CAISO and Astraea have joined forces to support Caribbean LGBTIQ organisations through a shared vision for responsive grantmaking that is regionally operated. These responsive grants are intended to support LGBTQI organisational sustainability and capacity needs, community building, strategic advocacy actions and policy-shaping opportunities, unexpected networking and alliance building opportunities, and COVID-19-based responses and needs. We believe that this type of support is critical for enabling organisations to adapt to changing conditions and continue to respond to the needs of community members on the ground. This includes capacity building that promotes sustainability and community building, as well as advocacy actions and cross-regional alliances and collaborations, among others.
The CAISO-Astraea Caribbean Responsive Funding Mechanism will offer grants through cycles of applications. The first cycle due at the end of June 2021 and the second the end of December 2021 (future cycles are possible and to be determined). All Caribbean LGBTQI organisations are eligible to apply but priority will be given LBTQ women-led organisations. Also, priority will be given to small grassroots organisations and community groups. Details on eligibility and criteria below. Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL)-Caribbean multi-year LBTIQ organisation grantee partners are also eligible for grants. Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising CAISO board members and LGBTQI leaders from across the region.
Eligibility Requirements and Criteria
WHAT WILL WE FUND?
Organisational Sustainability and Capacity Needs
Short-term / Crisis Support
Policy Advocacy, Community Building, Collaboration
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
- Submit Completed Application Form with all requested materials.
- Panel Review Time - turnaround within 2-4 weeks after deadline.
- Grantees will be awarded as promptly as possible.
- Agreements determined with Grantees for Reporting as well as Monitoring & Evaluation.
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The review process will be led by CAISO and a regional group with decision-making authority, guided by the co-created CAISO-Astraea methodology and the eligibility criteria. The entire process will be fully transparent to applicants and the review panel.
CAISO is committed to a regionally inclusive and diverse review team with appointments guided by the CAISO board of directors. Astraea will serve as a consultant/mediator where needed, especially in any case where there may be a conflict of interest in the review process.