Applications are now open for the Disability Rights Fund to support organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.
- Promoting gender equality and SOGIESC diversity
- Advancing achievement of Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) commitments and advocating for Global Disability Summit 2022 (GDS22) commitments
- Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified), or of other international or regional human rights treaties relevant to the rights of persons with disabilities
- Small Grants
- The Small Grants funding stream supports growth of a broader and more diverse disability movement to advance the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local levels.
- Priority Areas
- Increasing OPD capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes (including those related to COVID-19) regarding implementation of rights at local levels
- Promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs, – such as education, health, or justice – and in budget planning and implementation (including programs and budgets related to COVID-19) at local levels
- Increasing OPD capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of the SDGs, including during COVID-19
- Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local government development plans and programs (as part of SDG implementation), including those related to COVID-19 response and recovery
- Mid-Level Coalition Grants
- The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports sub-national efforts to ensure that national legislation and policy which promotes and protects the rights of persons with disabilities is implemented at state (in a federal system), regional, provincial, or district levels, including through regulatory frameworks or establishment of disability-inclusive budgets.
- Priority Areas
- Passage of specific sub-national legislation (including ordinances), policy, regulations, and/or budgetary priorities (including those related to COVID-19) to accord with the CRPD
- Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs (including programs disrupted by COVID-19), such as education, health, or justice, at the state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district level in line with CRPD articles
- Advocacy to ensure that development stakeholders and development planning at sub-national levels, to implement the SDGs, are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
- National Coalition Grants
- The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for ratification of the CRPD/Optional Protocol or other international or regional human rights treaties protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
- Priority Areas
- Passage or amendment of specific national legislation and policies to accord with the CRPD (including those related to COVID 19)
- Advocacy for budgetary measures as well as regulations to implement new or amended legislation and policy promoting the rights of persons with disabilities (including those related to COVID 19)
- Production of and/or follow up to Alternative Reports to the CRPD Committee and other human rights treaty bodies or reports to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
- Engagement with national government SDGs focal point, civil society SDGs platforms, and National Statistics Offices to ensure national action plans, programs, monitoring frameworks and data collection methods for implementing and monitoring the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guideline
- Advocacy to ensure inclusion of a disability perspective in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD
- Small Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 5,000 – USD 20,000.
- Mid-Level Coalition Grants: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding).
- National Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding).
This round of grantmaking includes new DRF/DRAF target country, Nepal, as well as Rwanda, Uganda, and the following Pacific Island Countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
To meet the basic eligibility requirements for DRF/DRAF funding consideration in 2021, applicants must:
- Be based in and conduct the majority of activities in a country targeted by the specific Round;
- Be a legally registered non-governmental OPD, or a group of persons with disabilities acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof.
For more information, visit https://disabilityrightsfund.org/for-grantseekers/