UN Trust Fund grants

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Photo: UN Trust Fund Portfolio Manager/Mildred Garcia

The UN Trust Fund awards grants after an open and competitive Call for Proposals. In response to the Call for Proposals which closed in December 2017, the UN Trust Fund received 1,301 applications from 109 countries and territories for a total value requested amounting to US$528 million.

The UN Trust Fund received applications responding to three areas of results of the Strategic Plan 2015-2020:

  • Improved access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multisectoral services to end violence against women and girls.
  • Improved prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in behaviour, practices and attitudes.
  • Increased implementation of legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

This new grant-giving cycle includes funding focused on two special thematic windows:

  • Addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current forced displacement and refugee crisis.
  • Preventing and ending violence against women and girls with disabilities.

The Call for Proposals included priority consideration of women’s rights organizations, women-led organizations, and small women’s organizations.

At least 81 per cent of applicants declared that they adhered to the women-led criteria set out in the Call for Proposals of having more than 51 per cent of leadership positions held by women, and 49.5 per cent of applications were from small organizations.

To date, the UN Trust Fund has awarded a total of US$128 million to 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories. It has a current portfolio of 120 grants in 80 countries and territories for a total investment of US$50 million. 


UN Trust Fund regional and thematic fact-sheets:


Arab States and North Africa

Asia and the Pacific

Europe and Central Asia

Latin America and the Caribbean

Addressing and preventing violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situations

Building a world without violence against women and girls: changing attitudes and mindsets

Focus on at-risk, marginalized and disadvantaged women

Small women-led organizations