Nigerians with disability can now apply for Disability Funds.

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF); Applications are now open for the Disability Rights Funding to support organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.

Priority Areas :Promoting gender equality and SOGIESC diversityAdvancing achievement of Global Disability Summit (GDS18) commitments and advocating for Global Disability Summit (GDS22) commitmentsRatification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified), or of other international or regional human rights treaties relevant to the rights of persons with disabilities

Funding Streams

Small Grants

The Small Grants funding stream supports growth of a broader and more diverse disability movement to advance the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local levels.

Priority Areas for Small GrantsIncreasing OPD capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes (including those related to COVID-19) regarding implementation of rights at local levelsPromoting inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs, – such as education, health, or justice – and in budget planning and implementation (including programs and budgets related to COVID-19) at local levelsIncreasing OPD capacity to participate in advocacy and decision-making processes regarding implementation of the SDGs, including during COVID-19Advocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the planning, implementation and monitoring of local government development plans and programs (as part of SDG implementation), including those related to COVID-19 response and recovery

Mid-Level Coalition Grants

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The Mid-Level Coalition funding stream supports sub-national efforts to ensure that national legislation and policy which promotes and protects the rights of persons with disabilities is implemented at state (in a federal system), regional, provincial, or district levels, including through regulatory frameworks or establishment of disability-inclusive budgets.

Priority Areas for Mid-Level Coalition GrantsPassage of specific sub-national legislation (including ordinances), policy, regulations, and/or budgetary priorities (including those related to COVID-19) to accord with the CRPDAdvocacy for inclusion of persons with disabilities in government programs (including programs disrupted by COVID-19), such as education, health, or justice, at the state (in a federal system), provincial, regional or district level in line with CRPD articlesAdvocacy to ensure that development stakeholders and development planning at sub-national levels, to implement the SDGs, are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document

National Coalition Grants

The National Coalition funding stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for ratification of the CRPD/Optional Protocol or other international or regional human rights treaties protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.

Priority Areas for National Coalition GrantsPassage or amendment of specific national legislation and policies to accord with the CRPD (including those related to COVID 19)Advocacy for budgetary measures as well as regulations to implement new or amended legislation and policy promoting the rights of persons with disabilities (including those related to COVID 19)Production of and/or follow up to Alternative Reports to the CRPD Committee and other human rights treaty bodies or reports to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)Engagement with national government SDGs focal point, civil society SDGs platforms, and National Statistics Offices to ensure national action plans, programs, monitoring frameworks and data collection methods for implementing and monitoring the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guidelineAdvocacy to ensure inclusion of a disability perspective in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

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Funding InformationSmall Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 5,000 – USD 20,000.Mid-Level Coalition Grants: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding).National Coalition Grants: Grant amounts range from USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years, if approved for second year of funding).

Geographic Areas

Each round of grant-making has specific target countries. See links below for this year’s target countries.

Eligibility Criteria

To meet the basic eligibility requirements for DRF/DRAF funding consideration, applicants must:Be based in and conduct the majority of activities in a country targeted by the specific round;Be a legally registered non-governmental OPD, or a group of persons with disabilities acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof.

For more information and grant application details, see;The Disability Rights Fund

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