Final Decisions and Grantee Announcement
After all groups submit their votes, the Peer Review Panel and FRIDA’s program staff review the voting results in their respective regions. For each regional and sub-regional voting process, there is a conversation within the Panel about how groups have voted, their voting feedback and any dynamics that might have arisen in this process–for instance, how underrepresented groups and those with little or no access to funding are reflected in the votes. At this stage, the Peer Review Panel comes together online to discuss the results and confirms that the groups with the highest number of votes can continue into the due diligence stage. If some groups have the same number of votes and only one can be awarded, the Peer Review Panel makes this decision based on previously applied analyses from the voting process, FRIDA regional strategies and evaluation from the previous grantmaking cycle. The highest voted group goes into the next stage of the due diligence process.
In case the Peer Review Panel reports any gaps in the voting process or groups that come from underrepresented priority communities have not received high vote counts, the Peer Review Panel can collectively make a decision to allocate an additional grant to that group in their region.
How many groups receive a grant?
FRIDA shares with the community the number of young feminist groups that are in the voting process in their region, the number of Voting Groups and the number of grants that are allocated to each region and sub-region. We ensure that there is a regional balance in grant and budget allocation. Understanding the imbalance in philanthropic giving and funding commitments across different regions, FRIDA’s regional strategy points out the gaps and underfunded contexts and thematics in individual regions. In some cases, FRIDA can allocate a higher number of grants for these groups, especially if they are underfunded. Usually in each region there are about 10 Voting Groups, each receiving up to 15 proposals to review. Depending on the number of Voting Groups, at least one group from each Voting Group goes on to receive grant.
How do we confirm if the highest voted groups fit FRIDA's funding criteria?
All groups considered for a grant go through a due diligence process that takes two weeks or longer. The due diligence process is done by FRIDA staff and it is as part of our accountability towards all the young feminist organizers that are part of the voting process. We want to ensure that funds are supporting the organizing and work they intended to support. We are committed to funding young feminist groups that are self-led, so we ask questions about applicants’ work, leadership, how they started organizing and if there are any internal or external challenges the group is experiencing.
We inform the applicants that we will contact the references they provided in their application. We understand that many groups are newly established and can’t provide references from previous funders, so we also ask them to provide as references individuals and/or organizations connected to feminist organizing that can share more about their work. We ask them to notify their references that they will be contacted. They can also choose to change their reference contacts at this stage.
Advisory committee members and FRIDA staff can also contact local partners or sister funds to ask if they can provide more information about the group.
In some cases, we have a call with a group to better understand their work, structure and leadership. This is mostly the case if a group is part of another organization or another entity.
What happens when a group is selected to receive a grant?
Once the due diligence process is complete, all awarded groups receive an award email again explaining the process of how their grant is selected and are invited to share any notes of love, solidarity or appreciation with the groups that voted for them.
We collect bios and photos of the groups for FRIDA’s website. This process takes time, especially because we want to ensure that translation is available, which can cause delays. We ensure that the groups receive an email with the names of groups that have been selected, and once all groups’ bios are ready, we share the information with everyone again, together with appreciation quotes.
The groups that were not selected in this cycle receive an email with a list of the groups that were awarded in their voting group, with their voting number, country and name. We share with them other resources and funding opportunities. If they have confirmed in the application form that they would like to be connected with other funders and there is an ongoing opportunity with FRIDA’s partner funds, we share applications with partner funds so groups don’t have to go through another application process. We are building a system to connect the groups among each other and share the feedback from their peers about their proposal.