1325 Grants Project to Promote Women's Participation in Issues Concerning Peace and Security 2016

Publish Date: Oct 06, 2016

Deadline: Nov 01, 2016

About the 1325 Grants Project

Do you represent an organization or a foundation working to promote women's participation in issues concerning peace and security? If so, you are eligible to apply for project grants from the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA).

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and the following resolutions 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2016, and 2122 all highlight the importance of women's participation and protection in conflict and post-conflict situations. Each year the FBA grants funds to projects that support the implementation of those resolutions: these are schemes that promote women's equal participation in issues concerning peace and security, as well as programs aiming to support capacity-building for women's organizations in conflict or post-conflict situations.

Numerous organizations apply for the funds each year, and the FBA cannot guarantee the success of a specific application. Neither funds to end or continue projects that have been granted funding earlier nor funds for projects that are undertaken during the course of more than 15 months, can be guaranteed. The FBA evaluates all applications and publicly announces the allocation of funds every year. The selection of accepted applications is strictly criteria-based.

When to apply?

Funds are granted once a year. The last day for applications is on November 1 of each year.

Who can apply?

Swedish and international organizations and foundations working with projects meeting our criteria may apply.

Post Your Application

Funds can only be granted for those projects that are consistent with the OECD/DAC guidelines for official development assistance (ODA) in conflict and post-conflict countries.

  • Applications for projects starting in 2017 must be submitted to the Folke Bernadotte Academy before 1 November 2016.
  • The maximum term of a granted project is 15 months. Applications seeking to extend or develop projects that have been granted funding earlier may be submitted.
  • Unless otherwise stated in the decision, projects that are granted funding are to be launched within two months of the decision.
  • Projects already undertaken at the time of application will not be granted funding.
  • FBA prioritizes projects focusing on promoting women's participation in issues concerning peace and security and/or strengthening the capacity of local women's organizations.
  • In order to be granted funds a project shall include local partner organizations, in the form of women's rights organizations.
  • The local partner organizations shall play an active role in the implementation of the project

Your organization/foundation must also meet the criteria set out below.

Swedish organizations shall:

  1. be democratically structured, have active members, an elected board of directors, statutes, and hold regular meetings;
  2. have its base, and be registered, in Sweden;
  3. have non-profit or cooperative goals, and work towards a society based on democratic principles;
  4. have conducted activities in Sweden for at least two years and have documented this in the annual report and annual accounts;
  5. have worked in the receiving country, directly or through a partner organization, for at least one year;
  6. have met its obligations for grants received earlier - for example, regarding reporting.

A Swedish foundation may receive grants if criteria 2-6 above are met, but should also:

 7. be a democratically structured organization deeply rooted in democratic society and characterized by the values ​​of      democracy and openness towards stakeholders and the public;
 8. be able to specify the reasons why the foundation form was chosen;
 9. have statutes that allow for transparency;
10. have a board that is appointed for a specific term of office;
11. be registered with the County Board.

An international NGO or foundation can be granted funds if it meets the criteria corresponding to those specified above, or if the FBA believes this could reasonably be required by the organization.

Below is an application form and a document giving details and complete conditions for the grants and the application procedure. In addition, please note the budget template required for the completion of the planned budget for your project.

Applications, including the required attachments, must be sent both by mail and e-mail.

Postal address (signed copy):
Folke Bernadotte Academy
Ref: 1325-projects
SE-872 64 Sandöverken

E-mail (electronic copy):

Any questions?

Please contact FBA's UNSCR 1325 Programme via e-mail: 1325info@fba.se


  • Conditions
  • Application form
  • Budget template

To organizations looking for support when writing the application, please note that an explanatory guide for writing the application will be available here at the beginning of September 2016. The explanatory guide is only a supporting document if needed, and is therefore not a requirement for the application.

Decisions and Payments

The processing of an application takes approximately three months. A decision can therefore be expected no later than February of the year after your application. All applicants will be contacted by mail.

2016 project grants

In 2016, six projects have been granted funds from the FBA.

Plan International Sweden SEK 1 000 000

These funds will finance the project “Women and Girls’ participation in local governance to end gender-based violence in Timor-Leste”. The project builds on a previous project funded by the FBA and aims to increase women’s participation in local decision-making bodies, decrease violence against women, and build capacity within local organizations. This will be done through education and information, distributed through radio and TV. The organization has identified gender-based violence as the main concern against women’s participation, therefore the focus of the project will be advocacy and information campaigns targeting both local and national leaders about gender-based violence to help promote women’s participation.

Conciliation Resources SEK 1 800 000

These funds will finance the project “Strengthening women’s roles in peace and security efforts in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic”. The aim of the project is to increase women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts in DR Congo, CAR, and South Sudan on a local, national and cross-border level. The organization intends to carry out in-country participatory assessments to examine how women view their roles in peace efforts, specifically looking at obstacles to meaningful participation and how they view their specific needs in this context. The findings will be presented in three country-specific reports and the organization will also conduct a workshop to share the key findings. Based on the needs identified, the project aims to include targeted efforts to build capacity in three local women’s organizations. Through the project, the process will be documented in a multimedia project. The project will build capacity in communication and organization skills, but also make the material and key findings available to the participants with limited literacy.

Operation 1325 SEK 600 000

These funds will finance the project “Medlingslabbet”, which aims to strengthen women as active peace mediators in conflict and post-conflict countries, which will lead to a more peaceful and more sustainable reconstruction of the societies. The project also aims towards a greater contextual understanding, and will therefore connect peace activists from different parts of the world with each other. This will be done by capacity-building of several women and peace organizations from the region of MENA and Colombia. During the project, a digital site for “Medlingslabbet” will be developed and launched to document and spread the experiences of the project.

Kvinna till Kvinna SEK 1 200 000

These funds will finance the project “Methods, learning and sharing of experiences – next steps in working strategically with women, peace and security implementation”. The project aims to strengthen the capacity within Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organizations, and their work with women, peace, and security. The partner organizations for the project are operating in five different countries; DR Congo, Israel, Palestine, Georgia, and Iraq. The focus of the project will be advocacy campaigns, experience-sharing, and the life situation of women fighting for other women’s rights. This will be done through education and experience-sharing between the different organizations.

Internationella kvinnoförbundet för fred och frihet (IKFF) SEK 1 700 000

These funds will finance the project “Promoting inclusive security – women organizations as key actors in implementing UNSCR 1325 in Cameroon, DR Congo and Nigeria (Phase II)”. The project is a collaboration between IKFF and their sister organizations in DRC, Nigeria, and Cameroon (WILPF sections) and aims to support the implementation of the UNSCR 1325. One of the main focuses of the project is to work with the concept “Women’s Situation Room”, aiming to increase women’s participation during election processes, both with regards to the number of female voters and the number of female candidates in the three countries. The organizations will conduct advocacy campaigns, education about UNSCR 1325, and discussions with political parties to increase the female nominations. IKFF will also support their sister organizations in the development of national reports on the implementation of UNSCR 1325, the organizations will then get the first-hand experience in how to collect, compile and present data. Additional capacity-building covers how to use information and communication technology (ICT) for more strategic advocacy work.

Centralasiengrupperna SEK 700 000

These funds will finance the project “Young women’s movement building and empowerment in post-conflict southern Kyrgyzstan”. The project aims to increase women’s participation in the south of Kirgizstan through strengthening local organizations, with education and capacity-building efforts. With help of education, workshops, and network meetings concerning different thematic areas such as UNSCR 1325, human rights, and security, Centralasiengrupperna will increase the knowledge and capacity of the organizations to work with these issues. There will also be opportunities for Training of Trainers in order to maintain and spread the knowledge and experience from the learning of the themes. The project will also involve the development of a support function for young women, in order to help them when conducting local peace initiatives.

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