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Disability Rights Fund 2020 – Call for applications

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The Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund are grantmaking collaboratives that supports persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.

Below you will find information on our current grantmaking rounds.

2020 Round 2 Request for Proposals (RFP)

The 2020 Round 2 RFP is open from 20 July – 24 August 2020.

The following organizations are invited to submit a full proposal:

  1. Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) [1] from Haiti and Uganda that are either 1) current grantees or 2) LoI applicants that have received an invitation to submit an RFP;
  2. DPOs from Rwanda; and
  3. DPOs from the 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)

Important Notice for DRF/DRAF 2020 Round 2

Because COVID-19 is having an outsized impact on persons with disabilities and also presents new opportunities to raise visibility of disability, DPOs proposing efforts to promote a more inclusive COVID-19 response are especially encouraged to apply during this 2020 Round 2 grantmaking cycle.

All proposals should explicitly reference and promote the CRPD (as well as the SDGs and GDS18 Commitments, where applicable). All applicants should also take COVID-19 restrictions, precautions and opportunities into consideration when preparing Round 2 proposals.

The deadline to submit is August 24th, 2020 at midnight (your local time).

Please read the General Guidelines before starting your application.

General Guidelines (English or French)

Download the Application in English:

  1. Small Grant RFP
  2. Mid-Level Coalition Grant RFP
  3. National Coalition Grant RFP

BUDGET WORKBOOK

Download the Application in French:

  1. Volet de Financement Petites Subventions RFP (French)
  2. Volet de Financement des Subventions de Niveau Intermédiaire (MLC) RFP (French)
  3. Volet de Financement des Subventions aux Coalitions Nationales (NC) RFP (French)

BUDGET WORKBOOK (French)

General Information About Applying for a Grant from DRF or DRAF

2020 Countries

Round 2 (RFP in July/August): Haiti (LoI open, RFP by invitation only), Rwanda, Uganda (LoI open, RFP by invitation only), and 14 Pacific Island Countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Round 1 (RFP in February/March): Indonesia (LoI open, RFP by invitation only), Malawi, Myanmar, and Nigeria – Round RFP 1 is currently closed.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant for DRF/DRAF funding must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in a country targeted by the specific Round (outlined above)The following types of organizations may submit applications:

  1. Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of PWDs acting under the fiscal sponsorship[2] thereof)
  2. Partnerships among DPOs
  3. Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner)

Funding Streams

DRF and DRAF currently administer three funding streams during our biannual grantmaking rounds: Small Grants, Mid-Level Coalition Grants, and National Coalition Grants, as described below:

Small Grants

The Small Grants funding stream supports growth of a broader and more diverse disability movement to advance the CRPD at state and local levels. The priority areas for the Small Grants funding stream are detailed below. DPOs that are grassroots, rural, emergent/newly established, and/or not yet registered (with fiscal sponsorship) are especially encouraged to apply for grants in this category.

Small Grants Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 5,000 – USD 20,000. Grants will support activities to be implemented over a period of one year, and should be aimed at one of the following priority areas:

  1. Increasing DPO capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of rights at local levels
  2. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs – such as education, health or justice – and in government budget planning and implementation at the local level
  3. Increasing DPO capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of the SDGs
  4. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local government development plans and programs (as part of SDG implementation and SDG Voluntary National Reviews)
  5. Advocacy to advance fulfillment of the Global Disability Summit 2018 Commitments
  6. In Pacific Island Countries only: Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (OP) (where not ratified)

Mid-Level Coalition Grants

The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels, to ensure that national legislation and policy is implemented at these levels, including through establishment of budgets. In addition, this funding stream supports sub-national level coalitions to advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of PWDs and use the CRPD as a guideline.

Mid-Level Coalition Grants Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding). Grants will support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. National Coalition grants should be aimed at one of the following priority areas:

  1. Passage of specific sub-national legislation (including ordinances), policy, regulations, and/or budgetary priorities to accord with the CRPD
  2. Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs, such as education, health or justice, at the state (in a federal system), regional, provincial or district level in line with CRPD articles
  3. Advocacy to ensure that development stakeholders and development planning at sub-national levels, to implement the SDGs, are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  4. Advocacy to sub-national governments to advance achievement of Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) commitments[3]
  5. Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (OP) (where not ratified), or of other international or regional human rights treaties relevant to the rights of PWDs

National Coalition Grants

The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for ratification of the CRPD/Optional Protocol (OP) or other international or regional human rights treaties protecting and promoting the rights of PWDs. The stream also supports lobbying for legislative, policy, and budgetary changes to advance the CRPD; monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms as they relate to PWDs; or following up on recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of PWDs. In addition, this funding stream supports national-level coalitions to advocate for national development programs, policies, plans and budgets that aim to implement the SDGs inclusive of PWDs.

National Coalition Grants Funding Amounts and Duration

Grant amounts range from USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding). Grants will support activities to be implemented over the course of two years, however grants are given one year at a time. National Coalition grants should be aimed at one of the following priority areas:

  1. Passage or amendment of specific national legislation and policies to accord with the CRPD
  2. Advocacy for budgetary measures as well as regulations to implement new or amended legislation and policy promoting the rights of persons with disabilities
  3. Production of and/or follow up to Alternative Reports to the CRPD Committee and other human rights treaty bodies or reports to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
  4. Engagement with national government SDG focal point, civil society SDG platforms, and National Statistics Offices to ensure national action plans, programs, monitoring frameworks and data collection methods for implementing and monitoring the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  5. Advocacy to ensure inclusion of a disability perspective in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD
  6. Advocacy to national governments to advance achievement of Global Disability Summit 2018 (GDS18) commitments
  7. Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (OP) (where not ratified), or of other international or regional human rights treaties relevant to the rights of PWDs

Frequently Asked Questions

What DRF Does Not Fund

Glossary of Terms


[1] In DRF/DRAF’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.

[2] A fiscal sponsor is an organization that is legally registered and eligible to receive funds from foreign donors. The fiscal sponsor takes on legal and fiduciary responsibility for management and reporting of grant funds and transfers funds to the applicant group of persons with disabilities to carry out project activities according to a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement. Please contact DRF/DRAF  if you have questions about this process.

[3] While DRF seeks to support national-level organizations’ efforts to advance GDS 2018, single DPOs conducting activities around the GDS18 may also be considered.

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