The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) is pleased to announce funding for small grants to support human rights documentation using the shared incidents database and other related support services.
CVC is the largest coalition of community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Caribbean, bringing together leaders, actors and more than 80 civil society organizations working with marginalized populations especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. It provides a platform for dialogue on coordinated policies and responses addressing vulnerability, human rights and sexual and reproductive health.
QRB-C-OECS OECS Multi-country Strategic Response towards HIV/TB Elimination, is a three –year grant with the Global Fund aimed at eliminating HIV, TB and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the Eastern Caribbean. The project operates in six participating OECS Member States: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada. The CVC has been selected as a Sub-recipient for the Key Population component of the grant.
A range of human rights violations impact key populations. Multiple reports have documented how states have failed to protect key populations, from violence and human rights violations, undermining their own HIV prevention efforts.
Civil society is increasingly advocating for mechanisms to address issues that impact key populations and increased accountability to create an enabling environment. This will be accomplished through reduction of stigma, discrimination, and rights abuse, due to increases in knowledge, empowerment, and access to justice and redress by the KPs, thus enabling them to assert their right to respect and dignity.
The Shared Incident Database (SID) is an online platform that different Civil Society Organisations around the English, Spanish, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean can document incidents of human rights violations, especially committed against disenfranchised individuals. It is the first regional civil society-led human rights monitoring mechanism that records, analyses and exchanges information on rights violations. It facilitates comprehensive data collection through standardized intake procedures, which enhance the capacity of CSOs to document rights breaches, and enables data sharing to support redress.
SID hopes to advance Human rights from a public health perspective; strengthen collaborative decision-making and action on HR and Public Health advocacy; Broker between Civil Society and the State; and facilitate constructive engagement with policy, public health and legal decision-makers.
Funding Priorities/ Areas of Interest
- CVC will support grant applications which fall under the following general areas:
- Support for data entry (Human Resources, converting existing supporting documentation)
- Advocacy initiatives to address reporting on human rights violations, which includes but not limited to: awareness building, key stakeholder sensitization sessions
- Support to facilitate redress
- Support for utilities directly related to the human rights violation documentation and support services
- Each organization may apply for an award of maximum US$5,000 to support project-related costs for up to Six (6) months. Allocation for salaries, stipends, incentives and overheads should not exceed 40% of the total budget for the grant.
- Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis and Grenada with a record of tackling HIV/AIDS and human rights issues.
- NB: Successful applicant are require to become members of the Shared Incident Database if they aren’t already members.
Requirements and Restrictions
- CVC seeks to support quality and accountable programs. Therefore, all organizations funded through this grant-process will be required to provide monthly, mid-term and final reports, and will be required to utilize the community web-based M&E platform and database designed by CVC specifically for its partners.
- Organizations should be able and ready to document appropriate financial and accounting controls, including measures to prevent duplicated use or misappropriation of funds. CVC/COIN will provide close technical support and financial oversight of all mini-grants awarded.
For more information, visit Caribbean Vulnerable Communities.