We are excited to launch this funding opportunity focussed on strengthening women’s and girls’ movements.
We believe that the material and practical considerations of women and girls’ daily lives will only be significantly improved when we have full and equal power in decision making at all levels.
Studies have shown that women’s rights organisations bring the greatest long-term change to women’s lives, and we know that for women and girls to continue to drive change in their own lives, that of their families, communities and on a global stage, women’s rights organisations are essential. However, The World Bank estimates that funding to women’s rights organisations has fallen by more than half over the last 5 years.
The aim of this programme is to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives.
We are therefore launching an open programme to find and support women and girl’s movements to seed, sustain and strengthen this change in the geographies we fund. Please be aware we expect this to be a competitive programme and so will be unable to fund in every country.
We believe movements are made up of a number of constituents working collectively towards a shared long-term goal.
Constituents of women’s and girls’ movements that we might fund directly could include (though is not limited to):
Constituents of women’s and girls’ movements that we might support indirectly, through partners/devolved funding:
This includes being able to:
This could include:
As well as learning about the specific work you are doing and the impact/outcomes from this, we are interested in demonstrating the broader learning about the value of women’s movements, and how funders can support them to create long-term change. We are therefore interested in working with people who are happy to engage in cohort and collective learning as part of this programme
We want to work with amazing women and girl-led organisations, partnerships, consortia and women’s funds who are supporting women to have collective power, build movements and become change agents.
We are interested in hearing about the work that you feel is most important and appropriate to secure long-term change for women and girls in your context. We understand that change takes time, and so are interested in what your long-term goals are and who else you are working with to achieve these, either in formal partnerships, or informally.
We are interested in supporting the development of specific work (such as campaigns, advocacy and/or services) when it is part of this long-term change. We are also interested in supporting work which helps movement constituents develop a common agenda for change, such as developing and sharing analytic frameworks, learnings and research, and work that is focussed on base building, such as growing membership and leadership, building/growing/supporting alliances and solidarity both between and within movements.
We’re inviting locally-rooted organisations to tell us what solutions you believe will work, demonstrating how your solutions are rooted in and informed by an understanding and experience of delivery, centring the experiences of those most affected by the issue. This is to ensure that lived experience and learning from doing are at the heart of the work. There is evidence that your work is already making a demonstrable difference, this is an exciting opportunity to expand, learn and influence from that work.
We are inviting applications from any of the geographies we fund in. Please be aware that we expect this to be a competitive programme and so we will not be able to fund in every country.
We are interested in the way that movements bring about change, approaches might include (but not be limited to):
We are also interested in any number of issues as identified by those most affected, for example these may include (but are not limited to):
This fund is for women and girl led organisations only
We will be offering grants for 3-5 years for the following total amounts:
For sub-granters who aren’t women’s funds, the following criteria MUST be met:
There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for first stage applications will be 7th December 2018 12pm GMT. Shortlisted applications will be given 7/8 weeks to submit a full proposal and the deadline will be 15th March 2019 12pm GMT. Decisions will be made by the Comic Relief grants committee and Trustees by July 2019.
*grassroots or frontline service delivery work supported through this fund will need to demonstrate how it is movement focussed in the way that it is building and sharing learning or supporting women and girls who access services to identify and contribute to change in their contexts
**Partnerships - we appreciate that partnerships can take time to develop well and so we are happy for these – if new - to be further developed through the second stage of the application process.