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WFA is now accepting applications for:

Leading from the South

Leading from the South is a consortium created to resource feminist activism in the Global South, initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women, girls, and trans rights organisations in the Global South. Through grantmaking, capacity building, and other resourcing, LFS will strengthen movements, networks, and organisations—especially their advocacy capacity.

This call is open to women, girls, trans, and intersex-led organisations working with a national, regional, and/or global focus.

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Strengthening Feminist Movements

The Strengthening Feminist Movements grantmaking programme is focused on supporting women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks working on the local, subnational, and national levels. It is open to individuals and organisations.

This call is open to women, girls, trans, and intersex rights activists and groups working at local, subnational, or national levels.

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All applications must be submitted by 2 April 2021, 12 midnight, Sri Lanka time (GMT+5:30).

General Eligibility Criteria

For both calls, applications are invited from the following 17 countries: 

South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Please refer to Guideline documents of both calls for specific eligibility criteria.  

Eligibility Guide

If you are unsure whether to apply for SFM or LFS, take the quiz below to assess which call is the best fit for your application. Please note that this quiz is only meant to be a general guide and does not guarantee funding. We recommend that you read the call guidelines carefully before applying. Please also note that this is a competitive process and we receive more applications than we can support.



We organised a webinar to give an overview of the application process, as well as tips for making a stronger application.

Presentation (PDF)

Video recording (YouTube link)

Please note that Women's Fund Asia does not fund the following:

  1. Groups using strategies such as raid and rescue, anti-sex work, and anti-abortion among others
  2. Groups whose primary purpose is service delivery, humanitarian assistance, charity, poverty alleviation programmes, such as micro finance, income generation, education, scholarships, literacy, and skills development programmes
  3. Groups directly/indirectly related or connected with elections and election campaigning
  4. Groups directly affiliated with political parties 
  5. Groups directly affiliated with religious institutions or faith-based groups
  6. Businesses/for-profit groups 
  7. Educational/academic institutions
  8. A regional organisation, a branch, chapter, country office of a multilateral organisation (such as ASEAN, SAARC, or one of the United Nations agencies) or an international organisation based in the Global North.

Nor does it fund activities related to:

  1. Microcredit, microfinance, and other income generation activities
  2. Sponsorships and scholarships
  3. Service provision activities such as running of health camps
  4. Direct or indirect interventions in electoral or party-based political activities such as election campaigns, election processes, supporting or opposing a political candidate during elections, and contributions to political parties or individual candidate’s fund (even if independent)
  5. Buying land or any construction activity
  6. Emergency or relief funds
  7. Academic research