Grant Guidelines – Overview
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in the Global South, Middle East, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.
The 2012 “Implementing Our Rights” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:
- The first grantmaking round, consisting of a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for DPOs in India (States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Tamil Nadu or the National Capital of Delhi only) and Ukraine and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Indonesia, Lebanon, and Mexico is described in more detail below. The deadline for the RFP is March 15, 2012.
- The second grantmaking round, directed at DPOs in Bangladesh, PICs, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua and Peru, and consisting of both a LoI and RFP process, will be publicized in mid-2012.
Explanation of the Request for Proposals process follows.
Request for Proposals (for applicants from Indonesia, Lebanon and Mexico and successful LoI applicants from India and Ukraine)
Applicants can apply as:
- Single organizations or partnerships for Small Grants OR
- National DPO-led coalitions for National Coalition Grants
Single organizations or partnerships can apply for 12-month grants ranging from USD 5,000 to 20,000 to:
- Increase DPO skill in addressing the CRPD by
- Building more inclusive organizations or partnerships; and/or
- Internal capacity building; and
- Rights-based advocacy and monitoring through:
- Increasing DPO participation in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at state or local levels; and/or
- Directly addressing implementation of CRPD Articles.
National DPO-led Coalitions can apply for the first year of 24-month grants ranging from 30,000 to 50,000 (60,000 to 100,000 over 24 months) to develop a national platform to work on:
- Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified)
- Passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD
- Production of a parallel/alternative report to be submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Production of a report to be submitted to other UN human rights monitoring mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council or to other Committees of Experts from other human rights treaties
DRF supports projects that demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of the human rights of persons with disabilities. Grants provide one- or two-year, project-specific support. Cross-disability and other partnerships in-country are strongly encouraged, as are projects which address particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community.