The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) is seeking applications to strengthen institutional capacity and interventions of local/ grassroots women rights organizations seeking to empower women and girls to realize their rights and achieve gender equality.
The WVL project defines women’s rights organizations (WROs) as civil society organizations active at the grassroots, county, national, or regional level, with an overt women’s or girls’ rights, gender equality or feminist purpose, and play a central role in spearheading change in support of the empowerment of women and girls, increasing their agency to support vulnerable and marginalized women and girls contributing to gender equality.
Under this project, CREAW is responsible for providing Institutional capacity strengthening and project funding for grassroots women rights organizations that work in Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Tana river, Laikipia ,Embu, Machakos, Kisumu.
It is in this regard that CREAW issues this call for concepts and is inviting grassroots women rights organizations and groups in the target areas to apply for support.
The call will prioritize applications under any or all of the following:
- Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening
- Projects that support interventions around gender equality.
- Eligible organizations may submit a Concept Note on any theme as long as it relates to the rights of women and girls and gender non- conforming groups.
- Funds may be used to implement activities, conduct advocacy, to build the strength of the organization itself, and / or improve the capacity of its staff / volunteers / members.
Funding Information & Categories
- The overall indicative amount made available under this Call is USD 15,000 per grant for an initial grant up to 2 years (with possibility to increase/extend later). Applicants can apply under one or both of the categories however the maximum grant per applicant will remain a total of 15,000 USD.
- Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening – 7,500 USD
- Projects that support interventions around gender equality – 7,500 USD
- The WVL Project aims to achieve the following Intermediate outcomes:
- Improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations.
- Enhanced performance of women’ rights organization’s programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls.
- Increased effectiveness of national and sub-national women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change.
- The Call has the following broad immediate outcomes:
- Increased ability of WROs to create missions, visions and strategic plans that are clear and aligned with priority needs of women and girls.
- Increased ability of WRO leaders to make transparent, accountable, sustainable decisions, and to manage internal and external risks
- Increased ability of WROs to create, monitor and improve basic organizational processes and systems (Resource mobilization, External relations management, HR etc.).
- Strengthened ability of WROs to reach grassroots constituents with high quality services and support to claim rights.
- Strengthened ability of WROs to undertake policy and advocacy activities as identified by strategic plan and their constituency.
The following are examples of activities that may be considered for funding under each category:
- Projects that support institutional capacity strengthening for example (non-exhaustive list):
- Development of strategic plans
- Setting up or improving financial management systems
- Setting up and or strengthening of governance structures within the organization (Board selection, training, manuals)
- Development or improvements in institution policies around human resource, financial management, sexual harassment, gender equality,
- Development of gender strategy documents such as advocacy, communication, research, sustainability strategies.
- Projects that support interventions around gender equality outcomes for example (non-exhaustive list):
- Advocacy activities intended to influence action by communities and or nonstate actors around gender equality.
- Community dialogues and outreach as part of a wider advocacy strategy
- Sensitization and or training of gender equality champions (men women boys and girls
- Activities that support access to rights, justice and participation for women and adolescent girls
- Activities that support access to economic empowerment, food security and resilience, health and Livelihoods activities for women and girls.
The following categories of applicants are eligible to apply for funding under this call:
- Small, emerging grassroots women and girl led groups, gender non- conforming, PLWD,PLHIV organizations with little or no access to funding from larger donors.
- Must be WROs that are women led – meaning having a Director / head who is female; OR Gender non – conforming people, meaning having a Director/ Head who is female or gender non-conforming.
- Must have a core focus on promoting the socio-economic and political rights of women and girls and gender non – conforming groups.
- Must be non-government, non-political and not-for-profit (non-commercial) entity.
- Must have existed for at least one year.
- Must have an active board of directors, governors or advisors and at least half of the board members must be female or gender non-conforming.
- Must have at least 2/3 of staff, volunteers, or members who are women or girls or gender non-conforming.
- Must be an organisation that targets women and girls or gender non – conforming groups as the main beneficiaries.
- Must be an organization that can demonstrate, through its activities and actions, a belief in the full realization of women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender non- conforming individuals.
- The organization’s current mission, values, and the profile of the activities that it is currently implementing, is focused on addressing gender inequalities.
- The main focus of the organizations’ activities and results is on making systematic changes to sustainably improve women’s and girls’ lives, and gender non – conforming groups including by engaging men and boys.
- Evidence of formal existence of the organization.
- Proof of previous works done around women’s rights. Testaments e.g. Chiefs, community elders etc.
- Women and girl led groups and organizations based in any of the 10 counties of Kenya proposed for this Second call (Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Kajiado, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kwale, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Tana river, Laikipia ,Embu, Machakos, Kisumu) especially those working in or located in remote and underserved
- Women and girl led groups and organizations whose annual budget (if they have funding) is not more than 50,000 USD.
- Women and girl led groups and organizations who have been in existence for at least 1 Year.
For more information, visit https://home.creaw.org/2021/07/12/funding-to-women-led-organizations-2021-2023-womens-voice-and-leadership-wvl-project-call-2/