Updated Sep 30, 2020CLOSED

Generation Equality: Supporting a New Wave of Youth-Led Activism for Gender Equality

Offered by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In order to support a stronger wave of youth-led advocacy in 2021 and beyond, and in order to specifically seek out and fund young leaders from underrepresented and marginalized identities and communities, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is issuing an open request for proposals from groups interested in carrying out advocacy work in support of the GEF. We will invest in a portfolio of up to 10 recipients at $50,000 each, for a total of $500,000 allocated. These 12-month grants provided will each support:

  • - Up to 40% of resources (≤ $20,000) for core organizational activities and capacity.
  • - At least 60% of resources (≥ $30,000) specifically allocated to advocacy activities around the GEF and/or in-country advocacy focused on one of the six GEF Action Coalition themes (gender-based violence, economic justice and rights, bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), feminist action for climate justice, technology and innovation for gender equality, and feminist movements and leadership).

We hope to leave space for diverse and creative ideas, so have not recommended a prescribed approach to what this advocacy should look like and leave that to the discretion of applicants to define.

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CLOSEDOct 21, 2020Deadline
Up to $50,000Amount
12 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasGender Equity (Gender)

To be considered, applicants must:

  • - Have executives or leadership teams primarily (>60%) comprised of girls, young women and/or trans and intersex youth, under the age of 30.
  • - Be a registered organization or submit as part of a collective application where at least one participant is legally registered and able to receive grant funding from a U.S. private foundation. - Note: If applying under a fiscal sponsor, please include that organization under "Organization Name" in the application site. Please see Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about a fiscal sponsor.
  • - Demonstrate some familiarity with the Generation Equality Forum and/or the Beijing+25 processes, even if there has not been deep engagement to-date.
  • - Present a clear vision for how their work will result in policy and/or resource commitments and a theory of change that links to commitments.
  • - Demonstrate an ability to effectively champion gender equality priorities with key decision makers.

Other Requirements


Additional preference and weight will be given to:

  • - Applicants led by girls, young women, and/or trans and intersex youth who are Black, indigenous, or people of color.
  • - Applicants headquartered in the global south.
  • - Applicants that have not previously received direct Gates Foundation funding.

Application Directions

Applications may be submitted through the online application portal.
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