Strengthening Feminist Movements in Asia

The Strengthening Feminist Movements grant programme is now accepting applications for the 2022 cycle. Deadline for applications has been EXTENDED to 8 August 2022, 2:00pm Sri Lanka Time (GMT+5:30). Please download the complete application package and read the guidelines carefully before applying as an individual or as an organisation.

Under this grantmaking programme, Women’s Fund Asia supports women, girls,  trans, and intersex rights activists, groups, and networks, working at the local, subnational, and national levels. The SFM grant programme currently extends to 17 countries in Asia:

  • South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
  • East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

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.

Currently, our grantmaking prioritises five thematic portfolios:

How to Apply

Eligible individuals, groups, organisations, and networks are invited to:

  • Download the complete application package. Kindly read the call guidelines carefully. The application forms are best downloaded to your computer and filled out through a word processing software such as Microsoft Word, rather than using Google Document.
  • Apply online (in English) as an individual or an organisation, or via email for any other languages listed below. 

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.

Grant Size, Type, and Scope

Individuals may apply for a grant of up to USD 5,000 for a period of 1 year. 

There are two categories of organisational grants:

  • One-year organisational grants up to 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. 

Regional and global organisations and networks, as well as feminist/women’s/trans/intersex funds, are ineligible to apply for this grantmaking programme.

Organisations, groups, and networks can apply for either an institutional and/or programmatic grant:

  • Institutional: This includes institutional and administrative costs including salaries, rent, audit, and other operational costs. Institutional grants can also be used to fill funding gaps of ongoing/new programmes and collaborations, as per the need of the groups.
  • Programmatic: This includes support for specific programmes/projects (including research), whether ongoing or new initiatives. 

Individuals can only apply for Programmatic grants.


The deadline for all applications is 2.00 pm on 8 August 2022, Sri Lanka Time (GMT+5:30). We encourage applicants to submit well ahead of the deadline to allow for time to address any technical issues.


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.



For any queries, please send an email with the subject line ‘SFM Call 2022 - 23 Inquiry’ to Queries may include any security concerns or technical issues with regards to your application. Prospective applicants with heightened security concerns should contact us via ProtonMail at (use the subject line ‘SFM Call 2022 - 23 Inquiry’).