A central tenet of membership in the CIVICUS alliance is belonging to a global movement that stands in solidarity. In this spirit, the alliance is launching the first cycle of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund (CSF), a member-led and member-resourced mechanism that makes provision for both flexible and rapid response funds. The framework for the CSF was approved by members during the 2018 Annual General Meeting. The fund is accessible to a broad spectrum of constituents that normally struggle to access resources and support due to restrictions in the space where they operate, their organising characteristics or simply who they are and what they challenge. These include small CSOs (formal and non-formal), individuals, movements- particularly from the edges- and early-stage social advocates and entrepreneurs that are contributing to transformational impact in the communities served. In addition to financial support, members accessing the Fund are assisted with tools, mentorship, visibility and knowledge sharing.
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The objectives of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund are to:
- Enhance solidarity within the alliance, fostering a sense of belonging to a global movement for change;
- Support civil society diversity and resilience, especially among smaller, non-formal actors;
- Create opportunities where they do not exist for change-seeking actors to contribute to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
CIVICUS Solidarity Fund has two funding streams and applications are open to all types of organizations and individuals – youth and women organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grassroots movements, community or people’s organizations, and social enterprises.
Priority will be given to small, informal groups and individuals from the global south and from contexts with restricted spaces. However, if duly motivated, proposals can be also accepted from established organisations of different geographies/contexts.
Deadline: Sunday, 20 October, 2019 23:59 UTC
Please review the following eligibility guidelines:
- You must be a CIVICUS voting member or associate member.
- You are trying to address a specific problem or need for a particular community. You may also be aiming to support cutting edge work and innovative ideas also geared at assisting or enhancing the needs of a targeted community. Costs of legal action, media coverage, travel/participation support to mission-aligned events and enhancing safety/wellness of activists and their communities are also admissible.
- Your application and/or proposed initiative clearly strengthens civil society and citizen action, contributing to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
- Your proposed project unfolds over a maximum of 24 months
Rapid Response Funding
- You are a CIVICUS voting or associate member.
- If you are not a CIVICUS voting or associate member, then please have your application referred to us by a CIVICUS voting member or by the Secretariat. For more information on being referred through the Crisis Response Fund please contact email@example.com.
- Your activity is an urgent intervention or an immediate response to a pressing threat. Some projects that would be considered eligible include actions to repeal restrictive legislation, advocacy work to ensure freedom of association and assembly, and others. Please see some examples of projects that would be considered eligible for Rapid Response funding here.
- Your proposed project will unfold over the course of six months or less.