Apply for Comic Relief’s Power Up: Resourcing Women’s And Girls’ Movements for Change Program!

Deadline: 7 December 2018

Comic Relief is currently seeking applications for a program entitled “Power Up: Resourcing Women’s And Girls’ Movements for Change” that aims to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives.

Funding Criteria

  • Comic Relief will want to work with amazing women and girl-led organisations, partnerships, consortia and women’s funds who are supporting women to have collective power, build movements and become change agents.
  • Comic Relief is interested in hearing about the work that applicants feel is most important and appropriate to secure long-term change for women and girls in their context. Comic Relief understand that change takes time, and so are interested in what their long-term goals are and who else they are working with to achieve these, either in formal partnerships, or informally.
  • Comic Relief is interested in supporting the development of specific work (such as campaigns, advocacy and/or services) when it is part of this long-term change. They are also interested in supporting work which helps movement constituents develop a common agenda for change, such as developing and sharing analytic frameworks, learnings and research, and work that is focussed on base building, such as growing membership and leadership, building/growing/supporting alliances and solidarity both between and within movements.
  • Comic Relief is inviting locally-rooted organisations to tell that what solutions they believe will work, demonstrating how their solutions are rooted in and informed by an understanding and experience of delivery, centring the experiences of those most affected by the issue. This is to ensure that lived experience and learning from doing are at the heart of the work. There is evidence that their work is already making a demonstrable difference, this is an exciting opportunity to expand, learn and influence from that work.
  • Comic Relief is inviting applications from any of the geographies where they fund in. These are the priorities countries: United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, India, Nepal, Bangladesh.

What they will fund

  • Funding is available for 3 – 5 years
  • Funding can be used to cover the core costs / overheads of an organisation / partnerships, or specific projects and activities or a mixture of the two.
  • Comic Relief is also welcome applications using digital or Sport for Change approaches.
  • Comic Relief is interested in the way that movements bring about change, approaches might include (but not be limited to):
    • Strategic litigation
    • Norm changing and behaviour change including with men and boys
    • Grassroots or frontline delivery of services
    • Policy work
    • Campaigns
    • Advocacy
    • Network/alliance building
    • Research/building shared analytical frameworks
  • Comic Relief is also interested in any number of issues as identified by those most affected, for example these may include (but are not limited to):
    • Gender based violence
    • Access to and control over resources, both within families, and over shared community assets (including land rights, water, protecting resources from extraction)
    • Women and girls in detention
    • Labour rights
    • Rights of minoritised or excluded groups, including BME, migrants, internally displaced people, disabled women, older women, rural women, sex workers
    • Work on the rights of LBTQI

Criteria

  • This fund is for women and girl led organisations only
  • Comic Relief will be offering grants for 3-5 years for the following total amounts:
    • Single organisations can apply for grants between £150,000 up to £300,000
    • Those working in partnership (2 or more organisations), up to £500,000.
    • For women’s funds or others sub-granting may consider larger grants (up to £750,000).
  • For sub-granters who aren’t women’s funds, the following criteria MUST be met:
    • Women and girls who are most affected by the issue being addressed must have a significant role in decision making about how the grants are distributed and what issues are centred
    • The money must be regranted to women or girls’ led groups or women or girls if supporting individuals

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2C54r7o

  • Avatar Nicoline Nwenushi says:

    We desperately need this funding in Cameroon but unfortunately cameroon is not one of the priority countries. How can we benefit?

  • Avatar Regina says:

    Hi, we are doing some work with women and girls in Uganda and we really need this kind of support. Would you please give us the website through which to apply? Thank you

  • Avatar Omona Boniface says:

    We are a youth led organization,comprising both boys and girls, do we qualify for this grant

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Omona Boniface,

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Safia says:

    Thank you for notification, l would like to apply but this link doesn’t open! Please will you give directive on the active link so as l can get connected to.

  • Avatar ALICE ESHUCHI says:

    Can social enterprises that work with girls and women apply?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi ALICE ESHUCHI,

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Rose Nozipho Gidana says:

    HI, we really need this kind of funding to educate our Women and Girls with their children in prison also Women who are serving their sentence outside South Africa to assist their families to visit them over. Do we qualify?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Rose Nozipho Gidana,

      You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar ezeanyanwu chinelo says:

    thanks for the information.We will definitely apply. chinelo from Nigeria

  • Avatar Emily Peoa says:

    Hi I am from the Asia Pacific in the Solomon Islands Can I forward my proposal even I am not included in the countries eligibility but we also have an interest in the call.

  • Avatar Rwahwire Patrick. says:

    I am from Archangel Children’s Home; We are working with orphan children whose care is largely being provided by aging grandmothers. This disadvantages mainly female orphans because opportunists are aware that nobody can defend their rights since their care providers are too weak to do anything. We use community systems strengthening approach where communities get empowered to identify the most needy orphans well knowing that a female orphan takes precedence. We use the vocational training strategy where by competent local artisans/trainers are identified by the community to do the needful. In order to keep their families vibrant, the aging care providers are mobilized into VSLA’s ( village savings and loan associations). This is very critical because it takes care of the different economic needs in the orphans homes. To avoid harming these children’s social safety nets, we have of late started extending the vocational training opportunities to male orphans and we believe these are all children who are prone to all sorts of human rights abuse and of late there is a huge outcry over the sexual abuse among vulnerable male children by sugar mummies. I guess Archangel children’s home qualifies these grants.

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