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CALL FOR PROPOSALS - WLR - CFP - 2020 | Hlanganisa Community Fund for Social and Gender Justice Southern Africa




The Joint Gender Fund invites proposals from CBOs working in the area of land rights to submit funding proposals to advance their work and strengthen their institutions. The Joint Gender Fund (JGF) is a funding mechanism consisting of, Ford Foundation and RAITH Foundation (as primary contributors). The Fund provides funding to civil society organizations undertaking gender-based violence (GBV) programming. The JGF supports integrated, comprehensive and transformative programming interventions that contribute to a strengthened sector that is more able to respond to gender-based violence (GBV). JGF takes into account interventions that are relevant to the context of socio-economic inequality – in ways that transform gender relations, address key intersections, and empower women and girls in particular.

It is imperative that gender-based violence be looked at not only in the context of domestic violence, but also be addressed as a systemic issue. This requires advocacy measures that consider the political, social and economic aspects of women’s lives. The Joint Gender Fund believes that the process of change begins at a community level but also requires transformation at institutional levels – positive changes in practice, in policy, in programme implementation, in resource allocation as well as in levels of commitment and accountability.
The Joint Gender Fund will support community-based organisations to advocate for women’s rights as they relate to access to land and tenure. This will be achieved through funding CBOs working on women’s land rights, enhancing their capacity to engage relevant stakeholders and linking them to relevant local stakeholders and linking them to relevant structures and NGOs for support.

The JGF will work collaboratively with organisations championing women’s land rights. Whilst many of the organisations work at policy level, the JGF will focus on strengthening the capacity of small community based organisations in engaging with relevant local stakeholders including NGO advocating land rights to promote gender equity in the ongoing land tenure debates. As such, the JGF’s role will be complimentary to that of other civil society organisations working in women’s land rights and also facilitate linkages between their work and that of CBOs.

Overall Objective
To advocate for local level change through initiatives that address the intersection between gender-based violence and women’s access to land.

Indicative activities

  • Lobbying traditional leaders for increased allocation of land to rural women
  • Advocacy activities promoting agribusiness targeting young women
  • Public education campaigns on legislative provisions on women’s access to land and land tenure
  • Community-based participatory research on intersection between women’s access to land and gender-based violence.

The JGF will continue funding innovative, integrated and comprehensive interventions aimed at combating VAWG, including programmes that seek to engage with relevant government departments and other institutions with responsibility for concerted action against GBV. This call seeks to support those organisations with a plan to sustain or enhance their engagement with structures that have influence, authority or resources to ensure implementation aimed at combating or eradicating GBV/VAWG. The work of building voice, of preparation and reporting back from processes as well as survivor support may also be included or built into the description of the intended work.

Please take note of the following:

  • This call is open to organisations based anywhere in South Africa, but organisations based in, or working in, the following provinces, are encouraged to apply:
  • Northern Cape
  • North West
  • Mpumalanga
  • Free State
  • Taking into account the discrepancy in resources and capacity between NGOs and CBOs and the potential for strengthening CBOs, joint proposals between NGO’s and CBO’s will be considered.
  • The proposal should outline clear objectives and a sound implementation approach.

Funding Period
A maximum period of 18 months

Grant Amounts
Between R100 000 – R150 000 per year

All organizations applying for funding must comply with all the criteria listed below.
Organizations must:

  • Identify as a community-based organization (CBO) or grassroots womxn’s movement working in South Africa
  • Work on human rights/development issues as a core business
  • Have adequate financial and management systems or show commitment to putting such systems in place
  • Have a governance structure that is active and involved
  • Have strong leadership, participation and empowerment by people who experience gender-based oppression (particularly women)
  • Have a vision for transforming unequal gender power relations
  • Demonstrate alignment with the overall strategy of the JGF

Applications must:

To apply click HERE to register or login to apply for funding under this call for proposals. For further information please visit the Hlanganisa (www.hlanganisa.org.za).

Closing date for applications: 12:00 midnight on Monday 26th October 2020. No late applications will be accepted. Email info@hlanganisa.org.za for queries relating to this call for proposals.

 Hlanganisa reserves the right to:

  • Decline to consider any proposal that do not conform to any aspects of the proposal requirements
  • Cancel this proposal or any part thereof at anytime