FRIDA's Approach to Supporting Young Feminist Organizing

FRIDA's Grantmaking Strategy

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is co-created by feminist movements to provide flexible, multi-year financial support, capacity strengthening and space for movement connections to young feminist collectives across regions, thematics and strategies. FRIDA supports groups to build solidarity networks across movements, exchange knowledge and practices and co-create advocacy initiatives. FRIDA applies participatory decision-making practices across the fund and all of its grantmaking. Not only are young feminist communities part of resource allocation decisions, but they also decide how FRIDA’s grantmaking process can best support the needs of the young feminist community.

FRIDA currently support young feminist collectives in the following regions:

  • Southwest Asia and North Africa
  • Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa
  • Central, Southeast and East Europe, Caucasus and Central and North Asia
  • South, Southeast, and East Asia and the Pacific
  • Latin America and the Caribbean

FRIDA’s grantmaking strategy is created in consultation with young feminist organizers and mirrors the organizing needs and practices of young feminist movements. It includes all the ways in which FRIDA provides financial and non-financial support to young feminist organizers. This strategy allows us to be flexible, creative and reflective about new ways in which we can provide holistic support to young feminist movements. Feedback and analysis following every open call for proposals informs this strategy, as well as our ongoing communication and reflection with grantee partners, advisors and the broader FRIDA community. We are committed to a grantmaking strategy that follows whatever approaches are necessary to best address the direct needs of the movements we are here to support.

Funding Plus Model

FRIDA is committed to supporting young feminist collectives through a funding plus model and intends to provide renewal support over the course of 3-5 years to all awarded groups. All groups who apply and are accepted during FRIDA’s open call for proposals receive a flexible, core support grant. After receiving their first grant and submitting their End Cycle Report, each group receives an increased renewal grant that can be multi- or single-year, depending on the preference of each group. FRIDA has two renewal windows in a calendar year–April-May and September-October–so that the groups who need more time can apply for a renewal later in the year if preferred. During their time as a grantee partner, all groups can access capacity strengthening grants through FRIDA’s accompaniment and capacity strengthening program. Core and capacity strengthening grants are offered to all grantee partners and are incorporated into our budget projection for each group 5 years in advance1. Grantee partners can also apply to receive travel and collaboration and exchange grants, which we also hold an open call for and allocate through a participatory selection process2. Grantee partners can also take part in an accompaniment program to seek or provide peer capacity strengthening support. After 5 years, or earlier if requested by the group, each grantee partner has access to a grantee transition program that offers transition grants and tailored capacity strengthening support. This program is intended to enable sustainable transition and growth to groups in the way they envision it, and to join the FRIDA alumni community.

Growing Trust and Fostering Relationships

FRIDA’s program team has a focal point structure where a staff member who is a young feminist activist support groups in their regions throughout their grantee journey with FRIDA. FRIDA is committed to creating a space where young feminist collectives can share their challenges, learnings and successes equally and receive holistic support. To cultivate and nourish trust-based relationships with young feminist organizers our strategies and decision-making processes need to be transparent and open for reflection, feedback and change of our approaches. 

Participatory Decision-Making Approach

All FRIDA’s grantmaking is facilitated through a young feminist community decision-making process.  Open Call for Proposals is the most complex and it will be explained in detail. However, other types of grants have the conditions and needs for various community decision-making approaches. Renewal Grant approval process doesn’t involve grantee partners in the decision-making. The advisory committee members join as peer reviewers together with FRIDA’s program staff that accompany each group in their grantee journey. This approval process is usually very straightforward since a relationship has already been established and the commitment is to provide long-term support to each grantee group. Special Grants3 selection process is carried out by the Peer Review Panel created for each specific cycle and consists of advisory members, grantee partners who did not apply in that round and FRIDA staff. FRIDA staff supports the decision-making process by sharing the capacity strengthening needs of each group and the opportunities that could support their journey. FRIDA also involves the young feminist community in other decision-making processes such as selecting its Board Members, directing the Strategic Planning Process and Outcomes and also Resources Mobilization Consultations about our fundraising practices.4

1. The initial core grant at the moment is USD 6000. The capacity strengthening grant is USD 3000.
2. The travel grant is USD 4000 and collaboration and exchange grant is USD 6000., the post-convening collaboration grant0 and post-consultation grants are up to 6000.
3. Travel, collaboration and exchnage grants.
4. These are standalone processes and should be evaluated separately from the FRIDA’s participatory grantmaking process.