Funding brief: The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to US$1 million in English, French and Spanish. With its 22nd funding cycle in 2018, the UN Trust Fund will fund organizations that qualify for funding (a) under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2015-2020, (b) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis and (c) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
The UN Trust Fund promotes initiatives based on the following principles:
● Human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches that place paramount priority on promoting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of all women and girls, as well as strengthening institutional capacities at local and national levels to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
● Focus on specific and measurable results that make a concrete difference in lives of women and girls.
● Holistic and multi-sectoral responses that address women and girl’s inter-related rights and needs in terms of prevention and response to violence, including safety and protection, access to health, legal, property and inheritance rights, and economic security and rights.
● Focus on underserved groups, especially excluded or disadvantaged women and girls (such as women and girls with disabilities, LBT, internally displaced and refugees, indigenous, older and members of ethnic minorities), ensuring responsiveness to diversity.
● Coordination and partnership-building, including among government entities, civil society organizations, especially women-led and small organizations, women’s specialist service providers and EVAW thematic networks.
● Commitment to sharing knowledge by documenting, evaluating and disseminating results.
● Evidence-based programming, building on documented research, lessons learned and recommended practices, to ensure optimal results and use of resources.
The UN Trust Fund is seeking applications from organizations that qualify for grants under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategy
(1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls
(2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; an
(3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
Within this general framework, the UN Trust Fund is also seeking applications under two special thematic funding windows to bring attention to:
● Addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; and
● Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
UN Trust Fund’s Priority Programmatic Areas
The UN Trust Fund’s programmatic areas complement existing national and UN-led efforts to protect human rights and promote gender equality in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and other existing international commitments to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Proposals must contribute to one or more of the following areas that are the focus of the Fund’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020:
(1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;
(2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and
(3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
By way of illustration only, proposals might consider:
● Developing specific strategies for primary prevention of violence against women and girls, that is, strategies that will lead towards stopping violence from occurring altogether in the first place. Examples include: community and/or school-based approaches and interventions or working with men and boys on changing gender norms and the acceptability of violence, among various others.
● Ensuring survivors’ access to justice, by strengthening implementation of existing national legislation, and alignment with international and regional human rights’ standards; and to quality health and other services and support. This may include establishing or expanding access to services such as hotlines, safe spaces, legal assistance and crisis counseling, among others.
● Empowering women to understand and claim their rights and mobilizing communities on ‘zero tolerance’ through legal literacy about international, national and local laws and policies, as well as through socio-economic (including employment) opportunities for women and girls to break out of the cycle of violence.
● Strengthening efforts to address the full range of violence against women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, including efforts to prevent and address rape as a systematic method of warfare by State and non-state actors.
● Responding to the needs and rights of especially excluded and underserved groups, such as women and girls living in poverty, adolescents and youth, migrant women workers, domestic workers, indigenous communities, women and girls living with HIV or disabilities, women and girls who have been trafficked, among others; or on especially neglected forms of violence or issues that render women and girls at higher risk, such as sexual violence against girls and young women, abuse during pregnancy or economic violence.
● Securing strategic policy commitments and budgets for implementation, by working to ensure that ending violence against women and girls is incorporated into leading national development and funding frameworks, such as Poverty Reduction Strategies, National Development Plans, National HIV and AIDS Plans, Sector-Wide Approaches, post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction frameworks, or contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5.
● Enlisting relatively ‘new’ stakeholders who have a critical, but largely untapped, role to play in preventing and addressing violence against women and girls, such as working with men and boys, young people, faith-based organizations, employers and trade unions, the media, among other strategic groups.
● Supporting the implementation of all internationally and regionally agreed human rights instruments, and recommendations as relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee, and the recommendations of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Status of Women, as well as Maputo Protocol, Istanbul Convention and Convention of Bélem do Pará.
Donor Name: UN Women
Funding name: The UN Trust Fund
Deadline: The deadline for submission of the Concept Note is 18th, January, 2019, 11:59 pm New York Time (EDT).
Funding details link: Click to view
● 3-year grants of US$ 150,001 to US$ 1 million for all civil society organizations
● 3-year grants of US$ 50,000 to US$ 150,000 for small civil society organizations
Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: 3-year
Eligible organization: As below
● Women-led and women’s rights organizations that have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working in women’s human rights and prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls.
Supporting documents are required (constitutions, by-laws, organigrammes) to enable the UN Trust Fund to determine whether the organization is women’s right and/or women-led.
● Humanitarian organizations
Organizations must either have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working on women’s human rights and prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls in humanitarian contexts or partner with local women’s organizations that have the requisite expertise. Larger organizations should demonstrate the ability and plan to partner and build capacities of the local women’s groups and organizations.
● Organizations of women with disabilities, as well as organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and civil society organizations working with women and girls with disabilities
Organizations must either have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working on prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls with disabilities or partner with local women’s organizations that have the requisite expertise. For grants where the secondary partner has disability-focused expertise, their full and meaningful involvement and participation should be adequately budgeted for, built into the project work plans and should be evaluated. Ideally, applicants should demonstrate a track record of working jointly with DPOs and with women and girls with
● Regional/international civil society organizations and networks (women-led, women’s rights and humanitarian organizations as well as organizations of persons with disabilities only)
● Organizations must have national presence in the country and/or territory of implementation. The proposal must be focused on a single country and demonstrate how the proposed intervention will contribute to national change and/or capacity development and ownership of national and local women’s organizations in the implementation.
● The applicant organization may work with relevant partners to complement its expertise, outreach capacity and build the capacities of grassroots organizations. The applicant organization would be accountable for the management of the awarded grant in its entirety and would be responsible for ensuring its co-implementing partners understand the requirements and obligations of the UN Trust Fund grant process. The UN Trust Fund highly encourages the use of Memoranda of Understanding among partners to define roles, responsibilities and lines of accountability.
● Ending Violence against Women focus
The applicant must demonstrate expertise and experience in implementing projects in the field of ending violence against women and girls over the past five years and provide details of the number of staff with technical expertise as well as at least one CV (resume) of a permanent/fixed-term staff member with the requisite skillset.
Eligible Country: The applicant must be implementing a project in one of the countries and/or territories listed in the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients.
The applicant must be legally registered in the country of project implementation. Regional/international organizations must demonstrate that they or their national implementing partners are legally registered in the country (or territory) of implementation.
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivorie, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia (Republic of The), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Americas & the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic.
Arab States: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen.
Asia & the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.
Europe and Central Asia: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UN Administered Territory Under UNSCR 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Republic of, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● All documents in a ZIP archive: Click to view
How to apply: The online application will be available from 25th, November, 2018 until 18th, January, 2019 at: http://grants.unwomen.org
● Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note.
● Applications can be submitted in the following languages only: English, French and Spanish. Please note that while the Call for Proposals is also available in Arabic, Chinese and Russian, applications will only be accepted in English, Spanish or French.
● For preparation of the Concept Note, refer to the following annexes:
Annex 1: Concept Note Form
Annex 2: Budget Summary
● All information must be entered using the online application software.
● Only one application per organization will be accepted. Multiple applications from the same organization or for the same proposal will be automatically disqualified.
● The online application must include all the following required documents to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified:
Legal Registration Documents
Organizational Audit Reports
Certified Financial Statements
Organizational documents providing evidence the organization is a women’s rights or women-led
● All required documents should be uploaded through the online application system only (no email or paper documents will be accepted).
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