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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 2015 “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015” 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) in the developing world.

The 2015 “Advancing Rights and Development – Beyond 2015” grants cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:

Round One: The first grantmaking round consisted of a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar.  This round is now closed.

Round Two: As part of the second grantmaking round, we have now opened a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for Bangladesh and Uganda, described below. The deadline for LoIs from Bangladesh and Uganda is June 5, 2015. A Request for Proposals (RFP) process for remaining Round 2 countries (Pacific Island Countries and Rwanda) will be publicized July 9, 2015.

Explanation of the Letter of Interest process follows:

LETTER OF INTEREST (only for Bangladesh and Uganda) - Deadline is June 5, 2015.

a) Single organizations or partnerships for one-year Small Grants;
b) State (in federal systems), provincial, regional, or district-level DPO-led coalitions for two-year Mid-Level Coalition grants; and/or
c) National DPO-led coalitions for two-year National Coalition grants.

Small Grants

The Small Grants funding stream helps organizations to build a stronger movement to advance the CRPD at local levels.  Organizations can use funds from DRF to strengthen the capacity of persons with disabilities (especially marginalized sectors of the disability community) to participate more actively in decision-making processes or to advocate for the advancement of rights defined in 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 Local Levels
  2. Addressing Implementation of CRPD Articles

Mid-Level Coalition

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: at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels. 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. Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 80,000 over the course of two years). Grants will support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants will be given one year at a time. A second year grant will be awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

Mid-Level Coalition priority areas include:

  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

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, following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities (including alternative reports to the CRPD Committee), advocacy for CRPD consideration in strategy and goal development and assessment, and advocacy for DPO inclusion in national government implementation and monitoring  of the CRPD.  This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the national 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 to 100,000 over the course of two years). Grants will support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however, grants will be given one year at a time. A second year grant will be awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

National Coalition priority areas include:

  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 and 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. 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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