Fund for Gender Equality

The Fund for Gender Equality is designed to maximize national ownership, harmonization and alignment, and holistic strategies that will accelerate progress on gender equality in line with National Development Strategies (NDSs) and advance commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Beijing Platform for Action, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and other global and regional agreements.

The Fund for Gender Equality is a multi-donor initiative designed to advance high-impact gender equality programmes that focus on women’s economic and/or political empowerment at local and national levels. It provides grants to civil society and governmental agencies in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Fund is unique in its focus on turning local and national laws and policies into tangible gains for women’s rights.

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There are two types of grants available:

  • Implementation grants will range from US$2 million to US$5 million distributed over a period of two to four years. These grants will support programmes in countries with agreed upon national or local plans, policies or laws that advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, and that are ready for implementation.
  • Catalytic grants will range from US$100,000 to US$500,000 distributed over a period of one to two years. These grants will support the establishment of strategic coalitions or partnerships to catalyse the development and endorsement of gender equality national or local plans, policies or laws. Once a plan, policy or law is developed and endorsed, successful institutions will be eligible to apply in the future for a larger Implementation Grant.

To know about this Fund, visit this link.