UN Trust Fund’s Grant 2018 to End Violence Against Women

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The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to US$1 million in English, French and Spanish. With its 22nd funding cycle in 2018, the UN Trust Fund will fund organizations that qualify for funding (a) under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2015-2020, (b) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis and (c) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.

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The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“UN Trust Fund”) is a global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Established in 1996 by UN General Assembly Resolution 50/1661, the UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on behalf of the United Nations System.

The movement to prevent and end violence against women and girls has made enormous strides since the UN Trust Fund’s establishment over 20 years ago. However, despite clear progress, violence against women remains a human rights crisis affecting girls and women all over the world, regardless of class, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability status or culture. Such violence is at the extreme of a spectrum of discrimination that denies women and girls a whole range of rights and is one of the key cross-cutting challenges identified in Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the SDGs), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

It is in this context that the UN Trust Fund launches its 2018 Call for Proposals. With its 22nd grants cycle, the UN Trust Fund looks to support civil society organizations that qualify for funding under the three programmatic areas of its 2015-2020 Strategy: (1) Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectorial services to end violence against women and girls; (2) Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and (3) Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Within this general framework, the UN Trust Fund is establishing two special thematic windows of funding with a focus on:

  • addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis; and
  • Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.

Applications from women’s rights, women-led and small women’s organizations will be prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level.

Benefits

  • 3-year grants of US$ 150,001 to US$ 1 million for all civil society organizations
  • 3-year grants of US$ 50,000 to US$ 150,000 for small civil society organizations

Eligibilities

The UN Trust Fund is seeking applications from organizations that qualify for grants under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategy:

Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;

Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls; and

Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Type of Organization

  • Women-led and women’s rights organizations that have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working in women’s human rights and prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls.
  • Humanitarian organizations
  • Organizations of women with disabilities, as well as organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and civil society organizations working with women and girls with disabilities
  • Regional/international civil society organizations and networks (women-led, women’s rights and humanitarian organizations as well as organizations of persons with disabilities only)

The following are NOT eligible to apply for a grant from the UN Trust Fund:

  • Organizations that do not have a legal status in the country of implementation
  • Government agencies or institutions
  • Individual UN agencies or UN Country Teams
  • Private individuals
  • Private sector entities
  • Organizations currently implementing a grant from the UN Trust Fund
  • Previous UN Trust Fund grantees, unless the grant was successfully closed by calendar year 2016
  • International organizations whose affiliate or country office is currently a UN Trust Fund grantee
  • Organizations proposing interventions in countries not listed in the OECD DAC list of ODA recipients
  • Organizations proposing interventions in more than one country or territory

Eligible Regions: Multiple Regions (Please check the official website for details)

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