Netherlands Foreign Affairs: Funding & Leadership Opportunities for Women (FLOW) in low & lower-middle Income Countries

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.
Focus Countries
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.
Thematic Areas
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.
Grant Size & Duration
  • 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.
Eligibility Criteria
  • 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.
How to Apply
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
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Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use: Call for Proposals

Last date : July 24, 2015

Bloomberg Initiative is a global initiative seeking call for proposals to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.The grants program supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact evidence-based tobacco control interventions.
Funding Information
Grants will be made available to proposals applying for grants between US$50,000 to US$500,000.
Objectives of the Initiative
  • To refine and optimize tobacco control programs to help smokers stop using tobacco and to prevent children from starting.
  • To support public sector efforts to pass and enforce key laws and implement effective policies, including taxing cigarettes, preventing smuggling, altering the image of tobacco and protecting workers from exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • To support advocates’ efforts to educate communities about the harms of tobacco and to enhance tobacco control activities that work towards a tobacco-free world.
  • To develop a rigorous system to monitor the status of global tobacco use.
Priority is given to projects that lead to sustainable improvements in  tobacco control laws, regulations, policies and programs at the national or sub-national level including:
  • Tax and price measures, including anti-smuggling measures.
  • Direct and indirect advertising bans and effective enforcement of bans, including promotion and sponsorship.
  • Establishment of smoke-free workplaces and public places, and effective enforcement of smoke-free policies.
  • Implementation of graphic warning labels on tobacco products.
  • Other evidence-based regulatory/legislative initiatives.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in low-and middle-income countries are eligible to apply for the grants.
  • Applicants must be recognized legal entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds and assuming legal and financial obligations.
  • NGO applicants cannot be the recipients of financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should first submit a short “project idea” online at the address given on the website.
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