Strengthening grant

Strengthening grant

Strengthening grants will open for applications on 17 September 2019.

The closing date for applications will be 11 October 2019 at 5pm (UK time). 

Join us for an introductory webinar for prospective applicants on 25 September 2019 in English at 11am; in French at 2pm (UTC+1). 

Register for the English webinar 

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Focus

Central to our mission is the strengthening of a more diverse and community-led response to address sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the Global South. This is more equitable in the short-term and more sustainable in the long-term.

This Strengthening Grant round is therefore open to women-led, LGBTIQ-led and disabled persons civil society organisations only (please see further definitions here​​​​​​​). Applicants must also be Southern-based organisations from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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What is a Strengthening grant?

Strengthening grants support time-limited projects (usually up to 24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing

Strengthening grants support time-limited projects (usually up to 24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the SRHR priority themes of AmplifyChange.  We ask grantees to see our Theory of Change and think about which outcome they will contribute to through their proposed project.

Up to 40% of a Strengthening Grant can also be used to support core costs - the costs of organisational development and boosting organisational effectiveness of an organisation dedicated to strengthening SRHR.

In this round, a Strengthening grant will range from EUR40,000 – EUR100,000.  Grants will be for a maximum of two years (24 months).

We receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available. 

We will not consider grants below EUR40,000 or exceeding EUR100,000 in budget.  

Looking for more advice on how to write an effective application?

Check out our user guide on application writing and for much more see our user guide series​​​​​​​. 

Top tips for writing a proposal

We asked our Technical Review Panel to provide their top-tips for writing a strong application.

The Technical Review Panel are a group of SRHR experts from across the world who have decades of experience between them.  They have reviewed thousands of the best applications that we have received. Watch the video below to hear their advice.

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Who are Strengthening grants for?

Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support, strengthen quality and scale-up the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

Strengthening grants are also intended to support organisational development and boost effectiveness of organisations; we understand that this enables organisations to better implement projects that are aiming to secure improvements in SRHR. 

Strengthening grants are aimed at small to medium civil society organisations from the Global South. Therefore, eligibility is limited to organisations that have an annual expenditure of less than EUR1 million per year. This is calculated as an average of the organisation’s expenditure over the past three years.

This Strengthening Grant round is open to women-led, LGBTIQ-led and disabled persons civil society organisations only. Applicants must be Southern-based organisations from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. We specify this eligibility to emphasise the importance of representing the communities you are working with.

Please note: We will not review or consider applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria specified above

What is the Strengthening grant call for?

This Strengthening grant call focuses on supporting advocacy campaigns and organisational development within civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive change in one of the AmplifyChange priority themes or a justifiable intersection or combination of themes.

In this call for Strengthening grant proposals, we will consider proposals working to strengthen one or more of the outcome areas that AmplifyChange supports. These are:

  • Increasing individual awareness of SRHR as human rights
  • Improving access to SRHR resources, information & services
  • Transforming social norms
  • Changing policies & laws
  • Building stronger, more inclusive movements for SRHR

For more information please consult the AmplifyChange Theory of Change.

Please note that whilst we will consider activities that support all 5 outcome areas, if more applications are recommended for funding by our Independent Technical Review Panel than we can fund, we will moderate in favour of projects that fulfil our fund benchmarks and results framework

Do you want to learn from existing AmplifyChange grantees? 

Check out AmplifyChangeLearn.org

Some of the best AmplifyChange grantees have shared practical advice from their experience of strengthening their organisations and the tactics they have successfully used to advocate for SRHR. 

These quick-to-use guides are now available on amplifychangelearn.org which has been designed to be used on your mobile phone, so that you can easily share links and resources with your colleagues.

Developed in conjunction with organisations that have received Strengthening grants, we will be regularly adding more advice and stories of improvement from our grantees. We welcome your feedback to help us improve the service to your needs. So don’t hesitate to comment and share your own experience in the Help and Contribute section.

Access AmplifyChangeLearn.org here.

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Which countries are eligible for a Strengthening grant?

A project eligible for a Strengthening grant must be based in one of the following countries. (See map and list below). If you can't see if a country is highlighted in the map, please check the list for confirmation.

    • Afghanistan
    • Angola
    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Bhutan
    • Botswana
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Congo, Republic Of
    • Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
    • Cote D'Ivoire
    • Djibouti
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Ethiopia
    • Gabon
    • Gambia, The
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • India
    • Kenya
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Mauritania
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Rwanda
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Senegal
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Tanzania
    • Togo
    • Uganda
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

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