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2021 World AIDS Day & 16 days of Activism against GBV: Call for Proposals - Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 22, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on June 30, 2021
2021 World AIDS Day poster
2021 World AIDS Day poster

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2021 World AIDS Day & 16 days of Activism against GBV.

The 2021 World AIDS Day grants are to fund activities that support mental health and emotional wellbeing for women living with HIV and AIDS.

The fund will prioritise activities that focus on women living with HIV and AIDS and living in hard to reach areas and difficult circumstances.

They particularly welcome applications from organisations of women living with HIV and AIDS, women’s organisations working on improving the mental health of women, and from young women’s groups.

The 2021 Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (16 days) grants are to fund activities that support mental health and emotional wellbeing for women and girls across Africa who have and continue to experience violence at home, work, school, in public spaces and online, the prevalence of which has been exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic.

The fund will support women’s groups and organisations to increase education and awareness on preventing violence against women and girls (VAWG) as well as promoting women’s access to comprehensive mental health and emotional wellbeing services.

The African Women’s Development Fund is a Pan-African grant-making organisation that supports the realisation and fulfilment of African women’s rights through funding of autonomous women’s organisations on the continent.

AWDF supports work to advance women’s rights under three strategic themes: Body and Health Rights, Women’s Economic Security and Justice, and Leadership Participation and Peace.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. African Women led organisations with budgets of under USD100,000.
2. Applicant organizations must have been registered for at least three years.
3. Women led organisations and groups have to be registered either with a national or recognised community authority.
4. Organisations can only apply for one category of grant; either a World AIDS Day grant OR a 16 Days Grant.
5. This grant will not support organisations that are not based and headquartered in Africa and / or organisations that are not led by African women (senior staff and Board).

AWDF will also only consider applications from organisations where the Director of the organisation and the Chair of the Board identify as female and where a majority, (at least 70%), of all staff identify as female.

AWDF does not fund profit making entities or organisations.

The maximum amount you can apply for and the maximum award is US$2,000.

Closing Date: 1st July 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 22
Jun 22

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jun 23
Jun 23

Thanks, Ana.