External opportunities

Grants for gender and youth promotion initiatives

External opportunity |
Grants for gender and youth promotion initiatives

The UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) opens the call for applications for two initiatives, the Gender Promotion Initiative (GPI) 2023 and the Youth  Promotion Initiative (GPI) 2023 funded by the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

Deadline: 9 June 2023
Grant amount: from $300,000 to $2 million per project


GPI call for proposals 2023 focus:

  1. Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  2. Women’s engagement in natural resources management.

YPI call for proposals 2023 focus:

  1. Fostering youth-inclusive political processes and promoting the political participation of diverse young people
  2. Civic Space: Safeguarding and expanding civic space for youth participation including through local level infrastructures for peace


The call for proposals is open to UN entities and CSOs in countries eligible to receive PBF funding in 2023: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic (only YPI), Chad, Colombia (only YPI), Democratic Republic of the Congo (only YPI), El Salvador, The Gambia (only YPI), Guatemala (only YPI), Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia (only YPI), Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan (only YPI) and Sudan.

CSO proposals:

  • Maximum of two GPI and two YPI proposals per CSO globally
  • CSOs can submit solo CSO proposals (submitted by the CSO independently) or joint UN-CSO proposals (submitted by the UNCT)
  • CSOs organized in federations, confederations or umbrella organizations with independent international or national chapters will be considered as one organization for the purpose of this special call


  • Projects must be submitted in English, French or Spanish
  • Project duration is maximum 24 months.
  • Projects must allocate at least 40 per cent of the requested grant to national/local civil society partners
  • GPI projects must meet the Gender Marker (GM) 3 criteria and have gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) as the principal objective of the project. YPI projects must meet at least the GM2 criteria and have GEWE as a significant or principal objective of the project

Application and submission

The application process for GPI and YPI is structured in two stages:

  • Concept Notes

Once the application portal is available(opens in May), applicants can register to start the application process. For CSO projects, the direct CSO recipient must register and submit the application independently.

  • Full application

Applicants who are invited to the second and last stage will have approximately 6 weeks to develop and submit for feedback and after having received feedback will have around 4 weeks do develop full project proposals. More information on format and content of project proposals will be provided at this stage.

All applicants interested in applying to the GPI and/or YPI are advised to reach out to the PBF Secretariat and/or RC Office in the project country for guidance on the process.


Find more information here.

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