For Grantseekers

Young women with disabilities sharing their stories, Kampala, UgandaPhoto Credit Yumi Sera
Young women with disabilities sharing their stories, Kampala, Uganda

General Grant Guidelines

The Disability Rights Fund is a grantmaking collaborative that supports persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all. Through grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance, DRF supports Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs[1]) to use global rights and development frameworks, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – ensuring no one is left behind.

The Disability Rights Fund has two funding rounds per year: Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are publicized in February (Round 1) and July (Round 2). Each round addresses a different set of countries. For some countries, there is a two-step process that requires a Letter of Interest (LoI) be submitted for review before organizations are asked to submit a full proposal.

2017 Countries

Round 1 countries: Ghana (by invitation only), Haiti, Indonesia (by invitation only), Malawi, and Myanmar. (Now Closed)

Round 2 countries: Bangladesh (by invitation only), Rwanda, Uganda (by invitation only), and the Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. (Now Closed)

Invited applicants from Bangladesh and Uganda as well as current Ugandan grantees (who received DRF or DRAF funding in 2016) and any applicants from the Pacific Island countries and Rwanda were able to submit full proposals beginning July 17, 2017 through August 17, 2017 (now closed). Information about the RFP is below.

Request for Proposals

Explanation of the Request for Proposals process follows:

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Funding Streams

The Disability Rights Fund has three open funding streams: 1) Small Grants, 2) Mid-Level Coalition Grants, and 3) National Coalition Grants. These are explained below:

Small Grants

The Small Grants funding stream supports growth of a broader and more diverse disability movement to advance the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at state and local levels.  Organizations can use funds from DRF to strengthen the capacity of PWDs to participate more actively in decision-making processes in CRPD implementation and monitoring or to advocate for the advancement of rights defined in specific articles of the CRPD. In addition, this funding stream supports DPOs to participate in and influence decision-making processes related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure development efforts include all persons with disabilities. Organizations can use funds to:

  1. Increase DPO participation in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at State or local levels
  2. Increase DPO participation in decision-making processes related to implementation of the SDGs
  3. Address implementation of CRPD articles
  4. Address implementation of the SDGs
  5. CRPD and/or Optional Protocol ratification efforts (Pacific Island countries only)

Eligibility

While DRF welcomes applications from any disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs), grassroots (rural), emergent (newly established), and more marginalized groups (such as women with disabilities, persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with albinism, DeafBlind, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply for grants in this category.

The following types of organizations may submit applications for projects of one-year duration:

  • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of PWDs acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof)
  • Partnerships among DPOs
  • Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner)

The applicant must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in the countries targeted for this call.

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 5,000–USD 20,000. Grants support activities to be implemented over a period of one year.

Mid-Level Coalition Grants

The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels, to ensure that national legislation and policy is implemented at these levels, including through establishment of budgets. In addition, this funding stream supports sub-national level coalitions to advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the SDGs include all persons with disabilities.

Advocacy at sub-national levels is especially critical in federal systems and in decentralized political systems – which make up the majority of DRF’s target countries. Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels to:

  1. Advocate for the passage of specific legislation, policy, regulations, and/or ordinances at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD
  2. Advocate to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that sub-national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  3. Advocate for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at the sub-national level
  4. Advocate for implementation of SDGs at the sub-national level in line with the CRPD
  5. CRPD and Optional Protocol ratification efforts (Pacific Island countries only)

Eligibility

  • Mid-Level Coalitions of three or more organizations, where the Coalition is conceived and led by a disabled persons’ organizations, may submit applications
  • Umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible
  • Applications from Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO on behalf of the Coalition
  • The applicant organization and the application aim must have scope at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district levels
  • Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–USD 40,000 per year (USD 60,000-USD 80,000 over the course of two years).

Grants support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. A second year grant is awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

National Coalition Grants

The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD/OP ratification), monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms, or following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of PWDs. In addition, this funding stream supports national-level coalitions to advocate that national development programs, policies, legislation and frameworks are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the SDGs[1] include persons with disabilities.

The National Coalition Funding Stream enables coalitions of organizations at the national level to work on:

  1. Passage of specific national legislation to accord with the CRPD
  2. Production of and/or follow up to Alternative Reports to the CRPD Committee and other human rights treaty bodies or reports to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
  3. DPO engagement with national government SDG focal point and/or civil society SDG platforms to ensure national action plans and programs aimed at implementing the SDGs and voluntary national reviews monitoring SDG implementation, are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  4. Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD
  5. CRPD and/or Optional Protocol ratification efforts (where not ratified)

Eligibility

  • This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level
  • National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications
  • National umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible
  • Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition
  • Applicant organizations are responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant

Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 30,000–USD 50,000 per year (USD 60,000-USD 100,000 over the course of two years).

Grants support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. A second year grant is awarded only with satisfactory completion of the first year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What DRF Does Not Fund

Glossary of Terms

[1] The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the new global development framework, which replaces the Millennium Development Goals. The Agenda will be used by development agencies and national governments for planning, implementation and monitoring and follow up of development goals. See https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs for more information.