OVERVIEW: The MATCH International Women’s Fund awards grants to women-led organizations that fight for gender equality and the rights of women living in the Global South.
IP TAKE: MATCH pays particular attention to grassroots groups applying innovative methods to combat gender inequality. Open calls for proposals and a large geographic focus suggest grant seekers should expect competition for MATCH grants.
PROFILE: In 1976, Norma Walmsley and Suzanne Johnson-Harvor created Canada’s first international NGO to concentrate on the rights, empowerment, and sustained development of women, girls and trans people living in the Global South. Created in 2013, the MATCH International Women’s Fund—or simply, the MATCH Fund—is an outgrowth of MATCH International. The MATCH fund was created, in part, to create a "[d]irect way to get money and resources into the hands of women’s rights organizations at the grassroots level.” The fund supports women’s and trans rights groups at large. It provides scale-up funding for female entrepreneurs to accelerate and scale social innovations that “[p]romote equality and human rights.” MATCH awards grants based on two major themes: Holding Ground and Breaking Ground.
Holding Ground grants are awarded to women’s organizations that promote and sustain women’s rights, justice, and equality around the world. This program supports organizations that experience public backlash related to its services and programs. Grants out of this area also go toward organizational capacity building. The second grant making theme, Breaking Ground, supports women’s organizations that foster systematic change through innovation and collaboration. Grants are also awarded for capacity building efforts.
The MATCH Fund announces open calls for proposals once a year—though that open call is subject to change, so revisit the deadlines often. Women-led organizations are eligible to apply for MATCH Fund grants, which range from $10,000 CAD to $20,000 CAD.
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