A central tenet of membership in the CIVICUS alliance is belonging to a global movement that stands in solidarity.
In this spirit, the alliance is launching the first cycle of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund (CSF), a member-led and member-resourced mechanism that makes provision for both flexible and rapid response funds. The framework for the CSF was approved by members during the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
The fund is accessible to a broad spectrum of constituents that normally struggle to access resources and support due to restrictions in the space where they operate, their organising characteristics or simply who they are and what they challenge. These include small CSOs (formal and non-formal), individuals, movements- particularly from the edges- and early-stage social advocates and entrepreneurs that are contributing to transformational impact in the communities served. In addition to financial support, members accessing the Fund are assisted with tools, mentorship, visibility and knowledge sharing.
The objectives of the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund are to:
- Enhance solidarity within the alliance, fostering a sense of belonging to a global movement for change;
- Support civil society diversity and resilience, especially among smaller, non-formal actors;
- Create opportunities where they do not exist for change-seeking actors to contribute to a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.
The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, 24 March, 2019.
Applicants will be notified by April 15, 2019.
Find out more and apply at: https://www.civicus.org/index.php/what-we-do/defend/solidarity-fund .