Updated Jun 15, 2018CLOSED

Seizing the Moment: VOICE Global Sudden Opportunity Grants

Offered by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, Oxfam International and Hivos as part of Voice

Are you a global or regional coalition or network that is led by one of Voice’s target groups?

Do you see a sudden and unanticipated opportunity to undertake joint action to influence global and/or regional bodies for your cause?

Is there a sudden threat to civic space at regional or global level that could have a ripple effect on your access to (productive) resources and employment, access to social services, or your space for political participation?

Is there a regional or global opportunity for strategic advocacy or litigation, coordination of collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices?

Will this collective action challenge discrimination, promote equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being or development?

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CLOSEDDec 31, 2018Deadline
€5,000 - €200,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Implemented in:
CountryCambodia, Philippines, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Laos, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia and Tanzania
Focus AreasCitizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Health and Inclusion
Education and Inclusion
Economic Growth and Trade and Inclusion
Please note that this Sudden Opportunity needs to impact at least two countries but preferably a region (such as a regional economic commission) or beyond (such as the African Union or ASEAN). For single country Sudden Opportunity grants please see the open Calls for Proposals.

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries

This Call for Proposals will help Voice meet its objectives, funding projects that focus on the following target groups:

Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence,
People with Disabilities,
Age-discriminated (youth and elderly),
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and
Indigenous People and Ethnic Minorities.

Often the most marginalised and discriminated are those who may be vulnerable due to multiple reasons. Therefore, Voice has a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one target group to address overlapping vulnerabilities. We also pay special attention to groups that are underrepresented in the Voice grant portfolio such as LGBTI in the West African region.
Management TeamApplications are being accepted where the coalition or network (or lead applicant if you are applying in consortia) is registered in either Africa or Asia and at least one of the consortia members operates in at least one but preferably more of the ten Voice focus countries.

Theonlyexception to the above is if the grant cannot be led by a network or coalition based in Africa or Asia due to the nature of the proposed project presenting additional security or safety risks. In this case Voice allows an application led by a coalition or network outside of Africa and Asia (but still implemented in close collaboration with local groups, taking security and safety into account).

The lead party, coalition or network must be a legally registered not-for-profit civil society with an operational bank account in the applicant’s name.

The coalition, network or consortia must be target group-led. This means that the target group that you purport to represent governs and manages the organisation and the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us guide the work


Whatwe won’t fund:

  • Consortium Partners of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation “Dialogue and Dissent” Strategic Partnership.[For a full list of partners please refer to this document]
  • Networks, coalitions or consortia with an annual turnover of over €2 million.
  • An application where the grants awarded from Voice are more than 40% for of the total annual income of the applicant organisation. The way to calculate this is to divide the requested amount by the annual income. If the result of this calculation is over 40% you can either reduce the requested amount or team up as part of a consortium where you can add up the budgets
  • Funding of commercial services, investment or other commercial activities.

Application Directions

Please follow these steps:

  1. Take the eligibility test available link here to assess whether you are eligible.
  2. If you have passed the eligibility test, you need to send an Email toapplication@voice.globalto describe your collective action in 1 to 2 paragraphs. In this Email you need to describe what the sudden opportunity is, the actions you intend to take, the actors undertaking the collective action, the amount needed and the duration.

If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form to complete.

Application And Awards Process

Once the application form has been submitted via Smartsheets, we aim to make decisions within 4 weeks after application. Projects that are rewarded with fundingmust be implemented within 6-12 months after approval of theapplication.
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