000 per year).

Focus Areas

  • Community leadership to improve knowledge of and access to appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services in early adolescence
  • Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance
  • Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls
  • Community initiatives that support HIV positive adolescent girls to access appropriate SRH information and services; and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination that may lead to vulnerability for these girls
  • Community advocacy that address punitive laws and policies that put adolescent girls at risk of harassment, violence and/or arrest by the police, including girls in key populations

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses harmful practices that leads to health/HIV risk
  • Promoting rights, education and campaigning rights of girls
  • Build aspiration and opportunities to escape poverty for adolescent girls
  • Enhance information about and access to SRH services
  • Advocacy
  • Demonstrating Impact (Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Addresses root causes
  • Assure sustainability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level
  • The PAGW does not have any specific restrictions, although it is expected to be focused on communities in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The PAGW accepts applications in French.
  • The lead contact should be the person responsible for delivery of the project at a country level wherever possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

2016 Women PeaceMakers Program: Inviting Women Engaged in Peace-building & Human Rights!

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The University of San Diego is calling applications for 2016 Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM) that is a unique residency program for women engaged in peace-building and human rights. It involves learning, teaching and taking the time to narrate a personal, unique story of peacemaking.

Through better understanding of individual human rights advocacy and peacebuilding work, the program aims to build greater cross-cultural understanding and to document the challenges and successes of women who have been involved in peacemaking efforts in their own communities, country or region.

Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to participate in an eight-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, located on the University of San Diego (USD) campus in San Diego, California.

Benefits

Women PeaceMaker:

  • Work together almost daily with a professional Peace Writer (experienced in interviewing and writing) to document in written form stories of her life and work.
  • Have her experiences and personal stories also captured on video.
  • Live with fellow Women PeaceMakers, while sharing with and learning from one another the lessons she have learned in her peacemaking journey.
  • Take time to reflect in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes new learning and an authentic exchange of ideas.
  • Share her experiences of peacemaking and human rights advocacy with students and faculty at USD, and at other schools and universities in Southern California.
  • Participate and assist for 2 weeks in teaching undergraduate students who are gaining a minor in Peace and Justice Studies at USD, in a course related to “War, Gender and Peacebuilding.”
  • Meet with and learn from local and national leaders involved in human rights, political action and peacemaking efforts, and visit local governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Become a part of the Women PeaceMakers alumnae network that may be called upon for international peacemaking and post-conflict planning processes.

Qualification

Women PeaceMakers must:

  • Have extensive experience (usually 10+ years) 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • The Program selects 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Women PeaceMakers Program.

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European Commission: Engaging Civil Society in Pan-African Issues

Deadline: 13 May 2016

European Commission is seeking proposals from organisations for a programme entitled “Engaging civil society in Pan-African issues” with an aim to improve the contribution of civil society organisations to continental decision- and policy making processes in Africa, particularly in the areas of Good Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Security and Women’s rights.

Objectives

  • To increase CSOs’ ability to contribute to a more effective implementation and monitoring of African continental legal instruments and to a stronger awareness of the people of their rights;
  • To support CSOs’ increased participation and contribution in African continental decision- and policy making and standard-setting.

Thematic Lots

  • Support the operationalisation of the African Governance Architecture
  • CSOs’ contribution to a strong and independent African Human Rights System
  • Support CSOs’ active participation in the implementation of the Peace & Security agenda in Africa
  • CSOs’ contribution to the effective realization of women’s rights in Africa

Size of Grant

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 2 000 000 to EUR 5 000 000.

Location

Actions should take place in Africa and seek to achieve impact at continental level. Actions limited to one country only will not be eligible.

Duration

The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 24 months nor exceed 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person and
    • be non-profit-making and
    • be a civil society organisation , a not-for-profit association or a legally registered network/platform of CSOs and
    • be established in an African country or in a Member State of the European Union and
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s) as specified hereafter. Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies) that include:
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by an applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by an applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
    • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
    • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • concept notes
    • full application
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

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Nominations Open for L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards!

Deadline: 29 April 2016

Nominations are open for L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth awards with an aim to recognize an inspiring women igniting social change on a local, national or global level.

L’Oréal Paris launched the Women of Worth program in 2006 to empower and support women. It honors and awards women who are actively making a positive difference in their communities.

It recognizes the achievements of real women who embody the spirit of the L’Oréal brand women who possess self-confidence and are committed to distinguishing their own lives by making a difference in the lives of others. Women of Worth is a celebration of women who have made a difference through volunteer work in their communities.

Award Information

  • Woman Of Worth and L’Oréal Paris will make a $10,000 donation to most cherished charitable cause.
  • All honorees will receive national recognition for both her cause and her efforts.
  • One Woman Of Worth honoree and her cause will be selected by the public at large via online voting and will be recognized as the National Woman Of Worth Honoree. Her charity will receive a donation of $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris in her name.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Awards.

MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

Apply for African Women Public Service Fellowship Program!

Deadline: 15 December 2016

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service is seeking applications for its African Women Public Service Fellowship program which is made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and expands the opportunity for African women to prepare for public service in their home countries.

As fellows at NYU Wagner, African women study in one of two graduate programs:

  • The two-year Master of Public Administration
  • The two-year Master of Urban Planning
  • The one-year Executive MPA

Benefits

The awards for either program will support:

  • Tuition,
  • Housing
  • Travel to and from the United States
  • A small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses.

 Selection Criteria

  • Academic history and aptitude, including previous grades received and/or relevant course work completed
  • Professional experience and development, including internships, volunteer work, full-time and part-time positions (doctoral-level applicants should highlight their research experience instead)
  • Required Essays
  • Recommendations (two -with a preference for one professional and one academic-for all master’s-level candidates; three required for all doctoral-level candidates)
  • Standardized test scores (GRE or GMAT scores are strongly recommended, but not required for master’s- level candidates
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose undergraduate (applicable to master’s-level applicants) or graduate education (applicable to all doctoral-level applicants) was not in English.

Eligibility Criteria

  • NYU Wagner’s admissions committee pays particular attention to applications from women who possess strong academic records; who have a demonstrated commitment to public service; and for whom a Wagner education would significantly enhance their ability to have a deep and lasting impact on public service issues in their home country and region.
  • Applicant must be citizens and resident in an African country at the time of application.
  • Applicants commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Embassy of United States in Uganda: PEPFAR Community Grants Program to Combat HIV/AIDS

Deadline: 1 September 2016

The Embassy of United States in Uganda is seeking applications from organisations for The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants Program to Combat HIV/AIDS with an aim to assist communities and local Ugandan grassroots organizations with small-scale development projects to provide care and support to key populations (KP), adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Program Priorities for Community Grants

  • Support for OVC, Adolescent Girls and Young Women
  • Support for Key Population

Grant Information: The amount for each award is no more than equivalent of $25,000 and will be paid in Ugandan Shillings.

Eligibility Criteria

The program must:

  • Directly support the beneficiaries in the following prioritized districts through the core intervention services.
  • Have an evidence-based understanding of the HIV epidemics and a community member’s risk of HIV and from HIV.
  • Have already assessed and identified priority needs for the beneficiaries.
  • Be achievable in one year.
  • Have a demonstrable impact on epidemic control and the quality of lives of the infected and affected by HIV.
  • Be community driven with significant community support.
  • Develop linkages with other service providers in the community, including healthcare providers.
  • Be sustainable. The program must include plans to ensure that the beneficiaries will receive the same level of support after the funding ends. (Salaries, space and utility for office administration cannot be funded by this grant.)
  • Be conducted by registered non-profit Ugandan organizations.
  • Produce clearly measurable results. The project needs to be able to quantify and report on the number of key population and/or OVC served with the funding received.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their complete applications either via post or email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit PEPFAR Community Grant.

USAID/Macedonia: Grants for the Protection of Migrant Human Rights

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Macedonia is seeking applications from eligible prospective Macedonian organizations to fund a program entitled “Protection of Migrant Human Rights” with an objective to improve the assistance and services provided to migrants/refugees transiting Macedonia with a particular focus on women and youth and to protect their human rights in line with the UNHCR Refugee Convention.

In order to respond to the refugee crisis in Macedonia, USAID is seeking to fund a program that will ensure that civil society organizations and government institutions protect the human rights of migrants/refugees and meet the distinct needs of the most vulnerable groups among them.

Objectives

  • Increasing capacities for provision of assistance to migrants/refugees
  • Preventing xenophobic and violent behavior against migrants/refugees

Funding Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding one Cooperative Agreement in amount of $375,000.
  • The duration of the proposed program should be 18 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified local, Macedonian entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations
  • The Recipient must be a responsible entity.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Public International Organizations and government entities are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Protection of Migrant Human Rights.

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EU Action Grants: Supporting National/Transnational Projects to enhance the Rights of Victims of Crime/Violence

Deadline: 8 April 2016

European Union is seeking applications from the organisations for its Action grants to support national or transnational projects to enhance the rights of victims of crime/victims of violence. This call for proposals is based on the 2015 annual work programmes of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme) and of the Justice Programme.

Aims

  • To co-fund transnational projects that support victims of violence in line with the specific objective of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme:
    • To prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women, as well as other groups at risk of violence in close relationships; and
    • To protect the victims of such violence (Daphne strand).
  • To co-fund transnational and national projects that enhance the rights of crime victims in line with the specific objective of the Justice Programme to facilitate effective access to justice for all, including promoting and supporting the rights of victims of crime (Access to justice strand).

Eligible Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,  United Kingdom, Iceland

Award Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the priorities of the call
  • Quality of the proposed action
  • European added value of the project
  • Expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact
  • Cost-effectiveness

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants and partners must comply with the following requirements:

  • Legal status: Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organisations
  • Non-profit: The applicant must be a non-profit organisation.
  • The EU grant requested cannot be lower than EUR 75 000. There is no upper limit.
  • Projects must not have started prior to the date of submission of the grant application

How to Apply

To apply to this call for proposals organisations must register and submit their applications via PRIMOS.

For more information, please visit this link.