Innovation Grant

Innovation Grant

The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact at Scale Programme (What Works 2) is pleased to announce an open call to apply for a 3-year scale-up grant (2023-2025) to prevent violence against women and girls.

What Works 2 invites full proposals from organizations including women’s rights organisations, INGOs/NGOs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), either
as single organizations or in consortia.
Applicants in consortia should include at least one WRO from the Global South.

Proposals must be received by 23.59
pm GMT on 23 September 2022

We are looking to fund a range of pathways to scaling up VAWG prevention

  • Take effective VAWG prevention interventions (or elements of interventions) and expand them in the original setting (e.g. taking an existing project to a larger scale, such as from district to province); or adapt and replicate them in new

  • Deepen impact by implementing a comprehensive multi-sectoral package of effective interventions in a particular context such as district or sub-district (e.g. combining schools, livelihoods and workplace-based interventions) including integrating violence reduction and gender equality into local systems.

  • Mainstream VAWG/violence against children (VAC) prevention and gender equality into large scale sector programmes (e.g. education, social protection, livelihoods, health delivery) to optimize their impact on reducing VAWG.

    These pathways to scaling interventions are not mutually exclusive and may be applied
    simultaneously or sequentially in some contexts.

    Within the four pathways to scale, we are interested in the following four types of scale:

  • Quantitative scale: increasing geographic spread or beneficiaries in same location.

  • Functional scale: expanding the scope of an activity.

  • Organisational scale: involving other organisations or creating new ones, or being
    taken on by governments / multilaterals / other donors investing.

  • Political scale: expansion by influencing political interests to affect institutional
    gains that allow interventions to be scaled up and sustained.

    Selection Criteria for What Works 2 scale-up grants

    We are seeking full proposals for scale interventions in VAWG prevention that demonstrate:


    A clear intervention model for prevention of VAWG that has demonstrated:

  • A meaningful and statistically significant reduction in a VAWG outcome through rigorous testing carried out in lower-and middle-income countries. This could include randomized controlled trials or quasi-experimental evaluations demonstrating effectiveness of the intervention including any evidence-based reductions in VAWG outcomes; differential impacts or changes in plausible pathways; data or information on quality and challenges from implementation participants; cost effectiveness of the intervention.

  • A change in pathways such as gender attitudes, household decision-making, or
    other mechanisms that support gender transformation through a previous trial.

  • Analysis of trial data for any potential difference of impact by age, disability, or
    other identity.

  • Information on implementation quality, such as fidelity to the intervention, reach/attendance/engagement data from participants, etc.

  • Key questions and challenges that the VAWG prevention field is facing that the intervention aims to answer through evidence generation.

    Scale and Sustainability

  • Demonstrates ability for project to scale either by reach or proportion of population covered.

  • Describes how the proposed intervention could be sustained beyond the life of the funding.

  • Intervention includes gender transformative components that could lead to greater sustainability outcomes outside of the VAWG sector.

    Cost Efficiency

  • Provides cost effectiveness or cost efficiency data.
  • Demonstrates a plausible means to achieve economies at scale using cost data or cost modelling approaches.

    Enabling Environment

  • Evidence of a conducive political environment for scale, or windows of opportunity where FCDO support could be catalytic.

  • Intervention demonstrates how it will leverage other sources of funding.

  • Learning from the evaluation of the intervention will fill a major evidence gap for
    what works to prevent violence.

  • Technological and digital solutions may be part of the approach.

    Equality and Inclusion Principles

  • Project includes gender transformative components.

  • Project includes mechanisms for remaining accountable to communities and stakeholders.

  • Project includes support or building of equitable relationships with WROs and the
    communities where the work will occur.

  • Project establishes a positive work culture where there is zero tolerance of
    any type of VAW including sexual exploitation or harassment among all staff and project partners as evidence by existing policies.

  • Project strives to be inclusive and include and empower the most vulnerable groups as well as acknowledge and address the unique needs and challenges faced by these groups.

    Eligibility criteria for What Works 2 scale-up grants

  • Applicants are willing to participate in the co-design of research in collaboration with the What Works 2 Research Consortium. Applicants are willing to participate in an evaluation process.

  • Applicants are located within the three priority regions: sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Middle East and North Africa.

  • Funding organisations are not eligible.

  • Organisations are only eligible to apply for one What Works 2 project in each funding cycle.

    The scale-up grant is open to applicants either as a single organisation or in consortia.
    Where an application is submitted by a consortium, the following requirements apply:

  • Applicants could include a mix of WROs who are programme implementers, as well as INGOs, NGOs and SMEs.

  • Applicants in consortia must ensure that members include at least one WRO from the Global South, which will lead/co-lead the project’s design, implementation, learning, and policy influencing and benefit from technical and organizational capacity strengthening opportunities related to the grant.

  • Applicants are willing to work flexibly with What Works 2 on project design, adaptation, and assessments.

    What Works 2 understands women-led, WROs to be organisations that:

  • Have majority women at every level, including at the board level and across all decision-making levels.

  • Have a deliberate mandate to protect and promote the rights of women and girls.

  • Centre women and girls in all their diversity.

  • Acknowledge individual and structural gender inequality and gender norms as a core driver of VAWG.

    Grant Funding

    VAWG prevention open competition scale-up grants are in the amount of up to GBP 4 million for a term of 3 years for implementation activities with a clear start and end date, with interventions designed as a stand-alone phase of work with feasible and concrete outcomes.

    Grant funds are not intended as core support, although What Works 2 understands the need and can cover some staffing and other core costs as part of the implementation of the prevention. project.

    The contracting mechanism for the project grants will be an FCDO Accountable Grant Arrangement (AGA). The AGA template has been tailored to applicants receiving grants and includes reporting requirements and eligible costs for FCDO funding. As a final stage in the application process prior to signing the grant agreement, IRC, acting on
    behalf of FCDO as the fund manager, will conduct a due diligence assessment to identify any development needs and assign actions to mitigate against the risk to the FCDO funding.

    This is a collaborative review and analysis of the selected grantee’s organizational, programmatic, financial, and operational capacity to implement the proposed project.

    Application Process

    A full proposal application form requests basic FCDO eligibility information and a narrative including a description of the scale project, technical expertise in the field of ending VAWG and organizational capacity in project and finance management.

    Full applications will be assessed after the deadline for submissions has passed.

    Following approval from FCDO, the selected applications will be offered a provisional
    award of funding, subject to satisfactory completion of a due diligence assessment. If
    approved, grant funds would be available for a project start from approximately April

    For more information and application details, see; Innovation Grant

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