Voice stands out from other grant-making facilities by developing a grant application and reporting process that is accessible, user-friendly and innovative adapted to the target groups and grant type.
The Voice grant facility is designed to support informal groups as well as formal organisations and networks, though the applicant needs to be legally registered. These are the four different types of grants:
Targeting (informal) groups or organisations to raise awareness, develop transformative leadership, build confidence and skills and work against stigmatisation of marginalised and discriminated groups. Empowerment grants are smaller grants with a maximum timeframe of 24 months. Informal groups can access funding by partnering with a formal ‘host’ organisation. Empowerment grants are available from €5,000 up to €25,000 on a rolling basis at the national level. All empowerment grant opportunities will be announced via the country pages.
Targeting organisations and networks to strengthen their lobby and advocacy capacities and amplify the voice of marginalised and discriminated groups. Influencing grants that are country specific are available from €25,000 to €200,000 while a global multi-country call goes up to a maximum of €500,000. Influencing grants have a maximum duration of 36 months. All influencing grant calls at national level will be announced via the country pages or via the home page for global multi-country level.
For groups and organisations to test and scale new approaches with a focus on human-centred innovations that are very context-specific. Innovate and learn grants are available from €5,000 to €200,000 both through a national and/or global call for proposals with a maximum duration of 24 months. All calls of this type will be announced via the country pages or via the homepage for global multi-country level.
Creating flexibility to undertake collective action to address specific unanticipated opportunities. This could be influencing policy or dealing with a threatened reduction of civic space. Grants responding to a sudden opportunity are available on a rolling basis for a maximum duration of twelve months. This grant type is primarily available at the national level with limited opportunities for global grants. For more information please check the specific country pages. For global opportunities please contact the Coordination Team.
As Voice is a programme from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the grant modalities and process were published in the Dutch government gazette ('Staatscourant'). The issue of September 8 and November 11 2016 contained the full information. Below you find the full text in English as well as the two issues from the Staatscourant.