Around the world, people face human rights violations due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). Activists have made significant advancements to protect and fulfill the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit and intersex (LGBTQ2I1) persons. But where important gains have been made on some fronts, the recognition and protection of rights remain uneven, particularly for two-spirit, trans, and intersex persons, as well as for bisexual, queer, and lesbian women. Human rights violations persist – including violence, stigmatization, restrictions on freedom of expression and association, and discrimination in access to health services, education, and decent work.
ACTIF is an outcome of significant efforts made by Canadian civil society, coordinated by Dignity Network Canada (DNC), to advocate for greater Canadian support for advancing the human rights of LGBTQ2I people internationally.
Funded by Global Affairs Canada and managed by Equitas in partnership with DNC, ACTIF aims to enhance the respect, protection and fulfillment of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit and intersex (LGBTQ2I) persons in countries in the Global South, and specifically those eligible for Official Development Assistance.
ACTIF will strengthen a network of Canadian LGBTQ2I organizations and build solidarity with local LGBTQ2I CSOs by providing additional, or previously inaccessible, opportunities to implement programming in the Global South.
The Fund aims to finance projects that integrate an intersectional and human rights-based approach (HRBA), as well as projects presented by two-spirit, trans, and intersex organizations, as well as bisexual, queer, and lesbian women, to ensure the participation and leadership of marginalized groups within LGBTQ2I communities.
ACTIF recognizes that some of these groups may not be equipped to participate in this first call for proposals. This is why a thorough capacity building program will be put in place in 2021 to accompany more modestly-sized organizations in developing proposals for the second call in 2022, and to support organizations receiving funding from ACTIF.
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ACTIF encourages Canadian and Southern organizations working in partnerships to advance the rights of LGBTQ2I communities to apply.
In particular, ACTIF is prioritizing the participation and leadership of two-spirit, trans and intersex people as well as bisexual, queer and lesbian women in its funding and governance.
1. Legal status and governance of Canadian and Southern applicants;
2. Capacity of Canadian organizations;
3. Credibility of Canadian organization and inclusiveness of the project;
4. Southern capacity and voice;
5. Applicant organizations must have a track-record of working on LGBTQ2I issues;
6. Lead Canadian and Southern organizations must be registered and listed in the organizational profiles.
These organizations, acting as fiscal sponsors, can partner and share funding with local unregistered organizations.
ACTIF will prioritize:
a) funding for organizations and networks led by LGBTQ2I people who are committed to defending their communities’ rights;
b) projects where Southern organization(s) manage a significant amount of the budget.
The first step of this call for proposals is a request for Organizational Profiles. This is an initial step to ensure organizations are eligible for funding before developing and submitting a full proposal.
How to apply?
Interested organizations can submit organizational profiles for both Canadian and Southern partners. Please view the full list of questions in the Organizational Profile ahead of your Survey Monkey submission.
Organizations may apply for funding between $200,000 CAD and $500,000 CAD.
The duration of projects can be between 12 to 36 months.
The deadline for Organizational Profiles is March 15, 2021.
You will be notified about the status of your profile within two weeks following the deadline. If your profile successfully meets the eligibility requirements, you will be invited to participate in step two of the process – the submission of a Project Proposal.
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