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UN Women Grants

UN Women Grants: Accepting applications

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 20th grant cycle (2016) from civil society organizations and government authorities. Special attention will be paid to applications from women’s rights, women-led, and small organizations (including youth organizations) in recognition of the contribution these make to reaching women and girls at the grassroots level.

This year, the UN Trust Fund is looking to support organizations that qualify for funding under:

(a) the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategy

(b) a “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis

(c) those specifically invited to submit proposals.

See the UN Women homepage for criteria, eligibility requirements and application guidelines.


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World Bank Group, SVRI To Fund Innovations To Prevent Gender-Based Violence

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2015–The World Bank Group and nonprofit Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced an open call for funding proposals for work aimed at preventing gender-based violence in low- and middle-income countries.

SVRI and the World Bank Group will provide grants of up to US$150,000 for innovations to prevent gender-based violence (GBV), a severe and neglected problem affecting more than one in three women worldwide and a major challenge for global development.

Applications must be submitted online here by December 9, 2015.

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Funding Opportunity: Gates Foundation launches new Grand Challenges

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges, including one related to gender and development:

Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development – focusing on a rigorous understanding of  women’s and girls’ needs and preferences and gender inequalities and supporting new approaches to promote women’s and girls’ empowerment that will enhance the ability to achieve multiple health and development goals.

Melinda Gates says in the press release for the new Grand Challenges:

“We know how critical women and girls are to the health and economic prosperity of their families and communities, but we don’t have all the answers yet […] Over the last decade, Grand Challenges has demonstrated that when we partner together and think in bold ways about possible solutions, we get that much closer to every person realizing their full potential. I am excited by the incredible opportunities that lie ahead with these new challenges.”

Applications for the new challenges will be accepted beginning on Nov. 4, 2014.

More information on the Grand Challenges grant opportunities here.