Last date : August 31, 2015
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands is currently inviting proposals for its Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme with the aim to improve the position of women and girls in the World.
FLOW 2016-2020 supports interventions by civil society organisations (and their partners) which promote an enabling environment for equal opportunities, rights and safety for women and girls in all low- and lower-middle-income countries and other countries mentioned below. Through these programmes, FLOW 2016-2020 supports activities run by local civil society organisations either independently or jointly with (institutional) partners.
The activities for which grant funding is sought are implemented in low- or lower-middle income countries (See the list below), and/or in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Jordan, Algeria, Iran, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia.
FLOW funds programs in low- and lower-middle income countries. 93 million EUR is available for the period of 2016-202, for programs aiming at:
- Combating violence against women. It includes
- Take integrated measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women.
- Eliminate trafficking in women and assist victims of violence due to prostitution and trafficking.
- Study the causes and consequences of violence against women and the effectiveness of preventive measures
- Participation by women in politics and public administration. It includes
- Take measures to ensure women’s equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision-making.
- Increase women’s capacity to participate in decision-making and leadership.
- Women’s economic participation and self-reliance which includes
- Promote women’s economic rights and independence, including access to employment, appropriate working conditions and control over economic resources.
- Facilitate women’s equal access to resources, employment, markets and trade.
- Provide business services, training and access to markets, information and technology, particularly to low-income women.
- Strengthen women’s economic capacity and commercial networks.
- Eliminate occupational segregation and all forms of employment discrimination.
- Promote harmonisation of work and family responsibilities for women and men.
- The total amount set aside for the fund is €93 million.
- Grants will be available for activities carried out between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020.
- The minimum grant award is €5 million and the maximum €15 million for the entire project duration of five years.
- The applicant/lead party is a not-for-profit organisation which possesses legal personality.
- The applicant strives to achieve lasting reductions in social inequality in lower- and lower middle income countries (listed below in the link) by working with relevant organisations and institutions with the aim of promoting equal rights and opportunities for women and girls in developing countries.
- The applicant must demonstrate that, as of 1 January 2016, at least 40% of its annual income will derive from sources other than Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants.
- Organisations may apply independently or as part of a consortium represented by a lead party who submits the application, including details of Track Record, one (or more) Theory (Theories) of Change, and an elaboration of these in a program proposal for the first year.
- Dutch and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) are eligible for a grant under this policy framework, either as lead party/parties and/or as coapplicant(s).
- A civil society organisation is only eligible for one FLOW 2016-2020 grant, either as lead party or as co-applicant.
Application form can be accessed from the website. Applications must consist of:
- A theory of change
- A programme proposal with a detailed description
- A track record demonstrating the experience and success of the applicant/lead party and any co-applicants in promoting women’s rights and gender equality.
- A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework
- A budget for the entire duration of the programme