This Request for Applications (RFA) forms the basis for applying to Sonke for a grant. It must neither be construed as a grant agreement nor be regarded as confirmation of a grant awarded by Sonke. Consequently, Sonke is not liable for any financial obligations, or otherwise, incurred by any entity in responding to this Request for Applications. Such costs will not be considered part of the grant budget if a grant is awarded to an applicant.
This RFA is issued as a public notice to ensure that all interested, qualified, and eligible organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. For the purposes of this RFA, “organizations” are defined as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), or faith-based organizations (FBOs).
Summary Award Information
- Funding Reference Number: RFP/Khutlo-USAID 0002/2023
- Announcement issuance date: 12th July 2023
- Proposal submission deadline: 31 July 2023. Note: We are unable to consider proposals submitted after this deadline.
- Expected program duration: 15th September 2023 – 16th April 2025
- Deadline for submitting questions: 19th July 2023
- Pre-Bidders Conference: 21st July 2023
- Deadline for responding to questions: 24th July 2023
- Funding Limit: Up to a maximum of USD 10,000 per funding year, per organization.
Introduction and Background
Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) is a multi-award winning, high-impact South African NGO working in twenty-five countries in Africa, and with key partners globally, to promote gender equality, prevent violence, advance children’s rights, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. We are widely recognized for the impact of our work, including, as one of many examples, our expertise in engaging men and boys for gender equality.
In April 2023, under Civil Society and Media-Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) Leader with Associate Award, Pact was awarded a two-year project for the USAID/Lesotho Khutlo Activity (Khutlo) which will be implemented by Sonke. Khutlo will contribute to reducing stigma, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQI+ communities, as well as cis gendered and heterosexual (cishet) women and girls and strengthening the capacity of civil society to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and provide inclusive quality gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, mitigation, and response services. This goal is underpinned by two mutually reinforcing objectives, namely, to increase civil society coordination and capacities to apply behavioural science principles that engage and empower communities to reduce GBV against LGBTQI+ people and cishet women and girls, and to strengthen the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) to provide inclusive, high-quality GBV response services. Through these objectives, Khutlo seeks to address and shift social and gender beliefs and norms underscoring the deeply patriarchal nature of social relations that continue to encourage GBV against LGBTQI+ people and cishet women and girls.
Sonke, therefore, invites eligible CSOs in Lesotho to apply to be considered as a grantee.
Goal and Technical Focus Areas
The overall goal is to reduce stigma, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQI+ communities, as well as cishet women and girls, and strengthen the capacity of civil society to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and provide inclusive, quality GBV prevention, mitigation, and response services. The project approaches will be:
- Promoting a Systems-Aware Socio-Ecological Approach to Social and Behavioral Change.
- Committing to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI).
- Investing in SBC-informed GBV Prevention and Response through Capacity Development (CD) and Grants Management.
- Conflict Sensitivity and Do No (More) Harm.