South Asia Women’s Fund (1 May)

South Asia Women’s Fund

Call for Applications 2015-2016 – Phase 1
South Asia Women’s Fund is pleased to announce the call for applications for Phase 1 of 2015-2016

South Asia Women’s Fund is committed to supporting women’s organisations and activists working towards realising women’s human rights in the South Asian region. Through its grant making portfolios, SAWF provides access to resources for women-led interventions in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with a special focus on critical issues, disadvantaged and marginalised women, and within difficult contexts and circumstances.

The common threads that run through all SAWF’s grant making programmes are:
- Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women’s rights work in the region, key components of which are women’s decision making, agency and voices
- Strengthening women’s leadership, especially young women’s leadership
- Networking and collaborations among and between women’s rights groups and activists at a sub national, national and regional level
The call for applications is open from 1st April - 1st May 2015. Applicants are invited to apply under any of our themes (details below). You can download our Letter of Interest (LoI) format from Completed LoIs should be emailed to no later than the 1st of May 2015.

SAWF accepts applications under the following themes:
1. Strengthening Feminist Voices, USD 1000-10,000: grants under this theme provide critical funding for institutional support, research, collaborations and travel (to conferences, meetings and critical spaces), on a wide cross section of issues and topics that relate to women’s human rights. SAWF is particularly interested in supporting initiatives which are innovative and cutting edge; promotes collaborations among women’s rights groups; or strengthen the women’s movement - locally, nationally or regionally. Priority will be given to applications from small community based women’s groups.
NB. SAWF accepts applications for travel grants throughout the year, for up to USD 1000; however, grants are very limited, and applicants are advised to apply at least two months in advance.
2. Right to Safe and Secure Mobility, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports interventions focused on women’s right to movement, livelihood and choice. The types of grants supported
under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.
3. Right to Physical Integrity and Decision-making, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports initiatives that are led by young women or second line leaders of the women’s movement; or are aimed at promoting young women’s choice, sexuality and decision making on issues around forced marriage, right to choice and relationships etc. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.
Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we will only follow up with the shortlisted applicants. We will update you on the status of your application by 20th May 2015.

Who can apply?
- Any woman’s organisation whose annual budget is under USD 50,000, located in the focal countries1 can apply
- At least 70% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, its team should be led by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for women’s rights
- The organisation should be committed to feminist principles and rights based approaches
- A second-line woman leader of an organisation (which is not a women’s rights organisation) may apply for an individual grant
- Individual women activists or scholars may apply under the Small Grants Programme

Guidelines for the Letter of Interest
1. SAWF will accept LoIs in English and any of the regional languages (Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil and Urdu)
2. All LoIs should state clearly:
- the goal towards which the project will contribute
- the immediate objectives of the project
1 Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
- the project design and main activities
- the outcomes and measurable indicators
- demonstrate the rights based approach in their methodology and process statement
- provide a detailed budget, outlining the expenditures per activity
3. Priority will be given to interventions that:
- show fresh and new thinking
- are innovative, build upon other ideas
- show ways in which they will sustain the gains of the project
- use the grant to leverage the gains from an on-going project
- show links between this project and other on-going tasks, in a way to add value and contribute to strengthen the human rights movements
- use this grant to link with other national or sub-national initiatives to ensure a regional resonance.

Required documentation, without which applications will not be accepted:
- An attested copy of the registration of the organisation
- List of its governing body and executive staff
- Tax exemption status
- Audited accounts of the previous financial year
- Annual report, or any other document in its stead that lays out the activities, achievements and challenges that the organisation undertook in the preceding year

For any questions or clarifications regarding the call for applications or the Letter of Interest format, please contact us at