The Joint Gender Fund (JGF)
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – JULY 2016
The Joint Gender Fund (JGF) is a funding mechanism consisting of Irish Aid, Ford Foundation, RAITH Foundation and Hivos (as primary contributors). The Fund provides funding to civil society organizations doing gender-based violence (GBV) programming. The JGF supports integrated, comprehensive and transformative programming interventions that contribute to a strengthened sector that is more able to respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in the context of socio-economic inequality in ways that transform gender relations, address key intersections, and empower women and girls in particular.
The Fund sees itself as contributing towards building a strengthened sector through supporting stronger coordination and collaboration between donors, between civil society organizations, and between government and civil society. The Fund also seeks to enhance leadership and provide funding for innovative programmes that address the drivers of violence against women and girls in South Africa in ways that respond to and transform the underlying causes.
South Africa continues to experience significant levels of violence against women and girls. It is clear that there continues to be a need to address the drivers of GBV, and to strengthen community interventions, as local communities and households are critical sites in addressing the high levels of GBV in South Africa.
Through this call, the Joint Gender Fund is seeking to provide resources to enhance, strengthen or accelerate the work of community-based organisations (CBOs) involved in combating GBV. It is calling on relevant CBOs to take note of the guidelines listed below. For the purposes of this call, a CBO is defined as “a loosely structured organisation that usually consists only of one tier of staff/volunteers that conduct all the business of the organisation such as delivering services and conducting fundraising”. Organisations must be working at community level.
We call on interested civil society organizations located in North West Province, Mpumalanga Province and Limpopo Province only to submit proposals in response to the following:
Enhancing, strengthening or accelerating CBO interventions to address GBV
We are seeking those organizations who are already actively engaged in gender-based violence programming. These programming responses should focus on the community as a whole to address violence against women and girls, with a specific focus on interventions that include some or all of the following aspects:
- Provide response services, such as counselling and/or support services to survivors of GBV;
- Address a specific critical driver of GBV, such as alcohol abuse, unemployment, poor service delivery, attitudes and beliefs which normalize violence, etc., with a view to combating GBV;
- Integrate strategies to transform consciousness of men and boys, whilst centering and building the agency of women and girls;
- Contribute towards prevention whilst making the linkage to improved response services to mitigate GBV;
- Are able to demonstrate a clear change agenda / results that are sustainable in the medium- to long-term;
- Bring different stakeholders together for improved impact;
- Work in partnership with local government and other local stakeholders, if applicable and possible;
- Harness the capacity of key community structures to respond to the issue.
A second call (to be distributed later) will call for applications from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide capacity support to successful CBO applications with a view to enhancing learning, strengthening programming and broadening reach.
Successful organizations will be required to attend a one-day session in one of three major centres, Polokwane, Nelspruit and Mahikeng (funded by the Joint Gender Fund), on the final parameters and requirements of the programme.
BASIC CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS
All organizations applying for funding must comply with all the criteria listed below.
- Be a registered South African Non-Profit Organization
- Be located in Limpopo, North West or Mpumalanga provinces only
- Work on human rights/development issues as a core business, with some experience working to address gender-based violence (not necessarily as a main focus)
- Have adequate financial and management systems
- Have a governance structure that is active and involved
- Have strong women’s leadership, participation and empowerment
- Demonstrate alignment with the overall strategy of the JGF
- Have a vision for transforming unequal gender power relations
- Not exceed five pages in length
- Be submitted only in the format provided
- Be submitted by email, fax, post or delivery
- Reach the offices of the Joint Gender Fund by no later than midday on 25 August 2016
The application form can be downloaded from the JGF website (www.jointgenderfund.co.za), or requested by contacting email@example.com.
Applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to 086 677 8274.
Closing date for applications: Thursday, 25 August 2016
Funding Period: A maximum period of two years
Grant Amounts: Will vary based on the applications, but will not exceed R50,000.00 per year