Joint Gender Fund (JGF)
SUPPORTING COMMUNITY-LEVEL ADVOCACY EFFORTS THAT RESPOND TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The Joint Gender Fund (JGF) is a funding mechanism consisting of Irish Aid, Ford Foundation and RAITH Foundation (as primary contributors). The Fund provides supports civil society organizations and grassroots movements doing community level gender-based violence (GBV) programming. The JGF supports integrated, comprehensive and transformative programming interventions that contribute to a strengthened sector through harmonization and cost effectiveness.
The last few months of South Africa being in lockdown due the COVID-19 pandemic, has magnified that more than ever, GBV needs to be addressed as a systemic issue. This is especially true at community level and requires advocacy measures that consider the political, social and economic aspects of women's lives. For this reason, Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa (Hlanganisa) is taking a strategic direction towards a targeted approach to community-based organisations, out of the realisation that the process of change begins at community level.
Recently, South Africa has seen the finalisation of three critical GBV policies. The successful implementation of these policies depends largely on community awareness and social accountability. As such, The JGF sees the need to support the popularisation of these policies and the ability of communities to hold government and other structures to account for their implementation and monitoring thereof.
The Joint Gender Fund therefore invites community-based organisations with a focus on ending gender-based violence to submit funding proposals to support innovative projects and campaigns that advocate for awareness and more effective implementation of existing and new policies. Proposals should involve working with various stakeholders in society to responding to and preventing violence against women through popularizing of GBV legislation and policy frameworks. Advocacy efforts proposed by applicants should result in relevant government structures and departments having increased engagement with civil society formations.
These can be, inter alia, the key areas of Advocacy/Engagement:
- The Gender-Based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan
- The Policy Framework to Combat Gender-Based Violence in Institutions of Higher Learning
- The Victim Support Services Bill
- Disaster Risk Management in relation to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
- Promoting an end to Violence Against Women in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
1. PROPOSAL PARAMETERS
The JGF will continue funding innovative, integrated and comprehensive interventions that seek to engage with relevant government departments. The Fund will prioritise organisations that are working in ways, structured and systematic, that bring about institutional and policy changes related to gender-based violence. This call will seek to support those organisations with a plan to sustain or enhance their engagement with structures that have influence, authority or resources to ensure implementation aimed at combating or eradicating GBV/VAWG
Due to limited resources channels to some provinces,
2. This call will prioritise proposals from organisations working in, the following provinces:
- Northern Cape
- North West
3. Joint proposals are strongly encouraged
- The proposal should demonstrate clear objectives and a sound implementation approach.
Funding Period: A maximum period of 12 months
Grant Amounts: Up to R100 000
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, working at a community level in South Africa.
- Work on human rights/development issues as a core business.
- Have adequate financial and management systems or makes an undertaking to have such a system by the start of the grant.
- Have a governance structure that is active and involved or committed to putting one in place.
- Have strong leadership, participation and empowerment by people who experience gender-based oppression (particularly womxn).
- Have a vision for transforming unequal gender power relations.
- Demonstrate alignment with the overall strategy of the JGF.
- Be submitted only in the format provided.
- Be submitted via Hlanganisa grant management system.
- Reach the offices of the Joint Gender Fund by no later than 16:00 on 28 August 2020 No applications will be accepted after this time.
To submit an application, here
NB: Hlanganisa reserves the right to:
- Decline to consider any proposal that do not conform to any aspects of the proposal requirements.
- Cancel this call for proposals or any part thereof at anytime.