The Global Equality Fund, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for programs to advance the human rights of persons who face discrimination or violence on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the Pacific Islands. Programs supported by the Global Equality Fund are part of DRL’s overall at-risk population initiative, which aims to support the human rights of persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, women and girls at risk of sexual and gender-based violence and LGBTI persons.
The overall goal of this program is to advance human rights in the Pacific Islands, with a focus on persons who face discrimination, violence and abuse on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Proposed specific objectives include:
- Education to reduce stigma, discrimination and violence
- Rights-based law reform
- Strengthened civil society movement to uphold human rights
Organizations are encouraged to include components that focus activity at the local and/or community level, and that include sub-grants to local organizations. Organizations may also want to consider different forms of inclusive sub-granting, such as advisory committees for grant selections.
Projects should have the potential to have an immediate impact leading to long-term sustainable reforms, and for continued funding beyond DRL resources. DRL prefers innovative and creative approaches rather than projects that simply duplicate or add to efforts by others. This does not exclude projects that clearly build off existing successful projects in a new and innovative way from consideration. DRL also strives to ensure its projects advance the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable or at-risk populations.
DRL anticipates having approximately $350,000 available to support between one to two successful applications submitted in response to this announcement, subject to the availability of funding.
Applications are due byJune 14, 2016at 11:30 p.m. (GMT - 05:00) Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada).
For more information, including an expanded description of proposed specific objectives, see the attached notice of funding opportunity.