El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a gender-based violence (GBV) small grants program in the Caribbean that will work with local civil society organizations to address the root causes of GBV.
The small grants will be part of a broader project awarded to COIN by the US Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
“Addressing the Root Causes of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean through the Caribbean GBV Prevention and Survivor Support Small Grants” is a Caribbean-led project, funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and implemented by Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), a Dominican NGO with over 30 years of experience working on gender issues.
The project will be implemented through local subrecipients in twelve Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Out of these, six country grants are already being implemented and the remaining six country grants will be implemented in 2022. In the first round (already under implementation): Dominican Republic, Haiti, The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and in Round 2: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Dominica.
The goal of the project is to address the root causes of GBV in the Caribbean through a series of community-level small grants. To achieve this goal, four objectives have been defined:
- Improve available data on individual local community GBV prevention and survivor services and on people’s knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the communities where activities will take place, through the development of simple stakeholder maps or gap analyzes and KAP surveys.
- Address GBV issues that result from COVID-19 and emergency GBV care by adapting project activities as required by the regulations already in place in each country and by including specific activities that respond to the challenges that COVID-19 regulations pose to GBV survivors.
- Reduce socio-cultural attitudes that lead to GBV by providing intervention activities aimed at women, men and / or youth as part of the small grants’ programs.
- Strengthen civil society organizations (CSOs) and local governments’ abilities to improve access to GBV survivor services and networks by working with and providing training to local government agencies that already participate in the GBV prevention sphere.
To tackle specific barriers and support the creation of an enabling environment the project proposes four sets of interventions:
- Change social norms: This includes activities such as a baseline Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey , trainings to men and boys that address socio-cultural attitudes that lead to GBV and social-emotional learning programs.
- Build institutional capacity and alliances: This includes trainings with CSOs and with government entities, establishment of multi-stakeholder discussion spaces and participation in networks.
- Empower youth: This includes empowerment and leadership trainings, and direct involvement in local project activities as advocates against GBV.
- Improve availability and access to services: Which includes mapping of existing services, signature of MOUs among su b-recipients and other service providers, establishment of a referral system and multi-stakeholder case management system.
COIN intends to issue six (6) awards between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000 each for a project period of 10-12 months.
The eligible countries for this round include only the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
For more information, visit https://caribbeangbvproject.wixsite.com/caribbeangbvproject/mi-proyecto