Current Grantmaking Programs 2014

Overcoming Hidden Forms of Violence against Women 2014

 

Womens Fund in Georgia (WFG) would like to announce a grants competition for “Overcoming Hidden Forms of Violence against Women”, financially supported by the British fund, 'Sigrid Rausing Trust'.

Even though women's organizations in Georgia have widely addressed the problems of domestic violence and trafficking, other more “hidden” manifestations of violence against women have remained highly unaddressed. Such serious forms of violence against women such as sexual harassment at the workplace, violence against lesbian and bisexual women and transgender persons, street harassment, rape (and often the sussequent forced marriages to the perpetrator), femicide, violence against sex workers, and others are widely prevalent in the country and remain taboo. Cases of such forms of violence are highly undocumented and rarely made public.

 

WFG's grants competition aims to encourage the efforts of women's local non-governmental organizations for addressing the problem, raising publics awareness, implementing prevention mechanisms and vigorously advocating policies directed towards combating gender based violence. The Fund will support initiatives which involve revealing and fighting against hidden forms of violence conducted against women, and which are targeted towards changing political and patriarchal views concerning this topic by cooperating with various decision makers (politicians, religious leaders, representatives of security sector, youth and etc.)

 

Women's Fund in Georgia welcomes initiatives oriented towards social change, including:

 

•    Revealing hidden and taboo manifestations of violence against women; documenting
the facts and responding to them;

      •    Monitoring, advocating and lobbing for creating a violence-free environment for women;

      •    Improving policies and action plans on gender equality;

      •    Legislative initiatives;

      •    Academic studies of hidden forms of violence against women;

      •    Awareness-raising campaigns on all forms of violence against women.    

  •    Protecting the rights of those women who are the victims or potential victims of violence not only due to their biological sex, but also due to gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious belief, limited abilities, living in post-conflict areas, imprisonment, being employed in sex industry, etc.

 

Groups eligible to participate in the competition "Overcoming Hidden Forms of Violence against Women" are:

·         Locally registered women's non-governmental organizations;

·         Organizations working on women's issues and led by women;

·         Women's organizations whose organizational budget is smaller than WFG's;

·         Women's organizations both from the regions and the capital (also regional or international, but established in Georgia);

·         Projects where implementers are women;

·         Projects where direct or final beneficiaries are women.

Within this competition, priority will be given to women's organizations from the regions as well as coalition initiatives and initiatives led by young women.

The grant amount ranges from 1000 to 3000 GBP. The maximum length of the project is 9 months.

The deadline for proposal submission (one printed or handwritten copy in Georgian or in Russian) is 9 March, 2014. Decision regarding awards will be made before the end of March, 2014.

Women's Fund in Georgia will conduct consultation meetings for grant-seekers from 10 February to 1 March, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Proposals can be submitted by e-mail, fax or post or presented by a representative of the organization to the WFG office at the following address:

 

8, Sergo Zakariadze Str., Entrance 4, Floor I, Apt. #74,

0177 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 322 470702

Fax: +995 322 399998

E-mail: ana@womenfundgeorgia.org


 

 

Rapid Response Grantmaking Program 2014

 

Women's Fund in Georgia in partnership with the Urgent Action Fund (UAF) announces the Rapid Response Grantmaking (RRG) Program, which provides timely small grants to support strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women's human rights anywhere in the world. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event - positive or negative - creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact.

 

Eligible groups for the RRG Program are women's rights organizations and individual activists who are affiliated with a women's organizations working in the country.

 

Rapid Response Grantmaking Program provides support in the following three categories:

 

• Response to armed conflict, escalating violence or politically volatile environments

 

(For example: In 2010, the organization “Helping hand” aimed to respond to the recent cases of severe violence against women and girls documented by media and womens groups (femicide, rape, battering, etc.) . The action involved conducting series of informational seminars for young people and the organization of a public awareness-raising campaign – a 5 km marathon against violence against women in Georgia;



• Potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, or actions that aim to protect a precedent that has already been set

 

(For example: In 2011, the organization “Anti-Violence Network of Georgia” aimed to implement changes in the civil code of Georgia relating to paternal identification, through the introduction of compulsory DNA testing. As a result, in December 21, the parliament passed the bill proposed by the Anti-Violence Network, which is an adequate legislative base for the identification of fathers in court cases (divorce, alimony, etc.).

 

• Protection and security of women human rights defenders

 

(For example: In 2011, within the scope of the program, a human rights defender was evacuated from the country by a local non-governmental organization.)

 

Grants must meet ALL of the following four criteria:

 

Unanticipated and Time-urgent - the action is in response to an unanticipated event outside the control of the group, and will take advantage of a small window of time (3 months or less) during which an intervention would have a significant impact
Strategic - the action is related to a pre-determined plan to create structural change that will advance women's human rights
Sustainable - the group is able to carry out the action effectively and secure funding for future work related to the action
Supported - the group has the support of others involved in the field of women's human rights or related fields, locally or globally

 

Rapid Response Grantmaking Program cannot provide support for:

 

• Individuals who are not affiliated with women's organizations
• Pre-planned or long-term projects (more than 3 months)
• Humanitarian aid or development projects
• Male-led organizations
• Bridge funding

 

RRG Grant amount ranges from 500 to 2 000 USD. The project duration is limited to 3 months.

 

Women's Fund in Georgia will respond to all applicants in 72 hours and will make decisions about funding within a week.


Upon request, the information provided in the proposal will remain confidential.

 

Proposals will be accepted on a regular basis throughout the year 2014 and there are no deadlines for the RRG Program. Proposals can be submitted by e-mail, fax or post or presented by a representative of the organization to the WFG office at the following address:

 

8, Sergo Zakariadze Str., entrance 4,  floor I, Apt. #74
Tbilisi 0177 Georgia

Tel.:+995 322 470702

Fax:+995 322 399998

E-mail: ana@womenfundgeorgia.org

 

 

                                                                        

Open Door Grants Program 2014

 

Women's Fund in Georgia announces an Open Door Grants Program for women's groups and organizations to meet women's up-and-coming needs. The program is open to innovative women's initiatives that coincide with WFG's priorities. Project proposals will be accepted on a regular basis throughout the year 2014 and there are no deadlines for Open Door applicants. Additional information may be requested from the applicant for the proposal review. WFG will respond to grant seekers within period of 2 months with the final decision. Grant amount ranges from USD 500 to USD 3000.


Proposals can be submitted by e-mail, fax or post or presented by a representative of the organization to the WFG office at the following address:

 

8, Sergo Zakariadze Str., Entrance 4, Floor I, Apt. #74,

0177 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 322 470702

Fax: +995 322 399998

E-mail: ana@womenfundgeorgia.org