Co-Impact Fund to Advance Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership

Co-impacta global philanthropic collaboration, reiterated its commitment to raising and deploying $1 billion, through its Gender Equality Fundinitiatives to advance gender equality and promote women’s leadership in the Global South.

The Fund for Gender Equality is now open for applications and will support locally grounded organizations working to make systems just and inclusive and to advance women’s leadership at all levels.

Grants will be awarded to initiatives that:

Focus on systems change to improve gender equitable outcomes and women’s leadership in health, education, and economic opportunity, and/or institutional change to make advance the ability of women to access, rise and flourish in leadership positions in academia and the professional fields of law and/or economics.

Are deeply rooted in the countries of the South. 100% of grants will go to Southern and local organizations in the countries listed below:

Africa: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.
Asia: India, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Latin America: Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

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Are led by organizations that place feminist approaches at the heart of their initiatives. At least 75% of grants will go to women-led organizations.

Co-Impact recognizes that there are many ways to advance gender equality. Through the open call, Co-Impact invites applications from countries in the Global South and locally rooted organizations – civil society groups, think tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups and feminist and allied movements, among others.

Three types of grants will be awarded ranging from $1 million to $20 million, spread over a period of 3 to 6 years.

Olivia Leland, Founder and CEO of Co-Impact, said, “We are truly excited about this open call and recognize the critical role that women’s rights organizations and feminist movements play in advancing gender equality. sexes. I believe that together we can move towards the common goal of making systems fair and inclusive for women and girls to rise and thrive in leadership positions at all levels.

Full details of the criteria and process can be found in English here – (also available in six additional languages). Submission of concept notes will be accepted until December 20, 2021.

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