South Asia Women’s Fund
Small Grants Programme
SAWF has initiated a Small Grants Programme to enable women’s groups to access support for any
project (see below), to be utilized within one year from the date of issuance of the grant. These
grants are to provide support to ideas that are innovative, cutting edge and out of the box models,
initiated by young women leaders and/or the second line leadership of the organization; in
partnership with the organizations they are working or volunteering with to strengthen the
organization’s work for the realization of human rights of women and contribute towards building a
regional women’s rights movement.
SAWF will make a minimum of 5 grants, ranging from USD 1500-5000.
The first phase of receiving applications for the Small Grants Programme is over and the deadline
for accepting applications in the second phase is 15
February 2011. Any organisation or
individual that has applied for a small grant in the first phase is ineligible to apply for the same
programme in the second phase of the Small Grants Programme.
Please note that this is a competitive application process, and the decision of the SAWF Small
Grants Advisory Committee will be final, and only successful applicants will be contacted. No
correspondence or discussion will be entertained about the decisions.
Who can apply?
Group and/or organizations
• Any woman’s organization whose annual budget is under USD 50000, located in the focal
countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can apply
• The organization should be registered, and have the requisite legal registration to enable it to
receive grants from foreign sources, and have been functional for a minimum of 3 years.
• At least 50% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, and its team should be led
by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for
• It should be committed to feminist principles and right based approaches.
• Young women under the age of 35 volunteering or working with a woman’s organization may
• A second-line woman leader of an organization may also apply for the grant.
• Implementation of new innovative, out of the box ideas mooted by young feminists and
second line leadership of an organization to enrich the work of the group/organization they
are with, to expand, strengthen and/or enhance women’s realization of their human rights.
• Innovative initiatives that have the cutting edge potential of being up-scaled
• a specific component of a planned programme for which they need additional resources
• building on an unexpected outcome/spin offs of previous initiatives
• responding to an unexpected critical need/demand of women communities
• Undertaking a pilot project, or a baseline research, or public event or a needed publication
that can address future needs as well
• Addressing immediate learning needs
• Any other activity that will fit into SAWF’s criteria, and will be approved by the Advisors to
Guidelines for Applications
1. SAWF will accept applications in English and any of regional languages, (Bangla, Hindi, Nepali,
Sinhalese, Tamil and Urdu)
2. Necessary Documentation, without which applications will not be accepted:
a. An attested copy of the registration of the organization
b. List of its governing body and executive staff
c. Tax exemption status
d. Audited accounts of the previous financial year
e. Annual report, or any other document in its stead that lays out the activities, achievements
and challenges that the organization undertook in the preceding year.
3. All applications should state clearly, (please click here for the Application Form):
a. the goal towards which the project will contribute,
b. the immediate objectives of the project,
c. methodology and the main activity or activities
d. the outcomes and measurable indicators.
e. demonstrate the rights based approach in their methodology and process statement.
f. provide a detailed budget, outlining the expenditures per activity.
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