USAID/Macedonia: Strengthening the Capacity and Services of Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development in Macedonia (USAID/Macedonia) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Macedonian organisations to propose innovating and effective approach to increase the participation of people with disabilities (PWD) in USAID programs/activities and to strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty. Women and girls with disabilities often experience heightened discrimination on account of gender and disability. Due to stigma, discrimination and inaccessibility, people with disabilities are less likely to access basic services such as education, employment and healthcare. The lack of access to vital services and programs contributes to their marginalization and exclusion, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

Areas of Interest

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities; and
  • Strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Funding Information

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s). Programs will be fund in two categories:

  • Small fund programs: Ranging from $150,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs Ranging from $300,000 to $600,000

Review Criteria

USAID/Macedonia will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Represents a pressing need in country and/or demonstrates a clear linkage with USAID Mission priorities
  • Sound technical approach and likely to contribute to sustainable and institutional change
  • Substantial involvement of and direct benefit to persons with disabilities
  • Thoughtful integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Sound monitoring, evaluation and opportunities for learning

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or 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.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Non-DPO organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications. However, resultant award to these organizations may be significantly delayed if USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Public International Organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

Three Grant Programs by Disability Rights Fund: Apply for Round One!

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is seeking applications for its three grant programs 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) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

DRF supports Disabled Persons Organizations in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

DRF’s Guiding Principles

  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
  • Non-discrimination
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Accessibility
  • Equality between men and women
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Myanmar, Indonesia

Grant Programs

  • Small Grants: Single organizations or partnerships
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants: Sub-national (state, regional, provincial, district) DPO-led coalitions
  • National Coalition grants: National DPO-led coalitions

Please visit next page for detailed information on the three grant programs.

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National Coalition Funding Stream: Supporting Advancement of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The National Coalition Funding Stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD ratification), monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms, or following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

In addition, this funding stream supports national-level coalitions to advocate that national development programs, policies, legislation and frameworks are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals   include persons with disabilities.

 This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level.  Because of the importance of joint advocacy at this level, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded.

Priority Areas

Development of a national platform to work on:

  • 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
  • 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 national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  • Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

Funding Information: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000–50,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 100,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications.
  • Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Applicant organizations will be responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant.
  • National umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can send their complete application forms for all the three grant programs at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Disability Rights Fund.

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Small Grants Funding Stream: Strengthening the Capacity of Persons with Disability

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Small Grants Funding Stream helps organizations to build a broader movement to advance the CRPD at state and local levels.  Organizations can use funds from DRF to strengthen the capacity of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to participate more actively in decision-making processes in CRPD implementation and monitoring or to advocate for the advancement of rights defined in specific articles of the CRPD.

In addition, this funding stream supports DPOs to participate in and influence decision-making processes related to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals   to ensure development efforts include all persons with disabilities.

Priority Areas

  • Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Regarding the CRPD at State or Local Levels
  • Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Related to Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Addressing Implementation of CRPD Articles
  • Addressing Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Funding Information: Small Grants are one-year grants ranging between USD 5,000-20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The following types of organizations may submit applications for projects of one-year duration:

  • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of PWDs) acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof)
  • Partnerships among DPOs

Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner)

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USAID/Madagascar: Promoting Inclusive Development by Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Madagascar (USAID/Madagascar) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to apply for Disability Funding to increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within existing USAID/Madagascar programs.

Objectives

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities; and
  • Strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Funding Information

This is a world-wide funding opportunity however; USAID/Madagascar is limited to a maximum, funding available for awards is approximately $6,000,000.  Programs will be fund in two categories:

  • Small fund proposal: Ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund proposal: Ranging from $300,000 – $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. 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 working in Madagascar are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID are encouraged to submit applications. Prior to award USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations. This process may significantly delay start up so organizations should take this into account and plan their implementation dates and activities accordingly.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Promoting Inclusive Development in Madagascar.

USAID: Expanding Participation of People with Disability by Supporting and Strengthening Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 19 February 2016

The United States Agency for International Development – Dominican Republic (USAID/DR) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. organizations to apply for Disability Funding to increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities and to strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within larger Mission programs. Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities.

Objectives

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities; and
  • Strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Funding Information

Subject to the availability of funds, the total estimated level of funding available for awards is approximately $6,000,000 over a 12-36 month period.  Programs will be fund in two categories:

  • Small fund programs: Ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs Ranging from $300,000 – $600,000

Review Criteria

USAID/DR will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Represents a pressing need in the Dominican Republic and/or demonstrates a clear linkage with USAID/DR Mission priorities
  • Sound technical approach and likely to contribute to sustainable and institutional change
  • Substantial involvement of and direct benefit to persons with disabilities
  • Thoughtful integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Sound monitoring, evaluation and opportunities for learning

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. 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.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications. However, awards to these organizations may be significantly delayed if USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations.
  • USAID/DR will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

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Expanding Participation of People with Disability Program: Strengthening and Supporting Disabled Persons Organizations

Deadline: 8 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development in Kosovo (USAID/Kosovo) is seeking concept papers from eligible prospective Kosovar or U.S. organizations and from its implementing partners of ongoing projects to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Kosovo and strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled Persons Organizations – DPOs.

USAID is committed to disability inclusive development. USAID will not discriminate against people with disabilities and will work to ensure the inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities in USAID-funded programs and activities.

Objectives

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and support Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs)

Development Priorities

  • Strengthened Participation of all Citizens, CSOs & Private Sector
  • Improved Inter-Ethnic Integration
  • Unconstrained Media and Freedom of Information
  • More Competitive Political Processes.

Funding Information

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Kosovo anticipates awarding (or modifying existing awards) one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s) and duration of the proposed program(s)/activity(ies) should be within 12-36 months.

  • Small fund programs: Range from $150,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs: Range from $300,000 – $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or Kosovo 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.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Non-DPO organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within larger Mission programs.
  • Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities
  • All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Public International Organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability Program.

Disability Grant Program: Training and Services to End Violence against Women with Disabilities

Deadline: 10 March 2016

Office of Violence against Women (OVW) component of United States Department of Justice is seeking applications for its Training and Services to End Violence against Women with Disabilities grant program (Disability Grant Program).

The program will recognize the pressing need to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals due to the proliferation of such crimes.

The Disability Grant Program was statutorily created in the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 and reauthorized by subsequent legislation with a goal to create sustainable change within and between organizations that results in increased capacity to respond to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable.

Funding Information

Funding levels under the Disability Grant Program for FY 2016 are as follows:

  • New, local-focused project $425,000
  • Continuation, local-focused $300,000
  • Continuation, state-focused $325,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible entities for this program are:

  • States;
  • Units of local government;
  • Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and
  • Victim services providers, such as state or tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their letter of registration at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Training and Services to End Violence against Women.

USAID: Supporting People with Disability and Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization!

Deadline: 2 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Uganda (USAID/Uganda) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Areas of Interest

USAID seeks applications for projects that integrate people with disabilities in USAID Mission programs and strengthen the capacity and leadership of DPOs. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture and food security;
  • Democracy, human rights & governance;
  • Economic growth and trade; education;
  • Environment and global climate change;
  • Sports;
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Science, technology and innovation
  • Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training.

Areas for Disability Funding Support

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to provide $6 million, for grants in two categories below in total estimated cost over one to three years to support these activities.

  • Small fund programs ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs ranging from $300,000 to $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. 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.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

USAID: Strengthening the Capacity and Leadership of Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 1 February 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ukraine is seeking applications for projects from qualified U.S and non-U.S. organizations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disabilities (PWD) in USAID programs/activities, and strengthen the capacity and leadership of local Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

It integrates people with disabilities in USAID mission programs and strengthens the capacity and leadership of DPOs by reaching out to partners, host country counterparts and other donors to lead a collaborative effort to end discrimination against and promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Areas of Interest

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

  • Small fund program: from $20,000 to $300,000 per individual grant or cooperative agreement.
  • Large fund program: from $300,000 to $600,000 per individual grant or cooperative agreement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. 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.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Non-DPO organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within larger programs.
  • Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities.
  • Specific areas of programming may vary based on local needs and priorities.
  • All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program
  • Cost Sharing is not required under this NFO.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability Program.

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