Thursday, 28 November 2013

The MATCH International announces Women’s Fund: Call for Proposals 2013

Deadline: 6 December 2013

The MATCH International has announced the 2013 Call for Proposals for its International Women’s Fund.  This Fund is the first international fund from Canada focusing on social innovation around the world. MATCH bridges feminist grassroots human rights movements and the world of social innovation. It believes women are at the forefront of innovating social change globally funds women’s rights organizations around the world to make lasting changes in the lives of women and girls.

MATCH provides direct funding and support for women’s rights organizations and scale-up funding for women social innovators; it generates and leverages opportunity to accelerate and scale social innovations that promote equality and human rights; it identifies and promotes value of social innovation from a gendered perspective and convenes and collaborates to advance systems change.

MATCH International’s Women’s Fund welcomes proposals on social innovation promoting women’s rights under two streams:

    Holding Ground Stream that offers grants to provide flexible core support to organizations working to ‘hold the line’ by providing critical services/programs in response to increasingly violent backlash against women’s equality globally and support capacity building and/or strengthen organizational sustainability.
    Breaking Ground Stream to provide grants for a tested innovation that is grounded in systems change (i.e. with intent to shift the framing an issue, shift in behavior, shift in engagement, or shift in policy); innovation and/or demand for program expansion; collaboration and partnerships across sectors (e.g. with government and/or private sector partners); new infrastructure demands and activities for growth and transition to scale; business planning and capacity building needs.

Minimum grant amount will be $10,000 and will not exceed $20,000 CAD.

Organizations from the Global South are encouraged to apply for this Fund. The essential criteria to apply for the grants are that the organizations:

    Are governed, directed, and led by women.
    The primary focus is advancing women’s equality and human rights.
    Have a demonstrated track record and community support.

The deadline for applying to the MATCH International Women’s Fund is: FRIDAY December 6th 2013. For more information, visit this link.

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