Description

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.

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Eligibility

(1) Strategic grants are open to all registered civil society organisations – please see our definitions of CSOs here.

(2) The applicant must have a proven track record and capability in advocating to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights within global or regional level processes, through the support they provide to networks, partners and organisations working at country level.  

(3) The applicant must provide demonstrable evidence of the ability to operate in more than one geographic region (regions defined as West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa or South Asia).   

(4) The applicant must be an established civil society organisation with a transparent governance structure, and will be required to submit, as part of their full application, their (i) organisational strategic plan and (ii) a results framework of expected results and outcomes.  

(5) The organisation's average annual expenditure (taking the last 3 years to make the average) must be at least twice the amount the organisation is applying for; so for example if an organisation is applying for EUR600,000, its average 2014, 2015, 2016 annual expenditure must be at least EUR1,200,000.  

(6) The applicant must respond to the two essential areas for action and at least 2 out of the 6 other areas of action. 

Organisations may submit up to two applications as a lead organisation; but there is a limit of one Strategic grant per lead organisation in this funding round. It is possible for an organisation that is awarded a Strategic grant as a lead organisation to also be indicated as a sub-contractor on another Strategic grant led by another organisation.  

Previous applicants are welcome to apply. However, given the specific criteria defined in this second round of the Strategic grant, previous applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a new expression of interest that aligns with this particular guidance.  

All current AmplifyChange grantees are welcome to apply and will be considered equally in all respects.    

 
How to Apply

AmplifyChange is a challenge fund, and Strategic grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. We strongly recommend that applicants consider this guidance prior to applying, and carefully judge whether they are likely to meet the eligibility and scope of activity for a Strategic grant.

Strategic grant applications will be submitted online via the AmplifyChange website (www.amplifychange.org). 

No other method of application will be accepted. 

This is a two-stage application process.

The first stage – the expression of interest - will open on 27 June 2017. Applicants will have four weeks to submit the short expression of interest. The deadline is 5pm (BST) on 25th July 2017. 

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the AmplifyChange independent Technical Review Panel. Following this review, full applications will be invited based on this assessment.    

*The expression of interest application will be live on 27 June via the grants portal.