Call for Proposals: Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund& Spotlight Initiative

Application Deadline: August 23, 2019.

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund is excited to announce its first call for proposal in Nigeria. Apply for new funding opportunities that support your local women’s civil-society organization.

WPHF seeks to fund qualifying projects in Nigeria that are high impact, innovative, and contribute directly to the following objectives:

  • Influence and advance progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG), including sexual and gender based violence / harmful practices (SGBV/HP)
  • Enhance women and girls’ safety, security and human rights

The Initiative’s Global Theory of Change entails a comprehensive approach to drive transformative change through the following six Outcomes/Pillars:

•Outcome 1: Enacting and strengthening legislative and policy frameworks
•Outcome 2: Building gender-responsive national and sub-national systems and institutions
•Outcome 3: Supporting evidence-based prevention programmes to promote gender equitable social norms, attitudes and behaviors
•Outcome 4: Establishing and strengthening available, accessible, acceptable, and quality essential services
•Outcome 5: Ensuring quality, disaggregated and globally comparable data
•Outcome 6: Strengthening and supporting women’s rights groups and autonomous civil society organizations


National and local women-led, or women’s rights-focused civil society organizations based in/have ongoing activities in Northeast Nigeria (specifically Borno and Yobe States) are eligible to apply.

Women’s grassroots/local/community-based organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Joint CSOs projects are allowed and encouraged.Women’s funds areparticularlyencouraged to apply to expand the reach of the funding to a broader cross-section of civil society

Nature and scope of the Call for Proposals

The WPHF, in partnership with the Spotlight initiative, will fund qualifying projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda.

The projects mustfocus on onecountry. Multi-country projects will NOT be accepted.As the Spotlight Initiative will be funding simultaneous calls for proposals launched through both the WPHF and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (EVAW Trust Fund) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda, applicants should carefully note the following:

-Organizations may apply either to the WPHF or the UN EVAW Trust Fund, but not both. Organizations that apply to both Funds will be disqualified.
-The WPHF will fund applications for grants of between USD20,000 andUSD200,000 in the aforementioned countries
-Organizations applying for grants between USD200,001 and USD1 million should apply only to the UN EVAW Trust Fund

Application Procedure:

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 23, 2019.

Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Application Packages can be emailed to: [email protected] is recommended that the Application Package be submitted asa single ZIP file.

The Secretariat will answer all questions from prospective applicants on 30 July 2019 and 01 August 2019 during an Open Day session at UNW in Maiduguri and Damaturu respectively.

Please submit applications in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. No other formats will be accepted

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund& Spotlight Initiative


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