2018 Round 2 Request for Proposals Press Release


Disability Rights Fund Releases 2018 Round 2 Request for Proposals

July 30, 2018

Contact: Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director
Telephone: 1-617-261-4593
Email: dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org 

BOSTON, MA– The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaboration between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights and inclusion in development of persons with disabilities – announces the opening of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for applications from Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Rwanda and 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.Only current DRF/DRAF grantees in Uganda will be invited to apply for extensions of current work. The deadline for RFP submission is August 22, 2018.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and RFP details posted on the Fund’s website, at https://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/for-grantseekers/.Any questions on the request for proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org.

The broad objective of the Fund is to support 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.

Applicant organizations may apply as:

  1. Single organizations or partnerships for one-year Small Grants, ranging from USD 5,000 – 20,000;
  2. Regional or district-level DPO-led coalitions for two-year Mid-Level Coalition grants, ranging from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over two years); and/or
  3. National DPO-led coalitions for two-year National Coalition grants, ranging from USD 30,000 to 50,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over two years).

With its sister fund, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund – which supports advocacy for ratification and legislative change in target countries – DRF has granted more than $28 million to 331 different organizations in 36 countries and additional regional and international organizations, since 2008.

DRF donors include: The Ansara Family Fund of the Boston Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Estelle Friedman Gervis Family Foundation, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and the Foundation to Promote Open Society, part of the Open Society Foundations. DRAF is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and U.K. aid from the U.K. government (DFID). The views expressed in this communication do not necessarily reflect the official policies of any of our donors, or the governments they represent.

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[1]In DRF’s understanding of the term, “DPO,” DPOs are representative organizations or groups of PWDs, where PWDs constitute a majority of the overall staff, board and volunteers, and are well represented in all levels of the organization.  It includes organizations of relatives of PWDs (only those representing children with disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities, or the Deafblind) where a primary aim of these organizations is empowerment and the growth of self-advocacy of persons with disabilities. In addition, DPOs have an understanding of disability in accordance with the social model.