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Pacific Women Lead at SPC Grants
In 2022, the Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at the Pacific Community (SPC) programme, termed PWL at SPC, advertised grants for gender equality initiatives. Please note that the period for applications has now ended.
PWL at SPC grants aim to support partners to implement Pacific regional gender equality commitments and contribute to Pacific Women Lead outcomes. The multi-stage grant application process is due for completion in the second half of 2023, when grantees will be announced.
The grants were available for:
- APPLICATIONS CLOSED - Grants for civil society and other organisations: PWL at SPC is offering multi-year grants (up to 2 ½ years) of between AUD 100,000 and AUD 500,000 in financial support to civil society organisations including women’s groups; social enterprises; academic or research institutions; Statutory and State institutions; and national and regional coalitions for their gender equality initiatives (Stream B).
Still available are grants for Pacific Island governments:
- Grants for Pacific Island governments: PWL at SPC is offering direct funding and technical support to Pacific Island Government members (Stream A). This support will be determined in collaboration with member Governments. For further information email: [email protected]
Grant documents and information
Grant documents and information:
- Expression of Interest (EOI) online application form (version française disponible par courriel: [email protected])
Closed Call for Proposal Package.
What you needed to complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form
1) Part 1: KEY INFORMATION – including organisation name, contact details for two key people, organisation’s location, project partners (if any), project title and other organisational information.
2) Part 2: ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – as taken from the Guidelines for Applicants document, including estimated budget; project duration and location; type of organisation and registration number; experience with donor funds; alignment to programme outcomes, to key regional commitments (specify) including the outcomes of the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, and national policy; and expected approaches.
3) Part 3: PROJECT DETAILS – problem statement you seek to address; project goal; and 350-word summary about the project, including target group, key activities, timing and reach.
Organisations eligible to apply for the grants included civil society organisations such as women’s groups; social enterprises; academia or research institutions; Statutory and State institutions; and national and regional coalitions. The key eligibility criteria included the need to:
- Align with a minimum one of PWL’s three outcome areas: women’s leadership; women’s rights, incorporating economic empowerment, access to health, and women’s safety including ending violence against women and girls; and the effectiveness of regional gender equality efforts.
- Align with at least one of the regional gender equality commitments detailed in the: Pacific Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration; Pacific Platform for Action on Gender Equality and Women's Human Rights; and/or Outcomes of the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women.
- Be a duly registered organisation for at least 12 months, and have experience in managing donor funds in the period since 1 January 2015.
- Be based in an SPC member Pacific Island country or territory (PICT) or, otherwise, be a formally registered organisation based in other SPC member countries that are part of a regional or international coalition that includes one or more PICT organisations as a significant project partner.
- Have a clear commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment and be inclusive, collaborative and sustainable while promoting diversity and striving to be transformative.
Organisations were highly regarded if they include the following considerations and approaches:
- Address gaps in the implementation of the Triennial outcomes.
- Align with national priorities for gender equality.
- Organisations who come from, or who reach, remote and rural communities.
- Are led by women, with women filling most leadership positions including financial roles.
- Joint initiatives for gender equality, including between civil society organisations and Pacific Island governments.
Steps in the process
1. Information: Access more information about the Pacific Women Lead at SPC Grants by downloading the Guidelines for Applicants.
2. EOI: Please note that the EOI application period has ended. Applicants were contacted in early 2023, and advised whether their EOI had been shortlisted to progress to the next stage of the multi-stage grant application process.
Applicants will be contacted in early 2023, and advised whether your EOI has been shortlisted to progress to the next stage.
3. Information Session: Successful EOI applicants will receive an invitation to attend a grant information session. The sessions will help prepare people to complete the final stages of the application process.
4. Full proposal: Should you be successful completing the first part of this multi-stage grant process, following the submission of your eligible Expression of Interest (EOI), your application continues to the second stage, which involves you completing the SPC Proposal Package [to insert link to PDF version]. This involves the completion of the:
- Closed Call for Proposal Package - requires a detailed project budget and workplan.
- SPC Operational Capacity Assessment of your organisation’s readiness to manage this grant, completed in partnership with SPC.
5.Announcement: Final applications will be assessed then announced in 2023. Successful grantee partners will sign Grant Agreements with SPC.
Should you have any queries contact PWL at SPC by email: [email protected]