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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 2016 “CRPD at 10 - Accessing the Right to Development” 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 the developing world.

The 2016 “CRPD at 10: Accessing the Right to Development” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:

1. Round 1: As part of the first grantmaking round, we have now opened a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for Indonesia, described below.  The deadline for LoIs from Indonesia is December 16, 2015. A Request for Proposals (RFP) process for remaining Round 1 countries will be publicized on January 21, 2016.

2. Round 2: The second grantmaking round will consist of both a Letter of Interest (LoI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  Applicants who complete LoIs must be invited to participate in the RFP process.  These will be announced Spring/Summer 2016.

Explanation of the Letter of Interest process follows:

LETTER OF INTEREST (only for Indonesia) - Deadline is December 16, 2015

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

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. Mid-Level Coalition grants are two-year grants ranging between USD 30,000–40,000 per year (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 at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD

2.  Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at sub-national level

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 persons with disabilities (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 (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 national legislation to accord with the CRPD

3.  Production of and/or follow up to alternative reports to the CRPD Committee

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

6.  Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

Download more details about the DRF Letter of Interest process and the 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. Small Grants provide one year of project-specific support. Mid-Level Coalition and National Coalition grants provide project-specific support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however, grants will be given one year at at time. A second grant will be awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year. 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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