2018 Call For Proposals For ‘Leading From The South’ Programme


Organisation: Women's Fund Asia

Apply By:  15/11/2018


Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) is seeking proposals for its Leading from the South (LFS), a programme resourced by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the Global South. The fund is being implemented by four women’s funds in the Global South, of which Women’s Fund Asia is the implementing fund in the Asia region.

Objectives & Priorities

The grants are aimed to address 3 key overall objectives:

  • Addressing all forms of violence against women, girls, and trans people and advancing women and trans people’s bodily integrity and autonomy.
  • Protecting and ensuring full economic rights and justice for women, girls, and trans people.
  • Expanding democratic space, sustaining inclusive governance, and ensuring equal participation of women and trans people.
  • Within the above, priority will be given to groups and organisations that seek to:
  • Expand the Right to Movement and Labour
  • Promote Autonomy, Decisions, and Sexual Rights
  • Increase Access to Justice
  • Extend Environment Justice

Grant types and Size

  • Grants will range from €10,000 to €250,000 for a period ranging from 1 – 1.5 years.
  • The grants will be made available in the following categories:
  • FRONTLINE DEFENDERS: Organisations working at the community and sub-national levels as the front line of defence against rights violations, and mobilisers of women’s and trans people’s movements.
  • AMPLIFYING VOICES: National and subregional organisations and networks working on policy advocacy with key stakeholders and states, as well as campaigns on women’s and trans people’s human rights.
  • PROMOTING REGIONAL FEMINIST AGENDAS: Cross national, subregional, and regional groups and networks undertaking capacity, knowledge, and leadership building and advocacy for state accountability to advance women’s and trans rights.

Geographical Coverage

The call for proposals extends to 18 countries in Asia:

  • South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
  • East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only women’s rights organisations, networks, and women’s funds can apply for a grant. Applicant organisations must have:
  • Board Composition: The board should be led by a woman or a trans person and the board composition should be as follows:
  • Frontline Defenders: At least be 60% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans people;
  • Amplifying Voices: At least be 70% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans people. In case of a consortium grant, the board composition of the lead organisation should be minimum 60% women and trans; but the rest of the consortium members should be women and/or trans led.
  • Promoting Regional Feminist Agendas: At least be 70% of the governing board should comprise women and/or trans people
  • 60% women and trans people as staff, and a woman/trans person must head the organisation;
  • Programmatic focus on women and trans rights;
  • Women’s Funds need to be registered and working in the region for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Two or more women’s groups/networks can jointly apply as a consortium for any of the grant categories.
  • Organisations need to be registered in the countries mentioned above. Please note that organisations based and/or working outside of the specified countries are not eligible for applying for support under this programme.
  • Organisations must have the requisite legal registration to receive grants from foreign sources.