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 annuallyFor the 24th grant cycle (2020)the UN Trust Fund awarded 37 grants for a total of USD 15 million in 27 countries and territories. The Call for Proposals, which received 1,498 applicationswas open to civil society organizations working on the front line of the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts to address and respond to the rise of violence against women and girls in the context of the pandemic.

Most organizations receiving funding were women's rights organizations (65%), with half of organizations receiving small grants (18).

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 behavior, practices and attitudes.

  • Increased implementationof legislation, policies, national action plans and accountability systems to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

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

To date, the UN Trust Fund has awarded a total of US$198 million to 609 initiatives in 14countries and territories. In 2021, the UN Trust Fund managed portfolio of 157 grants in 68 countries and territories.