CVC welcomes for Small Grants to Support Temporary Emergency
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) is welcoming for its Small Grants to Support Temporary Emergency Services that is designed to help communities experiencing heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 crisis. These awards are intended to support CBOs working to operate temporary emergency services and support for individuals experiencing stigma and discrimination or gender-based violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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CVC has received reports from across the region of increased Gender-based Violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The increases in violence can be attributed to a variety of factors such as reduced access to necessities, financial stress, the potential breakdown of societal infrastructures, quarantines and social isolation, or the inability to escape abusive partners.
Gender-based violence has serious negative consequences for people affected by the violence, their families and communities, including immediate impacts on safety, mental, physical, and sexual health and well-being which if left unaddressed have long term implications.
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Small grants of up to five thousand United States dollars (US$5,000) are available for supporting emergency services for a period ranging between three to six months, with possibility of extension for an additional three to six months subject to project performance/impact and the continued availability of funding.
Registered community-based organizations from one of the following countries are eligible:
Trinidad and Tobago;
Antigua and Barbuda;
The organization must have a track record working with one or more of the following groups/communities:
Sex Workers of all Genders;
Persons Who Use Drugs;
Immigrants and refugees;
Vulnerable women and girls.
Informal groups with established track record working with the aforementioned vulnerable groups may also apply for funding, but will need to provide a fiscal sponsor to manage the financial and administrative matters of the grant.
This funding can be used to fund diverse activities and initiatives including but not limited to:
Measures to combat stigma and discrimination (S&D), and xenophobia against particular sub-groups (e.g. advocacy and public awareness campaigns);
Measures to prevent violence against women, sex workers and LGBTQI groups, and marginalized youth. (e.g. Screening of GBV by outreach workers and support staff);
Support packages to meet the emergency needs of individuals and family who have been affected by S&D or GBV (e.g. food or very temporary housing);
Support ongoing needs, ensuring their health and mental well-being is maintained. (e.g. socially distanced outdoor group hikes, mental support groups, ensure that PLWHIV can collect their ARVs and attend medical appointments etc);
Support to reduce the impact during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of COVID-19 (e.g. home drop-off of staples and other shopping items; services to ease childcare and educational support for children for single mothers);
Help to make sure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time. (e.g. whatsapp group check-ins, ensure people have minimal internet connectivity, organize small socially distanced gatherings to help people stay connected).
For more information, visit https://www.cvccoalition.org/blog/small-grants-support-temporary-emergency-services-and-support-individuals-experiencing-stigma