Deadline: 14 July 2020
The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to address the root causes of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as build the capacity of GBV survivor support-service providers.
Subject to availability of funds, WHA intends to issue one award to not exceed $888,888 in FY 2019 Economic Support Funds (ESF) for a project period up to three (3) years, and of which up to $294,444 will support designated high-income countries in the region such as Chile, Panama, and Uruguay. Middle- and low-income countries in WHA will be beneficiaries of the remaining funds of which up to $594,444 will support project activities and may include but are not limited to Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru.
Grant funds cannot directly assist or support GBV survivors; rather, grant funds should improve the delivery of services from organizations to GBV survivors, and/or address socio-cultural norms that perpetuate GBV through sensitization trainings to ensure individuals from communities with high rates of GBV have a better understanding of what the root causes of GBV are, and promote non-violent relationships. The $888,888 is attributed to a global U.S. Department of State congressional GBV earmark, and supports the U.S. Department of State and the Administration’s Women Peace and Security (WPS) Policy Outcomes 2 & 3, and the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative Pillar 3, which are:
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- WPS Outcome 2: Women and girls around the world have access to aid, and are safe from all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), abuse, and exploitation; and,
- WPS Outcome 3: U.S. personnel and international programs advance women’s and girls’ equality and empowerment.
- W-GDP Pillar 3: Promote an enabling environment that increases women’s economic empowerment by reducing barriers and enhancing protections in policies, laws, regulations and practices (public and private) to facilitate women’s participation in the economy.
Local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments will possess improved capacity to address the root causes of GBV through prevention activities and provide holistic support services to GBV survivors. Train-the-trainer organizations will also provide training on best practices, resources, support other CSOs and local governments addressing the root causes of GBV, and improve support services to GBV survivors. In addition, survivors from historically-marginalized communities will receive improved GBV survivor-support services from local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments in remote and rural communities.
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Project proposals must address each of these objectives:
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- Objective 1: GBV service mapping or gap analysis in Latin America and the Caribbean of existing GBV survivor support services and resources provided at local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments.
- Objective 2: Regional workshops that strengthen the capacity of CSOs, healthcare providers, and local government agencies to provide improved sensitization training for communities and support services to GBV survivors – including crisis support, psychological care, medical services, transitional housing for survivors and their children, and legal aid.
- Objective 3: Connect CSOs, healthcare providers, and local municipal governments supporting GBV survivors to regional and global networks to gain access to global resources and to foster collaboration among participating organizations.
- Objective 4: Regional train-the-trainer modules for local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments on GBV prevention strategies, and support services for GBV survivors.
- A network member resource document that includes a regional service map or gap analysis of GBV survivor support services in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Regional workshops for CSOs, healthcare providers, and local government agencies to improve GBV survivor support services.
- Sensitization training workshops for CSOs, healthcare providers, and local government to address the root causes of GBV.
- Region-specific train-the-trainer modules that include toolkits for participants, for CSOs, healthcare providers, and local government agencies to train other organizations providing GBV survivor support services and sensitization training to communities.
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- Network members have access to a GBV service map that includes available GBV survivor services and locations or access to a gap analysis of GBV survivor support services in the region in order to improve available services to GBV survivors.
- Local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments that participated in the capacity-building training are able to provide more robust crisis support, transitional housing, care services, psychological care, medical services, and legal aid for survivors of GBV.
- Participants have a better understanding of the root causes of GBV in home communities and can promote non-violent relationships.
- Local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments are connected to existing networks addressing GBV, gain access to new resources and best practices to combat GBV, and provide improved support services to GBV survivors.
- Local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments that participated in trainthe-trainer modules train other GBV survivor-service providers and share best practices with produced toolkits from the project.
Award amount: $888,888
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Project participants will include representatives from local CSOs, healthcare providers, and municipal governments that provide support services to GBV survivors, or that train other CSOs and local municipal governments that do so. Grant funds cannot directly assist or support GBV survivors; rather grant funds should improve the delivery of services from organizations to GBV survivors and/or address socio-cultural norms that perpetuate GBV through sensitization trainings to communities. The project should also be inclusive of all GBV demographics, especially survivors of indigenous and African descent, those with disabilities, and survivors from the LGBTI community in project activities.
- U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations subject to section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. tax code; Overseas non-governmental non-profit organizations; Foreign Public Entities and Public International Organizations (PIO);
- U.S.-based institutions of higher education, and accredited overseas universities.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327054