Voice’s Empowering Beyond the Borders! Regional Empowerment Grant



Voice’s Empowering Beyond the Borders! Regional Empowerment Grant

Deadline: 30 November 2018

Are you an organization ready to put an end to the exclusion of underrepresented groups in East Africa, West Africa or Southeast Asia? Do you and / or want to scale up local empowerment strategies that raise awareness, build the confidence and self-esteem of the target groups of Voice to enable them to claim their rights? Do you know of organizations in neighboring countries that need to be strengthened to build a movement that can create a domino effect that is visible at the national level? If you answered ‘Yes’ to the questions above, apply for Empowering beyond the borders! Regional Empowerment Grant.

Voice’s Empowerment Grants, for small organizations, aim to develop transformative leadership, promote trust and know-how, forge alliances with other organizations with the same aspirations in their countries for the purpose. to tackle common challenges and work collectively against the exclusion of marginalized and discriminated groups. Informal groups can access this funding by partnering with a formal organization as a host.

Funding Information

These grants are available and range from € 5,000 to € 75,000 for a minimum duration of 12 and 24 months maximum.

Focus Groups & Focus Regions

Calls for proposals containing innovative projects that promote learning at the national level with a particular focus on under-represented groups within the following Voice Program Implementation Regions:

  • East Africa Region(mainly KenyaTanzaniaUganda) – Vulnerable and discriminated groups due to age, including young and old, disabled, and sexual minorities.
  • West Africa region(mainly NigeriaNiger and Mali) – Sexual minorities, indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
  • South-East Asia Region(mainly CambodiaLaosPhilippines and Indonesia) – Women at risk of exploitation, abuse and / or violence, sexual minorities, the elderly.


Applicant’s project could build on each or all of the following impact themes:

  • Increased access to productive resources (finance, land and water) and employment,
  • Increased access to social services, including healthand education in particular, and
  • Space for political participation and civic engagement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The leading bidder organization must be led by one of the target groups. This means that the management and governanceof the partners will be based on the principle of “nothing for us without us”.
  • In addition , the applicant organization must be registered in at least one of the intervention countries in the region of implementation. For example, for a project to be implemented in West Africa, the lead organization should be registered either in Niger, Mali or Nigeria.
  • The only exception is that the grant can not be managed by an organization based in countries that present security risks. In this case, Voice agrees for implementation under the umbrella of an organization based in a third country (preferably in a neighboring country but which may be outside Africa and Asia, if necessary ). Of course, most activities will have to be implemented in close collaboration with local groups in the Voice target countries, while taking into account the security aspect.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications via given website.

Eligible Countries: Mali, Niger and Nigeria.

For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2Qu0Zri


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