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    Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

    • 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 amount

    5,000 - 25,000 EUR

    Project duration

    12 - 24 Months

    Closing date

    15 Nov 2018
  • About

    What is the Empowerment Grant?

    Grant that targets (informal) groups or organizations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build confidence and skills and work against stigmatization of marginalized and discriminated groups. This is a small-scale grant with at least a one-year timeframe, accessible for informal groups through partnering with registered/accredited organizations.

    Who can apply?

    • Informal groups through partnering with registered/accredited organizations
    • Small or large organizations with legal registration/local permit or accreditation and a bank account under the applicant’s name

    All applicants should be led and represented by at least one of the Voice target groups:

    • Persons with disability
    • Age-discriminated groups, notably the children/youth and the elderly
    • LGBTQI+ community
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and violence

    How much can you apply for?

    Empowerment grants are available from €5,000 to €25,000 or approximately ₱265,000 to ₱1,300,000, with a maximum timeframe of 24 months.

    What kind of projects can you propose?

    Voice accepts proposals that work towards:

    • Increasing access to productive resources (finance, land and water) and employment;
    • Increasing access to social services, health and education in particular; and
    • Strengthened space for political participation

    What kind of activities will be funded?

    Applicants are encouraged to propose initiatives that will address the key issues identified in the Voice Philippines baseline report (infographics posted in For the Empowerment Grant, applicants are particularly recommended to integrate any of the following in their proposals:

    • Organizing the sectors/groups, especially women facing exploitation and abuse and/or violence, LBTQI groups, persons with disabilities and age-discriminated and vulnerable groups;
    • Capacity development of small organizations and their members;
    • Awareness raising and education of families and communities; and
    • Promotion of positive image of the marginalized sectors.
  • How to apply?

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Read the Grant Manual for guidelines on how to apply and what is expected of grantees.
    2. Read the baseline report infographics on issues Voice target groups face.
    3. Download and complete the application form available in:
      1. English
      2. Filipino

    Submit the completed application form through the online application system or email

    We welcome proposals in Bikolano, Bisaya, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Tagalog, Tausug, or Waray. If you find the application form challenging, you are encouraged to submit your proposal in a different media (e.g. videos, audio, drawings, flow charts, etc.) as long as it still contains the needed information.

    Do you have questions? Please read our FAQ. If you have questions not included in the FAQ, please write to We encourage you to view the current grantees. You can filter by grant type, see what projects Voice has funded, and get inspired.

    Deadline for submissions is 15 NOVEMBER 2018.

    In the latter part of our review process, we may ask you or your partner organization to submit additional documents as follows:

    • Copy of registration or accreditation certificate
    • Any financial statements for the past 2 years
    • Proof of bank account


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