Funding opportunity for women-led organizations – Deadline for applications 23 of September

We are pleased to inform you that What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale Programme (What Works 2) is seeking applications from women-led and women rights organisations for a 3-year grant to test innovations on how to prevent violence against women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. Projects located in fragile and conflict affected states outside of these regions are also encouraged to apply.

About the organization

The ‘What Works to Prevent Violence – Impact at Scale’ Programme is a seven-year initiative funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to improve prevention and response to violence against women and girls. Building on the success of its predecessor (‘What Works 1‘), the ‘What Works 2’ programme will invest £67.5 million to prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls

Below are some additional information:

  • Scope of work: The primary focus for funding is intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner sexual violence. They also encourage proposals that seek to prevent violence in and around schools, workplaces, and public spaces, and which consider violence against children (VAC) an important secondary outcome. They particularly encourage proposals that seek to impact on more than one type of violence, recognizing that these often co-occur. 
  • Budget and duration:  up to GBP 500,000 each, for up to 3 years.  
  • Eligibility Criteria: Organizations can apply individually or as a consortium of multiple organizations. For definitions of Women-Led and Women-Rights Organizations see the attached poster. 
  • Application process: There is a two-stage application process: the first stage is an online concept note with a brief narrative including a project summary and information on the organizational capacity in project and finance management. Please note that concept notes must be submitted in English.

The organisations selected from review of the concept note will then need to submit a full proposal (by the 30th of September). The  selected applicants will be offered a provisional award of funding, subject to satisfactory completion of a due diligence assessment. If approved, grant funds would be available for a project start from approximately April 2023. 

Reporting requirements: please note that selected organisations will be requested to submit quarterly narrative and financial reports in English.  

Find more information and the online application form on Grants | Whatworks (  

For clarifications and support on the application process please contact: the GBV Unit, UNHCR DIP, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Email: [email protected]  

ATTENTION: Deadline to apply is 23 SEPTEMBER 2022 

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