Strengthening grant

Strengthening grant

Strengthening grants will open for applications on 8 January 2019.

The closing date for applications will be 5 February 2019.

Join us for an introductory webinar  for prospective applicants on 16 January 2019.

Looking for 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​​​​​​​.

Strengthening grant

New AmplifyChange learning system

Looking for inspiration about strengthening your organisation and boosting your advocacy strategy?

We are developing new resources that detail how some our best grantees are building their capacities and the tactics they are using to strengthen their advocacy.

This series of guidance is now available to access in our new online system.

The system has been designed to be used on your mobile phone, so that you can easily share links and resources with your colleagues.

Please note: we are still working on the system and we welcome your feedback to help us make it stronger and better for you. A link to give feedback is at the bottom of each guide.

Access the new AmplifyChange Learning system here.

Strengthening grant

What is a Strengthening grant?

Strengthening grants support time-limited, projects (usually up to 12 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 the costs of organisational development and boosting organisational effectiveness of an organisation dedicated to strengthening SRHR.

Strengthening grants range from EUR40,000 - EUR100,000.

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.

Strengthening grant

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.

Strengthening grant

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.

We work to maintain balance within the AmplifyChange portfolio between the 5 AmplifyChange priority SRHR themes. Therefore, in this Strengthening Grant round we are taking measures to support projects working on:

  • Abortion: we will aim for one third of grants approved in this Strengthening round to support projects working to remove barriers to safe abortion including decriminalisation

  • Access: we will aim for one third of grants approved in this Strengthening round to support project working to increase access to comprehensive reproductive health services for poor, vulnerable and marginalised people

The remaining grants will be distributed to the best applications working on the remaining three themes: Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Stigma and Youth.

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.

Click on the links below to find out more about Strengthening grants: