Sunday, February 22, 2009

GRANTS- OSI International Women's Program February 2009 Call for Proposals

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GRANTS- OSI International Women's Program February 2009 Call for Proposals

Posted by: OSI International Womens Program <>

International Women's Program (IWP)

Call For Proposals - February 2009

~ Equality and justice under the rule of law ~

The mission of IWP is to use grant-making and programmatic efforts to
promote and protect the rights of women and girls in priority areas
around the globe where the principles of good governance and respect
for the rule of law are absent or destroyed because of conflict. IWP
seeks to promote the advancement of women's rights and gender equality
in law and practice, and the empowerment of women to ensure
participation in the democratic processes.

Proposals are solicited for the following countries only:


Middle East and North Africa:
Iraq (including refugees in the region)
Occupied Palestinian Territories

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Proposals benefiting other countries will NOT be considered at this time.

Focus of this Call for Proposals:

IWP invites proposals focusing on one or more of the following objectives:

1) Reducing discrimination and violence against women
IWP seeks to support initiatives that improve the status of women by:
* Strengthening legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms that
focus on women's rights
* Strengthening civil society's capacity to hold governments
accountable to implement laws
* Increasing women's capacity to understand and claim rights

2) Strengthening women's access to justice
IWP seeks to support initiatives that strengthen judicial response to
women and reduce the obstacles to access by ensuring:
* Legal aid, counsel and assistance is available and resourced
* Judges, lawyers and prosecutors understand and apply gender justice
* Transitional justice mechanisms are equitable and inclusive of women

3) Increasing women's role as decision-makers and leaders*
IWP seeks to support initiatives that encourage and increase women's
role as decision-makers in a number of arenas including the following:
* Peace and reconciliation processes
* Electoral and legislative processes
* Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Security
Sector Reform (SSR) and reconstruction programs

Grant Support

Organizations can apply for general support grant or support for a
specific project. 'General support' grants are intended for
organizations which focus on one or more of the listed objectives. A
general support grant supports unspecified organizational costs. Such
a grant is not awarded for any particular project or purpose. The
review process for this grant type will be exceptionally selective.
'Project support' grants are intended to fund targeted initiatives
related to one or more of the listed objectives.

Preference is given to:
* Organizations managed and led by women
* Organizations that have a five-year plus track record and
demonstrate sustainability
* Organizations that forge partnerships with other civil society
groups working on similar issues
* Local/indigenous independent non-governmental organizations or
initiatives that link local and international organizations

Grant Amount and Funding Timeframe

Organizations can apply for one to three year grants ranging from
$25,000 to $200,000 per year. Please note multi-year proposals will
require an annual assessment report prior to releasing the subsequent
tranche of funds.


Proposals must be received using the required template in English by
email (preferred), fax or mail on or by March 8, 2009. Contact the
program to obtain the template. Incomplete proposals or proposals
received March 9 or later will NOT be considered under any circumstances.

Please email the template to: (please write
'February 2009 call, country, and organization name' in the subject
line of your email)

If your organization does not have email access, please fax or mail
application to:
International Women's Program / Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019, USA
(Fax) 1.646.557.2601

Organizations will receive notification of decision by the first week
of May 2009. For those awarded grants, funding will be allocated by July 2009.

* Please note that OSI cannot provide funding for electoral purposes

Contact the International Women's Program to obtain the proposal
template required for all proposals.

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