What is FRIDA's Open Call for Proposals?

FRIDA’s open call process is a cross-regional, cross-thematic, multilingual application process for young feminist organizers that involves multiple peer reviewing stages.

In order to sustain FRIDA’s funding plus program and accompany the journey of each grantee partner, we invite young feminist collectives to apply in an open call for proposals every two years. This allows for FRIDA program staff to build relationships with new grantee partners after each open call and support them in accessing other opportunities within FRIDA, connecting across regions and thematics, and exchanging and collaborating. For many groups, this is their first grant, and focused guidance and accompaniment support is very much needed. 

The time between cycles also allows the grantmaking team to reflect on the previous grantmaking cycle and incorporate all critical feedback, contextual analyses and updated analyses on support for underrepresented groups. We take these reflections to the next grant cycle, regional work strategies, and across FRIDA’s organizational work.

Preparation for the Open Call for Proposals

FRIDA’s call for proposals informs FRIDA’s regional funding strategies, outreach plans for the next call for proposals and advocacy efforts. We discuss with the advisory committee the needs in each region, co-develop strategies that respond to these needs and even recruit advisors in specific areas of work.

Regional strategies

...are co-designed with each regional advisory committee and are a guiding lens to understand contexts, needs, gaps, opportunities and challenges in all regions where FRIDA funds. This lays foundations for FRIDA’s regional and thematic outreach plan and ensures that FRIDA's call for proposals is both accessible and attuned to complexities.

Outreach plans

...are co-designed by staff and advisory committee members before each call for proposals to ensure that we have tools in place to reach out to young feminist communities. From ongoing focused online communication in 7 languages, to webinars to learn more about the application process, to local events, the many outreach tools we use ensure that we understand the conditions of groups in different contexts and how they need to be supported in the application process.

Who is part of the FRIDA peer review process?

In FRIDA’s participatory grantmaking model, young feminist activists who are part of FRIDA’s advisory, staff and grantee partner community, as well as young feminist activists who have applied for grants, have roles in the community decision-making process.

FRIDA is a self-led young feminist fund where the majority of staff members are young feminist activists from the regions where FRIDA funds. All program staff members are involved in the open call for proposals to confirm the eligibility of groups and support the due diligence process. The Grantmaking Officer facilitates and designs the entire grantmaking process and applies feedback from previous cycles to the model. 

FRIDA’s Global Advisory Committee is also organized regionally and consists of young feminist activists based in the regions where FRIDA funds. FRIDA was created by young feminist activists who formed the original advisory committee, which in its early stages supported all of FRIDA’s operations beyond grantmaking. Now, the Regional Advisory Committee has a more focused scope, mainly centered on the grantmaking peer review process, outreach and regional funding strategies. Regional Advisory Committee members are selected every two years by outgoing advisors and FRIDA staff members through an open call. 

Collectives that have been part of the FRIDA grantee community for more than one year can express interest to participate in the open call for proposal process as reviewers. They join the Peer Review Panel, together with the FRIDA advisory committee in their region, to review the eligibility of groups, review the voting process and results and support the due diligence process.

All young feminist collectives that have applied for FRIDA funding and that fit FRIDA’s basic criteria get to review proposals in the voting process in their region and vote for groups they feel should be supported with funding.