Strategic Grants will be opening for applications on 27th June 2017.
Please read all the guidance carefully if you are considering an application.
What is a Strategic grant?
The purpose of a Strategic grant is to support organisations that work globally and regionally to advocate and help shape policy and strategy on the priority themes of AmplifyChange. Strategic grant applicants must therefore be able to demonstrate achievement in at least one of the five priority areas of AmplifyChange:
- Addressing gender-based violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation;
- Addressing the causes of unsafe abortion including decriminalisation of abortion and thereby supporting a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion;
- Improving sexual health of young people and girls, including through comprehensive sexuality education and addressing forced and early child marriage;
- Challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws that undermine human rights, including on grounds of gender or sexual orientation of LGBTI individuals;
- Increasing access to comprehensive reproductive health services for poor, vulnerable and marginalised people
Strategic grantees work to bring about change at the global and regional levels, working with their connections, networks and partners at the national level. Strategic Grants contribute to more resilient civil society movements working on neglected or missing SRHR issues; building movements that are inclusive and diverse and led by southern-based activists. Strategic grants offer a mechanism to reinforce these movements with standard-setting and capacity-building expertise, or innovate such as introducing new concepts, techniques from the cutting-edge of advocacy campaigning. This includes linking and learning from networks of organisations based in the Global South, including AmplifyChange grantees. The successful applicants will be expected to work with AmplifyChange in the design of linking and learning activities to maximise the opportunity to foster new connections offered by the AmplifyChange portfolio, alongside connections that the applicant has established and seeks to create.
What priority themes are we encouraging applications for?
AmplifyChange welcomes all applications that address our five priority themes as above. However, Strategic grants aim to add value. Strategic grants are part of a growing portfolio of southern-led SRHR advocacy grants that AmplifyChange has already awarded. This guidance has therefore also considered the current composition of the AmplifyChange portfolio and missing-themes from the applications we receive.
We would therefore especially encourage applications from organisations that work globally and regionally on the following issues within the 5 thematic areas of AmplifyChange. Our terminology of ‘especially encourage’ means that if there are high-quality applications that are equal in all other respects, we will moderate for the following:
Intersections between gender-based violence and barriers to safe abortion:
Approaches that strengthen advocacy for safe abortion, including responding to the intersections between gender-based violence and barriers to accessing a safe abortion.
Challenging stigma, discrimination, attitudes and laws:
Support to the development of LGBTI rights movements, focusing on supporting organisations in parts of the world where movements are effectively non-existent or most underdeveloped.
Improving sexual health of young people:
Systematic approaches to mainstreaming comprehensive sexuality education, including its systematic implementation within schools and out-of-school approaches in regions with the weakest commitment to comprehensive sexuality education.
Menstrual hygiene, including the role of advocacy in expanding access to sanitary products, removing stigma around menstruation and the role of menstrual hygiene management information and empowerment in comprehensive sexuality education.
Access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services:
Approaches that build advocacy movements that respond to strengthen SRHR and access to SRH services for people living with disability.
What is the value of a Strategic Grant?
Strategic grants will be between EUR 550,000 to EUR 2 million over 2 years.
We anticipate awarding between 3-8 Strategic Grants in this round, depending on the applications received and our funding envelope.