The UN Trust Fund’s annual Call for Proposals, which is available in six languages, accepts multi-year grant applications for up to US$1 million in English, French and Spanish. With its 21st funding cycle in 2017, the UN Trust Fund will fund organizations that qualify for funding (a) under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2015-2020, (b) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis and (c) under the “special window” addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities.
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is now accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017). The deadline for the submission of concept notes is 5 December 2017, 23:59 EST (GMT–5).
The UN Trust Fund is seeking applications from organizations that qualify for grants under the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategy:
Improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectoral services to end violence against women and girls;
Addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis;
Addressing violence against women and girls with disabilities. Increasing effectiveness of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls;
Improving prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices.
In all cases, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ability to clearly articulate the contextual challenges, expected, specific and measurable results and strategies to achieve them, with a focus on tailored approaches and interventions to adequately address the identified problem and the specific form of violence against women and girls. The ideal proposal will include references to rigorous and documented evidence to justify the investment on the basis that the approach is likely to be effective in addressing violence against women and girls at the local or national level. As the UN Trust Fund aims to expand the global knowledge base on ‘what works’ to end violence against women and girls, applications from organizations piloting, testing, up-scaling or replicating evidence-based innovative and promising results-based approaches that carry a promise of broader application are welcome.
By way of illustration only, proposals might consider:
• Developing specific strategies for primary prevention of violence against women and girls, that is, strategies that will lead towards stopping violence from occurring altogether in the first place. Examples include: community and/or school-based approaches and interventions or working with men and boys on changing gender norms and the acceptability of violence, among various others.
• Ensuring survivors’ access to justice, by strengthening implementation of existing national legislation, and alignment with international and regional human rights’ standards; and to quality health and other services and support. This may include establishing or expanding access to services such as hotlines, safe spaces, legal assistance and crisis counseling, among others.
• Empowering women to understand and claim their rights and mobilizing communities on ‘zero tolerance’ through legal literacy about international, national and local laws and policies, as well as through socio-economic (including employment) opportunities for women and girls to break out of the cycle of violence.
• Strengthening efforts to address the full range of violence against women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, including efforts to prevent and address rape as a systematic method of warfare by State and non-state actors.