FAQs about our grants

1. Can we apply if we are over 30?

FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund grants are dedicated to organizations/groups that are led by young women and/or trans* youth, under the age of 30. FRIDA recognizes that there are limited funding opportunities so FRIDA seeks to fill the gap experienced by young feminist activists in the 18 -30 age range.

2. Can we have people older than 30 in our organization?

Yes, but 70% of membership needs to be people under 30 and the leadership in the group  needs to be young women and/or trans* youth under 30. We accept that the age range covered includes young people who in many contexts are already social adults (mothers, married, income earners, voters, income earners etc) and that there is an inadvertent cultural and class bias in conceptions of what makes a “young” activist. However, FRIDA is committed to supporting groups that demonstrate a solid commitment to feminist activism and movement building doing our best not to reinforce an artificial concept of ‘youth’ as an identity. On that basis FRIDA will not turn down an application solely on the basis of age.

3. Can we apply if we are a young men led feminist group?

At this moment, FRIDA will not provide funding to initiatives led by young men even if they self define as feminists because of our limited resources that are dedicated to address the fundamental inequality and discrimination faced by young women and trans* youth.

4. Are we eligible if we have men as members of our group?

Yes, but 70% of the membership needs to be young women and/or trans* youth and the leadership in the group needs to be young women and/or trans* youth under 30.

 5. Are we eligible if our annual budget is over 25,000USD?

FRIDA is a fund that dedicate it support to small, emerging grassroots groups, networks, or collectives with little or no access to funding from larger donors, so the priority will be given to groups that have overall budget less than 25,000USD.

6. We applied for FRIDA grant in previous grant making cycles, we haven’t received the grant , but we fit FRIDA basic criteria, can we apply again this year?

Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply again!

7. Can I apply as an individual?

FRIDA only accepts application submitted by young feminist organizations or groups.

8. Can we apply for a research/scholarship/travel grant?

At this moment FRIDA do not fund individual/academic research, scholarships and travel grants. If your group wants submit a proposal for  a research as in monitoring, analyzing and responding  to issues in your community, and use it whether directly for advocacy, or for sharing knowledge and recording/preserving our stories, or other reasons that you identify as vital your their activism, you are eligible to apply. FRIDA will support activist driven research with a collective, independent process, not connected to institutions.

9. Do we need to have 5 years experience as an organization to be eligible to apply? We are newly founded organization, are we eligible to apply?

5 year experience is not necessary in order to apply for FRIDA grant, on the contrary, FRIDA supports newly formed organizations  and group that are founded in the period between 2010 and 2016.

10. Is my country eligible?

 FRIDA supports groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Sub Sahran Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and Central Asia). We do not support goups based in the following highly-industrialized countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

11. Do we need to be legally registered organization in our country to apply?

No. Young feminist group/organization doesn’t need to be legally registered in order to be eligible to apply. Many newly established young feminist groups struggle to become registered and for others it is a political decision not to register themselves. FRIDA is open and committed to supporting these groups, but also those that  are legally registered as non-government organization in their countries.

12. Do we need to submit a detailed budget proposal?

At this stage of the application process, it is not necessary to submit a detailed budget with your project proposal, just an overall amount that you are asking to receive from FRIDA.

13. In what languages can we apply?

At this moment you can apply in any ONE of the following 7 languages: Arabic, English, French,  Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

14. Can we apply for more than one grant in one grant making cycle or can we submit more than one application?

No. A group can apply only once, with only one grant proposal.

15. What is the amount and length of FRIDA grant?

FRIDA makes grants of up to $5,000 USD. They are flexible grants that can be used for general support and/or projects to be used over a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.

16. We can’t access online form, can I send my proposal via email?

We strongly recommend you to apply online, if the online application doesn’t open the access may be denied by restriction in your browser settings. You should check these or try another browser.

17. What is the application deadline?

The deadline is closed. We are no longer accepting applications for 2016.

18. What is the decision making process?

Once applications are received, FRIDA staff and advisors conduct an initial screening to filter those that do not meet the criteria. Following the initial screening, summaries of shortlisted applications are then made available for all applicants with a request that they vote for their top choices and give comments on their choices (groups are not permitted to vote for their own proposals). In voting, we ask applicants to keep in mind what they think is important for the promotion and defense of the rights of young feminist activists, as well as FRIDA’s core values and goals. After receiving the votes, the results are tallied and the final selection of grantees is announced.

19. Can I vote for my group?

No, you can’t vote for your group. FRIDA voting is a transparent process and groups that try to vote for themselves will be disqualified.

20. When will we be notified about the status of our proposal?

We receive large number of proposals each year, so we sometimes can’t notify you just after the call is closed. This process might take up to 2 weeks, but every applicant will receive the notification about the application status.

If you want to learn more about FRIDA values, mission and vision, please, take a look at our website.