Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
People living with disabilities
Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
Grant amount25,000 - 200,000 Euro
Project duration18 - 36 Months
Closing date08 Jul 2018
Are you an organisation that is led and governed by one of Voice’s target groups? Do you see an opportunity to guide or influence national or local bodies in Laos so that they are more open and receptive to the needs and interests of your target group? Do you want to inspire attitudinal and policy change among people and governments in Laos towards your target group? Do you want to try innovative and new ways to influence?
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then consider applying to this Call for Proposals.
What do we wish to fund?
This Call for Proposals will help Voice in Laos meet its objectives. Voice will fund projects that focus on the following target groups:
- People with disabilities
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) groups
- Indigenous people and ethnic minorities
With at least one of the following target groups as a cross-cutting issue?
- Age discriminated vulnerable groups notably the young or elderly
- Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
Often the most marginalised and discriminated are those who may be vulnerable due to multiple reasons. Therefore, Voice has a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one target group to address overlapping vulnerabilities.
Your project can look at any or all of the following themes:
- Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment,
- Improved access to social services, health and education in particular, and
- Fostering space for citizen participation
Your grant can be from €25,000 to €200,000 and from 18 to 30 months in duration.
What do we mean by Innovation:
For Voice, innovation means anything that has not been tried before in a particular context. If you have a new idea, method or approach, you are welcome to propose it in your application. Innovation also means using tried and tested influencing methods but for new purposes and with new target groups, audiences and themes.
Voice encourages network, partnership and consortia applications because each organisation may bring new ideas to the project and each partner can learn from each other. You may also wish to partner with "unusual suspects" like media companies, campaigners and artists who may encourage new ways of advocacy and influence.
Who do we wish to fund?
Applications are only being accepted for locally registered Lao organisations as lead applicant. International organisations are not able to be a lead applicant but can team up as a co-applicant in the case of consortium applications.
The (lead) applicant must be target group-led. This means that the target group that the organisation aims to represent governs and manages the organisation and the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us guide the work.
What we won’t fund:
- Organisations with an annual turnover of over €2 million.
- An application where the grant awarded from Voice are more than 50% for of the total annual income of the applicant organisation. The way to calculate this is to divide the requested amount by the annual income. If the result of this calculation is over 50% you can either reduce the requested amount or team up as part of a consortium where you can add up the budgets
- Funding of commercial services, investment or other commercial activities.
Please take our eligibility test in the next tab to make sure that you qualify for the grant.
How to apply?
Please review the Laos Grant Manual before submitting an application. And take the eligibility test (available in the next tab) to assess your eligibility.
If after reading the above you are eligible and interested in applying please complete the following documents:
And submit these through the online application system before 08 July 2018, 5PM Lao time.
Do you have any Questions?
Questions about applying for a Voice grant may be submitted by email or during consultative sessions. Before doing so we urge you to review the Frequently Asked Questions to see whether your question has already been responded to. If it hasn’t please contact Laos@voice.global. We will strive to give a quick response and if relevant will also upload your question to the website. In addition we encourage you to visit the Voice grantee page to see what kind of projects Voice funds.
Outreach sessions will be announced via www.facebook.com/voice.global.online