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Application Process

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2nd Assessment by Grants Committee

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Orientation and Grant Award

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria for Fiji based women’s groups, organisations or networks include:

  • must be governed and led by women, with women filling the majority of leadership positions (including equality of financial control mechanisms);
  • have a clear commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • come from or have reach to remote, rural, or other marginalised groups;
  • be open to working with diverse groups and issues regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, people living with disability; and
  • have worked as a group for at least one year.

Other eligibility criteria include:

  • self-identification i.e. they identify as women’s groups, networks or organisations;
  • ability to manage funding and other support – either directly or through relationship to a third party. Direct grants will require an independent bank account controlled by women; and
  • willingness and availability to participate in evaluation and training activities as appropriate to the size and type of grant
  • women focussed projects managed by organisations that do not specifically focus on gender may occasionally receive support from the Fiji Women Fund if they work with particularly marginalised groups: for example, women within groups of people with disabilities or women within LGBTQI organisations

Application Timeline

Sustainability Grants: will open from November to January; the EOIs are assessed in February, invitations to submit proposals sent in February, proposal assessment in March; selection completed in March. 

Movement Building Grants: is open twice a year from November to January and May. EOIs will be assessed in February and May.

Resilience Grants: open throughout the year. We will be striving to respond to your request within 14 days of application. However, proposals in languages other than English may require additional time for translation.

Once a grant has been approved, the amount requested will be delivered within 10 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum eligibility criteria for Fiji based women’s groups, organisations or networks include:

  • must be governed and led by women, with women filling the majority of leadership positions (including equality of financial control mechanisms);
  • have a clear commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • come from or have reach to remote, rural, or other marginalised groups;
  • be open to working with diverse groups and issues regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, people living with disability; and
  • have worked as a group for at least one year.

Other eligibility criteria include:

  • self-identification i.e. they identify as women’s groups, networks or organisations;
  • ability to manage funding and other support – either directly or through relationship to a third party. Direct grants will require an independent bank account controlled by women; 
  • willingness and availability to participate in evaluation and training activities as appropriate to the size and type of grant
  • Promotes diverse women’s rights as their primary mission. (Consideration will be given to organisations that do not specifically focus on gender but have women focused projects

Eligible programs or projects that can be funded should focus on at least one or more of the following:

  • eliminating violence against women 
  • increasing viable women’s economic opportunities;
  • improving women’s participation in leadership and decision-making;
  • strengthening women’s groups and coalitions for change in relation to the above areas;
  • programs or projects which link together one or more of the above themes through advocacy, research or learning activities;
  • support to individual women or families – such as through scholarships or individual or family assistance payments;
  • infrastructure such as community halls, resource centres, roads, or water supplies[1];
  • religious or political activities, i.e. grantees must adopt a non-religious[2] and non-political[3], neutral approach;
  • fundraising, donations or prizes;
  • repayment of loans or bank overdrafts;
  • expenses which have already been paid for (retroactive funding);
  • purchase of assets such as vehicles, including boats, unless specified in the call for EOIs or demonstrated to be essential for the success of the activity;
  • activities which are contrary to the interests of the Fund;
  • support activities by partisan political organisations;
  • activities / organisations that have a significant component of professional salaries at Australian or ‘expatriate’ rates[4];
  • activities / organisations that are focused primarily on the provision of infrastructure, equipment, freight or construction / renovation of buildings; and
  • grants will not be paid to organisations with proven terrorist activities or links to terrorist organisations.

[1] From the design mission, it was clear that water and sanitation infrastructure remains a pressing need in a number of areas. As the Fund, will not have the technical expertise to support such construction, the approach will be to link women’s groups with those who do have the capacity. There were also a number of requests for resource centres and community halls during the design mission but it was apparent that a number of these have been constructed and are largely unused due to tensions in the community. It is not feasible or desirable to undertake such construction for all small groups.

[2] Religious activities include the evangelism or missionary outreach and/or the subsidisation of these activities

[3] Political activities include direct or indirect interventions in electoral or party based political activities such as election campaigns, election processes, supporting or opposing a political candidate during elections and contributions to a political party or individual candidate’s fund (even if independent)

[4] This would unduly influence the labour market and would affect the sustainability of the activity.

Unfortunately, the Fiji Women’s Fund only accepts applications submitted by women’s organisations or groups or collectives based in Fiji. We do not accept requests from individuals and do not fund projects proposed by or for the benefit of individuals (including scholarships) and private owned businesses.

Applicants do not need to be registered entities to qualify for funding.

Yes.  The Fiji Women’s Fund accepts and assesses as many applications as you wish to submit in one grant call for Sustainability and Movement Building Grants.

It will take at least three months from the time the grant call opens to hear back on your grant application.

Our grants can be used for general support and/or projects for a period of 12- 24 months and are open to renewal/extension upon request.

The Fund team is responsible for providing adequate and flexible support to grantees. These responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the use of reporting templates and providing monitoring and evaluation support as required. This could involve assistance in developing a monitoring and evaluation plan, identifying appropriate approaches and tools for monitoring, collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and designing and conducting evaluations.
  • Providing opportunities for women’s groups, organisations and networks to share stories of change and lessons learned through peer learning activities.
  • Providing, via the Capacity Development Strategy, tailored support in financial management, gender equality and social inclusion training and other relevant support including communication, governance and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Monitoring the implementation of grantees projects by conducting field monitoring visits.

The Fund allows for amendments to the original proposal submitted by grantees. It is possible that during the term[1] of the grant agreement, grantees will realise that the work plan or budget may need to change to respond to changing circumstances. These circumstances might include, for example, increased costs of certain activities, or changed numbers of participants. Additionally, the context at the community level may change and new needs may be identified by the, grantee. As long as these changes are in line with the overall objective(s) of the grant and do not exceed the total grant amount, an application must be made in writing to the Fund management. And the grantee advises the Fund before a change is made, the Fund will be flexible about making changes to grant agreements, and both the grantees and the Fund should sign Amendments.

According to the grant agreement, changes within the upper limit of each budget line, and changes of up to 10 per cent between budget lines can be accepted without the need to amend the Grant; however, the Fund must be notified of any changes. Changes greater than 10 per cent between budget lines will require an amendment, and significant changes to the work plan will similarly require amendment even if they do not impact on the budget, as they may affect the outcomes of the program. The grant agreement makes this explicit.

Amendments can also include changes to the grant agreement period where an extension (costed or no cost) to the agreement end date is required.

 

[1] Total length of time (often measured in months) between start and finish date of the grant agreement