Gender-based Violence Response

Call for Applications: Community-based Responses

The Solidarity Fund is inviting eligible community-based organisations (CBOs) to apply for funding in support of critical activities and services related to addressing gender-based violence (GBV) across the country.

Over the past five years, the rates of reported violence against women in South Africa have shown a general increase. This fact has been clearly highlighted by numerous high-profile incidents of femicide in the past two years, which of course represent just a small proportion of women facing violence in their homes and communities. The Covid-19 pandemic has made a bad situation worse. Despite substantial ongoing efforts to tackle GBV in South Africa, many gaps remain, which have only been exacerbated by the Covid lockdown. These include:

  • Shortage of PPE and other critical health supplies at shelters and care centres;
  • Accurate information and awareness among women and girls about available GBV services;
  • Services (e.g. psychosocial support and legal aid) for women who are experiencing violence;
  • Awareness and sensitisation among the police about how to properly manage GBV cases;
  • Inadequate private sector response and partnerships on preventing and responding to GBV;
  • Poor coordination among key stakeholders; and
  • Inconsistent data and evidence about the incidence of GBV.

In response to this reality, the Fund is opening a call for applications for community-based organisations (CBOs) working at grassroots level around the country to respond to these issues.

Areas Of Support

The vast majority of services related to GBV are delivered at community-level, often by small CBOs. The Fund wishes to provide direct support to these organisations, which often struggle to access funding from established donors for a variety of reasons.

The Fund will provide funding to organisations that have a track record of at least 12 months of implementing similar or related activities that fall within the following three broad categories:

Prevention

  • Communications activities to drive awareness and behaviour change
  • Maintenance of safe spaces for women, children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. LGBTQIA+, people withdisabilities)
  • Skills development and economic empowerment programs for at-risk women and other vulnerable groups
  • Individual and family counselling and psychosocial support services
  • Positive parenting programmes
  • Programmes addressing gender norms, including those that focus on men/boys
  • Programmes focused on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as self-empowerment (voice and agency) of women and girls

Response

  • Provision of trauma counselling to GBV survivors, as well as referrals to relevant social services
  • Maintenance of shelter services for women and children
  • Programmes to improve access to public and private emergency response
  • Support and capacity-building for community caregivers
  • Provision of access to protection services

Access to Justice

  • Provision of non-profit and/or free legal and paralegal support services
  • Provision of support to victims to navigate and interact with the criminal justice system

The Fund will award once-off grants ranging from R50 000 to R250 000 to successful applicants in support of any of the above activities. The Fund will determine the exact amount awarded to successful applicants based on a variety of factors, including the quality of the application, track record and finance history.

Eligibility criteria
For the purposes of this call, a community-based organisation is considered to be one that is based in and serving a local community. To be considered for funding, CBOs will need to submit the following:

  • Proof of registration as a Non-profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development (i.e. valid NPO Certificate) and/or as a Public Benefit Organisation from SARS (i.e. valid PBO letter)
  • Most recent 6 months’ bank statements (the bank account must have been opened on or before 1 January 2020)
  • Proof of track record, highlighting your experience with the specific area of focus you are proposing. This can be a reference letter from a trusted person familiar with your work (e.g. ward councillor, chief, local religious/community leader or a funder) and/or a signed funding agreement from a donor and/or a previous report you have sent to a funder/Department of Social Development)
  • Copy of founding document (e.g. constitution, memorandum of incorporation, trust deed)
  • ID copy and proof of residence for each of your board members, directors or trustees (for FICA purposes).
    Proof of residence may include e.g. utility or retail bill, lease agreement, affidavit from a police station, letter from a ward councillor)

Application Form Notes

The CBO call for applications are now closed.

All applications will undergo initial screening and vetting and, if shortlisted, will be forwarded to an independent Selection and Evaluation Panel who will make all final decisions on Solidarity Fund funding. A decision on the outcome of your application will be communicated to you in writing within a maximum of three months of the closing date.

NB:

NB: The Solidarity Fund is only able to make grants to legally registered organisations (e.g. Non-profit Company, Trust, Voluntary Association). If you do GBV-related work in your local community but do not have a legally registered organisation, you will need to find an organisation to partner with. Your application should then be submitted through this partner organisation.

FAQ's

Answers to several Frequently Asked Questions are provided below. If, after reading these FAQs, you still have queries, please contact our call centre at 080 007 9609 or email solidarityfund.gbv@capabilitybpo.com. The call centre is toll-free so you will not be charged for any calls. It is open from 08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday while the call for applications is open (22 October to 18 November). Call centre agents will be available in all 11 official South African languages.

The Fund has opened two calls for applications for organisations working to address gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. With a total funding pool of approximately R75 million, the two components of the call are:

  • The majority of available funding will be directed towards community-based organisations (CBOs) working at grassroots level around the country; and
  • Some available funding will be directed to larger non-profit entities that can demonstrate how a once-off grant from the Fund would help catalyse or accelerate large-scale or systemic change in the GBV space over the medium- to long-term.

This FAQ relates to the funding available for CBOs working at grassroots level.

There are three different application channels that applicants can use, depending on preference:

  • You can apply via WhatsApp. To apply using this channel, just send “Hi” to 060 053 5502 via WhatsApp. You will be able to read all about the call, and apply here.
  • You can apply online via Cognito Forms. To apply using this channel, please click on this link to complete your application.
  • You can print out a copy of the application form in PDF format, fill out the application and then email a copy of your completed application. To apply using this channel, please download the PDF application by clicking on this link. Once you have completed your application, please email it – along with all the required supporting documents – to gbv@solidarityfund.co.za

Please note that you only need to submit your application through one of these channels. There is no need to submit through all the channels.

No. We are only accepting applications through WhatsApp, Online/Cognito and email, as outlined above

Community-based organisations that meet the following criteria can apply:

  • based in and serving a local community
  • track record of at least 12 months implementing activities relevant to the project
  • registered as a Non-Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development and/or as a Public Benefit Organisation with SARS
  • have a bank account that was opened on or before 1 January 2020.

For the purposes of this call, a community-based organisation is considered to be one that is based in and serving a local community.

The following supporting documents will need to be submitted with your completed application:

  • Proof of registration as a Non-profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development (i.e. valid NPO Certificate) and/or as a Public Benefit Organisation from SARS (i.e. valid PBO letter)
  • Most recent 6 months’ bank statements (the bank account must have been opened on or before 1 January 2020)
  • Copy of founding document (e.g. constitution, memorandum of incorporation, trust deed)
  • ID copy and proof of residence for each of your board members, directors or trustees (for FICA purposes). Proof of residence may include e.g. utility or retail bill, lease agreement, affidavit from a police station, letter from a ward councillor
  • Proof of track record, highlighting your experience with the specific area of focus you are proposing. This can be a reference letter from a trusted person familiar with your work (e.g. ward councillor, chief, local religious/community leader or a funder) and/or a signed funding agreement from a donor and/or a previous report you have sent to a funder/Department of Social Development)

The areas of support are broken up into three categories: prevention, response and access to justice. Each area has types of activities associated with it. You can select no more than three activities in total (across all categories).

Prevention

  • Communications activities to drive awareness and behaviour change
  • Maintenance of safe spaces for women, children and other vulnerable groups (e.g. LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities)
  • Skills development and economic empowerment programs for at-risk women and other vulnerable groups
  • Individual and family counselling and psychosocial support services
  • Positive parenting programmes
  • Programmes addressing gender norms, including those that focus on men/boys
  • Programmes focused on Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as self-empowerment (voice and agency) of women and girls

 Response

  • Provision of trauma counselling to GBV survivors, as well as referrals to relevant social services
  • Maintenance of shelter services for women and children
  • Programmes to improve access to public and private emergency response
  • Support and capacity-building for community caregivers
  • Provision of access to protection services

 Access to Justice

  • Provision of non-profit and/or free legal and paralegal support services
  • Provision of support to victims to navigate and interact with the criminal justice system

Simply send“Hi” to 060 053 5502 via WhatsApp. This will bring you to a main menu that explains the call. From this menu you will be able to choose several options:

  1. Areas of support (which explains the areas that the Solidarity Fund is supporting)
  2. Supporting Documentation (which lists all the supporting documents that you need to submit along with your completed application form)
  3. Grant application process (which outlines the overall grant process)
  4. Submit funding application form (where you submit your actual application)
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Choose option 4 when you are ready to start the application process, but make sure that you have all the necessary supporting documentation ready before you begin your application. WhatsApp will take you through the application questions in order and at the end ask you if you want to upload your supporting documents via WhatsApp.

If you do not want to upload your supporting documents via WhatsApp,  you can note this in your application and then email the documents to solidarityfund.gbv@tshikululu.org.za. Make sure you provide the phone number you used for the WhatsApp application in the subject line of your email.

Both platforms have security measures in place to protect the information you submit:

  • Cognito Forms takes a number of measures to ensure the privacy and security of the data you submit during the application process. You can read more about how Cognito manages data security here.
  • WhatsApp provides a secure end-to-end communication platform that ensures the information you share is not accessible by any unintended persons. The information and documentation you provide will be kept under strict confidentiality and not be shared with any person or organisation that is not involved in the selection and evaluation of applications.

You will be notified in writing using the email address provided with your application or via WhatsApp on the number you used to complete the application. A decision on the outcome of your application will be communicated to you within a maximum of three months of the closing date.

All applications will undergo initial screening, vetting and shortlisting by Tshikululu Social Investments. If your application is shortlisted, it will be forwarded to an independent Selection and Evaluation Panel who will make all final decisions for funding on behalf of the Solidarity Fund.

Applications will be assessed through three different phases.

In terms of screening, proposals will be assessed on:

  • Is the application complete?
  • Does the application comply with all requirements in terms of supporting documentation?
  • Is the application relevant to the GBV call?

If the application passes the screening phase, proposals will be shortlisted based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s understanding of issues related to GBV
  • Proposed programme quality
  • Geographic location and number of people to be reached
  • Potential for meaningful impact
  • Capacity of the organisation to implement the proposed programme
  • Track record of the organisation in implementing similar programmes

If an application is shortlisted, a final funding decision will be made by the independent Selection and Evaluation Panel based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of proposal in within the full portfolio of applicants
  • Potential for meaningful impact

A Selection and Evaluation Panel has been established to determine which applicants will receive funding based on their comprehensive understanding of the most critical needs in our country. The Selection and Evaluation Panel is composed of representatives from civil society, the Interim Steering Committee on Gender Based Violence and Femicide, the private sector and development partners with experience of providing GBV funding in South Africa, the rest of the continent and globally.

Established in 1998, Tshikululu Social Investments is a non-profit social investment fund manager and advisor, working alongside investors and other development partners to maximise the power of social investment. Tshikululu has been contracted by the Solidarity Fund to manage the GBV response initiative, which includes:

  • Receiving and assessing applications (i.e. due diligence);
  • Forwarding the shortlisted organisations to the Selection and Evaluation Panel which will make all final decisions;
  • Contracting with all approved grantee organisations;
  • Ensuring payments are made to all approved grantee organisations;
  • Receiving and analysing reports from all approved grantee organisations; and
  • Reporting back to the Solidarity Fund on the use of funding and social impact achieved.

For the CBO call, the Fund will award once-off grants ranging from R50 000 to R250 000 to successful applicants. The Fund will determine the exact amount awarded to successful applicants based on factors such as the quality of the application as well as track record and finance history. All final funding decisions will be made by an independent Selection and Evaluation Panel.

Successful applicants will be expected to report back on the use of funds twice:

  • the first report will be due three months after payment of the grant is made
  • the second and final report will be due six months after payment of the grant is made.

Broadly speaking, you will be asked to report back on activities, how funds have been used and successes and challenges, and provide pictures. The reporting requirements will be explained in your grant agreement and a reporting template will be provided.

The United Kingdom (UK) government has donated R25 million towards the Solidarity Fund’s GBV response. This grant is aimed at extending the Fund’s ongoing efforts to counter the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, focusing specifically on projects supporting and promoting women. This contribution forms part of the UK’s international Covid-19 response and recovery efforts, and signals their support for the Fund as an independent, South African-run initiative. Therefore, reporting for all successful applicants will be aligned with UK government requirements. More information on the specific requirements will be communicated to all successful applicants.

Applications will be open for four weeks, starting on 22 October at 14h00 and closing on 18 November at 17h00. Any applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

No. Only one application will be considered per organisation.

Tshikululu is registered as an Accountable Institution with the Financial Intelligence Centre. We ask for information about board members so that we can do the necessary identification and verification procedures to report back in line with the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA). FICA was introduced to fight financial crimes, such as money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorist financing activities. This process is key to the Solidarity Fund’s governance requirements as well.

No. All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered. Submitting your application “early” will not strengthen your chances in any way.

Organisations may apply to both calls, although the Solidarity Fund prefers to avoid giving multiple grants to the same organisation. As such, if an organisation has already been shortlisted for funding under one call, this will be a factor in considering whether the organisation should be shortlisted for the other. Approval will ultimately be at the discretion of the Selection and Evaluation Panel.

If, after reading this FAQ, you still have queries, please contact our call centre at 080 007 9609 or email solidarityfund.gbv@capabilitybpo.com.

The call centre is toll-free so you will not be charged for any calls. It is open from 08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday while the call for applications is open (22 October to 18 November). Call centre agents will be available in all 11 official South African languages.

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