Strengthening grants support time-limited, projects (up to 12 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the SRHR priority themes of AmplifyChange.

Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support, strengthen quality and scale-up the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.
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CLOSEDFeb 05, 2019Deadline
€40,000 - €100,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
CountryCape Verde, Comoros, Afghanistan, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Gabon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Benin, Bangladesh, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Maldives, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mali, Liberia, Lesotho, Kenya, India, Guinea-Bissau, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Togo, Seychelles, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Myanmar and Pakistan
Focus AreasSexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
Gender-based Violence (Gender)
Strengthening grants are aimed at small to medium civil society organisations from the Global South. Therefore, eligibility is limited to organisations that have an annual expenditure of less than EUR1 million per year. This is calculated as an average of the organisation’s expenditure over the past three years.

The general eligibility criteria for Strengthening grantees are:

  1. The applicant organisation must be registered in one of the AmplifyChange eligible countries.
  2. The project must be implemented in one of the AmplifyChange eligible countries.
  3. The applicant organisation must have a bank account.
  4. The project must respond to one or more of the Amplify Changepriorities.
  5. The project must respond to one or more of the AmplifyChangeoutcome areas.
  6. The organisation must be a Southern-based organisation (see definition below).
  7. The organisation must be a small to medium sized organisation with an average annual expenditure of less than EUR1 million per year.

AmplifyChange will consider concept notes from civil society organisations based in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia. We recognise the broad scope of civil society and the wide range of organisations, actors and coalitions it encompasses. Therefore, we are happy to receive concept notes from community groups, non-governmental organisations, indigenous groups, charitable organisations, faith-based organisations, research institutes, social enterprise groups, public-private partnerships, communications and media groups and professional associations.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsUp to 40% of a Strengthening Grant can also be used to support the costs of organisational development and boosting organisational effectiveness of an organisation dedicated to strengthening SRHR
Management TeamWe will only consider applications from sub-Saharan African and South Asian organisations with the ability to define strategy, setting performance targets and other objectives, define a brand identity and governance fully independently of a Global North-based headquarters or support office. AmplifyChange encourage and recognise the interconnectedness of civil society across the world and fund many INGOs originating from the Global North and South at both a central and local level through our other grant types. However, we are focused on ensuring that Strengthening grants are awarded to southern-based organisations, emerging from and rooted in their own communities to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights. These groups have limited opportunities for funding in the global development financing architecture.
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