Disability Rights Fund Announces Letter of Interest Process for Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda

May 4, 2012

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) announces a letter of interest (LoI) process for Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda. 

DRF is a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities. DRF empowers DPOs in the Global South, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).


DPOs in Bangladesh, Peru and Uganda have received DRF support since 2008. To determine if proposed projects fit DRF eligibility criteria and priority funding areas, DPOs from these countries must first submit a letter of interest. Eligibility criteria and letter of interest details are posted on the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantmaking.


DPOs may apply as a) single organizations or partnerships for 12-month Small Grants and/or b) national DPO-led coalitions for 24-month National Coalition Grants.  Grants to single organizations will range from USD 5,000 to 20,000 and will support efforts to build CRPD skills and to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CRPD.  Grants to national DPO-led coalitions will range from USD 30,000 to 50,000 per year (60,000 – 100,000 over 24 months) and will support the production of alternative/parallel reports to UN monitoring mechanisms and/or follow-up to recommendations from these mechanisms. Proposals for passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD will be reviewed by the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund.


Any questions on the letter of interest process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org. The deadline for receipt of Letters of Interest is June 11, 2012.


In publicizing this LoI process, Director Diana Samarasan said, "DRF is excited to announce continuing support to DPOs in Bangladesh, Peru, and Uganda. The LoI enables organizations to apply in a more efficient process. Organizations provide concise information about their project so that DRF can determine fit with its criteria and priorities. Qualifying organizations are then invited to submit a full proposal.” To date, the Fund has given out nearly $7 million to organizations in 20 countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Ukraine, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu). Grants have ranged from USD 5,000 to 100,000 and support CRPD skills-building, local rights advocacy, and national-level CRPD promotion, implementation and monitoring by DPO-led coalitions.

Donors include the American Jewish World Service, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the Leir Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).