W4GF has pulled together key funding opportunities available for women’s rights organisations and networks responding to COVID-19.

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is now accepting applications for the WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window

Apply for new funding opportunities that support your local civil society organisation in its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We seek to fund qualifying projects of local women’s organisations that contribute to responding to COVID-19 in crises settings.

Civil society organisations in all 25 WPHF eligible countries are qualified to apply. AFGHANISTAN, BURUNDI, BANGLADESH (ROHINGYA CRISIS), C.A.R., COLOMBIA, D.R.C. (KINSHASA, KWILU, NORTH KIVU, ITURI AND SOUTH KIVU), HAITI, IRAQ, JORDAN (SYRIA CRISIS), LIBERIA, MALAWI, MALI, MYANMAR, NIGERIA (BORNO, ADAMAWA AND YOBE STATES), PALESTINE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, THE PACIFIC (FIJI, PALAU, TONGA, SAMOA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, VANUATU), THE PHILIPPINES, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, SRI LANKA, UGANDA, UKRAINE, AND YEMEN.

Round 1 Application Deadline: 28 April 2020 The WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window is divided into 2 funding streams:

  • Funding Stream 1: Institutional funding: from 2,500 USD to 30,000 USD. This funding stream will provide institutional funding to local civil society organisations working on women, peace and security and humanitarian issues to ensure they are able to sustain themselves through the crisis. Prospective applicants will need to demonstrate how the current crisis affects their institutional and financial capacities and how the funding would support them through the pandemic.
  • Funding Stream 2: Programmatic funding: from 30,000 USD to 200,000 USD. This funding stream will finance projects which aim specifically to provide gender-responsive response to the COVID19 crisis. Interventions could include, but are not limited to:
    • Strengthening the leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Mobilising of women’s organisations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention strategies are reaching all women (including through community radio, the use of technology, etc.).
    • Supporting women who will be most economically affected by the crisis, namely daily wage earners, small business owners and those working in informal sectors. This could be done through cash transfers, community funds and support to women-led small businesses.
    • Restoring and strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health services, including pre-and post-natal care.
    • Supporting prevention and response to GBV, including through safe shelters but also campaigns on social norms targeting male engagement in domestic work and combatting domestic violence.

To apply, download the attached application forms (available here in English, Spanish, French and Arabic) and email your submission directly to WPHFCOVID19Response@UNWOMEN.ORG

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Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants resource the resilience of human rights and gender justice movements by supporting the security and advocacy interventions of activists when a swift response is needed. Specifically, Rapid Response Grants offer quick, flexible funding to respond to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and human rights defenders.

Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in any language using online, text and mobile funding applications 365 days of the year. We respond to applications within 24 hours of submission. Decisions are usually made within 1-10 business days. (Translation needs may increase the time to decide.) Once a grant is approved, funds can be wired within 24 hours to 10 business days, dependent on need.

Urgent Action Fund (UAF) is one of four Sister Urgent Action Funds that together form a global consortium. UAF provides grants to women’s and non-binary human rights defenders in Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, The South Caucasus, Turkey, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Our sister funds, Urgent Action Fund-Africa,  Urgent Action Fund-Latin America, and Urgent Action Fund-Asia Pacific provide grants to women’s and non-binary human rights defenders in those regions.

For more details click here

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OutRight Action International: THE COVID-19 LGBTIQ EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus is taking its toll on many people, including LGBTIQ communities. In fact, in times of crisis, vulnerable groups become even more vulnerable. Due to lockdowns and curfews, countless LGBTIQ people have lost their source of income, and consequently their homes. Many of us can not turn to our families due to a lack of acceptance. LGBTIQ shelters are under quarantine, shut down, or oversubscribed. Many LGBTIQ people face challenges in accessing healthcare on a day to day basis. Now, this access is even more restricted, as health systems are overstretched with COVID-19 patients. Due to social distancing requirements, we no longer have access to community centers or events.

These are only the immediate effects of the crisis. On the horizon budget cuts for LGBTIQ organizations are looming, as donors might have to scale down or redirect the support they can provide. Unemployment is on the rise, small businesses struggling and when or how the economy will rebuild unknown.

To respond to this crisis and support LGBTIQ organizations around the world who are serving people impacted by COVID-19 while facing an uncertain future themselves, OutRight Action International has set up a COVID-19 LGBTIQ Emergency Response Fund.

The fund offers grants to LGBTIQ organizations, registered and not-registered, between 2,500 and 10,000 USD. The grants can be used for any emergency that has occurred as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, such as immediate support to community members to buy food or medicine, provide shelter, or pay rent and utilities for LGBTIQ organizations. OutRight recognizes that needs are different from community to community, and that local organizations know best what the immediate needs are.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must work directly with and for LGBTIQ people (including MSM groups, trans groups, LBQ groups, and intersex groups), and be based outside the USA, Canada, the European Economic Area, the UK, Switzerland, Australia or New Zealand. Unfortunately, OutRight cannot issue grants to individuals. We know that the needs are multiple and the urgency high. We will strive to make as many grants as possible with the funding available and continue fundraising for the fund so that more grants can be issued. To apply for a grant, see application form available here in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

There is no deadline; OutRight accepts applications while funds last and for as long as this crisis is needed in solidarity with colleagues and friends all around the world. Grant applications are reviewed on April 17 and aim to issue the first grants by the end of April.

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To apply in Arabic download form here and email form to pjansen@outrightinternational.org.
To apply in Mandarin download form here and email form to pjansen@outrightinternational.org.
To apply in Chinese download form here and email form to pjansen@outrightinternational.org.

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