Grant Opportunities

WATR x IGNITE! Empowerment Grants in Asia Pacific (up to $3000.00 to successful applicants)

WATR x IGNITE! Empowerment Grants in Asia Pacific (up to $3000.00 to successful applicants)

Deadline: 30-Sep-22

Youth Voices Count, together with Many Colored Sky is accepting applications for We Are The Rainbow (WATR) x IGNITE! Empowerment Grants to offer five grants of US$3000 each to youth-led LGBTQI+ organisations and groups across the Asia Pacific.

We Are The Rainbow (WATR) is a development and capacity building project of Many Coloured Sky, the Queer Development Agency, establishing comprehensive programs and building a policy, programmatic and community platform to empower LGBTQI+ communities and address the multiple risks and harms that many LGBTQI+ young people experience, including bullying, violence and harassment, discrimination and prejudice, family rejection, mental health pressures, HIV infection and sexual exploitation and assault.

The grants program is intended to support those groups in developing and facilitating activities guided by the principles and resources of the WATR project. As with previous IGNITE Empowerment Grants, this phase will be implemented over a period of six months, which will include pre-activity preparations, fund transfers, documentation and liquidation, and a mentorship scheme and shared-learning strategy.

Priority Areas
Inclusive, safe and accessible multi-session peer support and peer education for LGBTQI+ young people
Comprehensive parent and family group support and education about LGBTQI+ issues
Improving school access, safety and inclusiveness for LGBTQI+ young people
Improving social and health service access and relevance for LGBTQI+ young people
Improving safety and inclusion of LGBTQI+ children and young people in local communities.
Funding Information
The grant will provide a maximum of $3000.00 to successful applicants.
Strategic Approaches
As the organization grows, YVC developed “To Greater Heights”, the organization’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, which focuses on their strategic approaches
Awareness raising,
Capacity building,
Knowledge management, and
Network strengthening.
The organization acknowledges that young people live complex lives, which require complex solutions and interventions identified through a participatory and intersectional approach. This round of IGNITE! carries the same vision as the previous initiatives but with a deeper realization for community-centered programming.

Eligibility Criteria
Proposals must demonstrate the capacity of the organization to implement the proposed activities, including the relationships and networks needed to influence change.
The proposed activity should be able to demonstrate the ability to produce beneficial outcomes for LGBTQI+ young people by influencing one or more areas of their social environment (the Priority Areas,). Preference will be given to proposals demonstrating ability to generate lasting impact in more than one of WATR’s social environment priority areas.
The organization may or may not be legally registered, however they must operate in a country inthe Asia-Pacific region.
The proposed activity should be inclusive and responsive to the needs of local LGBTQI+ young people.
Successful grant recipients will work collaboratively with Many Coloured Sky and Youth Voices Count, Inc. to ensure shared learning and information exchange.
Priority will be given to proposals demonstrating intersectionality of issues and approaches to addressing marginalization.
Priority will be given to proposals inclusive of or focused on the experiences of LGBTQI+ young people under the age of eighteen, with clear strategies in place for child protection and safety, and appropriate legal consent.
Priority will be given to proposals from organisations demonstrating an ongoing and comprehensive commitment to LGBTQI+ young people’s rights.
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