Applications for 2018 are open until March 18th 2018
You can apply for a grant up to $5,000 USD. Grant money is flexible, it can be used over a period of 12 months for general support and/or projects, and are open to renewal.
You do not need to be a legally registered organization to apply.
Priority will be given to:
- Small, emerging grassroots groups with little or no access to funding from larger donors
- Groups, networks, or collectives based in Sub Saharan Africa, South, Southeast, East Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Central and North Asia)
- Groups located in remote, underserved areas
- Groups that are made up of and/or working with socially excluded and disadvantaged young women, trans* and intersex youth, especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste minorities, rural women, urban disadvantaged, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, women and trans* living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers, women and trans* with disabilities, women and trans* living or working in armed conflicts and post conflict zones, women and trans lead unions, groups working on climate justice, land rights
- Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media, feminist activist driven research etc
Urgent Action Fund-Africa provides financial support for strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women’s human rights. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event – positive or negative – creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa makes grants in five categories:
- Defending the defenders
UAF-Africa provides urgent financial and technical support for the protection of women’s rights activists who are persecuted as a direct result of their activism. We recognise and support women’s rights activists and organisations whose lives are at risk because of their work in challenging patriarchy, fundamentalisms, harmful traditional norms and values or any other contextual factors that impact negatively on women’s rights or seek to subjugate women. Realizing that many women’s rights activists defend women’s rights in their individual capacities; to defend their own rights or the rights of other women, without necessarily being members of women’s rights groups or organisations, UAF-Africa supports women’s rights activists who, through their individual actions, can have an impact on the collective advancement and protection of women’s human rights.
- Protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy
Women have the right to dignified and secure existence in a world free from physical, sexual, psychological and economic harm where they can determine how to conduct and exercise their bodily, sexual and reproductive rights in private or public spaces, during peace time and in situations of armed conflicts or political volatile situations. UAF-Africa supports women’s rights organisations and women’s human rights defenders (this includes female identifying transgender persons, lesbians, bisexual and intersex persons) to advocate for and safeguard their rights to bodily integrity, autonomy, safety and dignity.
- Justice and the rule of law UAF-Africa recognises that legal frameworks and the rule of law are important tools for advancing and promoting women’s rights. Access to justice and the practice and implementation of the rule of law have contributed to women’s marginalization and secondary position in society owing to corruption, patriarchy, poor legal and social structures for justice including relaxed enforcement mechanisms. UAF-Africa supports women’s human rights defenders and organisations to engage in, challenge and influence processes that lead to the enforcement of justice and rule of law. This includes precedent setting legal and legislative interventions, review, enactment and implementation of progressive laws, challenging retrogressive laws, interpretation and introduction of progressive legal clauses which all ultimately strengthen the women’s voice and visibility while creating long-lasting and systemic change.
- Economic JusticeThe reality of today’s world is that the imbalances of power in the economic realm ultimately transpose to imbalanced systems and structures in other spheres. Women’s socio-political, environmental and legal welfare are hinged on access to economic resources. The right to acquire and utilise resources including land, minerals, water and energy for economic gains has been indiscriminately applied to women in Africa. This has contributed to their disempowerment in various realms. Access to employment and increased and equal opportunities within the labor market are key drivers of gender equality. This is particularly relevant as the economic importance of the natural resource sector and within the extractive industry is growing in many African countries. However, the impacts of extractive operations are not gender neutral with women being the first to bear the negative impact of irresponsible extraction practices. The exploitative and ecologically destructive nature of the extractive industry leaves women in particularly vulnerable in many socio-economic and security fronts at the disregard of the multinational companies and state actors involved in the industry.
UAF-Africa supports women’s human rights organisations and activists who seek to address and overcome the defining factors that contribute to women’s economic stagnation and advocate for an enabling environment with just and equitable frameworks that promote women’s economic self-reliance.
- Natural Resource Governance & Climate Change
Natural resource governance, climate change and social justice interact in a circular fashion and at the heart of this are women’s rights. Women are critical to the management of and control of natural resources. Women are equally pivotal in climate change adaptation and mitigation processes because of their overwhelmingly close relationship with natural resources but also because of the knowledge, skills with regard to adaptation and environmentally friendly production of natural resource outputs.
UAF-Africa supports women’s rights organisations and women’s rights activists to advocate for their active participation and decision making in the governance of natural resources and the orientation and implementation of climate change policies and practices.
Applications are possible in English, Swahili, Portuguese, Arabic, French.
RAPID RESPONSE GRANTMAKING
APPLY FOR A GRANT
Urgent Action Fund was established to provide support to women and trans* human rights defenders or organizations led by women or trans* activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights.
Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants complement traditional donor funding in cases of crises, emergencies, or opportunities that are not expected or predictable, and when funding is needed immediately to address the current situation.
Urgent Action Fund provides two types of Rapid Response Grants. To receive a Rapid Response Grant, your proposal must fall under at least one of these situations:
- Security Grants – The safety and security of women or trans* human rights defenders/activists/organizations is threatened due to their human rights work. This includes emergency security measures for organizations and movements, and temporary relocation for individual women’s human rights defenders in contexts of armed conflict, escalating violence or politically volatile environments. For recent examples of protection and security grants, click here.
- Opportunity Grants – An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women’s and LBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices in their local context. This includes opportunities to influence public opinion or public policy, take potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, and organize peaceful demonstrations or protests. For recent examples of advocacy and opportunity grants, click here.
Within these two broad grantmaking categories, the activists that Urgent Action Fund support are working on a diversity of issues to protect and advance the human rights of women and trans* people. This includes gender-based violence, reproductive justice, environmental & land rights, indigenous rights, peace building, sex worker’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, among other issue areas.
Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:
- Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
- Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
- Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of an application.
- Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.
Urgent Action Fund does not fund the following types of requests:
- Cisgender male-led organizations or networks.
- Individual requests without an organization or network affiliation.
- Projects focused on long-term development aid or charity assistance.
- Natural disaster relief.
- Annual operating budgets and/or bridge funding (to fill a funding gap).
- UAF accept grant applications in any language, 365 days per year.
- UAF will respond to your request within 24 hours; however, proposals in languages other than Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, or French may require additional time for translation.
- The maximum grant request can be up to $5,000 USD.
Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:
- Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country. Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.
- Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people they serve Example: If a group is working on trans* rights, it should be trans* people deciding about the groups’ policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans*, as well as those being paid. Non-trans* or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.
- Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.
- Push for structural and fundamental change Example: An Indigenous women’s group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can’t or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.
- Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.
Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:
Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros
Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through the Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)
B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?
Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.
Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and supports groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).
For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:
- Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
- Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
- Labour rights of women and trans* people in sex, domestic or industrial work
- Rights to water, food, and a clean, safe, and healthy environment
- Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
- Sexual rights of women, girls and trans* persons living with disabilities
- Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
- Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons from ethnic or religious minorities
This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet the criteria.
C. What Mama Cash does not fund
- Groups whose mission and/or primary focus are not the promotion of women’s, girls’ or trans* people’s human rights
- Groups whose work focuses primarily on improving the lives of individual women, girls and/or trans* people without addressing the conditions that give rise to the injustices they face
- Groups that actively seek to deny the rights of certain women, girls and trans* people, based on who they are or on their position in society
- Groups whose primary purpose is development work, humanitarian assistance, poverty alleviation, or services, such as:
- Income-generating activities and credit programmes, (In)formal education, literacy programmes and traditional skills training, Providing social, legal or health care services
- Groups led by men (with the exception of those led by trans men)
- Groups based in the United States or Canada
- Groups based in the Global North that are executing programmes in or are leading partnerships with groups based in the Global South and East
- Groups founded by, led by, or structurally or economically dependent on political parties, government agencies, or religious institutions
- Academic research or scholarships
- Stand-alone travel grants (costs for travel can, however, be part of broader applications provided they are consistent with the group’s mission and strategies)
Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.
Currently, internships are open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they are open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future.
The next round of Outreachy internships will have an application deadline in October, and internship dates from early December to early March. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. The applicants will be asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process.
The accepted participants work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and receive $5,500 stipend. It’s expected that the participants are able to have the internship work be a primary focus during the internship dates and spend 40 hours a week on it.
With the aim of ensuring that young feminists and young women are supported in continuing to play an active role in the global transition towards justice and sustainability; FRIDA is launching a special grant round for young feminist and young women-led groups focused on Climate and Environmental Justice in targeted regions and countries.
FRIDA Young feminist fund
Funding amount and length
FRIDA makes grants of up to $5,000 USD. They are flexible grants that can be used for general support and/or projects* to be used over a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.
Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to ALL of the following:
- Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective
- Improving the lives of young women/trans* youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
- Working towards climate and/or environmental justice, understood as defending a clean, healthy and safe environment while at the same time defending the rights of the most marginalized sectors, including women, indigenous groups, and/or others;
You can apply in any of the following 6 languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Groups with budgets over $25,000 USD.
- Proposals submitted by individuals, government institutions, political organizations or religious groups.
- Groups that focus only on the provision of direct services (e.g. formal education, technical training, craft or health care, etc.).
Climate and Environmental Justice Special Grants