Disability Rights Fund Announces Opening of Letter of Interest Process for CRPD Skill Building

May 9, 2013
Source: Disability Rights Fund

Disability Rights Fund Announces Opening of Letter of Interest (LOI) Process for 2013 Second Round: Bangladesh and Uganda


May 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      

Contact: Diana Samarasan, Director

Telephone: 617-261-4593

Email: dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org 


BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaboration between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – announces a letter of interest (LoI) process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Bangladesh and Uganda.  The deadline for applications is June 13, 2013.


To determine if proposed projects fit DRF eligibility criteria and priority funding areas, DPOs from these countries must first submit a letter of interest. Interested organizations are urged to review the LoI details posted on the Fund’s website, at http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantmaking


The broad objective of the Fund—which was officially launched in March 2008—is to empower DPOs in the developing world to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).


Applicant organizations from eligible countries may apply as:

a) Single organizations or partnerships for 12-month Small Grants;

b) State (in federal systems), provincial, regional, or district-level DPO-led coalitions for 24-month Mid-Level Coalition Grants.  Applicants from Pacific Island countries only may apply for Mid-Level Coalition funding as groups of DPOS from different countries who are working together regionally; and/or

c) National DPO-led coalitions for 24-month National Coalition Grants.


Grants to single organizations will range from USD 5,000 to 20,000 and will support efforts to build CRPD skills, to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CPRD, and/or to address CRPD/OP ratification (Pacific Island countries only).  Grants to mid-level coalitions will range between USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (60,000 – 80,000 over 24 months) and will support passage of specific legislation or policy to accord with the CRPD at state, provincial, regional or district levels (or for PICs, at cross-island levels); achievement of governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD; or – in the case of PICs - ratification of the CRPD/OP. Grants to national DPO-led coalitions will range from USD 30,000 to 50,000 per year (60,000 – 100,000 over 24 months) and will support advocacy toward ratification of the CRPD/OP, passage of specific national legislation to accord with the CRPD, or the production of or follow up to civil society reports to UN human rights monitoring mechanisms.


Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org.


With its sister fund, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund - which supports advocacy for ratification and legislative change in DRF’s target countries –DRF has granted just over $9 million to organizations in 21 countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Lebanon, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) since 2008.

The Fund is supported by: the American Jewish World Service; Australian Aid; the Leir Charitable Foundations; the Foundation to Promote Open Society, part of the Open Society Foundations; The Sigrid Rausing Trust; and the UK Government.