Grant Making

SAWF is strongly committed to enabling women’s rights organisations and activists in accessing resources for their work in the region.

At present, we conduct grant-making under two main programmes:

Strengthening South Asian Feminist Movements

Under this programme SAWF supports small and medium-sized women’s rights groups, individual activists, women human rights lawyers (through fellowships), and sub-national, national and regional networks. This programme is currently only open to the South Asian countries of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The call for applications for 2017-18 is now OPEN for the Strengthening South Asian Feminist Movements programme. South Asia Women's Fund will accept Letters of Interest (LOI) from interested women and trans rights groups, organisations and activists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka till June 30, 2017. Please download and read the call for more details. The LOI is also included in the call document itself. SAWF will accept LOIs submitted in English and any of the major regional languages: Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil and Urdu. 


Leading from the South

Leading from the South is a programme resourced by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s rights organisations in the global South. The fund is being implemented by four women’s funds in the global South, of which South Asia Women’s Fund is the implementing fund in the Asia region.

Women’s rights organisations in 18 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) are eligible to apply for this programme under three grant categories. The categories are based on organisations’ size and scope of work.

  • Frontline Defenders Grants (small-size grants) are focused on strengthening direct implementers working at the community and sub-national level who are frontline defenders and mobilisers of the women's rights movements.
  • Amplifying Voices Grants (medium-sized grants) are focused on supporting the work of mid-sized national and sub-regional organisations and networks working on policy and law advocacy for state accountability as well as on campaigning.
  • Promoting Regional Feminist Agenda Grants (large-size grants) are focused on strengthening cross-national, sub-regional and regional level groups and networks undertaking capacity and knowledge building as well as advocacy for state accountability. 

In January 2017, South Asia Women’s Fund put out a Call for Applications for LFS. In total, 209 organisations applied. After a rigorous selection process, 16 organisations were selected and have received grants. Applications are NO LONGER ACCEPTED under this call. The next call for applications will be out in October 2018.