Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity
UN Women is offering a small grant to engage in social accountability for legislation and the conduct of service providers to specific at-risk groups, to scale up services and programmes, to increase and enhance coordinated advocacy, and to strengthen institutional capacity related to Family Violence and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.
The selection of Trinidad and Tobago as a Spotlight country is a recognition of the high rates of incidence and prevalence of family violence which is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality and associated harmful gender norms and stereotypes.
The overall goal of the Spotlight Initiative in Trinidad and Tobago is to reduce Family Violence. This will be done through ensuring implementation of integrated, quality and accessible services and prevention approaches. This approach recognises that architecture of laws, policies and institutions are in place for addressing family violence. Spotlight will build on, consolidate and scale up this progress whilst addressing the significant implementation deficits and programmatic gaps.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security, plans to award up to 10 small grants to eligible organisations in Trinidad and Tobago.
The key pillars of the Spotlight Initiative include:
- Pillar 1: Laws and Policies.
- Pillar 2: Institutional Capacities.
- Pillar 3: Social Norms and Behaviours.
- Pillar 4: Services.
- Pillar 5: Data Availability and Utilisation.
- Pillar 6: Women’s Rights Groups, Autonomous Social Movements and CSOs.
UN Women welcomes expressions of interests in two categories:
- Up to USD 15,000 equivalent per civil society organisation (CSO) for smaller/shorter projects, OR
- Up to USD 30,000 equivalent per civil society organisation (CSO) for larger/longer projects.
UN Women’s Small Grants are designed to support institutional strengthening and capacity-building, especially for smaller/ grassroot organisations. This call specifically supports CSOs working in the area of family violence, especially responding to the needs of women and children survivors as well those who face discrimination or marginalisation. Submissions from CSOs not previously in receipt of Spotlight Initiative funding are highly encouraged.
Under this advertisement, it is suggested that Small Grants be used for a diversity of activities such as:
- Building capacity on social accountability mechanisms for EVAWG.
- Building capacity to scale up existing VAWG/FV programmes and services.
- Strengthening advocacy around EVAWG.
- Building internal institutional and operational capacities.
The Small Grants are not able to fund provision of direct services or operating/running costs unrelated to the specific proposal.
The applicant may apply if it:
- Is a registered CSO in operation for at least three years in Trinidad and Tobago;
- Is not on the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List;
- Is not being investigated for fraud, corruption, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or other wrongdoing;
- Has not had funding received from UN Women entirely or partly written off by UN Women;
- Is not currently engaged as an Implementing Partner (IP) or Responsible Party (RP) for UN Women;
- Has not been engaged as an IP/RP for UN Women at any time after 21 November 2019;
- Is not a government entity;
- Is not a UN organization;
- Is not an established CSO with the capacity to be engaged as an IP/RP;
- Has sufficient capacity to collaborate with various stakeholders;
- Has sufficient financial stewardship, including having adequate financial policies and procedures in place to manage the small grant; and,
- Past performance has been deemed satisfactory by UN Women (if it has received small grants previously or been engaged as an IP/RP before 21 November 2019).
For more information, visit https://caribbean.unwomen.org/en/stories/news/2022/09/spotlight-initiative-trinidad-and-tobago-small-grant-advertisement