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Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2016 Request for Proposals



Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2016 Request for Proposals


February 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

Contact: Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director

Telephone: +1-617-261-4593

Email: [email protected]


BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its first 2016 grants round, “CRPD at 10: Accessing the Right to Development.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Malawi, and Myanmar. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2016.

The broad objective of the Fund is to empower DPOs in the developing world to use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) to increase participation of persons with disabilities in society.

In the first round of 2016 grantmaking, applicant organizations from Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, and Myanmar may apply for grants through an open Request for Proposals process. Organizations from Indonesia may apply by invitation only

Organizations may apply as:

a) Single organizations or partnerships for one-year Small grants;

b) State (in federal systems), regional, or district-level DPO-led coalitions for up to two-year Mid-Level Coalition grants; and/or

c) National DPO-led coalitions for up to two-year National Coalition grants.

Small Grants will range from USD 5,000 to 20,000 and will support efforts to increase DPO participation in decision-making on the CRPD and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to implement projects on specific CPRD articles or SDG goals.  Mid-level Coalition grants will range between USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (60,000 – 80,000 over two years) and will support passage of specific legislation or policy to accord with the CRPD and the SDGs at sub-national levels (including state, provincial, regional or district levels), and advocacy for governmental budgetary measures at these levels to implement the CRPD and SDGs.  National Coalition grants will range from USD 30,000 to 50,000 per year (60,000 – 100,000 over two years) and will support advocacy toward ratification of the CRPD/Optional Protocol, passage of specific national legislation to accord with the CRPD, the production of or follow up to civil society reports to UN human rights monitoring mechanisms (including the CRPD Committee, other treaty bodies, and the Human Rights Council), advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document, and advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website,  Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to [email protected].

With its sister fund, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund - which supports advocacy for CRPD ratification and legislative change in DRF’s target countries – DRF has granted more than $17 million to 259 different organizations in 32 countries (Africa - Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda; Asia - Bangladesh, India, Indonesia; Eastern Europe – Ukraine; Latin America & Caribbean - Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru; Middle East – Lebanon; and Pacific Island Countries – Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) and additional regional and international organizations, since 2008.

DRF is supported by a variety of donors, including: the Ansara Family Fund of the Boston Foundation, the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation, The Foundation to Promote Open Society, part of the Open Society Foundations and U.K. aid from the U.K. government. The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is a DRAF donor.