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Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) 3rd grants cycle

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 21, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 12, 2020

ISDAO is a West African activist-led Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights by adopting a flexible approach to grant-making, and ultimately developing a culture of philanthropy that is committed to equality and social justice.

Funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration fees, advocacy, capacity building, membership meetings, networking events, participation in strategic conferences, emergency funds, programs and projects.

Utilize This Offer

The Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) is pleased to announce for its 3rd grants cycle. ISDAO provides flexible funding to support the overall coordination, operations, and strengthening of a group, organization, or network.

ISDAO grants are currently awarded to organizations, networks, and groups that:
1) Are led by lesbians, gays, bisexual, queer, intersex and trans (LGBTQI) people. ISDAO considers a group to be “led by LGBTQI people” when LGBTQI people are in decision-making roles, including defining the organization’s strategic and financial priorities, and represent at least 75% of the staff, spokespersons, and members of the board or other decision-making bodies;
2) Are based in at least one of ISDAO’s current focal countries, including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal or Togo;
3) Are dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQI people at the local, national, or regional level;
4) Are committed to engaging in and strengthening the movement to advance the human rights and inclusion of LGBTQI persons;
5) ISDAO does not require a group to be legally registered to be eligible for funding.

ISDAO’s grants range from USD 5,000 to USD 20,000 for a period of one year; depending on the organization’s needs, grant experience, and available funds.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 23, 2020

Thanks, Ana.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 23, 2020

Thanks Ana,
I will think on who this can be forwarded to. It is an offer that could do so much to help activists who are so rarely funded.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 23, 2020
Oct 23, 2020