Call for Applications

2016-2017 South Asia Women’s Fund for Women’s Human Rights Organizations.

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Application Deadline: June 30th 2016
South Asia Women’s Fund is pleased to announce the call for applications for Phase 1 of 2016-2017 South Asia Women’s Fund is committed to supporting women’s
organisations and activists working towards realising women’s human rights in the South Asian region. Through its grant making portfolios, SAWF provides access to resources for women- led interventions in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with a special focus on critical issues, disadvantaged and marginalised women,
working within difficult contexts and circumstances. The common threads that run through all SAWF’s grant making programmes are:
  • Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women’s rights work in the region,key components of which are women’s decision making, agency and voices
  • Strengthening women’s leadership, especially young women’s leadership
  • Networking and collaborations among and between women’s rights groups and activists at a subnational, national and regional level
SAWF accepts applications under the following themes:
1. Strengthening Feminist Voices, USD 1000-10,000:
grants under this theme provide critical funding for institutional support, research, collaborations and travel (to conferences, meetings and critical spaces), on a wide cross section of issues and topics that relate to women’s human rights. SAWF is particularly interested in supporting initiatives which are innovative and cutting edge; promotes collaborations among women’s rights groups; or strengthen the women’s movement-
locally, nationally or regionally.
Priority will be given to applications from small community based women’s
groups. More information on this thematic can be found here. NB. SAWF accepts applications for travel grants throughout the year, for up to USD 1000; however, grants are very limited, and applicants are advised to apply at least two months in advance.
2. Right to Safe and Secure Mobility, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports interventions focused on women’s right to movement, livelihood and choice. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening
networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.
3. Right to Physical Integrity and Decision-making, USD5000-7,500: this thematic
supports initiatives that are led by young women or second line leaders of the women’s movement; or are aimed at promoting young women’s choice, sexuality and decision making on issues around forced marriage, right to choice and relationships etc.
4. Access to Justice, USD 1000-5000: this thematic supports initiatives focused on increasing women’s access to justice, including raising legal awareness among women; creating pathways and mechanisms for women to access lawyers and the judicial system; training women paralegals; supporting women lawyers etc. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups.
Requirements:
  • Any woman’s organisation whose annual budget is under USD 50,000, located in the focal countries can apply
  • At least 70% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, its team should be led by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for women’ s rights
  • The organisation should be committed to feminist principles and rights based approaches
  • A second-line woman leader of an organisation (which is not a women’s rights organisation) may apply for an individual grant
  • Individual women activists or scholars may apply for small grants (USD 1000-5000) under any of the thematics.

Application Procedure:

  • You can download our Letter of Interest (LoI) format here or from www.sawf.info. Completed LoIs should be emailed to sawfrgp@sawf.info no later than the 30th of June

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the South Asia Women’s Fund

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