FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new resources and new opportunities to young women and trans* youth globally. We believe that supporting young feminists is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future. To date, FRIDA has completed four grant cycles, and cumulatively supported 109 different groups of young feminists in 67 different countries around the world and awarding a total of 713,214.00 USD in direct grants.
This year we are celebrating FRIDA’s 5th birthday and we are excited to be launching our 5th call for proposals and intend to support up to 30 new young feminist groups led by young women and trans* youth under 30 years of age.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 10th November 201656466
Who can apply?
- Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to:
- Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective;
- Improving the lives of young women/trans* youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
- Inclusive organizing, collective action and feminist movement building
- Groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and Central and North Asia).
- Groups founded in the past 6 years (i.e. your group was formed between 2010 – 2016).
FRIDA uses the term ‘feminist’ broadly to refer to individuals working within women’s movements or in other social movements to promote and work towards the safety, equality, justice, rights and dignity of girls, women and other marginalized groups. Based on the understanding that fundamental discrimination occurs within patriarchal systems of domination in all societies, young feminists are determined to challenge, address and change the root causes of these existing inequalities, rights violations and injustice. We recognize that there are multiple feminisms and foster opportunities for expressing those principles in our work. FRIDA emphasizes feminist principles throughout all of its work. These principles include: non-hierarchy, collectivity, participation, diversity, and inclusion. We define young feminist activists as individuals from across the gender spectrum committed to advancing gender equality and women’s rights through explicitly feminist means. FRIDA focuses on activism led by feminists under 30 years of age.
Trans*youth refers to any young individual who self-identify with a non-conforming gender identity. On the global level the term includes Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Queer, and Transvestite individuals. In some regions and countries, the term may also include local terms that refer are not distinctly man or woman, broadly referred to as third genders.
How is the decision made? Be Part of the Selection Process…You Decide!
FRIDA is committed to engaging young feminist-led groups in the grant decision-making process. We view this as an empowering process that provides participants with greater accountability and investment. When we receive your application, FRIDA advisors help us in the initial screening to check if the application fits FRIDA basic criteria, but they do not evaluate proposals. The decision is made by applicants.
Applicants that meet FRIDA’s criteria must vote for their top proposal choices in their region and give comments on their selections (groups may not vote for their own proposals). Applicants vote anonymously, based on the summary of each application from their region. In voting, we ask that groups keep in mind what they think is important for the promotion and defense of the rights of young women in their region. After voting the results are tallied and grantees are selected.
Expectations of Successful Groups:
All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement, which will outline accounting, reporting, and other terms and conditions regarding how funds will be distributed. Grantees will be required to be in regular communication with FRIDA staff and will be required to share regular updates of their work. Further details on reporting will be provided after grants have been approved.
Important things to remember!
- Before completing the application, please read the application guidelines to determine your eligibility. Also, you can review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the FRIDA Website
- All applications must directly benefit young women and trans* youth in a culturally appropriate, sustainable, and gender inclusive manner and address issues central to women’s human rights.
- You do not need to be a legally registered group to apply.
- You may submit your application in ONE of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Mandarin.
- Applications must be received by: 10th November 2016
- You can submit only ONE proposal this funding cycle.
- If unsuccessful, you will be informed by email in December 2016. Funds will be distributed to grantee partners in February 2017.
How to submit your application
In order to streamline the application process, FRIDA is currently accepting proposals online! We strongly recommend that you read through the complete application form before you submit online. This will help you prepare complete responses before you begin your online submission. In order to makes sure that we receive your proposal please use the online form, rather than sending your proposal via email.
To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.