Warm greetings to all! This month has certainly been a busy time for us at FRIDA and we’d like to take this opportunity to share a few updates!
After months of preparation, we are excited to be launching our second Call for Proposals! Following the success of our first round of grantmaking, we are looking forward to supporting up to 16 more young feminist groups from around the world. We believe that supporting young feminist organising is key to the expansion, rejuvenation, and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future.
To date, FRIDA has mobilized nearly USD 270,000 and in 2012 committed 16 grants (of USD 4,000 each) to 16 youth-led initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
As the FRIDA launches its next call for proposals, we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about what FRIDA supports and to access application materials. Groups that meet the criteria outlined on our website (http://youngfeministfund.org/grants-program/funding-priorities/) are encouraged to submit applications in English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday 26th March 2013.
Here’s what some of our current grantee partners have to say about their experiences with FRIDA:
"the FRIDA team is constantly keeping in touch with us, supporting us, providing suggestions for grants and training. [FRIDA] has done a great job communicating and providing suggestions in terms of partnerships and helping us to build our organisation.”
~ Khadija Sisters, The Philippines
“FRIDA has been a very active donor, and we really really appreciate that…[FRIDA] has provided us an ‘opening’ -- not only with money, but with capacity building and networking. It is much more than we expected because most of the time when you get a grant all you get is the money, and then they need a report. You don’t have this constant interaction, so for us this has been different and new and good.”
~ I’m Glad I’m A Girl, Jamaica
“With support from FRIDA we have been able to launch ‘KLIT’ - a combination resource center and sex shop. We use our space to conduct meetings with progressive women's rights, human rights, and sexual minorities groups and organise campaigns around the issues of women from marginalised communities. Funds from FRIDA have also helped us coordinate our other core activities including providing support to lesbian, bisexual women and transpersons in Budapest.”
~ Radical Queer Affinity Collective, Hungary
“FRIDA was our very first donor and since we received support for our project, we have been invited by another international organisation to submit a proposal for more funding.” ~ Equal Rights, Armenia
We could never have gotten this far without our supporters -- we are especially thankful to our major institutional donors and the many individuals who have come forward to support FRIDA both in-kind and financially. Your unwavering support and donations have meant we have been able to expand FRIDA’s support to young feminist activism globally through our second round of grantmaking! Supporters like you have helped FRIDA build a community of donors mobilizing the financial resources young women and trans youth need to move their work forward.
Thank you again so much for all of your support!