1. What does FRIDA mean by ‘feminism’ and ‘young feminism’?
FRIDA uses the term ‘feminist’ broadly to refer to individuals and collectives working within women’s movements or in other social movements to promote and work towards the safety, equality, justice, rights and dignity of girls, women and other marginalized groups. Based on the understanding that fundamental discrimination occurs within patriarchal systems of domination in all societies, young feminists are determined to challenge, address and change the root causes of these existing inequalities, rights violations and injustice. We recognize that there are multiple feminisms and foster opportunities for expressing those principles in our work. FRIDA emphasizes feminist principles throughout all of its work. These principles include: non-hierarchy, collectivity, participation, diversity, and inclusion. We define young feminist activists as individuals from across the gender spectrum committed to advancing gender equality and women’s rights through explicitly feminist means. FRIDA focuses on activism led by feminists under 30 years of age.
2. What does the term ‘trans*youth’ refer to?
Trans*youth refers to any young individual who self-identify with a non-conforming gender identity. On the global level the term includes Transgender, Transsexual, Gender-Queer, and Transvestite individuals. In some regions and countries, the term may also include local terms that refer to those who are not distinctly man or woman, broadly referred to as third genders.
3. 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* and intersex 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. If your group is lead by young women up to 35 years of age you can still apply if the majority of your organization’s members is under 30.
4. 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* and intersex 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, 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.
5. 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* and intersex youth.
6. 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.
7. Are we eligible if our annual budget is over 50,000USD?
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 50,000USD.
8. We applied for a FRIDA grant previously and did not receive the grant. Can we apply again?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to apply again!
9. Can I apply as an individual?
FRIDA only accepts application submitted by young feminist organizations or groups.
10. Can we apply for a individual research/scholarship/travel grant?
At this moment FRIDA does not fund individual/academic research, scholarships and travel grants. If your group wants to submit a proposal for research such as monitoring, analyzing and responding to issues in your community, and to use it directly for advocacy, or for sharing knowledge and recording/preserving our stories, or other reasons that you identify as vital to their activism, you are eligible to apply. FRIDA will support activist driven research with a collective, independent process, not connected to institutions.
11. 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?
It is not necessary to have 5 years of experience in order to apply for a FRIDA grant. On the contrary, FRIDA supports newly formed organizations and groups founded in the period between 2011 and 2018.
12. Is my country eligible?
FRIDA generally supports groups, networks, or collectives based in 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, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
13. 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.
14. 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 in USD that you are asking to receive from FRIDA.
15. In what languages can we apply?
You can apply in one of the follwoing languages, English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portugues, Russian or Mandarin.
16. 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.
17. What is the amount and length of FRIDA grant?
FRIDA offer grants of $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.
18. We can’t access online form, can I send my proposal via email?
We strongly recommend that you apply via the online form. If the online application does not open, it may be due to denied access and restrictions in your browser settings. You should check these, or try using another browser. If you are not able to use the electronic form, however, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
19. What is the decision-making process?
FRIDA is committed to engaging young feminist-led groups in the grant decision-making process, providing participants with greater accountability and investment. Therefore, the final decision will be made by the finalist groups. A summary of each proposal will be made available for all finalists in the same region to review 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 that groups keep in mind the strength of the link between young women-led and young feminist work. After voting the results are tallied and grantees are selected.
20. Can I vote for my group?
No, you can’t vote for your group. FRIDA voting is a transparent process and groups that vote for themselves will be not be accepted.