Women’s Fund Asia (WFA): Inviting applications for ‘Leading from the South Programme’ to support activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the Global South.

Funding brief: Leading from the South is a programme resourced by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the Global South. The fund is being implemented by four women’s funds in the Global South, of which Women’s Fund Asia is the implementing fund in the Asia region.

Women’s rights organisations in 18 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) are eligible to apply for this programme under three grant categories. The categories are based on organisations’ size and scope of work.
● Frontline Defenders grants (small-size grants) are directed to organisations working at the community and sub-national levels as the front line of defence against rights violations, and mobilisers of women’s and trans* people’s movements.
● Amplifying Voices grants (medium-sized grants) are directed to national and sub-regional organisations and networks working on policy advocacy with key stakeholders and states, as well as campaigns on women’s and trans* people’s human rights.
● Promoting Regional Feminist Agenda Grants (large-size grants) are directed to cross national, sub-regional, and regional groups and networks undertaking capacity, knowledge, and leadership building and advocacy for state accountability to advance women’s and trans* rights.

The grants are aimed to address 3 key overall objectives:
1. Addressing all forms of violence against women, girls, and trans* people and advancing women and trans* people’s bodily integrity and autonomy.
2. Protecting and ensuring full economic rights and justice for women, girls, and trans* people.
3. Expanding democratic space, sustaining inclusive governance, and ensuring equal participation of women and trans* people.

Within the above, priority will be given to groups and organisations that seek to:

The grants are aimed to address 3 key overall objectives:
1. Addressing all forms of violence against women, girls, and trans* people and advancing women and trans* people’s bodily integrity and autonomy.
2. Protecting and ensuring full economic rights and justice for women, girls, and trans* people.
3. Expanding democratic space, sustaining inclusive governance, and ensuring equal participation of women and trans* people.

● Expand the Right to Movement and Labour: For over 6 years we have supported interventions focused on women and trans* people’s right to safe migration, economic justice, and labour rights, with a particular focus on women working in vulnerable, informal and stigmatized sectors such as sex work, garment factories, tea plantations, domestic work, and migrant labour.
● Promote Autonomy, Decisions, and Sexual Rights: They have supported initiatives that promote the right to sexuality, decision-making, and bodily autonomy of women and trans* people. Beginning with supporting work on child and forced marriage and young women’s leadership and choices, this priority area also grew to encompass groups working on LBT rights, abortion rights, and sexual and reproductive health rights.
● Increase Access to Justice: They support initiatives focused on increasing women and trans* people’s access to justice, including raising legal awareness among communities; creating pathways and mechanisms for survivors to access lawyers and the judicial system; training women paralegals; supporting women lawyers, etc.
● Extend Environment Justice: This area of work has emerged as a critical issue for countries in Asia. Over the last two years, we have supported work which centers the voices and leadership of women and trans* people in the decision-making processes which govern access to and distribution of resources such as land, water, food and other natural resources; as well as in policies that govern disaster management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Groups supported under this thematic work with women farmers, indigenous women, women with disabilities and migrant workers, particularly those located in ecologically fragile environments

Outside of the above, consideration will also be given to organizations and networks who work to advance the rights of women and trans* people through feminist interventions, which include rights based, intersectional strategies; developing new discourses and building/strengthening linkages; continuing mobilization and strengthening feminist leadership.

Special consideration will be given for outreach to women and trans* people in/from marginalized communities facing multiple discrimination—from minority and indigenous communities facing ethnic and caste-based violence; LBTQ communities; women and trans* people in stigmatized and informal labor; refugees; internally displaced; women and trans* people with disabilities; from conflict- affected areas, etc.

Donor Name: Women’s Fund Asia (WFA)
Funding name: Leading from the South Programme

Deadline: 15th, November, 2018 by 12 midnight

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Grants will range from €10,000 to €250,000 for a period ranging from 1 – 1.5 years.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: 1 – 1.5 years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
1. Only women’s rights organizations, networks, and women’s funds can apply for a grant. Applicant organizations must have:
2. Board Composition: The board should be led by a woman or a trans* person and the board composition should be as follows:
➢ Frontline Defenders: At least be 60% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans* people;
➢ Amplifying Voices: At least be 70% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans* people. In case of a consortium grant, the board composition of the lead organization should be minimum 60% women and trans*; but the rest of the consortium members should be women and/or trans* led.
➢ Promoting Regional Feminist Agendas: At least be 70% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans* people ii. 60% women and trans* people as staff, and a woman/transperson must head the organization; iii. Programmatic focus on women and trans* rights; iv. Women’s Funds need to be registered and working in the region for a minimum of 3 years.
2. Two or more women’s groups/networks can jointly apply as a consortium for any of the grant categories. There will be one lead organization that will receive the grant and it must adhere to the eligibility criteria listed above
3. Organizations need to be registered in the countries specified below. Please note that organizations based and/or working outside of the specified countries are not eligible for applying for support under this programme.
4. Organizations must have the requisite legal registration to receive grants from foreign sources.

Political parties, faith-based organizations, educational institutions (schools, colleges, and universities), and individuals are not eligible for funding either independently or as part of a consortium. Activities NOT eligible for grants:
1. Microcredit, microfinance, and other income generation activities.
2. Sponsorships and scholarships.
3. Service provisions activities such as running of health camps.
4. Direct or indirect interventions in electoral or party-based political activities such as election campaigns, election processes, supporting or opposing a political candidate during elections, and contributions to political parties or individual candidate’s fund (even if independent).
5. Re-granting: Using the funds to provide grants and fellowships to other groups and individuals. Please note Women’s Funds can only apply for capacity building, knowledge building and research activities under this programme.
6. Buying land or any construction activity.

Eligible Country: The call for proposals extends to 18 countries in Asia:
South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Frontline Defender: Click to view
● Amplifying Voices and Promoting Regional Feminist Agendas: Click to view
● Form (Budget): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Applications should be submitted to grants@wf-asia.org with the appropriate subject line: “Frontline Defenders grant application,” “Amplifying Voices grant application,” or “Promoting Regional Feminist Agendas grant application.”

All applications to be submitted in English. Applicants applying under the Frontline Defenders category are welcome to apply in a regional language. Please write to us in advance if you are considering submitting the application in a local language.
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