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Saturday, June 28, 2014

FRIDA -Young Feminist Fund - Call for Proposals 2014: Apply for a Grant

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FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused
exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance
social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new
resources and new opportunities to young women and trans* youth
globally. We believe that supporting young feminists is key to the
expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women's movements and
organizations, both now and in the future. To date, FRIDA has
completed two grant cycles in 2012 and 2013, and cumulatively
supported 32 different groups of young feminists in 28 different
countries around the world and awarding a total of 196,000 USD in
direct grants.

We are excited to be launching our third call for proposals and
intend to support up to 18 new young feminist groups led by young
women and transgender youth under 30 years of age.


Who can apply?

- Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30
years) that are committed to:
Advancing and defending women's rights from a feminist perspective;
Improving the lives of young women/transgender youth at local,
national, regional or international levels;
Inclusive organizing, collective action and feminist movement building
- Groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South
(Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and
the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and
Central Asia).

- Groups founded in the past 5 years (i.e. your group was formed
between 2010 - 2014).

FRIDA uses the term 'feminist' broadly to refer to individuals
working within women's movements or in other social movements to
promote and work towards the safety, equality, justice, rights and
dignity of girls, women and other marginalized groups. Based on the
understanding that fundamental discrimination occurs within
patriarchal systems of domination in all societies, young feminists
are determined to challenge, address and change the root causes of
these existing inequalities, rights violations and injustice. We
recognize that there are multiple feminisms and foster opportunities
for expressing those principles in our work. FRIDA emphasizes
feminist principles throughout all of its work. These principles
include: non-hierarchy, collectivity, participation, diversity, and
inclusion. We define young feminist activists as individuals from
across the gender spectrum committed to advancing gender equality
and women's rights through explicitly feminist means. FRIDA focuses
on activism led by feminists under 30 years of age.

Priority will be given to:
Small, emerging grassroots groups, networks, or collectives with
little or no access to funding from larger donors.
Groups, networks, or collectives that are working on emerging or
issues that have not received prior funding.
Groups, networks, or collectives located in remote underserved areas.
Groups, networks, or collectives that are diverse in their
membership and made up of and/or working with socially marginalized
young women especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste
minorities, rural women, urban poor, lesbian, bisexual, transgender,
women living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, women with disabilities,
women living in armed conflicts and post conflict zones.
Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their
activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media etc).
What is NOT supported by FRIDA?
Groups or organizations that display an intolerant attitude towards
others on the basis of age, religion, sex, race/ethnicity,
disability, class or sexual orientation.
Organizations working with young women and trans youth but led by
individuals over 30 years of age. We do not fund youth "programs" of
existing organizations - we fund youth-led groups.
Scholarships, internship or school fees (including Doctoral or other
Groups with budgets over $25,000 USD
Proposals submitted by individuals, government institutions,
political organizations or religious groups.
Groups that focus only on the provision of direct services (e.g.
community literacy, formal education, technical training, craft or
health care etc).
Groups that focus on income generating activities.
Groups based in the following highly-industrialized countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg,
New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Funding Amounts & Length of Grant

FRIDA makes grants of up to $4,000 USD. They are flexible grants
that can be used for general support and/or projects to be used over
a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.

*Please Note: FRIDA recognizes the value of general support and
encourages groups to prioritize resources according to their own
needs. For example some groups may consider using FRIDA funds to
cover staff, administration, or organizational costs while others
may use funds to support establishing infrastructure or project
related costs.

Be Part of the Selection Process...You Decide!

FRIDA is committed to engaging young feminist-led groups in the
grant decision-making process. We view this as an empowering process
that provides participants with greater accountability and
investment. Applicants that meet FRIDA's criteria must vote for
their top propsal choices and give comments on their selections
(groups may not vote for their own proposals). In voting, we ask
that groups keep in mind what they think is important for the
promotion and defense of the rights of young women in their region.
After voting the results are tallied and grantees are selected.

How the FRIDA Grantmaking Process Works

Expectations of Successful Groups:

All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement, which will
outline accounting, reporting, and other terms and conditions
regarding how funds will be distributed. Grantees will be required
to be in regular communication with FRIDA staff and will be required
to share regular updates of their work. Further details on reporting
will be provided after grants have been approved.

Important things to remember!
Before completing the application, please read the application
guidelines to determine your eligibility. Also, you can review the
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
All applications must directly benefit young women and transgender
youth in a culturally appropriate, sustainable, and gender inclusive
manner and address issues central to women's human rights.
If you would like to see the kinds of groups FRIDA is currently
supporting, please visit our website:
You do not need to be a legally registered group to apply.
You may submit your application in ONE of the following languages:
English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.
Applications must be received by: 28th July 2014
You can submit only ONE proposal this funding cycle.
If unsuccessful, you will be informed by email in September 2014.
Funds will be distributed to grantee partners in September.

In order to streamline the application process, FRIDA is currently
accepting proposals online! We strongly recommend that you read
through the complete application form before you submit online. This
will help you prepare complete responses before you begin your
online submission.

If you think your group is eligible to apply for a grant from FRIDA,
please see the application materials below:
To download the FRIDA Application Form PDF.

To submit your application online.

You may also submit by

Email to
FRIDA c/o The Association for Women's Rights in Development
215 Spadina Avenue., Suite 150, Toronto, ON
M5T 2C7 Canada
Tel: +416.594.3773
Fax: +416. 594. 0330

NOTE: All applicants will receive a confirmation email indicating
that we have received your proposal.

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