Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process | Application Eligibility

Are the categories of Catalytic and Implementation grants from the Fund for Gender Equality’s first grant-making cycle still applicable?

No. The Fund has changed its formula for funding based on lessons learned from the first Call for Proposals. Grants are no longer divided between Implementation and Catalytic Programmes. Instead, they are focused on women’s political or economic empowerment.

Application Process

When is the next grant cycle?

The Fund for Gender Equality has not set the dates yet, please check the website for updates.

What is the timeline for the application process?

Further details will be available with the next Call for Proposals.

When is the grant application form available? Where can I find it?

The Grant Application form will be made available when the Fund’s next Call for Proposals is launched. The 2011–2012 grant-making cycle has now been completed. The next call will be announced on the website.

What is the process for assessing grant applications?

Proposals are assessed by an independent Technical Committee comprised of experts in women’s economic and political empowerment, who are based in the regions of the world where the Fund conducts grant-making, to ensure contextual analysis of the proposed programmes. 

How many grant applications will be selected?

Due to the high volume of proposals received, only a small percentage of applicants will be successful in the Fund’s application process.

Application Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?

Women’s community-based, national or regional non-governmental organizations. Eligible organizations have women in the majority of leadership positions and holding a majority representation on the governing board. These include, but are not limited to, women’s community-based organizations; women’s agricultural cooperatives and associations; women-led workers’ organizations; local, national or regional women’s funds; women’s human rights organizations; and regional women’s networks.

Local or national governmental entities are also eligible to apply. These include, but are not limited to, ministries of gender equality, finance, labour and justice; human rights and electoral commissions; local governments; and parliamentary caucuses. Please note that international or inter-governmental agencies are not eligible to apply.

Eligible programmes may be led by:

  • A single women-led non-governmental organization/governmental entity
  • A partnership between one governmental agency and one women-led non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • A partnership between two women’s non-governmental agencies (NGOs)
  • A partnership between two governmental entities

If several organizations are applying together, how should they divide up the roles and responsibilities?

The lead and/or co-lead applicants are accountable for project management and contractual obligations. Additional implementation partners may be part of the programme proposed, but partners not identified as “lead partners” cannot receive funds directly from the Fund for Gender Equality. (Thus, they must be sub-grantees of the lead applicants, also known as “non-lead” partners.)

The Fund highly encourages the use of Memorandums of Understanding to define roles, responsibilities and lines of accountability between and among lead, co-lead and non-lead partners.

The roles and responsibilities of the lead/co-lead/non-lead partners – for example, the implementation of specific components of the proposed intervention – should be described in the proposal.

Which countries are eligible to apply from Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean?

The list of eligible countries will be released with the next Call for Proposals.

Does the Fund for Gender Equality support multi-country or regional programmes?

Yes. The Fund supports multi-country (operating in several countries) as well as regional programmes.

For multi-country programmes: Lead and co-lead women’s NGOs may implement programmes in a maximum of four countries. In this case please note that the lead and co-lead organizations must be registered in their home country (which must be one of the countries of implementation).

For regional programmes: the network must be legally registered as a women’s non-governmental organization/association in one of the countries of programme implementation. Networks must focus their work on a maximum of four countries for the duration of the proposed programme.

Does my entity/organization need to be a legally registered to apply?

Yes. Lead and co-lead non-governmental women’s organizations must be legally registered in their home country.

Lead and co-lead non-governmental women’s organizations proposing a multi-country programme must be legally registered in their home country.

Regional networks proposing a regional programme must be legally registered as a women’s non-governmental organization/association in one of the countries of programme implementation.

Articles of incorporation or other proof of legal registration are a required attachment for any grant application. Applications without these documents will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn from the application process.

Can organizations that are not legally registered apply?

No. Organizations that are not legally registered are not eligible to apply.

Which other types of organizations are not eligible to apply?

  • Multilateral organizations (UN organizations, international financial institutions, etc.)
  • Commercial sector, private enterprises
  • Individual public authorities or private citizens
  • Global or large international non-governmental organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations that do not focus on women’s issues or are not led by women
  • Research institutions, think tanks or academic institutions
  • Organizations with global scope, even those with local offices in eligible countries (e.g., international charitable organizations with national boards, grant-making organizations that fund in more than one region)

Can multilateral organizations (UN organizations and offices, international financial institutions, etc.) apply?

No. The Fund for Gender Equality seeks to fund local efforts and partnerships. Multilateral organizations (UN organizations, international financial institutions, etc.) are not eligible to apply for grants and cannot be included on proposals as either a lead or a co-lead partner.

Can international non-governmental organizations (such as confederations of organizations) with local offices apply?

No. The Fund for Gender Equality seeks to fund local efforts and partnerships. International NGOs (e.g., international charitable organizations with national boards, grant-making organizations that fund in more than one region), even those with local offices in eligible countries, are not eligible to apply for grants and cannot apply as either a lead or a co-lead partner.

Can I apply if my organization is based in the global North but the programme is in an eligible country or territory?

No. International organizations with headquarters in the United States or Western Europe are not eligible and may not apply as either a lead or a co-lead partner.

Can I apply for a programme based in multiple countries?

Yes. Multi-country or regional programmes may be implemented in a maximum of four countries, provided that the lead and co-lead non-governmental women’s organizations proposing a multi-country programme are legally registered in their home country (one of the four countries). However, applicant organizations applying for multi-country or regional programmes can only submit ONE application per grant-making cycle and only if they are not already receiving a grant.

May I submit more than one application?

No. Organizations that submit multiple applications will be automatically disqualified.

Can an organization be a lead or co-lead on one application and a partner (non-lead) on another application?

No. Organizations can submit only one application as either a lead, a co-lead or an additional non-lead partner.

What kinds of programmes are not funded by the Fund for Gender Equality?

The Fund will not consider requests to fund programmes with an exclusive focus on the elimination of violence against women as these are funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. For more information, visit the UN Trust Fund page.

Can grantees with ongoing projects funded by the Fund for Gender Equality apply for new grants?

No. Grantees with ongoing projects at the time of the call for proposals cannot apply for a new grant at this time.

Can an organization that has received a grant in a previous funding cycle submit a new proposal?

Yes. An organization can compete for funding again, provided the organization has submitted its final reports, complied with all grant closure requirements for their previous programme and received their final tranche of funds.

Can UN Country Teams (UNCTs) apply?

No. UN Country Teams are not eligible to apply for grants, and cannot apply as either a lead or a co-lead partner.

Can organizations that UN Women currently partners with apply?

Yes. This is permitted provided that the organization does not have an ongoing project funded by the Fund for Gender Equality at the time of the call for proposals. Please note that so long as an organization has submitted its final reports, complied with all grant closure requirements for its previously funded programme and received its final tranche of funds, it may compete again for funds.