UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

Deadline: 22 January 2014
Open to: government authorities at the national and local levels, civil society organizations and networks from the list of eligible countries HERE.
Grant: US $50,000 to US $1 million for period of two to three years


The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is currently accepting applications for its 18th grant cycle (2013) from government authorities at the national and local levels, civil society organizations and networks — including non-governmental, women’s and community-based organizations and coalitions and operational research institutions— and UN Country Teams in partnership with governments and civil society organizations.

The UN Trust Fund is a testimony to the global consciousness that violence against women and girls is neither inevitable nor acceptable. The UN Trust Fund is a leading global grant-making mechanism exclusively dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls in all its forms. It supports effective initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated.

Established by UN General Assembly in 1996 and administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, the UN Trust Fund works with non-governmental organizations, governments and UN country teams to:

  • Prevent violence against women and girls by empowering groups especially at risk of violence, including adolescent girls and indigenous or ethnic minority women, and engaging strategic groups such as youth, men and boys, and traditional and faith-based leaders in prevention efforts;
  • Expand the access of women and girl survivors of violence to services including legal assistance, psychosocial counseling, health care, and building the capacity of service providers to respond effectively to the needs of women and girls affected by violence;
  • Strengthen the implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls through data collection and analysis, building capacities of service providers and strengthening institutions to become more effective, transparent and accountable in addressing violence against women.


Applicants from, or working in, countries and/or territories in the List of Eligible Countries” HERE, as follows:

  • Government authorities at central/national, sub-national and/or local levels, including National Women’s Machineries and other sectoral Ministries. A government entity may either apply individually or as part of a UN Country Team proposal, but not both.
  • Civil society organizations and networks, including non-governmental organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation.
  • Regional/international civil society organizations and networks that have national presence in the country(ies) and/or territory(ies) of implementation. In this case, the proposal must indicate how the proposed interventions will contribute to national capacity development and ownership of national and local organizations in the implementation.
  • Operational research/evaluation institutions specialized in gender equality and gender-based violence.
  • UN Country Teams (UNCTs) are eligible where requested by the government and in partnership with women’s groups, organizations and/or networks, as well as with other civil society organizations. Only one application per country is permitted.

Proposals should ideally reflect partnerships among government and civil society. Special attention will be paid to organizations with a demonstrated record of working with local women’s organizations, especially grassroots women’s organizations and networks. Proposals from more than one organization or entity as co-applicants must clearly indicate which organization will take lead responsibility for project management and contractual obligations.


For large civil society organizations, governments and UN Country Teams, budget requests should be within the range of a minimum of US$ 300,000 to a maximum of US$ 1 million total for duration of two to three years.

For small civil society organizations, especially grassroots women’s organizations and networks, budget requests will also be considered for a minimum of US$ 50,000.


The deadline for submission of applications is 22 January 2014, 11:59pm New York Time (EST).

All applications must be submitted online HERE. The UN Trust Fund will not accept applications submitted via e-mail, regular post and/or facsimile. Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note. Concept note applications will only be accepted in English, Spanish or French.

For full details about the application process, please consult the website HERE.

Please direct any questions to the organizers at untf-evaw@unwomen.org. Also, please see the official website HERE for further details.

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