2016-17 South Asia Women’s Fund: Supporting Women’s Rights Initiatives

Deadline: 30 June 2016

The South Asia Women’s Fund has announced a call for applications for its 2016-17 phase grants. Applications are invited from women’s organisations and individual women from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


  • Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women’s rights work in the region, key components of which are women’s decision making, agency and voices
  • Strengthening women’s leadership, especially young women’s leadership
  • Networking and collaborations among and between women’s rights groups and activists at a sub national, national and regional level


  • Strengthening Feminist Voices, USD 1000-10,000: g
  • Right to Safe and Secure Mobility, USD 5000-10,000
  • Right to Physical Integrity and Decision-making, USD 5000-7,500
  • Access to Justice, USD 1000-5000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any woman’s organisation whose annual budget is under USD 50,000, located in the focal countries (mentioned below) can apply
  • At least 70% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, its team should be led by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for women’s rights
  • The organisation should be committed to feminist principles and rights based approaches
  • A second-line woman leader of an organisation (which is not a women’s rights organisation) may apply for an individual grant
  • Individual women activists or scholars may apply for small grants (USD 1000-5000) under any of the thematics

How to Apply

Applicants can download the Letter of Interest (LoI) via given website.

Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

For more information, please visit South Asia Women’s Fund.

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