The USAID’s Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) activity is seeking innovative concept note applications for small grants from new, local, and underutilized partners and organizations.
Grants can be used to build capacity to generate solutions that elevate the role of staff wellness and resiliency in promoting high-quality, sustainable gender-based violence prevention and response programming; fill global data gaps related to gender-based violence; and promote learning. Concept notes from organizations that are feminist and/or women, LBTQI+ or survivor-led will be considered favorably for funding.
- Wellness and Resilience: Promoting learning about self-care, wellness, and resiliency for staff of GBV prevention and response organizations and embedding these principles in organizational culture.
- Generating evidence and learning about staff wellness programming as part of GBV prevention and/or response programming.
- Capacity Building
- Building organizational knowledge and capacity for effective survivor-centered GBV prevention and response programming and sustainability through a mentoring partnership;
- Building organizational culture and creating relevant safeguarding policies such as do no harm, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, sexual harassment, and others;
- Building internal capacity to implement survivor-centered GBV-prevention and response programming, including holistic approaches to staff wellness;
- Leveraging funds to build organizational sustainability beyond the grant period;
- Partnering with organizations to promote capacity building and exchange knowledge.
- Optional for Additional Focus
- COVID-19: Identifying and learning from the COVID–19 pandemic to improve the delivery of survivor-responsive GBV services in post- or prolonged COVID-19 contexts Building on learning from research and programming during COVID-19.
- Research Utilization and Scaling Up Effective Interventions
- Using secondary research (research using existing data) to generate learning that can be disseminated and inform scale-up;
- Identifying gaps in GBV research and programming, and exploring these gaps;
- Taking research to practice during implementation.
- CARE-GBV will provide funds for individual grants between $50,000 to $125,000.
- Grants must be 12 months or less in duration.
Organizations should articulate these principles in submitted concept notes:
- Do no harm: The safety of GBV survivors, their dependents, and service providers is the top priority. Concept notes should highlight efforts to ensure that the proposed initiative does not increase the risks of participants and/or organizations.
Partnerships: Collaboration and mentorship relationships to promote capacity building are encouraged.
Survivor-centered care: A survivor-centered approach to GBV response that prioritizes survivors’ rights, needs, and agency should be integral to organizational practice. This means ensuring that survivors (including staff, who may be GBV survivors) have access to
appropriate, accessible, and good quality services.
- Participatory and community-based: Engagement of staff, proposed participants, and the community where activities will take place, and participation of diverse voices are considered essential.
- Continuous learning approach: Approaches must generate and promote learning.
- Proposed activities must clearly align with this grant program’s purpose statement and focus areas.
- Proposed activities that highlight the needs of marginalized women and girls, including those with disabilities, indigenous peoples, ethnic or religious minorities, or members of the lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LBTQI+) community, are encouraged.
- All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law working in countries with a USAID presence.
- Awards to U.S. organizations will be administered in accordance with (1) 22 C.F.R. 226, (2) OMB Circulars, and (3) the USAID Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients.
- Awards to non-U.S. organizations will be administered in accordance with USAID Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients.
- Eligible organizations include:
- U.S. nongovernmental organizations;
- Non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations;
- Community based organizations (e.g., youth groups, women groups, etc.);
- Civil society organizations;
- Professional associations;
- For-profit organizations, so long as no fee is proposed as part of any grant activity.
- Organizations must be officially registered as a legal entity and working in compliance with all applicable local laws and statutes. If an organization is not legally registered, the organization can show proof of effort to secure registration, exemption from registration, or show cause and justify why such registration would be harmful, with supporting documentation, as applicable.
For more information, visit https://www.makingcents.com/care-gbv-small-grants-program