The Disability Rights Fund seeks to strengthen the participation of disabled persons' organizations in efforts to advance the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the country level in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.
To achieve the goal that persons with disabilities participate fully in society and enjoy equal rights and opportunities, the fund is accepting applications for the second round of its2011 Securing Our Rights grant cycle. The second grantmaking round is directed at DPOs in Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua, Peru, Bangladesh, and fourteen Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu).
Applicants from Ghana, Nicaragua, and the fourteen Pacific Island countries can apply as single organizations or in partnerships for small grants. Applicants from Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda can apply by invitation only.
Single organizations and partnerships from the eligible countries can apply for twelve-month project-specific grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Funding can be used to support projects to increase DPO skill in addressing the CRPD by building more inclusive organizations or partnerships and/or internal capacity building; and to further rights-based advocacy and monitoring through increasing DPO participation in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at state or local levels, directly addressing implementation of CRPD articles, and/or ratification efforts (in the Pacific Island Countries only).
DRF supports projects that demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of the human rights of persons with disabilities. Cross-disability and other in-country partnerships are strongly encouraged, as are projects that address particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community.
Visit the Disability Rights Fund Web site for complete program guidelines and application materials.