For Grantseekers

Information on Grantmaking Rounds

The Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund are grantmaking collaboratives that supports organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.

Below you will find information about our biannual Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

General Information About Applying for a Grant from DRF or DRAF

All applicants should read our guidelines in English or Bahasa Indonesia thoroughly, as they have recently changed. Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions, Glossary of Terms, and information on What DRF Does Not Fund.

Important Notices for 2021 Round 1 (RFP deadline: March 15, 2021)

  • In response to changing conditions on the ground, grantmaking for Myanmar has been shifted to Round 2, which will be publicized in July 2021. To address the gap of time between Rounds, current grantees will be provided extensions and other forms of support.
  • Grantmaking for the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) has been moved up to the Round 1 cycle. Any eligible organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) in PICs are encouraged to apply.
  • For the rest of our Round 1 target countries – Indonesia, Malawi, and Nigeria – OPDs are eligible to apply by invitation only.
  • In 2021, repeat grantees who are Small Grant recipients may apply for up to an additional $10,000 to fund core operating costs not covered by other sources. This increase in the Small Grants ceiling (up to $30,000 total for repeat grantees) recognizes that ours is often the only funding to especially marginalized and emergent OPDs, making it difficult for these organizations to cover necessary operating costs.
  • All applicants are encouraged to consider constraints and/or advocacy opportunities related to COVID-19 in preparing proposals. At DRF/DRAF, we remain committed to adapting and innovating in support of our grantees’ redoubled efforts to secure rights for all during the pandemic and beyond.

2021 Countries

OPDs in DRF/DRAF target countries may apply during two annual grantmaking cycles. In 2021, these are:

Round 1: RFP due March 15, 2021

  • Open RFP: Pacific Island Countries (including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)
  • Invitation-only RFP: Indonesia, Malawi, and Nigeria (refer to “Eligibility” below)

Round 2: RFP to be released in July 2021

  • Open RFP: Myanmar
  • Invitation-only RFP: Haiti, Rwanda, and Uganda (refer to “Eligibility” below)

Eligibility Criteria 

To meet the basic eligibility requirements for DRF/DRAF funding consideration in 2021, applicants must:  

  • Be based in and conduct the majority of activities in a country targeted by the specific Round (above);
  • Be a legally registered non-governmental OPD, or a group of persons with disabilities acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof; and
  • Be invited to apply, if from Nigeria, Indonesia, or Malawi (in Round 1), or from Haiti, Rwanda, and Uganda (in Round 2). Invitations will be extended to most current grantees, as well as to new applicants that are organizations of women with disabilities and/or LGBTI persons with disabilities. Focusing our 2021 grantmaking in this way responds to the pandemic reality of increasing gender-based violence and other human rights violations affecting these groups. (Please refer to the DRF/DRAF Gender Guidelines for more information about our commitment to intersectional equality and SOGIESC diversity.)

Funding Streams

DRF and DRAF currently administer three funding streams during our biannual grantmaking rounds: Small Grants, Mid-Level Coalition Grants, and National Coalition Grants.

For more information about these funding streams, visit the below webpages

Please note that all proposals must explicitly promote the CRPD and specify the Article(s) being addressed. If a project is addressing implementation of the SDGs or GDS18 Commitments, the specific Goals or Commitments should be referenced. Cross-disability and other partnerships are encouraged, particularly those that strengthen marginalized sectors of the disability community.

Important Considerations for the RFP

Please note several developments which may impact your organizations and/or proposals.

  • Accounting for COVID-19 Implications: Applicants are encouraged to consider constraints and/or opportunities related to COVID-19 in preparing proposals. Especially encouraged are advocacy efforts intended to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic and related socio-economic effects on marginalized sectors of the disability community.
  • Including OPD Strengthening in Project Activities and Budget: Additional funds are available to mitigate areas of risk and address organizational capacity gaps. Depending on specific grantee needs, this aligned funding stream can be utilized to build OPD capacities in areas such as safeguarding, financial management, governance, resource mobilization, and diversity.
  • Including Technical Assistance (TA) in Project Activities and Budget:  Projects can include line items for TA, which focused on equipping organizations with technical skills, knowledge, resources and partnerships relating to the CRPD, SDGs, rights advocacy and movement building. TA is different from organizational capacity building activities, which aim to support OPDs to become stronger organizations. Examples of TA include:
    • Training by a legal expert on domestication of a specific article of the CRPD;
    • Coalition building with other civil society organizations already involved in SDGs implementation;
    • Training by human rights expert(s) on rights advocacy strategies to achieve project goals; 
    • Partnership with a research institute to carry out an analysis of gaps in the inclusion of women with disabilities in local health and/or social protection.
  • Including Core Operational Costs in Small Grant Budgets: In 2021, repeat grantees who are Small Grant recipients may apply for up to an additional $10,000 to fund core operating costs for organizational expenses, such as rent, utilities, security, office supplies, face masks and other PPEs for staff, transport, etc.
  • Complying with Safeguarding Requirements: All DRF/DRAF grantees are required to develop policies on Child Protection (CP), and Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). DRF/DRAF can provide policy standards, informational resources and funding to support grantee efforts to develop safeguarding frameworks. Please visit the Policies page on our website for more information.
  • Developing Workplace Safety Policies and Procedures: While not a requirement to receive DRF/DRAF funding, we strongly encourage applicants to develop workplace safety and security policies and protocols (including as they relate COVID-19). DRF/DRAF can provide resources and support grantee efforts to promote workplace safety and security.

Applicant Documents