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.

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 be submitted for review before organizations are asked to submit a full proposal.

2018 Countries

Round 1 countries: Haiti (by invitation only), Indonesia (by invitation only), Malawi, Myanmar, and a new addition – Nigeria

Successful LoI applicants as well as current grantees in Haiti and Indonesia (who received DRF or DRAF funding in 2017) and DPOs from Malawi, Myanmar, and for the first time, Nigeria will be invited to submit a full proposal following publication of the Request for Proposals (RFP) on February 22, 2018. The RFP deadline is March 22, 2018. Information about the RFP is below.

Round 2 countries: Rwanda, Uganda, 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.

An LoI process will be publicized in June 2018 for applicants from Uganda who did not receive DRF or DRAF funding in 2017. Successful LoI applicants and current grantees from Uganda (who received DRF or DRAF funding in 2017), as well as any DPOs from Rwanda and the Pacific Island Countries will be able to submit full proposals following publication of the Request for Proposals (RFP) in July 2018.

Request for Proposals

Explanation of the Request for Proposals – Deadline March 22, 2018

Funding Streams

The Disability Rights Fund has three open funding streams. These are explained below:

Small Grant

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 capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of rights at local levels
  2. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs – such as education, health or justice – and in government budget planning and implementation at the local level
  3. Increasing DPO capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of the SDGs
  4. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in local government development programs (as part of SDG implementation) and in and in government budget planning and implementation 

Download the DRF Small Grants Request for Proposals and Application Form. (MS Word) – English, French, or Indonesia Bahasa

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 group of PWDs acting under the fiscal sponsorship of a legally registered NGO)
  • Partnerships among DPOs
  • Partnerships between DPOs and other 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 aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guideline.

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. Passage of specific sub-national legislation (including ordinances), policy, regulations, and/or budgetary priorities to accord with the CRPD
  2. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs, such as education, health or justice, at the state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district level in line with CRPD articles
  3. Advocacy to ensure that development stakeholders and development planning at sub-national levels, to implement the SDGs, are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document 

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

Download the DRF Mid-Level Coalition Request for Proposals and Application Form. (MS Word) – English, French, or Indonesia Bahasa

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), policy and budgetary changes, 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, plans and budgets that aim to implement the Sustainable Development Goals are inclusive of persons with disabilities and utilize the CRPD in interpreting the Goals.

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

  1. Ratification of the Optional Protocol (OP) to the CRPD (where not ratified)
  2. Passage or amendment of specific national legislation and policies to accord with the CRPD
  3. Advocacy for budgetary measures as well as regulations to implement new or amended legislation and policy promoting the rights of persons with disabilities
  4. 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)
  5. Engagement with national government SDG focal point, civil society SDG platforms, and National Statistics Offices to ensure national action plans, programs and monitoring frameworks and data collection methods for implementing and monitoring the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  6. Advocacy to ensure inclusion of a disability perspective in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

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

Download the DRF National Coalition Request for Proposals and Application Form. (MS Word) – English, French, or Indonesia Bahasa

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.

Visit the Request for Proposals page – Deadline March 22, 2018.

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