The Solidarity Fund: Inviting CBOs to address Gender-based Violence in South Africa
The Solidarity Fund is inviting eligible community-based organizations (CBOs) to apply for funding in support of critical activities and services related to addressing gender-based violence (GBV) across the country.
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Over the past five years, the rates of reported violence against women in South Africa have shown a general increase. This fact has been clearly highlighted by numerous high-profile incidents of femicide in the past two years, which of course represent just a small proportion of women facing violence in their homes and communities.
The vast majority of services related to GBV are delivered at community-level, often by small CBOs. The Fund wishes to provide direct support to these organizations, which often struggle to access funding from established donors for a variety of reasons.
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The Fund will award once-off grants ranging from R50 000 to R250 000 to successful applicants in support of any of the above activities.
The Fund will provide funding to organizations that have a track record of at least 12 months of implementing similar or related activities that fall within the following three broad categories:
Communications activities to drive awareness and behavior change
Maintenance of safe spaces for women, children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities)
Skills development and economic empowerment programs for at-risk women and other vulnerable groups
Individual and family counseling and psychosocial support services
Positive parenting programmes
Programmes addressing gender norms, including those that focus on men/boys
Programmes focused on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as self-empowerment (voice and agency) of women and girls
Provision of trauma counseling to GBV survivors, as well as referrals to relevant social services
Maintenance of shelter services for women and children
Programmes to improve access to public and private emergency response
Support and capacity-building for community caregivers
Provision of access to protection services
Access to Justice
Provision of non-profit and/or free legal and paralegal support services
Provision of support to victims to navigate and interact with the criminal justice system
The Covid-19 pandemic has made a bad situation worse. Despite substantial ongoing efforts to tackle GBV in South Africa, many gaps remain, which have only been exacerbated by the COVID lockdown. These include:
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Shortage of PPE and other critical health supplies at shelters and care centers;
Accurate information and awareness among women and girls about available GBV services;
Services (e.g. psychosocial support and legal aid) for women who are experiencing violence;
Awareness and sensitization among the police about how to properly manage GBV cases
Inadequate private sector response and partnerships on preventing and responding to GBV;
Poor coordination among key stakeholders; and
Inconsistent data and evidence about the incidence of GBV.
For the purposes of this call, a community-based organization is considered to be one that is based in and serving a local community. To be considered for funding, CBOs will need to submit the following:
Proof of registration as a Non-profit Organization with the Department of Social Development (i.e. valid NPO Certificate) and/or as a Public Benefit Organization from SARS (i.e. valid PBO letter)
Most recent 6 months’ bank statements (the bank account must have been opened on or before 1 January 2020)
Proof of track record, highlighting your experience with the specific area of focus you are proposing. This can be a reference letter from a trusted person familiar with your work (e.g. ward councilor, chief, local religious/community leader or a funder) and/or a signed funding agreement from a donor and/or a previous report you have sent to a funder/Department of Social Development)
Copy of founding document (e.g. constitution, memorandum of incorporation, trust deed)
ID copy and proof of residence for each of your board members, directors or trustees (for FICA purposes).
Proof of residence may include e.g. utility or retail bill, lease agreement, affidavit from a police station, letter from a ward councilor)
For more information, visit https://solidarityfund.co.za/gender-based-violence/