Deadline : 8th April 2020
Applications are now open for Civicus Solidarity Fund (CSF) 2020 for youth and women organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grassroots movements, community or people’s organizations, and social enterprises.
Who can access the fund? The fund is accessible to CIVICUS members that normally struggle to access resources and support due to restrictions in the space where they operate, their organising characteristics or simply who they are and what they challenge: small CSOs (formal and non-formal), individuals, movements- particularly from the edges- and early-stage social advocates and entrepreneurs that are contributing to transformational impact in the communities served.
The objectives of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund 2020 are to:
- Enhance solidarity within the alliance, fostering a sense of belonging to a global movement for change;
- Support civil society diversity and resilience, especially among smaller, non-formal actors;
- Create opportunities where they do not exist for change-seeking actors to contribute to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
Eligibility Guidelines for Civicus Solidarity Fund 2020
Applications are open to all types of organizations and individuals across CIVICUS’ membership – youth and women organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grassroots movements, community or people’s organizations, and social enterprises.
Priority will be given to small, informal groups and individuals from the global south and from contexts with restricted spaces.
- You must be a CIVICUS voting member or associate member.
- You are trying to address a specific problem or need for a particular community. You may also be aiming to support cutting edge work and innovative ideas also geared at assisting or enhancing the needs of a targeted community. Costs of legal action, media coverage, travel/participation support to mission-aligned events and enhancing safety/wellness of activists and their communities are also admissible.
- The CSF will also accept proposals for core or unrestricted funding. This includes funding to sustain the daily activities of your individual advocacy work or your organisation’s work. This can include salary for personnel, office rent, etc.
- Your application and/or proposed initiative clearly strengthens civil society and citizen action, contributing to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
- Your proposed project unfolds over a maximum of 12 months.
Rapid Response Funding
- In order to address the urgent nature of Rapid Response proposals, the CSF no longer directly accepts Rapid Response proposals during the open call for applications. Instead, it will operate on a strict referrals-only basis.
- You may still submit a proposal that addresses a severe restriction on civic space through the flexible funding application process. However, we will require a full 2 months from the close of applications to come to a decision.
- Please do not send requests to the Crisis Response Fund (CRF) asking to be referred to the CSF. Referrals are based on an internal vetting process in keeping with the CRF’s donor guidelines.