Invitation to join the Jo Cox Memorial Grants panel discussion

An opportunity to dig deeper and ask any questions on objective 1 of this new funding opportunity for women-led civil society

UK Aid Direct is hosting a panel discussion on the Jo Cox Memorial Grant on Tuesday 27 March – 10:00am-12:00 BST. This session, accessible by webinar will focus on theme 1 of the grants: Women’s social, economic and political empowerment through supporting women-led civil society.

This thematic area aims to encourage civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and empowerment – to tackle the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience.

The discussion will include:

  • What are the key challenges in making a meaningful contribution to strengthening women led civil society?
  • What kinds of opportunities exist and can be improved for networking, training and adding value?
  • What sort of challenges do grant holders face and how can we overcome them?
  • How we can support organisations to overcome the barriers they face in accessing funding?

The discussion will be moderated by Ben Latto, Head of DFID’s Civil Society Team and the panel includes:

  • Theo Sowa – CEO, African Women’s Development Fund
  • Musimbi Kanyoro – President and CEO, Global Fund for Women
  • Dr Narmeen Hamid – Strategic Advisor, AmplifyChange
  • Hala Al Karib – Regional Director, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa
  • Jo Cooke – DFID’s Gender Equality team

The webinar is open to anyone wishing to find out more and ask any questions about this funding opportunity. Click here to register.

We also encourage you to help shape the panel discussion by submitting questions in advance. Please send any questions or suggestions to jcmg@manniondaniels.com by Friday 23 March.

Grants of up to £1,000,000 will be available through UK Aid Direct. Full details on eligibility criteria, how to apply for the funds, and guidance materials are available on UKAidDirect.org. Applications can be submitted from Wednesday 4 April.

Supporting materials: Small Charities Challenge Fund applications

A new webinar to support potential Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) applicants is now available to listen to or download. The presentation focuses on the SCCF eligibility criteria, information on applying and the review process, and observations from the Fund’s technical team regarding the applications received in the first SCCF review.

Listen to a recording of the webinar and the responses given during a Q and A session at the end of the session here.

All prospective applicants of the Small Charities Challenge Fund are reminded that applications for this grant type are reviewed 6-monthly and the next review deadline is Thursday 29 March at 17:00 GMT.

New UK Aid Direct funding rounds opening on 4 April

Following today’s announcement from the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, a new funding round for Community Partnership and Impact grants will open on Wednesday 4 April.

We are also pleased to confirm that Jo Cox Memorial Grants will be open to applicants on the same day. Strengthening grants of up to £100,000 and Network grants of up to £1,000,000 will be made across 2 thematic areas close to Jo’s heart:

Theme 1: Women’s social, economic and political empowerment through supporting women-led civil society organisations. This thematic area aims to encourage civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and empowerment – to tackle the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk.

Theme 2: Strengthening civil society capacity for the early prediction of identity-based violence including mass atrocities; and amplifying and supporting responses to early warnings in order to prompt timely and effective interventions that prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence.

Full details on eligibility criteria, how to apply for the funds, and guidance materials are available on UKAidDirect.org. Applications can be submitted from Wednesday 4 April.