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Alliance for Gender Equality in Europe: “2021 Fund for Covid Solidarity”

The Alliance

The newly created Alliance for Gender Equality in Europe (the Alliance) is the first and only pooled fund and network of its kind in Europe, creating and sharing knowledge, building capacity and bolstering a culture of strategic philanthropy for gender equality issues in the European Union.

Our objective is to provide support to organisations in the closest contact possible with people on the ground. While we anticipate primarily funding small, frontline organisations, the Fund will also consider specific project proposals from larger organisations innovating or experimenting in an area where there is demonstrable need.

The Allience’s first open call aims to contribute to gender equality and women’s rights, more specifically around issues (employment, family violence, etc.) that have been exacerbated by the corona crisis. Both smaller organisations working specifically on gender equality and larger organisations wishing to experiment in areas where there is a clear need can apply for support.

Applications can be submitted until 6/10. A total of €600,000 will be distributed. Organisations can apply for a budget of €30,000 to €50,000. In the attachment you can find more information about the call.


Proposals should fall within the broadly-defined objectives of the Fund, contributing to gender equality and women’s rights. This is a Covid Solidarity Fund and resources for 2021 are earmarked for the most vulnerable women and girls who have been the most negatively impacted by Covid.

This fund aims to distribute resources equitably across the European Union. Therefore, we aspire to create a geographic balance of grantees.
In this first year of funding, our call for proposals intentionally encompasses a broad range of thematic areas in order to find the most creative, effective and impactful initiatives. To that end, we invite applications for either general operating support or for specific projects. We aim to support a thematically diverse slate of proposals.

Priority thematic areas are:
* Access to economic resources, entrepreneurship, digital divide.
* Access to education and training: promoting opportunities for education and vocational training, including communications and information technologies.
* Violence Against Women/health and social protection: combatting gender-based violence, securing access to healthcare and social protection.
* Climate change and gender.
* Technology development and innovation.
Proposals in other areas will be considered.