Strengthening Feminist Movements 2022-2023

 Strengthening Feminist Movements

The deadline for all applications has been EXTENDED to 2.00 pm on 8 August 2022, Sri Lanka Time (GMT+5:30). The complete call pack can be downloaded here. Applicants are encouraged to submit their forms well ahead of the new deadline to allow for time to address any technical issues. No further extensions will be given.

The Strengthening Feminist Movements (SFM) grantmaking programme is focused on supporting women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working on the local, subnational, and national levels.

Eligible organisations are invited to download the call pack and apply via email or an online form. Please scroll down to read the eligibility criteria.

The common threads that run through the grants under this programme are:

  • Promoting feminist principles and a rights-based perspective in women, girls, trans, and intersex rights work in the region, the key components of which are decisionmaking, agency, and voice;
  • Strengthening the leadership of women, girls, trans, and intersex people, especially second-line leadership; and
  • Networking and collaborations among groups and activists working at local, subnational, and national levels.

Notes on our constituencies:

WFA acknowledges that there is no consistent and agreed upon definition of “girls.” WFA supports girls at two levels: through directly funding girl-led groups whose board and staff leadership are between the ages of 18 to 24 and through supporting work on rights of young women and girls aged 13 and above..

Trans” is used by WFA as a placeholder to cover a diversity of gender identities and forms of gender expressions claimed by people across the region and the world. WFA supports trans rights, including that of transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, amongst other identities.

Application Package

The complete application package can be downloaded at this publicly-accessible Google Drive folder. It  includes the following:

  1. Proposal Format (Individual, Organisational - One Year/Two Years)
  2. Budget Format (Individual, Organisational - One Year, and Organisational - Two Years)
  3. Checklist for required documentation
  4. Call Guidelines
  5. WFA’s Grantmaking FAQ
  6. Board and Staff Template

The application package is available in English, and in thirteen regional languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bangla, Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepalese, Sinhala, Tamil, Thai, and Vietnamese. Applicants can also email their response using the English form in any of these languages: Bahasa Melayu, Dzongkha, Tetum, and Urdu.

Apply Online

Apply Online

Applications can be made online or via email. The online application form is only available in English and can only be submitted in English. If you are applying in one of the other languages listed above, please download the relevant form and email your application to applications@wf-asia.org by the deadline.

Please refer to the checklist for required documentation in the call package and ensure that your application is as complete as possible before submitting via email.

Deadline

Deadline for submissions is 8 August 2022 at 2 pm Sri Lanka time/GMT+5:30. Please write to applications@wf-asia.org with the subject line ‘SFM Call 2022 - 23 Inquiry’ for any queries while the call is open.

Eligibility Criteria

The call is open to women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working at the local, subnational, and national levels. Regional and global organisations and networks, as well as feminist/women’s/trans/intersex funds, are ineligible to apply for this grantmaking programme. 

Individual activists who fulfil ALL the following criteria can apply:

  1. 18 years of age or above;
  2. Identify as a woman, girl, trans, or intersex person;
  3. A national of and based in one of these 17 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
  4. Work on women, girls, trans, and intersex human rights issues with direct links to women’s, trans, intersex, and other rights-based movements subnationally or nationally.
  5. Not a civil servant, and/or affiliated with and holding office in political parties.

Organisations and networks who fulfil the following criteria can apply:

  1. Be based in one of these 17 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
  2. Have advancement of women, girls, trans, and/or intersex rights as a focus of their vision, mission, and programme.
  3. Committed to feminist principles and rights-based approaches.
  4. Fulfil the following criteria with respect to annual budget: 
    • To apply for a one-year grant: Maximum annual budget of USD 50,000.
    • To apply for a two-year grant: Minimum annual budget of USD 20,000 and maximum annual budget of USD 75,000. In addition, applicants must have received at least two WFA grants from 2010 onwards.
  5. Led by women, girls, trans, and/or intersex persons. This means:
    • Both the board and staff should be led by a woman, girl, trans, and/or intersex person (18 years or older).
    • Both the board and staff should be composed of at least 60% women, trans, and/or intersex people.

In addition, organisations and networks wishing to apply must NOT fall into any of these categories:

  • Groups using strategies such as raid and rescue, anti-sex work, anti-abortion, and anti-LGBTIQ, among others
  • Groups whose primary purpose is service delivery, humanitarian assistance, charity, poverty alleviation programmes( such as micro finance and income generation), education, scholarships, literacy, and skills development programmes
  • Groups directly/indirectly related or connected with elections and election campaigning
  • Groups directly affiliated with political parties and government institutions; note that the applicant’s board and staff leadership should also not be affiliated with political parties and/or hold government positions, even if in their individual capacity
  • Groups directly affiliated with religious institutions or faith-based groups
  • Businesses/for-profit groups
  • Educational/academic institutions, or groups affiliated with them
  • A branch, chapter, or country office of a multilateral organisation (such as ASEAN, SAARC, or one of the United Nations agencies) or of an international organisation based in the Global North
  • A regional or global organisation or network
  • Women’s funds, trans funds, intersex funds, or any other funding organisation

For the full set of eligibility criteria, please refer to the SFM call guidelines in the application package.

Grant Size and Duration

Individual grants will be up to USD 5,000 for a period of 1 year. 

Organisational grants will be of two categories:

  • One-year organisational grants up to a maximum amount of USD 10,000. The annual budget of organisations, groups or networks applying for this must not exceed USD 50,000.
  • Two-year organisational grants up to a maximum amount of USD 20,000. Only applicants who have received at least two WFA grants from 2010 onwards, who can receive foreign funding as grants or donations, and have an annual budget between USD 20,000 and USD 75,000 are eligible for two-year grants.

Grantmaking Priorities

WFA will prioritise supporting applications submitted by:

  • Those working towards strengthening movements to realise and sustain their rights.
  • Those working in difficult contexts and/or have limited access to resources.
  • Those which use feminist, right-based, and intersectional approaches in their work.
  • Those groups which are self-led—the leadership of the group is representative of the constituency which the group is working with. 

Women’s Fund Asia believes economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights are interlinked and that organisations work on a continuum of rights violations and deprivation. We fully recognise that interventions happen at multiple levels and are crosscutting and intersectional. The thematic priority areas for WFA are:

  1. Strengthening Feminist Voices: Supporting and strengthening grassroots feminist leadership and movements has always been a priority for us. In the past, grants have supported institutional strengthening, capacity development for groups and their constituencies, grassroots mobilisation, campaigns, research, advocacy, and outreach.
  2. Access to Justice: We support initiatives focused on increasing women, girls, trans and intersex people’s access to justice, including raising legal awareness among communities, creating pathways and mechanisms for survivors to access lawyers and the judicial system, training women paralegals, supporting women lawyers, and others.
  3. Autonomy, Decisions, and Sexual Rights: We support initiatives that promote the right to sexuality, decision-making, and bodily autonomy of women, girls, trans and intersex people. Beginning with supporting work on child and forced marriage and young women’s leadership and choices, this priority area also grew to encompass groups working on LBT rights, abortion rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  4. Movement and Labour: We support interventions focused on women, girls, trans, and intersex people’s right to safe migration, economic justice, and labour rights, with a particular focus on women working in vulnerable, informal, and stigmatized sectors such as sex work, garment factories, tea plantations, domestic work, and migrant labour.
  5. Environmental Justice: We recognize the need for feminist leadership in resource management, disaster risk reduction and resilience, addressing climate change, and sustainable development. We support interventions aimed at securing women, girls, trans and intersex people’s rights over natural resources across a diversity of constituencies, including women with disabilities, women farmers, garment factory workers, and indigenous and Adivasi women.
  6. Emerging Issues: Interventions related to addressing women, girls, trans, and intersex rights issues that are particularly relevant in the current context in the region, which are not covered by the five priority areas above will be supported under this thematic area. Please note though that this Call is not meant to provide emergency relief related to COVID-19.

Webinar

To guide prospective applicants, we held a webinar on how to apply for the SFM grant. English-language subtitles are available for this video (turn on CC), which is a recording of the presentation.

Questions?

Please write to applications@wf-asia.org with the subject line ‘SFM Call 2022 - 23 Inquiry’ for any queries while the call is open. Prospective applicants with heightened security concerns should contact us via ProtonMail at applications.wfa@protonmail.com (use the subject line ‘SFM Call 2022 - 23 Inquiry’).

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