Please be sure to download and review the entire 2022 RISE Call for Proposals, an essential tool for your prospective application.

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Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments

(RISE grants challenge)

Open call for proposals to address gender-based violence and environment linkages

2022

APPLY UNTIL JULY 18th, 2022
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Open call for proposals

In 2022, the world is arguably facing multiple overlapping pandemics – COVID-19 itself together with gender-based violence (GBV), climate change and biodiversity loss.

Gender-based violence and environment linkages are complex and multi-layered; however, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable. Urgent action to end GBV, promote gender equality and social inclusion and protect the environment is crucial – and requires cooperation and shared commitment across sectors.

Following lessons and promising practices from the previous two RISE phases, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), under its partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) and its Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center (GBV-ENV Center) will continue to support evidence-based strategies to address gender-based violence in environment and climate-related programming. RISE will invest in: 

  • a) new interventions that address GBV in environment sectors; 
  • b) integrated approaches that embed GBV components in existing environmental programming or related activities; and 
  • c) existing GBV-environment programming that aims to continue, scale up or replicate an intervention.

RISE anticipates funding between three and six projects of USD 100,000 – USD 400,000 each, with implementation timelines of 18-24 months in one or more targeted geographies. RISE grantees participate as a RISE learning cohort and benefit from technical support and a community of practice from IUCN and partners via the GBV-ENV Center. In 2022, RISE priorities include: generating learning on promising practices for addressing gender-based violence in climate-vulnerable contexts and in relation to protecting the rights and safety of environmental defenders, as well as adaptive management in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Interventions RISE seeks to fund

Partnerships between environmental, gender equality and GBV-expert, indigenous peoples and/or community-based organisations, networks or decision-makers 

 

Locally or community-led or driven approaches, in line with rights-based principles and approaches;

Survivor-centred and trauma-informed approaches;

Evidence-based strategies to address gender-based violence in environment-focused sectors 

Strategies, tools and capacities contributing to the overall global knowledge and capacity base to address GBV and environment linkages

Institutional learning  to improve implementation and scale-up of rights-based gender-responsive environment approaches and outcomes

Innovative arrangements – e.g., via partnerships, institutional enabling conditions, policy reform or social protection measures – that contribute to existing evidence on addressing gender-based violence in environment linkages

Enabling conditions to implement interventions to reduce gender-based violence and support survivors, for example through legislative action, infrastructure or institutionalisation, or mobilising political will

Bridging knowledge gaps, for example through deepening local and contextual knowledge; showcasing context-specific promising practices; and/ or demonstrating how RISE grantees’ interventions will influence national, regional or global policy and programming agendas

 

 

 

 

Who can apply?

Targeted geographies in 2022

Projects must be implemented in one or more of the following targeted geographies:

  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Eastern and Southern Africa
  • South and Southeast Asia

To view a full list of countries, please read the Call for Proposals document (English | Español).

Eligible applicants

RISE is open to legally registered local, national, regional, or international organisations, including
but not limited to:

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
  • Grassroots, local and community-based organisations (CBOs), including women, youth-led and LGBTQI organisations;
  • Civil society organisations (CSOs);
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations (IPOs);
  • Women-owned/women-led enterprises;
  • Faith-based organisations (FBOs);
  • International non-governmental organisations (INGOs);
  • Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs);
  • Universities and other academic institutions;
  • Research institutes and think tanks;
  • Private sector companies ;Private sector companies;
  • Consortiums, partnerships and other already existing forms of collaboration;
  • Organisations that are members of IUCN and/or others with track record improving environment outcomes; and
  • Organisations that have previously applied for and/or received RISE Challenge funding.

Partnership and collaborations

RISE encourages partnerships between environmental, gender equality and GBV-expert, Indigenous Peoples and/or community-based organisations, local communities and relevant experts. Applicants must meet the requirements set in the Call for Proposals (English | Español).

Local Presence

Applicants must:

  • Already have presence in the country in which the activities are proposed to be implemented, OR
  • Be a local organisation, OR
  • Have a duly registered local partner that meets the requirements for consortia and partnerships.

Thematic responsiveness

In 2022, RISE priorities include: generating learning on promising practices for addressing gender-based violence in climate-vulnerable contexts and in relation to protecting the rights and safety of environmental defenders, as well as adaptive management in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Operational and administrative capacity

Eligible applicants must have sufficient capacity to allow for professional and timely implementation of proposed projects.

Language

Applicants must summit their proposal in English or Spanish.

Projects must be implemented in one or more of the following candidate geographies:

  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Eastern and Southern Africa
  • South and Southeast Asia

RISE is open to legally registered local, national, regional, or international organisations, including
but not limited to:

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
  • Grassroots, local and community-based organisations (CBOs), including women, youth-led and LGBTQI organisations;
  • Civil society organisations (CSOs);
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations (IPOs);
  • Women-owned/women-led enterprises;
  • Faith-based organisations (FBOs);
  • International non-governmental organisations (INGOs);
  • Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs);
  • Universities and other academic institutions;
  • Research institutes and think tanks;
  • Private sector companies ;Private sector companies;
  • Consortiums, partnerships and other already existing forms of collaboration;
  • Organisations that are members of IUCN and/or others with track record improving environment outcomes; and
  • Organisations that have previously applied for and/or received RISE Challenge funding.

RISE encourages partnerships between environmental, gender equality and GBV-expert, Indigenous Peoples and/or community-based organisations, local communities and relevant experts. Applicants must meet the requirements set in the Call for Proposals.

Applicants must already have presence in the country in which the activities are proposed to be implemented, OR be a local organisation, OR have a duly registered local partner that meets the requirements for consortia and partnerships.

In 2022, RISE priorities include: generating learning on promising practices for addressing gender-based violence in climate-vulnerable contexts and in relation to protecting the rights and safety of environmental defenders, as well as adaptive management in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible applicants must have sufficient capacity to allow for professional and timely implementation of proposed projects.

Applicants must summit their proposal in English or Spanish.

Online Application

Proposals must be written and submitted using only the online Application platform

Please review the Call for Proposals for the complete rules and conditions for applying to the present open call, as well as the technical and administrative requirements that the proposed interventions are expected to meet:

RISE webinar on why and how to apply

A virtual webinar explaining the purpose, eligibility criteria and application components will be held on June 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

Application and award timeline

Stage 1 – Proposal submission stage

07 June to 18 july 2022

Stage 2 - Eligibility screening stage

19 to 29 July 2022

Stage 3 – Technical evaluation stage

01 August to 27 September 2022

Stage 4 – Pre-award and due diligence stage

27 September to 08 November 2022

Stage 5 – Grant winners finalisation and announcement stage

09 November to 10 December 2022

News

Every quarter, the Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center (GBV-ENV Center) publishes a bulletin with the latest news and resources – including RISE updates. Please be sure to sign up to get up-to-the minute details, and you can view previous mailers here:
You can read the current bulletin here!

To ensure you get up-to-the minute details, please sign up for news updates.

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