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Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund accepting Applications for COVID-19 Emergency Response

Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund accepting Applications for COVID-19 Emergency Response

Deadline: 28 April 2020

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund is now accepting applications for the WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window.

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Apply for new funding opportunities that support your local civil-society organization in its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. WPHF seeks to fund qualifying projects of local women’s organizations that contribute to responding to COVID-19 in crises settings.

Funding Streams

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The WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window is divided into 2 funding streams:

Funding Stream 1: Institutional funding: from 2,500 USD to 30,000 USD
This funding stream will provide institutional funding to local civil society organizations working on women, peace and security and humanitarian issues to ensure they are able to sustain themselves through the crisis. Prospective applicants will need to demonstrate how the current crisis affects their institutional and financial capacities and how the funding would support them through the pandemic.
Funding Stream 2: Programmatic funding: from 30,000 USD to 200,000 USD
This funding stream will finance projects which aim specifically to provide gender-responsive response to the COVID19 crisis. Interventions could include, but are not limited to:
Strengthening the leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mobilizing of women’s organizations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention strategies are reaching all women (including through community radio, the use of technology, etc.).
Supporting women who will be most economically affected by the crisis, namely daily wage earners, small business owners and those working in informal sectors. This could be done through cash transfers, community funds and support to women-led small businesses.
Restoring and strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health services, including pre-and post-natal care.
Supporting prevention and response to GBV, including through safe shelters but also campaigns on social norms targeting male engagement in domestic work and combatting domestic violence.
Civil society organizations are allowed to submit 1 proposal only to WPHF under either the first or second funding stream. Organizations submitting 2 proposals will not be considered.

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Duration of the projects

The WPHF will consider projects for up to 12 months.

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The WPHF accepts applications in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

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Eligibility Criteria

The WPHF funds are intended for the benefit of civil society organizations.
National and local civil society organizations are eligible to apply. Women’s grassroots/local/community based organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Joint CSOs projects are allowed and encouraged.
The lead Applicant Organization must have legal status with the competent national authority). A proof of legal registration (or legal status) are a required attachment for any grant application. Applications without clear proof of legal status will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn from the application process. Note that articles of incorporation are not proof of legal status.
Organizations may not submit more than one application.
Civil-society organizations in all 25 WPHF eligible countries are qualified to apply.
Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh (Rohingya Crisis), Central African Republic, Colombia, Congo DR (Kinshasa, Kwilu, North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu), Haiti, Iraq, Jordan (Syria Crisis), Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States), Palestine, Papua New Guinea, The Pacific (Fiji, Palau, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu), Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen
Evaluation Criteria

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As you write your application, please keep in mind that proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Project design and objectives:
Alignment with the WPHF’s theory of change and expected results of the window.
Definition of objectives and results, taking account of previous evaluations in the same area.
Identification of a credible implementation strategy and sequential operation of activities.
Partnership with, and capacity development of local women’s organizations. Joint projects are strongly encouraged.
Identification of risks and appropriate mitigation measures.
Complementarity with other Funds and Programmes.
Programme management and monitoring:
A capacity building plan for CSO partners is in place to deliver programme results.
Realistic results schedule – in general, projects should not last for more than 12 months.
The allocation of budget resources to monitor and evaluate project activities over time.
The project falls within the limits of the Call for proposals.
The project demonstrates its capacity to catalyse additional finance.
The budget is sufficient and reasonable for the activities proposed and takes the scale of problems into account.
Viability and national ownership:
Promotion of national and local ownership in developing and establishing activities, and specific objectives to build the capacities of national and local players.
Implementation of partnership with national CSOs.
Viability of the programme beyond the financing period and (where applicable), how to reproduce it and improve it over time.
For more information, visit https://wphfund.org/call-for-proposal-covid19/

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