What are we looking for?

Opportunity grant

What are we looking for?

The purpose of this Opportunity Grant call is to fund civil society organisations that are women led and LGBTIQ led.

Opportunity grant > What are we looking for?

What are we looking for? 

We aim to be flexible in our funding approach so that smaller and new organisations can access our funding, but we do expect a project to have promising potential to achieve meaningful change for women and girls and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We work as a challenge fund, and applications are considered on a competitive basis.

We expect to receive a large volume of applications during this call and the number we will be able to fund will be limited. We therefore encourage all applicants to consider the following guidance carefully in order to give yourself the best chance of success:

Opportunity grant > What are we looking for?

For a better chance of receiving funding, an application should:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the problem you seek to address in the local context  
  • Include clear and realistic objectives
  • Articulate a well thought-out and feasible strategy to achieve change
  • Identify and work with key influencers and the authorities that have the power to bring about positive change
  • Respect confidentiality and place the safety and security of communities at the centre of its initiative
  • Identify any significant gaps in the organisation’s technical and / or institutional capacity and outline how these gaps will be addressed


Opportunity grant > What are we looking for?

We are particularly interested to fund projects that: 

  • Are submitted by small, grassroots organisations that are women-led and LGBTIQ-led groups that find it challenging to access funding
  • Aim to address the root causes and drivers of discriminatory social norms and inequitable power relations
  • Pilot a new idea or innovative approach and to learn lessons about what is effective
  • Implementing a promising practice that have shown initial success
  • Empower women, girls and LGBTIQ to advocate for their rights and access to services 
  • Work towards the development, improvement and effective implementation of laws and policies, including by-laws


Opportunity grant > What are we looking for?

We will not fund applications that: 

  • Are vague or lacking in specific detail
  • Include only ambiguous awareness-raising or ‘sensitisation’ activities without a clear influencing and follow-up strategy*
  • Do not include any advocacy
  • Are not realistic, feasible within the timeframe or budget
  • Do not demonstrate a convincing strategy to achieve meaningful change

*We have received many applications that reference ‘sensitisation’, ‘awareness raising’ and ‘meetings’ –if these terms are used in an application, they must be backed up with context and plans. Including justifying why you think these approaches are needed and likely to be effective.

Applications submitted in languages other than English or French will not be considered.

Opportunity grant > What are we looking for?

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