The Disability Rights Fund (DRF): Inviting applications for different funding streams: 1) Small Grants; 2) Mid-Level Coalition Grants; and 3) National Coalition Grants;

Donor Name:  The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)
Funding name: The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)

Funding brief:  The Disability Rights Fund is a grant making collaborative that supports persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all. Through grant making, advocacy, and technical assistance, DRF supports Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring no one is left behind.

The Disability Rights Fund has two funding rounds per year: Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are publicized in February (Round 1) and July (Round 2). Each round addresses a different set of countries. For some countries, there is a two-step process that requires a Letter of Interest (LoI) be submitted for review before organizations are asked to submit a full proposal.

2017 Countries:
Round 1 countries: Ghana (by invitation only), Haiti, Indonesia (by invitation only), Malawi, and Myanmar (Now Closed)

Round 2 countries: Bangladesh (by invitation only), Rwanda, Uganda (by invitation only), and the Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Funding Streams: The Disability Rights Fund has three open funding streams: 1) Small Grants, 2) Mid-Level Coalition Grants, and 3) National Coalition Grants. These are explained below:

Small Grants:  The Small Grants funding stream supports growth of a broader and more diverse disability movement to advance the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at state and local levels.  Organizations can use funds from DRF to strengthen the capacity of 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 the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure development efforts include all persons with disabilities. Organizations can use funds to:
Increase DPO participation in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at State or local levels
Increase DPO participation in decision-making processes related to implementation of the SDGs
Address implementation of CRPD articles
Address implementation of the SDGs
CRPD and/or Optional Protocol ratification efforts (Pacific Island countries only)

Mid-Level Coalition Grants: The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels, to ensure that national legislation and policy is implemented at these levels, including through establishment of budgets. In addition, this funding stream supports sub-national level coalitions to advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the SDGs include all persons with disabilities.

Advocacy at sub-national levels is especially critical in federal systems and in decentralized political systems – which make up the majority of DRF’s target countries. Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels to:
Advocate for the passage of specific legislation, policy, regulations, and/or ordinances at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD
Advocate to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that sub-national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
Advocate for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at the sub-national level
Advocate for implementation of SDGs at the sub-national level in line with the CRPD
CRPD and Optional Protocol ratification efforts (Pacific Island countries only)

National Coalition Grants: The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD/OP 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 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 SDGs include persons with disabilities.

The National Coalition Funding Stream enables coalitions of organizations at the national level to work on:
Passage of specific national legislation to accord with the CRPD
Production of and/or follow up to Alternative Reports to the CRPD Committee and other human rights treaty bodies or reports to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
DPO engagement with national government SDG focal point and/or civil society SDG platforms to ensure national action plans and programs aimed at implementing the SDGs and voluntary national reviews monitoring SDG implementation, 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
CRPD and/or Optional Protocol ratification efforts (where not ratified)

Deadline: Invited applicants from Bangladesh and Uganda as well as current Ugandan grantees (who received DRF or DRAF funding in 2016) and any applicants from the Pacific Island countries and Rwanda can submit full proposals beginning July 17, 2017. The RFP deadline is August 17, 2017. Information about the RFP is below.

Funding details link:  http://disabilityrightsfund.org/for-grantseekers/

Funding limit:
Small Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 5,000–USD 20,000. Grants support activities to be implemented over a period of one year.
Mid-Level Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–USD 40,000 per year (USD 60,000-USD 80,000 over the course of two years).
National Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–USD 50,000 per year (USD 60,000-USD 100,000 over the course of two years).

Project start date: Projects will commence on January 1, 2018.

Project duration:
Small Grants: Grants support activities to be implemented over a period of one year.
Mid-Level Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range over the course of two years).
National Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range over the course of two years).

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Small Grants: While DRF welcomes applications from any disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), grassroots (rural), emergent (newly established), and more marginalized groups (such as women with disabilities, persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with albinism, DeafBlind, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply for grants in this category.

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)
The applicant must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in the countries targeted for this call.

Mid-Level Coalition Grants:
Mid-Level Coalitions of three or more organizations, where the Coalition is conceived and led by a disabled persons’ organizations, may submit applications
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
Applications from Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO on behalf of the Coalition
The applicant organization and the application aim must have scope at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district levels
Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

National Coalition Grants:
This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level
National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications
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
Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition
Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

Submission mail: grants@disabilityrightsfund.org

Other important link:
Small Grants:
Form: http://disabilityrightsfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2017R2-SG-RFP.doc
Mid-Level Coalition Grants:
Form: http://disabilityrightsfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2017R2-RFP-MLCYr1.doc
National Coalition Grants:
Form: http://disabilityrightsfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-R2-RFP-NC.doc

How to apply:
Completed applications and attachments must arrive at grants@disabilityrightsfund.org .

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