DPO Funding: The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)


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We would like to see Mexico, India, and the Ukraine advocating for the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - especially Article 30 dealing with tourism.

Are their DPOs in each country interested in teaming up to do the hard work? If so, contact the Rolling Rains Report.

Here is an offer from the Disability Rights Fund to get mobilized!

Grant Guidelines - Overview

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons' Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.

The 2009 "Raising Our Voice" grant cycle will consist of two grantmaking rounds:

  1. The first grantmaking round (described below) is directed to DPO activities in the following three countries: in Latin America - Mexico; in Asia: India; and in Eastern Europe/fSU - Ukraine. The deadline for applications for this round is Thursday, 16 April 2009 at 24:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
  1. The second grantmaking round will be publicized in July 2009 and will encompass grants to the same seven target countries where DRF grantmaking occurred in 2008.


Applicants in the first round can apply within one of two categories: a) single organizations or partnerships and b) national DPO coalitions.

DRF will make grants to organizations and projects that demonstrate a clear ability and commitment to contribute to the advancement of the human rights of persons with disabilities. Grants will provide one-year, project-specific support. Cross-disability and other partnerships in-country are strongly encouraged, as are projects which address particularly marginalized sectors of the disability community.

To be considered for funding, you must complete and submit all parts of the Grants Application Form as outlined in the Requests for Proposals.

Send your completed application in a single email (multiple attachments are okay) no later than 16 April 2009, in English, Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian by e-mail to grants@disabilityrightsfund.org

Please contact info@disabilityrightsfund.org if you need the RFP or Grant Application documents in a different format.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the first funding round will be posted here on March 16th.

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