Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2013 Request for Proposals

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its first 2013 grants round, “Advancing Rights for All.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Haiti (a new target country), India, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Ukraine.

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).

In the first round of 2013 grantmaking, applicant organizations from Haiti, Indonesia, and Lebanon may apply for grants through an open Request for Proposals process. Organizations from India and Ukraine may apply by invitation only.

Applicant organizations from eligible countries may apply as: a) single organizations or partnerships for 12-month Small Grants, b) state (in federal systems), regional, or district-level DPO-led coalitions for 24-month Mid-Level Coalition Grants, 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 and to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CPRD. 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, and achievement of governmental budgetary measures at these levels to implement the CRPD. 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.


Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantmaking. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2013.


Since 2008, with its sister fund, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund – which supports advocacy for ratification and legislative change in DRF’s target countries – just over $9 million has been granted 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).

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

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