The UN Trust Fund is seeking proposals for civil society-led initiatives to end violence against women and girls experiencing intersecting forms of discrimination in all contexts, including in and not limited to those working in protracted crises.
The aim of the UN Trust Fund is to “ensure that more women and girls, especially the most marginalized and those experiencing intersecting forms of discrimination, can exercise their human right to live a life free of all forms of violence” through initiatives that:
- Improve access for women and girls to essential, specialist, safe and adequate multisectoral services
- Improve prevention of VAW/G through changes in behaviours, practices and attitudes
- Increase effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end VAW/G.
- For this Call, they will prioritize applications from the following types of organizations:
- Women’s rights organizations (WROs), in full recognition of their being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda and feminist movements, as well as being at the forefront of EVAW/G work, directly reaching women and girls survivors and those at highest risk of exclusion and marginalization.
- CSOs/WROs led by and for marginalized women and girls (e.g., constituent-led), that have specialized knowledge, expertise and a proven track record of working with women and girls facing or at risk of violence, especially survivors-led organizations. Girl-led and girl-centered organizations are also particularly encouraged to apply.
- CSOs/WROs with local or community-level reach that are best-placed to meet the needs of women and girls in their contexts, including through collaboration and equitable partnerships. Applications from organizations that are not local (but meet other criteria) are still welcome if the proposal includes an equitable partnership with local women’s rights organizations or constituent-led groups for greater impact or community reach. The proposal must demonstrate how the partnership will ensure an equitable power balance that empowers community/locally based groups and CSOs/WROs.
- All civil society organizations can apply for a grant amount between US $150,001 and US $1,000,000.
- Under this broad framework, the UN Trust Fund welcomes proposals for initiatives that contribute to one or more of its three strategic outcome areas:
- Improved access for women and girls to essential, specialist, safe and adequate multisectoral services
- Improved prevention of VAW/G through changes in behaviours, practices and attitudes
- Increased effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end VAW/G.
- The applicant must implement a project in a minimum of one and a maximum of three of the countries and/or territories listed in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Assistance Committee’s (OECD DAC) list of official development assistance (ODA).
- The applicant must be a legally registered entity. Either the main applicant or at least one of its co-implementing partner(s) must be legally registered and/or operating in the country or territory of project implementation. We require that legal registration documents of the main applicant be submitted with the application.
- Organizations proposing multi-country projects must also demonstrate they or their national co-implementing partners are legally registered in each of the countries (or territories) of implementation and how their projects are contributing to strengthening inclusive feminist networks, coalitions and movements.
- The following are NOT eligible to apply for a grant:
- Organizations proposing interventions in a country not listed in the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients
- Organizations whose work and mission/vision statement do not focus on nor explicitly mention gender equality and the elimination of violence against women and/or girls
- Organizations that do not have a legal status (and are not operating) in the country or territory of implementation, and neither do any of its co-implementing partners
- Government agencies or institutions
- UN agencies or UN Country Teams
- Private individuals
- Private sector entities
- Organizations currently implementing a UN Trust Fund grant (unless it ends before March 2023).
For more information, visit https://untf.unwomen.org/en/grant-giving/call-for-proposals/application-guidelines