The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organisations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realisation of their rights. By specialising in grantmaking and focused, tailored movement building programmes, we work to strengthen and support the work of African women’s organisations.
By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, the AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote African women as active agentsof change.SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2020
Is your organisation an African feminist or women’s rights organisation with cutting edge ideas for advancing women’s rights and creating systemic change? Is your organisation led and largely staffed by women, and registered on the African continent? If yes, then you can apply for this AWDF grant in one or more of the thematic areas listed below:
1. ECONOMIC SECURITY & JUSTICE
2. BODY & HEALTH RIGHTS
3. LEADERSHIP, PARTICIPATION & PEACE
4. POST-COVID 19 RESPONSE & ADVOCACY
AWDF encourages applications for work that is led by and supports the leadership and concerns of women facing multiple discriminations (women with diverse abilities; women living with HIV and AIDS, young women, LBTQ communities, women sex workers, women in the rural areas and marginalised women in urban areas. For more details on the call for proposals, click here
AWDF’s work is guided by its five year strategic plan Shaping the Future (2017-2021). Under this
plan, AWDF funds work focusing on three themes:
Within these themes we also have a particular focus on supporting the following three cross-cutting approaches:
Using the arts, culture, sports and technology for activism and social change
Supporting the leadership and concerns of women facing multiple discrimination (including women living with HIV, women with disabilities, economically marginalised women in both urban and rural areas, lesbians, bisexual and transgender women, young women (under age 25), AWDF will prioritise programs that empower women with skills, information, sustainable livelihoods, opportunities to fulfil their potential, and the capacity to make transformatory choices
with the aim to promote women’s leadership and development in Africa.
Who Can Apply?
AWDF was founded to support the leadership and agency of African women in transforming society towards equality and justice. In that light, under its main grants programme, AWDF supports African women’s organisations that meet the following criteria:
Women-led, with a majority women staff and boardA stated commitment to supporting women and/or advancing women’s rights/ gender equality in their mission/vision Organisations registered in any African country, and working at the local, national, subregional or regional African levels. (Note that AWDF is not able to transfer funds to organisations based in Sudan, South Sudan or Somalia. However, we are able to support organisations based in other African countries that are implementing initiatives in these countries).
Organisations applying to AWDF for the first time, and past grantees who have not received a grant from AWDF in the past three years should send a reference letter, and the name and contact information for an additional referee who knows the organisation’s work. Referees may be donors,
other organisations– including grantees of AWDF. Political parties, religious institutions, government bodies, for-profit organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding either independently or as part of a consortium.
What Types of Grant request do we Support?
AWDF will award grants to organisations working to advance progress in the thematic areas
specified above. AWDF accepts requests for project funding however encourages applicants
to incorporate adequate budget to cover core operating costs.
AWDF also awards capacity building grants that focus on advancing organisational growth
and development – for example strategic planning, developing fundraising and
communications strategies, strengthening organisational governance systems and human
Activities to be Considered for Funding Include
Activities not eligible for funding:
Application and Decision Makung Timeline
AWDF awards two cycles of grants (in the second and last quarter) each year. Applications can be
sent in at any time, however the applications will be assessed for approval twice a year.
Grant sizes vary per call. Please refer to the maximum grant sizes indicated in the call for applications
you are responding to. Organisations applying for grants of US $20,000 and above will be required to provide audit report conducted by a reputable audit firm.
Note that AWDF will only consider grants amounts that are less than 50% of an organisation’s annual
income as evident in the latest annual audit statements.
What We Look For in Grant Applications
HOW TO APPLY
Interested organisations should send in their proposals to the AWDF secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the grant application form. Applications can be sent in English, French,or Portuguese, by email, or post. Please note that we accept applications by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Read More About this Grant here https://awdf.org/call-for-applications-main-grant-2020/