Disability Rights Fund: Grants for Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs)

Deadline: Ongoing

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) at country level. The 2016 “CRPD: Accessing the Right to Development” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:

  • Round 1: As part of the first grantmaking round, Letter of Interest (LoI) process is open for Indonesia. The deadline for LoIs from Indonesia is December 16, 2015. A Request for Proposals (RFP) process for remaining Round 1 countries will be publicized on January 21, 2016.
  • Round 2: The second grantmaking round will consist of both a Letter of Interest (LoI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Applicants who complete LoIs must be invited to participate in the RFP process.  These will be announced Spring/Summer 2016.

Focus Countries

Grants Available

Grants Allocation

  • Small grants are awarded for a one-year period only.
  • Applications for National Coalition grants can range from USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years).
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants can range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) working within countries at the national and local level are eligible to apply for the grants.
  • Government, Public institutions and Business entities are ineligible to apply.
  • Eligibility for small grants–
    • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of persons with disabilities acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof);
    • Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner);
    • Partnerships between self-help or self-advocacy groups of people with disabilities and other organizations;
    • Applications are encouraged from DPOs operating at sub-national levels. Partnerships are encouraged.
  • Eligibility for middle level coalition– Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO or non-governmental family organization.
  • Eligibility for National coalition– Applications from National DPO Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO or non-governmental family organization.

For more information, please visit DRF Call for Proposals.

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