For Grantseekers

Young women with disabilities sharing their stories, Kampala, UgandaPhoto Credit Yumi Sera
Young women with disabilities sharing their stories, Kampala, Uganda

General Grant Guidelines

The Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative that provides grants to disabled persons organizations (DPOs) to strengthen their participation in the advancement of human rights of persons with disabilities.

The Disability Rights Fund has two funding rounds per year: Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are publicized in two rounds, in February (Round 1) and July (Round 2). Each round addresses a different set of countries. For some countries, there is a two-step process that requires a Letter of Interest (LOI) be submitted for review before organizations are asked to submit a full proposal.

Countries

Round 1 countries: Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar.

Round 2 countries: Bangladesh, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Funding Streams

The Disability Rights Fund has three open funding streams: 1) Small Grants, 2) Mid-Level Coalition Grants, and 3) National Coalition Grants. These are explained below:

Small Grants

The Small Grants Funding Stream helps organizations to build a broader movement to advance the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabililties (CRPD) at state and local levels and to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Organizations can use funds to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to participate more actively in decision-making processes in CRPD implementation and monitoring
  • Advocate for the advancement of rights defined in specific articles of the CRPD
  • Participate in and influence decision-making processes related to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure development efforts include all persons with disabilities.

Eligibility

While DRF welcomes applications from any disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), we encourage grassroots, emergent and more marginalized groups to apply.

The following types of organizations may submit applications for projects of one-year duration:

  • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of PWDs acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof)
  • Partnerships among DPOs
  • Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner)

The applicant must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in the countries targeted for this call.

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 5,000–USD 20,000. Grants support activities to be implemented over a period of one year.

Mid-Level Coalition Grants

Advocacy at sub-national levels is especially critical in federal systems and in decentralized political systems – which make up the majority of the Disability Rights Fund’s target countries. Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels to:

  • Advocate that national legislation and policy addressing the rights of PWDs is implemented at sub-national levels, including through establishment of budgets
  • Advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans including implementation mechanisms for the Sustainable Development Goals, are inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • Mid-Level Coalitions of three or more organizations, where the Coalition is conceived and led by a disabled persons’ organizations, may submit applications
  • Umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible
  • Applications from Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO on behalf of the Coalition
  • The applicant organization and the application aim must have scope at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district levels
  • Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–40,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 80,000 over the course of two years).

Grants support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. A second year grant is awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

National Coalition Grants

The National Coalition Funding Stream enables coalitions of organizations at the national level to jointly:

  • Advance the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD ratification)
  • Monitor and report on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms
  • Follow up on recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Advocate to ensure that national development programs, policies, legislation and frameworks, including implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, are inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level
  • National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications
  • National umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible
  • Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition
  • Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–50,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 100,000 over the course of two years).

Grants support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. A second year grant is awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

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