Mini Grants to Support Advocacy Campaigns
The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and its partners Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN), has announced the applications for Mini-Grants to Support Advocacy Campaigns focused on reducing the incident and impact of gender-based and intimate partner violence on key population groups.
This project provides a unique opportunity to institutionalize partnerships between civil society and governments to achieve and sustain effective programs that meet the needs of key populations (KPs) and diminish the HIV epidemic.
GBV and IPV are pervasive in the Caribbean and require urgent action at the highest level. In addition data indicates significantly higher rates of HIV prevalence among key populations in the Caribbean and the limited access to support programmes that address their specific needs.
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Understanding and addressing the broader gender-based aspect of this problem will also allow them to strengthen the networks and combine the resources of the groups that are working to dismantle gender-based discrimination and advance the human rights of sexual and gender minorities.
They will not make sustainable gains against the HIV epidemic if they do not also address the violence that key populations experience at the hands of family, community members, health care providers and police.
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The project seeks to achieve the following objectives:
To reduce structural barriers to key population services including stigma & discrimination and gender-based violence;
To improve knowledge generation and use of strategic information on key populations for decision-making and advocacy by communities and other stakeholders;
To increase domestic resources for effective key population programming; and
To mobilize resources for key population organizations.
CVC is pleased to announce funding for small grants to support Advocacy Campaigns inclusive of associated/related actions in support of key population groups, specifically women and girls, transwomen and men who have sex with Men . The campaign should focus on the the following general areas:
to improve laws and policies focused on GBV and/or IPV or to promote the development of strong zero-tolerance policies
strengthening the health sector’s response to GBV and IPV including: screening for abuse, risk assessment, providing medical care, counselling referrals to a network of service providers, and community-focused prevention initiatives.
To improve intersectoral coordination and monitor progress in developing national plans and policies on violence – creates commitment and political space for dialogue between civil society and the state e.g. score cards
Development of community-based networks for coordinating services to victims, improving access to justice and promoting violence prevention – to enhance the quality of care provided to survivors, and help mobilize public support for survivors and decrease tolerance of violent behaviour e.g. coordination meetings
Community-based educational activities to:
increase knowledge of legal and social rights and empower persons to seek help for abuse; and
promote community-wide changes in attitudes and practices related to gender norms and violence-related attitudes and behaviors against select KP groups.
Social media campaigns designed to document disseminate and promote services for survivors of GBV and IPV provided through multi-sectoral initiatives include telephone hotlines, emergency shelters, police intervention, legal assistance, counselling, psychological care, support groups, income-generation programmes etc.
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Each organization may apply for an award of maximum US$5,000 USD to support project-related costs for up to three (3) months.
Allocations for salaries, stipends, incentives and overheads should not exceed 40% of the total budget for the grant.
Requirements and Restrictions
CVC seeks to support quality and accountable programs. Therefore, all organizations funded through this grant-process will be required to provide monthly, mid-term and final reports, and will be required to utilize the community web-based M&E platform and database designed by CVC specifically for its partners.
Organizations should be able and ready to document appropriate financial and accounting controls, including measures to prevent duplicated use or misappropriation of funds.
PANCAP/CVC/COIN will provide close technical support and financial oversight of all mini-grants awarded.
Civil Society Organizations serving key populations that are based in Belize and Trinidad & Tobago.
For more information, visit https://www.cvccoalition.org/blog/call-proposals-mini-grants-support-advocacy-campaigns-focused-reducing-incidence-and-impact-2