The Scottish Government and Comic Relief launched a 3-year programme, Levelling the Field, which uses sport to address social issues experienced by the most minoritised women and girls in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia in order to develop essential life skills, foster confidence and improve their self-esteem.
They know that sport is a powerful tool for social change. It can be used to challenge harmful stereotypes and address a wide range of issues affecting women and girls. Levelling the Field aims to strengthen both the Sport for Change and Women and Girls sectors in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia.
This round of Levelling the Field will contribute to women and girls gaining the power they need to make decisions about their lives and challenge inequalities within their contexts. It will also build on the strengths and learning from the existing partnership to maximise the impact of their investments and will facilitate collaboration across the Sport for Change and Women and Girls sectors.
- Funding is available for a minimum of 12 months to a maximum of 36 months.
- They will fund investments from £50,000 to £200,000 and anticipate making approximately 10 investments.
They have identified two interrelated aims for this round of Levelling the Field and are seeking proposals that use sport for change to work towards a minimum of one of the following:
- Ensuring women and girls are safe, equal and respected. They are looking to fund projects that enable women and girls to live free from harm, and with access to crucial support.
- They are interested in funding projects that:
- Increase positive gender roles
- Ensure healthy relationships are understood and promoted
- Challenge sociocultural norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls
- Integrate with existing services, referral pathways and access to justice mechanisms
- Create safe spaces for women and girls in vulnerable situations to access support and information
- Engage communities in advocacy and lobbying campaigns
- Promoting women and girls’ decision-making power and inclusion. They want to see women and girls with access to information, knowledge and services to increase their ability to make informed decisions about their futures, and better enable them to lead the lives they choose.
- They are interested in funding approaches that:
- Address power imbalances and reduce gender stereotypes
- Increase opportunities for women and girls to access education, employment and training and lobby for more inclusive and accessible systems
- Increase social inclusion of women and girls (beyond the sporting activity)
- Promote sexual and reproductive health and family planning
Who can apply?
- This funding call is open to both existing Comic Relief funded partners and new applicants. However, applicants should be aware that Comic Relief will always prioritize applications led by organizations that are registered in the country where the work will take place.
- Applicants are encouraged to include partners, including partners not registered in the delivery country, but must be able to clearly demonstrate the added value of all partners included in the proposal.
- Organizations can only submit one proposal as the lead partner (though they can be named as partners on any number of applications).
- Applicants must demonstrate a proven track record in delivering either Sport for Change and/or Women and Girls programming. Where this expertise is missing, they expect you to work in partnership with others.
- They particularly welcome applications from women-led organizations.
For more information, visit https://www.comicrelief.com/funding/funding-opportunities/levelling-the-field/