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DRF Grantmaking - What We Fund

To achieve the goal that persons with disabilities participate fully in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities, Disability Rights Fund's 2014 “Our Voices. Our Rights. Our Future.” grant cycle consists of two grant rounds.
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Grant Guidelines -Overview

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Europe.

The 2014 “Our Voices. Our Rights. Our Future” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:

1. Round One: The first grantmaking round consisted of a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Haiti, Indonesia, Lebanon, and two new countries, Malawi and Myanmar. Selected applicants from India and Ukraine were also invited to apply. This round is now closed.

2. Round Two: The second grantmaking round consists of a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for Bangladesh and Uganda (now closed) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for remaining Round 2 countries (Pacific Island Countries and Rwanda) - described in more detail below. Selected applicants from Peru will also be invited to apply. Deadline for applications is August 21, 2014.

Starting in 2015, Ghana will be part of DRF’s first grantmaking round. As a result, DRF will be working with current Ghanaian grantees to extend their current projects to cover the period, January – August 2015.

Explanation of the Request for Proposals process follows:

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

For applicants from Rwanda and 14 Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), as well as invited applicants only from Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda.

a) Single organizations or partnerships for Small Grants OR

b) Mid-Level (state, regional, provincial, district, or country- Pacific Island countries only) DPO-led coalitions for Mid-Level Coalition Grants OR

c) National DPO-led coalitions for National Coalition Grants

Small Grants

The Small Grants funding stream helps organizations to build a broader movement to advance the CRPD at state and local levels. Organizations can use funds from DRF to broaden or diversify their membership, strengthen their capacity with respect to the CRPD, participate more actively in decision-making processes, or address specific articles of the CRPD. While DRF welcomes applications from any disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), we encourage grassroots, emergent and more marginalized groups to apply. Small Grants are one-year grants ranging between USD 5,000-20,000 which support activities under the following priority areas:

1. Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Regarding the CRPD at State or Local Levels
2. Addressing Implementation of CRPD Articles
3. (Pacific Island Countries only) Ratification Campaigns

Download more details about the DRF Request for Proposals process and the Small Grants Application Form here. (MS Word)

Mid-Level Coalition Grants

The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels, to ensure that national legislation and policy addressing the rights of persons with disabilities is implemented at more local levels. Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels. Applicants from Pacific Island countries only may apply for funding as groups of DPOs from different countries who are working together regionally. Mid-Level Coalition grants are two-year grants ranging between USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years) and must be conceived and led by a DPO. These grants support activities under the following priority areas:

Development of a State (or regional, provincial or district) platform to work on:

1. Passage of specific legislation or policy to accord with the CRPD
2. Achievement of governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD
3. (Pacific Island Countries only) Ratification Campaigns of the CRPD and/or Optional Protocol

Download more details about the DRF Request for Proposals process and the Mid-Level Coalition Application Form here. (MS Word)

National Coalition Grants

The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD ratification), monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms, or following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of PWDs. This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level. Because of the importance of joint advocacy at this level, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded. Applicant organizations should be disabled persons organizations (DPOs), while partner organizations can be either DPOs or other civil society organizations active in the promotion of human rights. National Coalition grants are two-year grants ranging between USD 30,000-$50,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 - 100,000 over the course of two years) which support activities under the following priority areas:

Development of a national platform to work on:

1. Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified)
2. Passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD
3. Production of and/or follow up to alternative reports to the CRPD Committee; or
4. Production of and/or follow up to reports submitted to other UN human rights monitoring mechanisms such as the   Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council or to other Committees of Experts from other human rights treaties
5. Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that the CRPD is taken into consideration in strategy and goal development & assessment

Download more details about the DRF Request for Proposals process and the National Coalition Application Form here. (MS Word)

DRF supports projects that demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of the human rights of persons with disabilities. Grants provide one- or two-year, project-specific support. Cross-disability and other partnerships in-country are strongly encouraged, as are projects which address particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community.

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