Apply for Voice’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Philippines Innovate and Learn Grants Program

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Deadline: 31 May 2019

Voice Philippines has announced the first Call for Proposals for its Innovate and Learn Grant that aims to address emerging issues and trends affecting Voice target groups.

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Two topics are identified for the first call:

  • Issues and challenges in agriculture and fishing communities that impact local farmers and fishers
    • Rural farmers and fishing communities continue to remain among the poorest in the Philippines. Despite not being specifically identified as Voice target groups, the issues in farming and fishing impact multiple Voice target groups living in these communities.
  • Collaborative work between Voice target groups and faith-based organisations
    • For decades, faith-based organisations are known to be one of the social justice pillars in Philippine society. Some Voice target groups regularly rely on faith-based groups as allies in furthering their rights as well as access economic and social services. Yet the most recent context analysis of marginalised groups in the Philippines, it was identified that mainstream civil society actors, such as faith-based organisations, are still not seen as being inclusive.

Grant Information

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Voice accepts proposals for projects spanning 12 Months, ranging from €5,000 to €85,000 (approx. ₱265,000 to ₱4,845,000).

Target Groups

  • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
  • People living with disabilities.
  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence.

Innovation means anything that has not been tried before in a particular context, prioritising human-centred methodologies and approaches. If applicants have a new idea, method or approach, they are welcome to propose it in their application. Innovation does not only mean the use and applications of new technologies. It also means using tried and tested methods but for new purposes and with new target groups, audiences and themes.

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The guiding questions that could be useful for applicants on designing the proposal:

  • How have you or others addressed the issue(s) before?
  • What did you learn from what has happened before?
  • What are you doing differently this time?
  • What are you doing to find out if it works?
  • How will others find the innovation useful?
  • How will the target group/s be involved in this innovation?

How to Apply

Applicants must download an Application form and Budget template via the given website.

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Eligible Country: Philippines

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