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Spotlight Initiative: Grants to support Civil Society in Vanuatu

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted November 29, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on December 19, 2020
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The main objective of this grant selection process is to identify CSO/CBOs with operational presence and capacities to engage communities at the national, sub-national and local levels throughout Vanuatu and provide justice, health and economic support services to survivors of intimate partner violence.

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have embarked on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – The Spotlight Initiative.

The Spotlight Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to the issue of violence against women and girls, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Applicant organizations must:
1) Be non-profit organizations (CSOs; CBOs; think tanks; educational institutions, including public universities, training institutions; etc.);
2) Have proven experience in the proposed area of programming for the grant;
3) Be registered in accordance with the legal requirements of the Government of Vanuatu, and
4) Be able to provide organization’s statute along with the debt certificate upon request.

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In the Pacific, the Spotlight Initiative has one Pacific Regional Programme and four Country Programmes (Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Timor-Leste, Vanuatu).

The focus of the Spotlight Initiative is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (DV).

Proposals eligible for this call are those with budgets ranging from a minimum of VUV 500,000 to a maximum of VUV 5,000,000 to be spent within a twelve-month period.

Deadline for applications is 20 December 2020, 21:00 hrs Vanuatu time.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 29, 2020
Nov 29, 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 that may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that do 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
Nov 30, 2020
Nov 30, 2020

Thanks, Ana!