Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening grants are open to applications from smaller organisations registered in the UK, one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI, or in a country considered to be of high or moderate fragility. Grants between 50,000 Pounds and 100,000 Pounds are available for projects of 2-3 years, for organisations with an annual income below 500,000 Pounds.
The grants will be made across 2 thematic areas close to Jo’s heart:
Women’s social, economic and political empowerment through supporting women-led civil society. This thematic area will support civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls – to tackle the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience – in different areas and at different times of their lives. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk. This thematic area will support civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, tackling the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience in different areas and at different times of their lives. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk.
The grants provided under theme 1 of the Jo Cox Memorial Grants must contribute towards this theory of change, by focusing on one or more of the following 4 outcome areas. Therefore, when designing your programme, please consider how your programme will contribute directly to one or more of the below: -
-women have meaningful and equal participation, leadership and influence in decision-making at all levels of governance, across formal and informal spheres and public and private life (including in conflict prevention, peace building and humanitarian response)
-women are economically empowered and have equal access and control over economic resources
-women and girls are free from all forms of VAWG and the threat of such violence (both as an outcome, and as a key barrier to other women’s empowerment outcomes); and have universal access to SRHR (including family planning, adolescents, safe childbirth, safe abortion, HIV and SRHR in emergencies)
-autonomous, skilled, inclusive, and coordinated women-led civil society have power, capability, and resilience to achieve an integrated approach to gender equality to tackle the combined disadvantages girls and women experience There are many ways of demonstrating how you will achieve these outcomes.
In your application, you will need to show which (of the below) pathways for change, your programme will take, in order to achieve them:
-policy advocacy: advocacy and support at the national, regional and local level for legal, policy and institutional change – including monitoring and supporting implementation of policy/laws and budgets. For more information on examples of this type of work, please see examples from AmplifyChange grant holder, Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (opens in a new window), working on advocacy and ending child marriage
-service delivery: deliver services that address the need of women and girls as well as strengthen the supporting environment to allow for an improvement in conditions and security for women and girls. One example case study of a programme that works to do this (non-DFID funded), is The Info Ladies of Bangladesh (opens in a new window)
-community mobilisation, programmes and campaigns to shift social norms: social norms include but are not limited to cultural, religious and political
-empowerment of women and girls initiatives: e.g. strengthening their assets, rights to land, increasing literacy, education and skills, and informing women and girls about rights
-building an enabling environment for women and girls’ rights claiming: including building women’s leadership and capacity, safe spaces, network building, cross movement building, learning and knowledge management
Women-led organisations are particularly encouraged to apply, but we recognise that organisations organise themselves in a variety of different ways for a variety of different reason. Please explain your context in your application form. Applications demonstrating collaboration and use of existing networks amongst implementers are also encouraged. Consider demonstrating how your application will strengthen an existing network, such as by promoting mentoring from larger to smaller grassroots organisations. VSO Pakistan's project (opens in a new window)- preventing gender-based violence through democratic policing - funded by AmplifyChange, is a good example of a project that demonstrates the role of a strengthened network. Working in these environments and over this relatively short period of time may mean it is not always possible to demonstrate the change and/or outcome you’d like to see. We encourage you to consider what proxy indicators could be used to show that you are on the pathway to change, and that change is starting to happen. Try to show how you will be contributing to the change you want to see. Your organisation will need to be able to demonstrate how your vision drives your work in this area, and what value your previous experience and knowledge in the outcome areas you have chosen can bring to the project and overall theme.
Strengthening civil society capacity for early prediction of identity-based violence including mass atrocities; and amplifying and supporting response to early warnings in order to prompt timely and effective interventions that prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence. The focus of theme 2 is to strengthen the capacity of civil society to predict identity-based violence including mass atrocity crimes; and amplify and support response to early warnings in order to prevent escalation and better protect populations from the threat of violence.
The 3 high level outcome areas that theme 2 will contribute to are:
-the ability of civil society organisations to design and implement effective systems for early warning against identity-based violence
-strengthened and more effective civil society organisation networks that generate and disseminate knowledge pertinent to prediction and prevention of identity-based violence including mass atrocities
-increased access by Her Majesty’s Government to knowledge and evidence on what works in predicting and preventing identity-based violence, including mass atrocities, early on
Civil society is expected to contribute to the outcomes through either of the below pathways to change:
-community mobilisation, programmes and campaigns to shift social norms to reduce stereotypes, counter hate speech, promote co-existence, peace education, etc.
-advocacy: advocacy and support for national legal, policy and institutional change, creating an enabling environment for reducing violence on a local or national level
Organisations applying under this theme need to demonstrate that their projects can:
-systematically identify early warning signs of identity-based violence in their own communities, alert and mobilise local and national level leadership to prevent community-based violence
-set up processes, systems and structures that can counter division, hate speech, reduce stereotypes and foster co-existence and reconciliation on a local or national level
-strengthen civil society networks for knowledge exchange and advocacy towards relevant duty bearers that have a responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocities and identity-based violence, from the local to the international level
-build a shared evidence base of how early warning signs can most effectively translate into early preventative action
Applications will be particularly welcomed from projects that are being implemented in countries DFID considers to be of moderate or high fragility. This objective was developed with the input of third parties who were friends, colleagues, and associates of Jo Cox. All information that they shared or has been discussed has been published for the benefit of all applicants.
Applying for a Jo Cox Memorial Strengthening grant is a 1 stage process – the submission of a detailed concept note. Full applications could be submitted from Wednesday 4 April. The closing date for submitting these is Wednesday 13 June at 17:00 (GMT).