Gender-based Violence Response.

Call for Applications: Catalytic/systemic investments to address GBV

The Solidarity Fund is inviting eligible non-profit organisations 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;
  • Limited or non-existent 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 non-profit organisations 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.

Areas of support
The Fund’s primary role – across the activities it supports in health, behaviour change and humanitarian – is to be an emergency response vehicle during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, where possible, the Fund also wishes to make catalytic and/or systemic investments that will have meaningful, lasting impact well beyond the crisis (and the Fund’s existence). With this in mind, the Fund is inviting applications from non-profitorganisations addressing GBV. These applications must focus on how a relatively small, once-off grant from the Fund would help to drive long-term impact (either through an existing or new initiative).

Proposals focused on the following areas could relate to prevention, response and/or access to justice issues:

  • Research, advocacy and/or policy work related to GBV in South Africa
  • Development and scale-up of digital solutions that help to address GBV-related challenges
  • Supporting and enabling access to and effectiveness of the criminal justice system for survivors of GBV
  • Support for and capacity-building of community-level responses to GBV
  • Support for feminist movement building efforts
  • Support of innovations and/or piloting of GBV initiatives (organisations must include a detailed scale-up and sustainability strategy to sustain the initiative beyond the support of the Fund)

The Fund will award once-off grants ranging from R500 000 to R1 million to successful applicants in support of any of the above activities.

Application Form Notes

Applications will open on 5 November 2020 at 14h00. The official closing date is 25 November 2020 until 17h00.

All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered and all applications submitted after the official closing date will not be considered. Please note that you may be contacted about your application during or after this period for more information. This does not guarantee that your application will be successful.

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.

Grant Application Process

The Fund’s call for applications will be managed by Tshikululu Social Investments. All applications should be submitted via the online application form.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be registered as a Non-profit Company (NPC) or a non-profit Trust or a Voluntary Association or a public university.
  • Applicants are not required to be registered as a Non-profit Organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development or as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with SARS. However, PBO status in particular is preferred.
  •  have a track record of at least 12 months implementing activities related to the focus areas of the call

Proposals may be for:

  • new projects that are not yet initiated (but with a compelling case of impact); or
  • ongoing projects/programmes currently performed by the organisation that could be strengthened or scaled up through additional funding.

For all proposals, co-funded interventions will be strongly preferred.

To be considered for funding, eligible organisations will need to submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Implementation plan and budget for the proposed project
  • Founding document (e.g. constitution, memorandum of incorporation, trust deed)
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • B-BBEE Certificate or BEE Affidavit
  • Stamped bank letter confirming bank details
  • ID copy and proof of residence for each of your board members, directors or trustees (for FICA purposes).
  • Proof of residence may include utility or retail bill, lease agreement, affidavit from a police station, etc.
  • Proof of address for the organisation
  • Most recent audited Annual Financial Statements (no older than 18 months)
  • Evidence of track record (at least one report or reference relevant to the proposed intervention)
  • Proof of registration as a Public Benefit Organisation from SARS (i.e. valid PBO letter), if applicable

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 catalytic/systemic grants available for larger organisations.

You can apply online via Cognito Forms. Please click on this link to complete your application.

No. For this call, we are accepting applications only via the online platform.

Applicants must:

  • be registered as a Non-profit Company (NPC) or a non-profit Trust or a Voluntary Association or a public university, and
  • have a track record of at least 12 months implementing activities related to the focus areas of the call.

Applicants are not required to be registered as a Non-profit Organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development or as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with SARS. However, PBO status in particular is preferred.

  • A completed application form
  • Implementation plan and budget for the proposed project
  • Founding document (e.g. constitution, memorandum of incorporation, trust deed)
  • Tax clearance certificate
  • B-BBEE Certificate or BEE Affidavit
  • Stamped bank letter confirming bank details
  • ID copy and proof of residence for each of your board members, directors or trustees (for FICA purposes).
    • Proof of residence may include utility or retail bill, lease agreement, affidavit from a police station, etc.
  • Proof of address for the organisation
  • Most recent audited Annual Financial Statements (no older than 18 months)
  • Evidence of track record (at least one report or reference relevant to the proposed intervention)
  • Proof of registration as a Public Benefit Organisation from SARS (i.e. valid PBO letter), if applicable

Applications must focus on how a relatively small, once-off grant from the Fund would help to drive long-term impact (either through an existing or new initiative). Proposals focused on the following areas could relate to prevention, response and/or access to justice issues:

  • Research, advocacy and/or policy work related to GBV in South Africa
  • Development and scale-up of digital solutions that help to address GBV-related challenges
  • Supporting and enabling access to and effectiveness of the criminal justice system for survivorsof GBV
  • Support for and capacity-building of community-level responses to GBV
  • Support for feminist movement building efforts
  • Support of innovations and/or piloting of GBV initiatives (organisations must include a detailed scale-up and sustainability strategy to sustain the initiative beyond the support of the Fund)

Yes. 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.

You will be notified in writing using the email address provided with your 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 short listing 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:

  • Track record of the organisation
  • Strategic alignment with the GBV call
  • Programme quality
  • Systemic/catalytic impact potential
  • M&E approach and systems
  • Financial management and history
  • Governance and leadership
  • Quality of workplan and budget
  • Capacity to implement
  • Reach and geographic location
  • Partnerships to support implementation
  • Availability of co-funding

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 within the full portfolio
  • Systemic/catalytic impact potential
  • Workplan and budget

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, Africa 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)
  • Making recommendations for funding to the Selection and Evaluation Panel (which will make all final decisions)
  • Contracting with and making payment to all approved grantee organisations through the Tshikululu Trust;
  • 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 catalytic/systemic call, the Fund will award once-off grants ranging from R500 000 to R1 million. 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 asked to report back quarterly until the end of 2021 (or possibly shorter depending on the nature of the application). A final report will be due in November 2021. Broadly speaking, you will be asked to report back on activities, how funds have been used and successes and challenges, and provide pictures. 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 three weeks, starting on 5 November at 14h00 and closing on 25 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 the FAQ, you still have queries, please email gbv@solidarityfund.co.za.

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