Gender Fund to enhance gender equality 2021: different grant types offered globally

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This open call is an invitation to Global South and locally-rooted organizations – civil society groups, think-tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups, and feminist and allied movements, among others. Through this gender Fund, Co-Impact will support initiatives that are working to make systems just and inclusive and advance women’s leadership at all levels. We invite you to apply for the gender fund and join us in moving towards the common goal of transforming systems for women and girls to rise and thrive in leadership positions at all levels – in the household, in their communities and the highest national institutions.

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The deadline for submission is 20 December 2021.

Below is a summary of the gender fund application process and guidelines. Before submitting your application, please review our full guidelines in the Open Call document, which include additional detail and illustrative examples of what we fund, qualification requirements, and the timeline for the selection process.

We plan to hold three public webinars during the open call period on the following dates:

Overview of the gender fund

Co-Impact is excited to announce its Open Call for Country-level Grants to advance gender equality. This gender fund envision a gender-equal world where all people can live fulfilling lives – where systems and societies are just and inclusive, and women and girls belong in all places where decisions are made. To enable us to partner with a wide range of organizations, we will provide three grant types – Anchor, Domain, and Catalytic – each with its own purpose, range, and requirement for selection.

Through this open call for country-level grants, we will:

  • Support organizations that address root causes and foster systemic change.
  • Provide flexible and longer-term funding, including dedicated resources for organizational strengthening.
  • Ensure that 100% of the grants will go to Global South and locally-rooted organizations and at least 75% of our grants will be to women-led organizations. Co-Impact invites initiatives that focus on countries listed below: 
    • Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa.
    • Asia: India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
    • Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.
  • Prioritize an intersectional lens throughout our process – during the review, diligence, and selection.
  • Respect that the organizations we partner with are in the driver’s seat and best placed to determine the most effective approaches to achieve enduring change.
  •  We recognize the critical role that Women’s Rights Organizations and Feminist Movements play in advancing gender equality. Co-Impact commits to ensuring at least 10% of our funding will go to organizations that identify as these groups.

Grant Types

Co-Impact has three Grant Types that will support and nurture promising initiatives that focus on:

  • Systems change with the aim to improve gender-equitable outcomes and women’s leadership in the health, education, and economic opportunity sectors.
  • Institutional change to advance women’s ability to enter, rise to, and thrive in leadership positions in the academic and professional domains of law and/or economics.
  • Anchor GrantsThis grant will support systems change initiatives that aim to improve gender-equitable outcomes and women’s leadership in the health, education, and/or economic opportunity sectors. Each grant will support proven ideas to be ‘adopted at scale’ to benefit at least one million people. The estimated range of Anchor Grants is between US $5-20 million over a period of 5 to 6 years.
  • Domain GrantsThis grant will support initiatives that focus on institutional change to advance women’s ability to enter, rise to, and thrive in leadership positions in the academic and professional domains of law and/or economics. The estimated range of Domain Grants is between US $2-4 million over a period of 5 to 6 years.
  • Catalytic GrantsThis grant will nurture promising initiatives that are either in the Pre-Anchor stage (focusing on health, education, and/or economic opportunity) or the Pre-Domain stage (focusing on domains of law and/or economics). This grant type does not support new, experimental ideas; instead, we will support early-stage initiatives with a well-developed idea that has been tried in a specific context and would benefit from exploring pathways for sustained change at scale. 100% of our Catalytic grants will go to women-led organizations in the Global South.  The estimated range of Catalytic Grants is between US $1-3 million over a period of 3 to 4 years.No one grant type is considered more important than another. Anchor and/or Domain grants are not limited to any organization type but differentiated based on their sectors/domains of focus. Grant sizes are also not intended to communicate importance, hierarchy, or type of cause or approach. Neither are they intended to position some grants as instrumental to the objectives of the other. The intent is to recognize that organizations operate at different levels, have different budget requirements, and are at varying stages of development. The diversity of grant types is intended to provide an opportunity to work with a broader set of actors than we have in the past.

Application Process

We ask applicants to submit their applications through this link. This application portal will enable you to complete your intake form (for basic information about your organization and the initiative), and upload your concept note, evidence and other supporting documentation (listed at the end of this page). Applicants will use the same concept note template across all grant types.

Our preference is to receive the concept note in English. However, we recognize that English is not the primary language for many applicants. Hence, we will also accept the concept notes in Bahasa (Indonesia), French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tagalog.

To determine the grant type that you will apply for, please refer to each grant type’s purpose and qualifying criteria. We may re-categorize the application during our review process, in which case we will let you know. Our selection criteria and scoring rubric are available here.

Please refer carefully to the full guidelines for more details.

For more information and to apply please visit:

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