The Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs) in South Africa piloting innovative approaches and responding to emerging issues on women’s rights and gender equality are invited to apply for the Women Voice and Leadership South Africa Fund (WVL-SA) Rapid Response grants.
Rapid response funding targets WROs that seek to implement discreet activities and short projects including delivery mechanisms that would allow nimble and timely response to unforeseen events that require strategic action be taken across all nine provinces of South Africa. The philosophy behind the fast, flexible funding is that WROs often end up responding to human rights abuses, deregulation, cyberbullying, personal harassment or other types of gender discrimination as part of their mandates, but the project funds they access cannot be used for this type of work. Project based funding usually does not allow WROs to be flexible to do this.
The minimum amount available for Rapid Response Grants is R70,000 and the maximum amount is R100,000. These grants are available for a period of four to six months.
- The following types of entities, subject to having legal standing for operating in South Africa, and to having reasonable and relevant experience, are eligible to apply for WVL Grants;
- Women’s movement-networks/coalitions/alliances at both national and local levels.
- Women’s organisations at both national and local levels.
- Women’s groups based in local communities (Community Based Organisations).
- Community leaders (activists and organisers) at both national and local levels with reasonable experience and proven track record.
To be successful grant proposals must demonstrate that the action is at least one of the following:
- A timely response to an unforeseen event.
- A strategic action that promotes women’s rights and gender equality.
- An innovative pilot that addresses a critical systemic challenge.
- A critical intervention that facilitates wider change.
- Identification and work on key emerging women’s rights issues.
- Incubation of an innovative new idea, organisation or movement. Such applications may include organisational infrastructure and capacity building.
For more information, visit http://www.wvlsa.org.za/grants/rapid-response-grants/