Call for proposals! Small grants to strengthen LGBTI inclusion in Asia and the Pacific


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people represent some of the most marginalized populations in Asia and the Pacific. Ignorance, intolerance and hatred based on prejudices continue to result in social exclusion and fuel violations of the rights of LGBTI people, including intolerable levels of violence. Social and cultural attitudes and beliefs relating to LGBTI people are often well entrenched in punitive legal and policy environments and can be difficult to change. More limited space for civil society groups in some countries serves to limit advocacy activities.

Despite these challenges, and while progress has been slow and uneven with some significant setbacks, the overall trend has been towards a more accepting supportive social and political environment for LGBTI people in much of Asia and the Pacific. To build on this progress, there is a clear need for sustained programmatic work to promote LGBTI inclusion in the context of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub is inviting civil society organizations, networks and community-based organizations working on LGBTI inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region to submit grant proposals relating to one of the following three thematic areas:

  • Enhancing LGBTI youth leadership: strengthening the capacity and leadership of LGBTI youth networks to advocate for rights and inclusion; youth entrepreneurship and social innovation; capacity strengthening at national and/or regional level(s).
  • Transgender leadership and advocacy: strengthening policy advocacy and transgender-led programming at national and/or regional level(s) on key topics such as transgender health, depathologization, legal gender recognition and/or violence.
  • Supporting human rights for LGBTI people: improving human rights policies and programmes for LGBTI persons at national and/or regional level(s); strengthening of engagement by LGBTI civil society with human rights mechanisms.
Eligible project proposals may include a combination of activities, research and strategic information generation, skills training, organizational strengthening and management cost.

Project to be awarded

Under this call for proposals, one grant for each thematic area will be awarded to an LGBTI-led civil society organization or network that promotes human rights and inclusion of LGBTI people in Asia and the Pacific. A total of three awards of up to USD 25,000 each will be granted for completion within a period of maximum 7 months (from 1 May to 30 November 2020). Each organization may be awarded a maximum of one grant at a time.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a non-state, civil society organization/network in the Asia Pacific region;
  • Be legally registered and demonstrate the capacity to manage the award funds and implement activities;
  • Leadership of the organization includes LGBTI community members and/or has established links to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and experience directly involving members of those communities in the development and implementation of programmes and activities;
  • Demonstrate organizational capacity and existing relationships with national/regional stakeholders on issues relating to the promotion and protection of human rights of LGBTI people;
  • Demonstrate that the organization’s mandate, values and ways of working are guided by principles of Human Rights and Human Development.

Selection criteria

Applicants are invited to submit a grant proposal using the attached template. Proposals will be assessed against the criteria below:

  1. Thematic responsiveness and relevance (30 points): the extent to which the proposal responds to the theme of the call; strategic relevance of proposed activities to LGBTI inclusion and rights; demonstrated demand for the activities from the community and/or research.
  2. Potential for impact (25 points): clarity of objectives; expected contribution to the thematic area; linkages to ongoing or previous initiatives.
  3. Soundness of method (25 points): the extent to which proposed methods logically contribute to reaching the stated objectives; are feasible to implement within the given timelines and budgets; are community-led/involve the community in design and implementation.
  4. Value for money (20 points): Scope and scale of activities proposed and anticipated impact vs proposed cost. Recommend not exceeding 15 per cent of total budget for operating cost (including capital and recurring cost, i.e. office rent, electricity, etc.) unless justification for exception is given due to country or security situation among other factors. Any human resource cost to be covered should be clearly linked to outputs.

Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a Grants Committee established by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.

Please submit Proposals to:

Programme Specialist, Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific, HIV, Health and Development, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, katri.kivioja@undp.org

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 31 March 2020.

For additional information on the Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific programme, please visit our webpage, or questions related to this call for proposals email us.

This initiative is supported by Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific – a regional programme aimed at addressing inequality, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, and promotes universal access to health and social services. It is a collaboration between governments, civil society, regional institutions and other stakeholders to advance the social inclusion of LGBTI people. The programme is supported by UNDP, the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality (Malta), the Government of Canada and Faith in Love Foundation (Hong Kong).

UNDP is the UN's global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP’s vision is to support countries in achieving the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

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