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World: FRIDA Launches First Call for Proposals!

in WORLD, 19/02/2012

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund mobilizes resources, funds and strengthens the participation and leadership of young feminist activists globally. The goal of The Young Feminist Fund (FRIDA) is to provide accessible, strategic and responsive funding for young feminist-led initiatives, and to strengthen the capacity of young feminist organizations to both leverage their own resources and increase their social change impact. FRIDA invites applications from groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years of age for grants of up to USD 5,000.

Source: yfa.awid.org

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY JANUARY 20th 2012

Who Can Participate?
Informal and formal groups founded and led by young women or transgender youth (under 30 years) that are committed to:

Advancing and defending women’s human rights;
Improving the lives of young women/transgender youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
Inclusive organizing, collective action and movement building.
Informal and formal groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States).

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 otherwise get limited 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 including but not limited to: 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.

Who is NOT supported by FRIDA?

Groups or organizations that display an intolerant attitude towards others on the basis of identity including: age, religion, sex, race/ethnicity, disability, class or sexual orientation.
Groups working with young women and transgender youth but led by individuals (over 30 years of age).
Scholarships, internship or school fees
Doctoral or other research
Groups with access to large funders
Proposals submitted by individuals, government institutions, political organizations or religious groups.

Funding Amounts and Length of Grant
FRIDA provides grants of up to USD 5,000. They are general support grants to be used over a period of 12 months but are open to renewal.

Be Part of the Selection Process…You Decide!
As part of our commitment to movement building FRIDA engages young feminist activists in the grant decision-making process. We view this as a collective decision-making process. Applicants who meet FRIDA’s criteria are expected to vote for their top proposal 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 and globally. After voting the results are tallied and grantees are selected.

To learn more, click here.

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