Become our partner
We work alongside our network of over 300 partner organizations representing minority and indigenous communities in over 60 countries.
Here you can find information about our partnership process and what to expect every step of the way.
We start a new formal partnership in one of three ways:
We are approached
A minority and indigenous led or minority and indigenous rights focused organization facing discrimination, exclusion, persecution or climate injustice asks us to work with and support them.
We are not a grant making organization on a large scale. Instead, if a potential partner approaches us and we decide to work together, we co-design an intervention that we mutually believe will make a difference in their community. We then seek funding for that work together. This means we are not in a ‘funder: grantee’ relationship but rather have a more equal partnership where we work closely together and report to a funding organization who is a third party.
We work with partners whose aims and values match ours. We seek to ensure we can add value to the partner’s work through our knowledge, contacts and experience, and where the partner’s work fits well with our strategy. Our support to partners is never solely financial.
If a potential new partner approaches us, we check whether the potential partnership duplicates existing work. If it does, we will not take it forward. We will also assess whether our values, skillset and strategy are a good fit with those of the partner. If so, we will normally co-create potential interventions and then see if we can jointly apply for a suitable source of finance. Depending on how well we know the partner and how high their level of experience is, sometimes we submit the application in our name and then grant the funding to the partner. However, sometimes the partner applies, secures the funding, and then sub-contracts us to support them to do the work, where needed.
The need for support to those facing discrimination in the world today is sadly very high. As a relatively small organization, we unfortunately cannot help everyone who approaches us. However, we will consider any approaches and will reply even if we cannot help immediately or at all.
Although we normally prefer to work with minority and indigenous-led organizations or those squarely focused on tackling minority and indigenous rights issues, we do sometimes involve a consortium of organizations which brings together not only minority and indigenous community involvement and viewpoints but also other important skills, influence, contacts or resources. As a condition of our work with wider-focused or majority-led organizations, we will expect such partners to be extremely sensitive to giving space and listening properly to the minority and indigenous led organizations in any consortium, and to offer opportunities to transfer control to them over time.
We approach an organization
We become aware of serious minority or indigenous rights abuses in a country and we reach out to see whether we can find a suitable organization to work with to tackle this together.
In this case, the need for the work is identified by our own staff or contacts. We carefully approach the situation and assess partnership possibilities in a way that ensures any intervention is locally owned and as sustainable as possible. We also aim to ensure that such interventions address the real needs of minority and indigenous communities and will not make things worse. It is rare for us to begin work in this way and we do not respond to external calls to do so.
Through open calls
We publish an open call for proposals that allows organizations working in a particular country to apply for a piece of work that they have designed.
Occasionally, as part of large programmes we issue open calls for proposals from small minority and indigenous led organizations. These are normally small or micro grants. All calls are published on this page.
It is quite common for an open call to follow a training programme and may be designed to allow trainees to put into practice some of what they have learnt. Sometimes, we may build upon a small grant by working with a grantee to design a follow up or new piece of work together (as described above) and seeking funding for that.
If you ever have a concern or a complaint about the way anyone associated with Minority Rights Group has treated you, please contact us. Any feedback will be independently and, as far as possible, confidentially investigated. We want to hear from you if you are unhappy about anything in our relationship.
So we have now gone through all the steps and agreed to become formal partners… exciting! Now what?
Some organizations sometimes ask us to sign a pre-teaming agreement and we are happy to do that. The last thing we want to do is to steal the ideas of people we want to work with! But we don’t expect our partners to routinely sign such agreements and we don’t have a template that we use. If this is important to you, you can tell us why and we can use a text you have used before or agree the text between us.
During the design process, you should discuss with your Minority Rights Group contact, how any management and administration percentage will be split between organizations, how your essential staffing, office and governance costs can be met and whether there might be any expectation for you to contribute towards any match funding that the funder we are applying to might require. Regarding covering your administrative costs, we have prepared some useful information here. If you want to learn more about our approach to match funding, you can find more information here. However, the rules vary according to the funder so these are general guidelines. If your contact at Minority Rights Group gives you different advice, you will need to follow that.
At some point in the early stages of working together (sometimes at the design stage, sometimes when funding is confirmed and for all but the smallest grants), we will ask you to complete a Partnership Agreement and Partner Assessment Template (PAT). The partnership agreement is a general document that describes how we will work together but it does not concern delivering any specific programme work or contractual obligations. It covers our mutual expectations of those we work with to treat every person equally and with respect, and to act both professionally and responsibly. If we receive a complaint from a member of your staff, from a trainee or from another partner organization, that you have acted in ways that don’t live up to human rights norms or to our standards, we will initiate a discussion with you. We will expect your organization to take appropriate and prompt action against any individual or individuals involved who are found to have behaved inappropriately.
You will also need to complete a PAT which we use to identify both the strong and less developed elements of your organizational set up. This allows us to ensure that we do not overwhelm you with demanding new programmes or give you too much extra responsibility too early on. It also allows us to see where there might be opportunities for us to learn from you or vice versa. There are several sheets within the PAT excel document and depending on the programme work you are co-designing with us, you will complete the grants < £5k sheet, or the grants >£5k sheet. You also need to complete the information sheet. In some cases, for larger grants we may visit you to understand your organization better and to conduct a capacity assessment. In this case, we may fill out the PAT together during this visit.
Once funding is confirmed, we will ask you to sign a contract. This will set out the activities you will complete, the activities or non-financial support that MRG will provide, the results we hope to achieve, any financial support we will provide and the budget for how it will be spent. We need to vary the exact terms of the contract depending on the size of the grant as well as the expectations or requirements of the funder. However, to get a general idea, you can see one sample contract for grants under £5k here, one sample contract for a larger grant to an organization with a turnover under £60k a year here, and one sample contract for a grant over £60k here.
The contract will explain when you need to report to us. You will need to submit both narrative and financial reports. There will normally be a kick-off meeting, especially for larger grants and for new partners, where we will talk through some ‘dos and don’ts’ and you will be able to ask questions and clarify anything that you don’t understand. If we don’t have that meeting, (or if we do but a query arises later and you are unsure about anything), please do reach out to your Minority Rights Group contact and ask. It is much better to clarify things at the beginning than to get to the end of your activities and to find that you have not recorded everything you need to report to us about. As with the contracts, our reporting formats do vary according to the size and type of programme and what funders need but a fairly standard example is here (financial) and here (narrative).
MRG will almost always want to review and approve both narrative and financial reports on one phase of work before we send the next tranche of funding. But, at the same time, we know some organizations won’t have cash in the bank to continue working (also bearing in mind that sometimes banks can take a while to move the money). If this is going to hold up the work or make things very difficult for you, let us know and we will see what we can do to find a solution that works best for both of us.
We love it when you send us photos of your work and sometimes we can use them in our media or social media work or on the website. However, to do this we need the people in the photo to give their signed permission. We won’t normally use photos of children so try not to take photos where individual children can be recognised.
You should not use Minority Rights Group’s logo on the front cover of a report, film, website or other output unless we have had an opportunity to check and approve the content. We are often happy to co-publish with partners and we know that our reputation for authoritative and quality-controlled content can help gain an audience, but we first need to be sure that we know what is being said. When our logo is used on a front cover, we would normally have been involved in the data collection and will need to be sure that we are comfortable with and confident about methods and contents. However, to ensure transparency, you may, if you wish, include our logo inside any report that we have financially supported with a disclaimer that we contributed funding for it but are not responsible for the contents. Please discuss this with your Minority Rights Group contact, giving reasonable notice before the publication deadline in order to agree the wording, placement etc.
MRG will ask you to subscribe to our newsletter. This is because opportunities for partners to carry out advocacy, submit evidence, attend training or apply for funding are regularly included, and it is an efficient way for us to contact you. The newsletter is currently only available in English, but we hope that you will be able to use online translators to access the contents regardless, and many of the links will take you to materials produced in other languages. It is also great – if it is safe for you to do so – if you can follow Minority Rights Group on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Consider whether it is appropriate and useful to tag us when you are posting on your own social media channels and we will share your content with a wider audience, if we can.
MRG promises to do its utmost to keep your data confidential and safe and we will ask you to do likewise. For instance, if you attend a training event organized by us, we will ask you to understand that other participants may be facing a very severe security situation, similarly at times our staff may be at risk, and we ask that you do your utmost to keep data about their interactions with you password protected or on secure channels. There are many organizations who support NGOs who may come under threat, such as Frontline Defenders, Protect Defenders, or CSO Lifeline. You have the right to ask us to share with you the data that we hold about your organization, and we will always do so (after taking some time to collect and check it). If you want to do this, you can write to your Minority Rights Group contact, [email protected] or use the complaint button if you prefer.
We really hope that all your security precautions will be effective and that you will never face threats or reprisals as a result of your work with us. But if this does ever happen. If it is safe to do so, please reach out to us and we will see what we can do to help. We know that our partners take risks to try to advance the cause of equality and human rights and if you face difficulties as a result, we will do what is within our power to mitigate any negative effects.
If you ever have a concern or a complaint about the way anyone associated with MRG has treated you, please contact us. Any feedback will be independently and, as far as possible, confidentially investigated. We want to hear from you if you are unhappy about anything in our relationship. We can’t always solve every problem, but we will investigate and learn for the future and try to do better for both you and others.
When our funded joint work comes to an end, that does not need to be the end of our relationship.
Firstly, we sometimes design a future phase of work and if we are successful in getting funding for that, our joint work will restart. We would like to be able to offer some continuity between funded work, in the form of continued strategy sharing, joint advocacy and mutual support without any direct grant support. This might depend on the staff time available to us. Sometimes we can, sometimes we cannot. It might also depend on the emergencies happening around the world and and the resulting calls for our help.
Sometimes though, we feel that we need to work less with one partner or community and so we don’t design a ‘next phase’ of our joint work or seek funding for it. This might be because a particular problem has been successfully resolved by a community. But other times it might be because your organization has the resources to work independently. We only really succeed when organizations we have supported can sustain the effort and continue progressing towards equality without our support. Even in these cases, we will want to stay in touch with you. We will aim to tell you about opportunities that could benefit you and involve you in global and collective efforts such as influencing UN-wide processes.
We publicize funding, learning and influencing opportunities that we believe might be interesting for our network.
This opportunity expires on 24 March 2024
Peace Insight is looking for new content on the dynamics of local peacebuilding in contexts affected by mass atrocities and war, such as Sudan, Ukraine, Palestine and Israel.
Some of the questions they are interested in hearing about are how peacebuilding efforts prevent and respond to mass atrocities and what locally led pathways to peace remain available for peacebuilders to pursue. They will accept pitches covering past atrocities as well as current ones because articles on peacebuilding efforts responding to previous atrocities may offer lessons for peacebuilders today.
Rates: Peace Insight pays £170 for 800- to 950-word articles.
This opportunity expires on 15 March 2024
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for the Roma Rights Summer School in Athens, Greece, 1-10 July 2024. Designed for young Romani activists and students, this programme combines online learning with in-person sessions, fostering human rights skills and activism. Participants will explore historical persecution, connect it to contemporary rights violations, and engage with experts. The Summer School aims to empower a new generation of Romani human rights activists to combat racism and discrimination through various levels of advocacy.
This opportunity expires on 21 March 2024
Are you a socially engaged artist or cultural practitioner whose practice envisions alternative, community-based models of climate justice for our planet? Then you should apply for the Mentorship Award: Cultural and Artistic Responses to the Environmental Crisis!
Join 12 artists and cultural practitioners (with ± 8-15 years of relevant professional experience) for a year-long programme to accelerate engaged community-based cultural practices that acknowledge the environmental crisis’s social, political and economic dimensions. The cohort is supported by four mentors, and each artist receives an award of €10.000 to work on the concept for a body of work they outline in their application.
Through this programme, we create an interdisciplinary platform to support critical artistic work, connect engaged practitioners, stimulate cross-disciplinary exchange, and centre non-hegemonic forms of knowledge to envision alternative models of climate justice worldwide.
Learn more about the programme and how to apply via the link below!
This opportunity expires on 17 March 2024
Mama Cash supports ambitious self-led feminist organizations and initiatives that defend and advance the rights of women, girls and trans and intersex people. The Resilience Fund provides core, flexible, long-term support for up to ten years. This enables grantee partners to strategize, plan and carry out the work they want to do in the way that they want to do it – over the long term – so that they can grow, strengthen and sustain their feminist movements. During the 2024 Resilience Fund LOI window, Mama Cash is inviting applications from self-led feminist organizations and initiatives based in the following regions: Africa, West Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
This opportunity expires on 13 March 2024
The Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a programme to empower Southern Mediterranean grassroots organizations to build inclusive and sustainable communities. They are reaching out to organizations working in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia who tackle inequalities within their communities, focusing on youth, gender equality, green transition, water and environment, and employment and creation of opportunities.
The programme will offer the granted organizations tailored technical and financial assistance that will address their exact needs and allow them to implement their community-based projects. As well as the chance to join a unique network of community-based organizations sharing a profound dedication to promoting the ideals of social inclusion. The community-based projects that generate the most impactful transformations will be prominently showcased on various platforms and receive international recognition.
This opportunity expires on 13 March 2024
Grant: EUR 60,000 – EUR 200,000
Aim for the project
- Support the implementation or increase the ambition of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
- Support action on the ground to contribute to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
- Address the risks, challenges and opportunities of global megatrends (e.g. increasing demand for natural resources, rapid urbanization, digitalisation, pandemic) in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.
- Support a just transition of economies towards decarbonization, including fair social change, especially for vulnerable groups.
- Strengthen networks, knowledge sharing and cooperation between organizations working on climate change and biodiversity-related issues.
- Develop and promote the use of climate-smart technologies.
- Contribute to awareness building and education regarding climate change and biodiversity.
- Engage in cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation and/or involve the local population.
- Support implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework of the CBD
- In general, applicants should be not-for-profit organizations. Private companies are eligible if they pursue strictly non-profit objectives as part of their proposed project. Individuals or natural persons, one-person organizations and governmental organizations are not eligible for funding.
- Applicants must be based and registered in countries that fulfil the criteria for Official Development Assistance (ODA) defined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Please note that, except for Ukraine, proposals for projects in countries that are official or potential candidates for EU membership are not eligible for IKI Small Grants. Organizations that are not financially and legally independent and branches of organizations based in a non-eligible cannot be funded.
- The applicant organization must have been operative for at least three years (36 months by the time of the submission deadline). Over the last three years, the applicant organization must have generated an average annual revenue of at least EUR 60,000 and no more than EUR 500,000.
- The applicant organization must have dedicated accounting staff and accounting principles that ensure internal and external control mechanisms.
- The applicant organization must also employ a software-based accounting system which meets its respective national standards.
- The applicant organizations must implement the projects themselves. Consortia are not eligible as this could entail forwarding project funds from the lead organization to partners in the consortia. Forwarding funds is not permitted.
- Project proposals must clearly focus on one or more of the following four IKI funding areas.
This opportunity expires on 1 July 2025
Digital Defenders provides civil society organizations with grants of up to €10,000 to be used to cover costs which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack. The funding covers activities for a maximum of four months.
This opportunity expires on 1 July 2025
The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack and rapid response advocacy and resiliency grants to support CSOs in responding to broader threats against civic space.
This opportunity expires on 1 April 2024
This opportunity can be of interest to organizations working on climate change, food sovereignty and economic justice in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America.
Thousand Currents supports grassroots organizations working on the issues mentioned above. They don’t publish calls for proposals but proactively look out for organizations to support. They are keen to broaden the pool of organizations they support and have launched a call for ‘partners’ under their Tactical Initiatives grant category. Tactical Initiative grants fund groups that are using one or more of the following tactics:
- Strategic litigation
- Popular education
- Cultural production (including narrative change)
- Campaigns to strengthen climate justice, food sovereignty, and economic justice movement work
Tactical Initiatives grants range from USD 25,000 to USD 250,000 and are one-time grants spanning over one to three years.
Through this open call for profiles, they hope to learn about groups they are not yet familiar with and deepen their understanding of the movement ecosystems across the Global South fighting for and sustaining economic justice, food sovereignty and climate justice.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
The special Ukraine edition of the European Culture of Solidarity Fund is now open for considering cultural emergency requests and joint European actions to stand with Ukraine. The Culture of Solidarity Fund has already responded to some of the most urgent humanitarian needs of the arts and culture community in Ukraine, including the evacuation of archives and collections of cultural NGOs.
This edition of the Fund will specifically support European cultural initiatives in the following areas:
- Independent, alternative and inclusive information sharing in (digital) media that counters propaganda filter bubbles, fake news and the ongoing war ‘infodemic’
- Safe cultural spaces that provide shelter in Ukraine or host artists, cultural workers and civil society activists forced into exile.
- Artistic and cultural expressions that withstand the harsh realities of conflict and support shared imagination of a peaceful future for Ukraine and Europe.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is an independent non-profit organization committed to advancing global Internet freedom. OTF supports projects focused on counteracting repressive censorship and surveillance, enabling citizens worldwide to exercise their fundamental human rights online.
The Rapid Response Fund aims to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.
The Rapid Response Fund offers two types of support to organizations, activists, journalists, and other human rights defenders facing digital attacks and emergencies of various kinds:
- technological services from trusted service partners (Tierra Comun, Greenhost, and Qurium Media Foundation),
- direct financial support for the many needs that available service partners cannot fulfil.
Deadline: OTF accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Grant size: Anywhere from $1 to $50,000 (for direct financial support).
Eligibility: Support is only available through the Rapid Response Fund when there is a clear and time-sensitive digital emergency in which an applicant is seeking short-term and urgent support.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
Cisco, an American-based multinational technology conglomerate corporation, welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share Cisco’s vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge.
Deadline: Cisco accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Grant size: The maximum request amount for first-time grant recipients is USD 75,000.
Global Impact Cash Grants multiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations. Before applying, invited nonprofits can determine their organization’s eligibility by reviewing the requirements below and the grant giving policies.
- Organizations within the United States must be recognized by the IRS as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), and classified by the IRS as a public charity.
- Organizations from outside the U.S. must provide information and documents to determine whether the organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity.
- Organizations to be funded must serve an audience greater than 65 percent economically underserved relative to the average standards of the target geography.
- Organizations and programmes must focus on at least one of Cisco’s social investment areas: crisis response, access to education, or economic empowerment.”
- For each of these three investment areas, we will also consider proposals that address environmental sustainability within the context of that investment area. For example, we would consider funding an economic empowerment programme that specifically focuses on creating green jobs.
- A nonprofit organization’s overhead is not to exceed 25 percent. (Organizations are occasionally exempt from this requirement; however, they must be exceptionally aligned with Cisco’s values and criteria, and they must clearly explain and justify their overhead costs. Exemptions to the requirement on overhead expenses are determined on a case-by-case basis.). Cisco Foundation does not tend to make grants to colleges and universities. In the case that such a grant may be made, Cisco Foundation does not support additional institutional overhead rates for colleges and universities.
Ineligible programmes and/or activities
All applications must be completed using Cisco’s online application form. Cisco will not consider incomplete proposals or paper-based applications.
Proposals in the following areas are not eligible for a Global Impact Cash Grant:
- Miscellaneous exclusions: general operating expenses, other than directly associated with the programme itself; individuals; research programmes; membership-based activities; programmes that promote or serve one culture, race, religion, population group, or political viewpoint – rather than the community at large; religious, political, or sectarian organizations (Note: A direct service programme run by a faith-based organization may be eligible. See Cisco’s grant giving policies.)
- Hospitals: private or public hospitals; hospital foundations; medical centers, research centers, etc. (Programs based in a hospital may be eligible; however, grant funds must go exclusively to direct service in the community, not to general hospital operating expenses.)
- Healthcare: programmes focused on improving physical or mental health.
- Schools and scholarships: private, public, or charter schools; school foundations, booster clubs, and/or fundraising organizations affiliated with a particular school; colleges/universities; scholarships, stipends or loans within a programme; and/or school-related activities such as field trips, research programmes, etc.
- Events: athletic events, competitions, tournaments; conferences, seminars, workshops; festivals, field trips, or other recreational events; fundraising events or sponsorships (benefit dinners, walks/runs, concerts, sports teams, etc.)
- Philanthropic: capital building funds, challenge grants, grant-making organizations (all other foundations including private foundations, family foundations, school foundations, etc.)
How to apply?
Application starts with the eligibility quiz. Eligible organizations will be invited to register and complete the online initial information form. If a Cisco grant administrator determines that your organization’s programme is aligned with Cisco’s mission, strategic approach, and objectives for grant support, you will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal with an invitation code to the online application.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) has joined forces with ARCA Youth Agency for the Advocacy of Roma Culture and the Artists at Risk (AR) residency programme to offer an artistic residency for Roma contemporary artists, curators, and other art practitioners from Ukraine.
The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and the decision about the placement is made based on availability of hosting institutions.
The programme covers the cost of relocation, accommodation and a monthly allowance. The allowance rates are established by the programme depending on the cost of living at the location of the hosting institution. The programme is envisioned to accommodate up to ten applicants for a period of minimum three months.
ROMA Artists and Cultural Workers who are from or have permanent residency in Ukraine are eligible for
- a 3-month AR-Emergency Residency Grant
- hosting at an artist-in-residency within the Artists at Risk (AR)-Network
Application and submission
Complete and submit your application through this form.
Mention that you are responding to the call for Roma artists from Ukraine. The form requires that you fill in all mandatory fields (starred) and upload the required documents.
Applications can be submitted in all major languages, although English is highly recommended to avoid delays and extra costs for translation.
Please note that this form requires logging in with a Google Email account. This is necessary because the form uploads attachments to Google Drive, and you can modify your response afterwards.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
Loop is looking for Governing Board Members as it is expanding into more countries, working in partnership with local organisations. The global platform for people to feedback on humanitarian and development services seeks exceptional people to help shape the direction of the organisation as it spreads globally to empower local communities to participate in discussions on the aid they receive from organisations.
Candidates are recruited on a rolling basis.
The purpose of the Governing Board is to ensure that the organisation is effective in working towards the achievement of its purposes, to harness the organisation’s resources to maximum effect and to uphold its core ethos and values in accordance with its legal and regulatory guidelines.
The duties of Board members fall into three main areas:
- To be an ambassador, advocate, spokesperson and representative of Loop
- To ensure Loop remains true to its founding purpose of being a neutral platform that raises the voices of people affected so that Aid can be delivered in an effective and timely manner
- To ensure sound management of the Charity
Currently, they are looking for leaders that come from:
- Francophone Africa
- South & Central America
- South & Central Asia
- The Netherlands (where Loop is registered)
And from the following areas of expertise:
- Youth Representation
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Human Resources
- A Refugee/Asylum seeker based in the Netherlands
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
Women First invites organisations to submit a profile form to indicate their interest in applying for funding from Women First International Fund. Candidates who we believe are a strong fit for our unique model of grantmaking will be asked to submit a full proposal for funding.
For new grants, Women First’s application process is a networked approach. Potential partners are identified through an extensive network of current and alumni grantee partners, peer funds, and advisors, as well as groups that they have met through regional and in-country networking opportunities.
- Located in one of their current priority countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, or India
- Dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and/or trans people, as evidenced by the group’s mission and/or activities. Groups’ activities should also indicate a significant focus on the economic empowerment of women, girls, and/or trans people.
- Small and emerging organizations with little or no access to larger donors or institutional funding. We give priority to organizations that have annual budgets less than USD 50,000.
See full list here.
Women First partners have the opportunity to receive up to six years of flexible funding (a mix of core and programmatic support) totalling USD 95,000. The grants are made through three stages:
- Opportunity: 12-month commitment from Women First in the amount of USD 10,000
- Investment: 3-year commitment from Women First in the total amount of USD 45,000
- Leverage: 2-year commitment from Women First in the total amount of USD 40,000
Women First has an active partnership grantmaking model. They are committed to providing more than just grant dollars and seek organizations who are just as excited as we are about collaboration. Grantee partners are expected to:
- Implement on programmatic work within the thematic focus of women’s economic empowerment. The funding is flexible and they partner with organizations with whom they share goals to improve women’s livelihoods and financial independence.
- Invest in capacity building, utilizing resources provided by Women First where appropriate and identifying other opportunities for organizational strengthening. Partners are encouraged to prioritize key areas for organizational effectiveness and growth. Partners must complete the Grassroots Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool to do this, and will have opportunities to participate in Women First-led capacity building activities.
- Commit to measuring (and learning from) programmatic and organizational results.
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
Start Network is a membership-founded and membership-owned organisation made up of local, national, and international NGOs, which have come together under a common belief: that the changes we want to see in the humanitarian system cannot be achieved by any single organisation acting alone.
Why become a Start Network member?
- access to fast and flexible funding, including rapid response funding and risk-based/anticipatory funding
- belonging to a global humanitarian peer group, with opportunities to collaborate and build partnerships with a diverse community of organisations
- advocacy and participation in global conversations: the opportunity to influence new approaches to humanitarian aid and improve their voice and visibility on global platforms
- participation in locally created innovations that create local solutions to local humanitarian problems
- training/organisational strengthening: opportunities for learning that help to improve ways of working.
How to become a member?
The new strategy for membership is for Start Network to evolve from a centralised membership organisation to a network of national and regional hubs. Each hub will manage its own membership, which will be made up of local, national, and international NGOs operating in the same country or region.
Currently, new members are taken in only from specific countries where there are existing or prospective hubs. The application process will vary for each hub but as a starting point, interested organisations can send an expression of interest to join a current or prospective hub by filling in the form on this page.
Existing or prospecting hubs:
This opportunity expires on 1 January 2025
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) has launched a Rapid Response Window (RRW) to address the funding gap on women’s participation in formal peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements. The WPHF RRW provides financing for strategic, short term and urgent services and initiatives led by women peacebuilders and women’s civil society organizations to increase women’s influence in national, subnational and international formal peace processes.
No deadline. The RRW is demand-driven and accepts submissions on a rolling basis.
Direct Support Stream up to USD 25,000 (this is not a grant and no funding will be provided to the beneficiaries)
The WPHF RRW or RRW INGO partners pay for costs directly so that the required service is provided rapidly. Once the WPHF RRW or RRW INGO partners pay for the service, the CSO/women peacebuilders use the service to support their work on women’s meaningful participation in peace processes or peace agreement implementation.
This includes logistical and technical support that would increase the likelihood of a woman CSO representative/woman peacebuilder to actively participate in or influence a peace process or the implementation of a peace agreement — such as the cost of childcare, access for persons with disabilities, interpretation needs, expert advisory support, travels arrangements, etc.
Successful applicants receive services, not a grant. Services will be purchased and arranged directly from the WPHF RRW Secretariat or one of its partners on behalf of selected applicants.
Short-Term Grants Stream (up to USD 100,000 – the CSO will receive funding)
The WPHF RRW works with a range of INGO partners to deliver rapid grants for women’s civil society organizations’ projects that address diverse barriers to women’s influence and participation in Track 1 or Track 2 peace processes, or the implementation of a peace agreement.
Organizations can apply for both Direct Support and Short-Term Grant at the same time. If you are applying for both, you must submit a separate application form using the appropriate templates.
Local or national civil society organization (especially women-led) seeking to increase women’s participation in a specific track 1 or track 2 formal peace process, or specific peace agreement monitoring and implementation mechanisms.
Women peacebuilders seeking to influence or participate in a specific track 1 or track 2 formal peace process or specific peace agreement monitoring and implementation mechanisms.
Application and submission
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A participant in a training as part of MRG’s Points Anti Discrimination programme in Tunisia. Credit: MRG