In order to advance women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in the Caribbean region, the Women’s Voice and Leadership – Caribbean (WVL-Caribbean) initiative—implemented by the Equality Fund in partnership with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) with the support of the Government of Canada—will support the capacity, leadership, and agendas of grassroots women’s rights organizations (WROs) and lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LBTIQ) groups that advance their own solutions to improve women’s and LBTIQ rights and gender equality in their own contexts.

WVL-Caribbean has established a Multi-Year Funding Mechanism to support the work of WROs and LBTIQ groups in the Caribbean region. Selected organizations must be based and/or working in one of the following Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Suriname.

The project will provide approximately 20 multi-year grants ranging from CAD $10,000 to CAD $20,000 (USD $7,000 to USD $15,000) per year over a period of three (3) years, to provide core funding to WROs and LBTIQ groups to enable them to implement their own programs and advocacy based on their own agendas and priorities. The project will prioritize groups and organizations working directly and at the intersections of the following broad thematic areas of focus:

Economic Justice;

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;

Feminist Leadership and Movement-Building;

Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Rights

DEADLINE: Friday, February 14th, 2020

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Call for Proposals- VIVA Girls Grant

Are you a girl or young woman with an idea for making change in your community? Are you a girl or young woman with a group or an initiative in your community that is organizing to achieve the change you envision? Are you an organization that runs a community-based initiative with programming by and for girls? If yes, then apply for a VIVA girl grant!

MADRE supports initiatives through grants (financial support) of $100 to $20,000 US dollars. They provide flexible financial support that can be used for general support and/or projects, to be used over a period of 12 months. At month 9, they will review progress with the grantees (successful applicants) to discuss possible project and funding renewal.

Deadline: February 10th, 2020

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Global Affairs Canada – Call for Proposals

Call for proposals – Health and Rights for Women, Adolescent girls and Children

Global Affairs Canada has launched a call for proposals as part of Canada’s historic investment to promote the health and rights of women and girls around the world, which was announced on June 4, 2019. This call will support projects that improve the quality of, access to and demand for integrated health services and information for women, adolescents and children at the community, health facility and health system levels.

U.S Embassy Grants – US Embassy Provides Grants to Barbados and the OECS for US $5,000.00 to US $20,000.00.

The Public Affairs Grants program is PAS grants help further the Embassy’s mission in the critical areas of citizen security, empowering youth, inclusion of marginalized people, strengthening civil society, education, culture, and environment/climate change mitigation. Your gateway to receiving funds for your ideas and projects. Grants are offered to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries for $US 5,000 to $2000.

Call For Proposals: Public Diplomacy Small Grants

The U.S. Embassy Kingston Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program for creative new ideas and projects that align with our Mission Goals and the 2020 U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean. The programs should work to engender a more secure and prosperous Jamaica, increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and Jamaica, and promote the bilateral relationship.

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EXTENDED Call for Concept Notes – Comprehensive Capacity Grant

The USAID funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LCLS) project is focused on building the managerial, organizational, and administrative capacity of selected non-governmental organizations (NGOs), utilizing innovative methods and approaches to support them in expanding services and improving sustainability in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region. The LCLS project supports the goal of USAID’s Regional Development Cooperation Strategy which is: “Safer, more prosperous Caribbean Communities.” Its development assistance “seeks to: (1) reduce youth involvement in crime and violence; (2) reduce risks and adapt to the impacts of the environment; and (3) achieve epidemic control of HIV/AIDS throughout the region.”

In support of USAID’s development objectives and the focus of the LCLS project, RTI International (the prime recipient of the Local Capacity for Local Solutions award) will issue Comprehensive Capacity Grants with an approximate ceiling value of US$25,000.00 (over a  maximum 12-month period) to NGOs operating in the following sectors: youth/citizen security; HIV/AIDS; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, and intersex (LGBTI); and the environment. The purpose of the Comprehensive Capacity Grants is to strengthen the operational and managerial capacity of NGOs so that they can be more efficient, effective, and sustainable in their operations and better contribute to development goals in their countries. The grant includes a compensation provision that allows for payment to staff for time spent in select grant activities; specifically the application of their skills to  coordinate and lead activities.

Expression of Interest:

Concept Note Template:


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EXTENDED Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Friday 08th March, 2019 by 5:00 pm (UTC/GMT -4).