FRIDA Young Feminist Fund

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

Application Process

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact.  We join processes that are consultative and participatory. Our ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows us to respond quickly to changing situations. We add our own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.

We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

Eligibility Criteria

OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:

  • Democratic governance and rule of law

  • Economic governance

  • Health and rights

  • Equality and non-discrimination

Grant seekers should carefully review our program priorities on our webpage to better know what we fund under each of the focus areas.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

We also do not provide scholarships for individual studies.

Guidelines

Grant application PDF

Please submit proposals to info@osiea.org.

Graduate Scholarships at Central European University

Applications are now being accepted for master’s and doctoral scholarships at Central European University. Graduate students and faculty from around the world come together in Budapest to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

Central European University in Budapest is an internationally recognized institution of postgraduate education established by George Soros and supported by the Open Society Foundations. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Eligibility Criteria

The University provides a variety of scholarships and research grants for which applicants from any country are eligible to apply.

Academic areas and programs include the following:

  • cognitive science
  • economics and business
  • environmental sciences and policy
  • gender studies
  • history
  • international relations
  • legal studies
  • mathematics and its applications
  • medieval studies
  • nationalism studies
  • network science
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • public policy
  • sociology and social anthropology

Guidelines

For more information about available financial aid, funding options, and research grants, visit the Central European University website.

Applications are due February 1, 2018 for master’s and PhD studies with financial aid. Applications are due June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies.

FundAction

FundAction is a new participatory fund making grants for social transformation, organized around a community of activists based in Europe to support social movements working towards a transition to a just and equitable world.

Three kind of grants are being proposed: Renew, Rethink, Resist.

Renew

Support for new initiatives and ideas that promote systemic change. Open to: Everyone / Funding up to: 20.000 €

Rethink

Creating a European network and community through funds for collaboration, exchange and capacity building. Open to: Members / Funding up to: 5.000 €

Resist

Rapid funding to respond to urgent actions. Open to: Everyone / Will be launched in 2018

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https://www.fundaction.eu/

Edge Fund grants for long term societal change

Funding Criteria

Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).

What we fund:

  • Work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality.
  • Work addressing issues facing a particular community that is led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
  • Groups based in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
  • We fund small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. The average income of groups we fund is around £2500. If you’ve received funding from mainstream sources, such as the Lottery or local council, or have several paid staff, we’re probably not the fund for you.
  • We fund all types of non-profit organisations, including groups that are not formally registered.
  • Groups who have a religious purpose are welcome to apply but we don’t provide financial support for any activity, initiative or project where the primary aim is to promote religion.

What we do not fund:

  • We do not fund traditional charity work that only addresses symptoms of injustice and inequality without aiming to tackle the root causes. So, for example, we would not support activities that only improve health and well-being, or relieve financial hardship and unemployment, or improve social inclusion and harmony, or conserve the environment, or advance education and training. More on charitable activity and more on change vs charity.
  • We do not fund groups with an annual income over £25,000.
  • We do not fund commercial or business activity.
  • We rarely support registered charities, community interest companies or social enterprises as they usually have more funding options than other types of groups, and do not have radical aims. If you are unsure, please get in touch to ask us if you are eligible before applying.
  • We do not support international groups or issues. Groups in the UK & RoI that are targeting a UK & RoI-based target in response to an injustice outside the UK & RoI can apply. For example, we would fund a group of environmentalists within the areas we cover, targeting an company based in the UK & RoI for their crimes abroad. We would not fund a group in a country outside the UK & RoI, targeting a company in the UK or RoI.
  • We do not support political parties.
  • We are not currently accepting applications from individuals. We suggest that you find a few like-minded people and create a group for your project.
  • We do not fund work that is in partnership with, or promotes, the military or police.
  • We do not fund the ‘service user’ groups of larger charities. These charities usually have enough access to funding.

Still unsure?

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Red Umbrella fund

What we fund

The Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are:

  • based in any country in the world;
  • registered or unregistered;
  • led by women, men and/or trans.

Our criteria

If you wish to apply, your group, organisation or network must fulfill each of the following three criteria:

1. Be led by sex workers for the benefit of sex workers.
2. Be committed to connect to and strengthen the sex workers’ rights movement
3. Agree with all the principles of the Red Umbrella Fund.

We do NOT fund:

  • Organisations that are not led by sex workers;
  • Organisations that have a project or programme with or for sex workers, while the organisation as a whole has a broader focus;
  • Organisations that seek to abolish or criminalise sex work;
  • Organisations exclusively providing social or medical services;
  • Organisations founded by or structurally dependent on political parties, government agencies or religious institutions;
  • Business, credit programmes or income-generating activities;
  • Academic research;
  • Individual requests.

What kind of grants do we give?

The Red Umbrella Fund provides flexible core funding to support the general coordination, functioning and strengthening of a group, organisation or network and its members. Core funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration costs, rent, salaries, advocacy, (peer led) capacity building, membership meetings, networking activities, etc. Our funding is flexible in that it may be used and adjusted largely according to self-identified needs of the grantee. Our grants are not meant solely for project-based activities.

How much funding can be requested?

The Red Umbrella Fund currently provides two-year grants of between €8.000 and €80.000. The average grant size has been about €20.000 per year. Please be realistic in your request and do not automatically request the maximum amount.

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http://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantmaking/apply-grant/ 

Digital Integrity Fellowship Program by OTF

The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) provides fixed monthly stipends to individuals capable of addressing short-term and long-term threats to freedom of expression online. Fellows provide organizations and communities most affected by internet freedom violations (like journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists, bloggers, and others) comprehensive internal support with their digital security expertise. Simultaneously, Fellows will educate the broader internet freedom field about the threats and vulnerabilities experienced, to ensure that emerging and existing technologies best meet the needs of at-risk communities.
Next deadline: December 30th 2017

More information

Amplify Change Strengthening Grant

Strengthening grants support particular, usually time-limited, projects (usually 6-24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the priority themes of AmplifyChange.

Strengthening grants range from EUR40,000 – EUR100,000.

We receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available.

We will not consider grants exceeding EUR100,000 in budget.

There may be a possibility of extending the period of support. This will be advised at a later date to successful applicants, and will be subject to performance.   

Who and what are Strengthening grants for?

Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support and strengthen the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

Strengthening grants are also intended to help strengthen the organisational and technical capacity of groups; we understand that this enables groups to better implement projects that are aiming to secure specific change.  

See eligible countries.

What was the last Strengthening grant call for?

The last Strengthening grant call focused on supporting the advocacy efforts of civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive policy and reform in AmplifyChange priority thematic areas.  

We can provide support to cover costs related to:
  • Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange thematic areas
  • Staff costs including support staff
  • Technical assistance costs
  • Travel costs associated with the project objectives and activities
  • Organisational capacity building and strengthening support including staff training and development
  • Activity Monitoring & Evaluation costs
  • Indirect project support costs. These are expenses which are incurred in the support of operational activities including, for example, rent, shared utility costs and audit fees.

Read more & Apply

https://amplifychange.org/grant-model/strengthening/how-to-apply/

Lush Charity Pot

The Lush Charity Pot supports small, grassroots organisations around the world that are working in the areas of animal protection, the environment , and human rights. The majority of our funding is allocated to smaller groups who struggle to find funding elsewhere.

All applications within these fields will be considered irrespective of their geographical location or how the organisation is registered. For a full version of these guidelines, please go to https://uk.lush.com/article/lush-charity-pot-uk-full-guidelines.​ Please read these before downloading the application form.

How much can I apply for?

Our support ranges from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 per project. Our average grant is around £4,000.

What projects are funded?

Lush Charity Pot particularly looks for projects that create long-term change. They feel it is also crucially important to fund projects that aim to stop the abuse from happening in the first place by addressing the root cause of the problem; for example, Lush Charity Pot would prefer to fund a project that aims to stop deforestation (eg by challenging the palm oil industry) over one that aims to plant trees to restore an area that’s already been deforested. Lush Charity Pot therefore prioritises funding to projects which aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, activism, education and campaigning, particularly because this kind of work is not well funded elsewhere. We’re looking for initiatives that reach beyond those directly involved in the project; those that have the potential to benefit many rather than just a few individuals.

We do also fund projects that provide aid and support where needed, such as animal shelters and refugee support and advice groups. As well as challenging harmful practices it’s important to support positive alternatives. Therefore, we also look for projects that promote and implement viable, fair and sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

Which organisations are fundable?

The majority of our funding is allocated to small, grassroots groups that are often best placed to make a real difference with limited resources and often struggle to find funding. Almost all the groups we fund have annual incomes of less than £250,000 and most are substantially smaller than this and run entirely or predominantly by volunteers. If your organisation is in the fortunate position of having many supporters and corporate sponsors or is able to secure mainstream funding such as government grants, you’re probably not one for us.

We believe we can make the most impact by funding causes that are often overlooked by other funders, therefore we give priority to less popular issues which are more difficult to raise funds for. The most popular causes tend to be health charities (medical research, hospices etc), social welfare, religious causes, children/ young people and military related causes, so these aren’t a priority for us. We’re looking for organisations that take on issues that others don’t, those that push the boundaries and challenge mainstream opinion.

We support non-violent direct action groups because we feel it plays an important part in bringing about social change. Non-violent direct action includes protests and demonstrations, non-cooperation and other non-violent interventions. We will only consider supporting non-violent direct action groups, i.e. those which have no intention of physically harming others or threatening to do so. Whilst we support groups that engage in non-violent direct action in various ways, we do not fund actions that may break the law.

We don’t fund religious organisations, schools, councils, student expeditions or academic studies neither do we contribute to sponsored walks or other fundraising initiatives or sponsor events.

Read more

https://uk.lush.com/article/charity-pot-funding-guidelines

Urgent Action Fund – Africa

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.

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Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Criteria

Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:

  1. Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
  2. Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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[1] 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).

How

  • 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.

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Grantee Profiles

Apply: https://urgentactionfund.org/apply-for-a-grant/apply-online/

Mediterranean Women’s fund

The Mediterranean Women’s Fund tries to finance projects of women’s rights associations in Algeria, France, Turkey, Morocco and in Palestine.

MISSION

To provide, or help to find, the financial or technical means which are needed to fund actions decided by those groups, associations, organizations or individuals who are working towards equality between women and men in the Mediterranean region.

PROGRAM TO REINFORCE THE FUND-RAISING CAPACITIES OF ASSOCIATIONS

The Fund has three main axes of support:

  • Networking at a regional level: network building, exchange of information and experiences, project coordination
  • Strengthening of women’s movements at a local level: Support for the running of associations, training for young women and assistance for creative or sensitive projects
  • And depending on the context, individual support:  help for participating at meetings or urgent aid

It provides support to associations and networks of the Mediterranean region by:

  • Providing information concerning funders who work in the region
  • Encouraging members of associations to participate in training programs for project construction, financial budget management and fund-raising
  • Helping the creation of local funds

Criteria

http://www.medwomensfund.org/Documents/en/CriteriaMedWomenFund.pdf

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http://www.medwomensfund.org/en/Initiatives.html#financing

TANDEM Europe

The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We observe that our societies in Europe and beyond become more and more fragmented, alienated, radicalised and unjust. Symptoms include the rise of populist and fascist leaders, elites accumulating more power and wealth while many do not benefit from increasing welfare levels, climate change reaching one point-of-no-return after another, scientific facts are labelled ‘fake news’, and meanwhile the arts and cultural practice receive less and less public funding. The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We believe that new initiatives are important creators of social good. By connecting them across European borders we support meaningful change.

For one year, 24 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states, as well as the Western Balkans, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, will form 12 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2017, up to 40 project managers and/or creative project coordinators will join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 12 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.

Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 5000) for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.

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Tandem Europe II: application closed

 

Prototype Fund

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure.

With a grant of up to €30.000, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop open source prototypes over a period of six months.

The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education in Germany.

The next application phase starts on August 1st 2017.