ILGA-Europe is now accepting the new call for applications to support LGBTI organisations in strengthening their own communication capacities.
The aim of these grants is to support organisations that do work on communications with no or limited resources or capacities (meaning for instance the absence of paid communications staff, developed communications strategy, or secured funding for communications activities), and those that work with/serve underrepresented communities.
They will support projects that combine two elements:
- Supporting communications learning within LGBTI organisations and groups. They designed this project as a learning process and they hope that by the end of this programme their grantee partners will get new knowledge and skills necessary to proceed with communications work and will share their experiences with the wider LGBTI movement.
- Developing and implementing communications activities, such as campaigns, the development of new narratives, testing, enhancing the organisation’s presence on social media, relationship building with the media, etc.
NB: Both communications learning and developing and implementing communications activities are equally important elements of this call for applications.
Why this Call?
Throughout their work, they have seen that an increasing number of LGBTI organisations and groups felt the need to develop their communications. However, the assessment of communications needs launched in 2019 suggested that in the vast majority of LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Europe day to day communications activities are done not by full-time staff persons but by volunteers, project managers, or directors. And with this call they aimed to provide some support specifically for groups that work that way and want to do their communications in a more strategic way.
- They will bring together a cohort of 8 organisations that will work on developing their communications capacities with us and with each other. They will support these processes with grants: 8 participating organisations/groups will receive 10,000 Euro for up to 18 months for their communications activities. Grants will be awarded in 3 phases (50% in two weeks after the contract signing, 40% after the interim financial report and 10% after the final financial and narrative reports). The first 2 months will provide space for grantee partners together with the invited consultants and other participants of the programme to further develop their projects.
- Their grantee partners will receive individual support throughout the process with regular check-ins and coaching sessions with the communication expert. They will work with you to develop your plans and ideas. If necessary, project management support can be provided.
- Their grantee partners will participate in joint capacity building activities, such as trainings and workshops with external experts and peer-learning sessions. Peer-learning will take place in various phases of the development of the project, including initial design of activities. Training sessions will be designed to respond to the needs of the grantee partners.
- This call is for LGBTI organisations and groups that:
- Are LGBTI organisations and groups in Europe or Central Asia.
- Propose a communications project with specific focus on organisational learning in communications. They aim to support organisations and groups that will demonstrate how their learning will positively affect their future communications work and their organisational development.
- Have some experience with communications and can demonstrate it with a track record of communications work. A track record may include previous campaigns, work done to frame and test messages, stably operating groups in the social networks/website or other communication activities. You don’t need to do ‘perfect communications’, but there should be some experience you can base your work within this programme on.
- Are able to commit to a collective learning and thinking process about LGBTI movements’ communications in Europe and Central Asia. This project involves a significant learning and experience exchange commitment.
- Have at least one person who is committed to proceed with communications work and willing to improve their skills and start thinking more strategically about communications.
- They understand that with no or limited resources and capacities different people can be involved in communications work on a day to day basis. Therefore we ask you to think if more than one person can be involved in this programme, and how new skills and practices can be integrated into your communications work in the future.
- They encourage applications from organisations and groups that do not have a full-time communications staff and dedicated resources for communications work, serve/ work with less represented groups and organisations working at the intersections of identities and experiences (e.g. raciliased LGBTI people and LGBTI people from ethnic minority backgrounds, LGBTI people with disability, LGBTI people experiencing poverty).
- This call might NOT be a match for organisations that:
- Have substantial experience in communications or have strong communications capacity (for instance, full-time communications staff and resources secured for this work).
- Have the resources or expenses that mean that 10,000 Euro would not bring significant added capability.
- Have more than 4 full-time paid staff.
- Propose communication projects (such as one-off campaigns, or specific actions to develop message frames) without focus on organisational learning. They aim to support organisations and groups that will demonstrate how their learning will positively affect their future communications work and organisational development.
For more information, visit http://www.ilga-europe.org/news/new-call-for-applications-lgbti-communications-learning-journey-grants/