WPHF announces Project Competition for Public Organizations in Ukraine

Grant Size $100,000 to $500,000   ,   Closing Date


The Women's Peace and Humanitarian Aid Fund (WPHF) has announced a call for projects in Ukraine to support civil society organizations to improve the socio-economic recovery and political participation of women and girls forcibly displaced by the war in Ukraine.

Objectives and Purpose 
  • The overall purpose of this call for proposals is to provide grants to local civil society organizations in Ukraine focused on peacebuilding and recovery with local women and young women’s rights organizations. The call for proposals specifically contributes to WPHF’s overall goal of contributing to peaceful and gender equal societies. 

  • Initiatives should aim to reach those women and girls experiencing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, such as those excluded due to geography, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, migratory status, HIV status, among others and which is in alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the principle of leaving no one behind. 

  • This Call for Proposals is part of funding on Forced Displacement that is managed by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and linked to Germany’s Action Network on Forced Displacement. 

Funding Categories
  • Under this Call for Proposals, WPHF is accepting applications for both institutional/core funding and programmatic funding. An organization (lead applicant or co-implementing partners) can submit one application for institutional funding and/or one application for programmatic funding.

    • Institutional Funding: (USD $2,500 - $30,000)

      • Aims to reinforce the institutional capacity of women’s rights/led organizations that have a specific focus on women and young women in forced displacement in their mission, that have project activities that are led by women and young women who are forcibly displaced and/or that have displaced women and young women as staff members. It aims to ensure they are able to sustain themselves and to improve their impact. Prospective applicants will need to demonstrate how the current context affects their institutional and financial capacities and how the funding would support them as an organization. It will finance a limited range of activities to support the development or strengthening of a CSO’s institutional capacity. The purpose of this funding stream is not to finance programmatic activities.

      • Organizations who apply for institutional funding should have a mandate aligned to the objectives of the call for proposal.

    • Programmatic Funding: (USD $30,000 - $250,000)

      • This funding stream will finance projects which aim specifically to fund programmatic activities aligned with the following impact area(s):

      • WPHF Impact area 6: Improved socio-economic recovery and political participation of women and young women displaced by the war in the Ukraine. Under this impact area, projects should specifically target women and young women that are internally displaced in the Ukraine. Projects under this impact area will be part of the Funding Initiative on Forced Displacement.

  • CSOs can apply for a maximum of 24 months.

  • The WPHF will fund qualifying projects in Ukraine only. 

  • Multi-country projects, or projects outside the geographical focus will not be accepted. 

  • The following are not eligible to apply for a grant from the WPHF:

    • International non-governmental organizations;

    • Government agencies or institutions;

    • UN agencies or UN Country Teams;

    • Private individuals;

    • Private sector entities;

    • Universities, Think Tanks or Education or Research Institutions


  • National, regional or local/grassroots women or young women led, women’s rights, youth rights, feminist, or civil society organizations with a proven track record working with women, young women and girls in forced displacement, are eligible to apply. Organizations who are led by women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination are encouraged to apply, including displaced persons, LGBTQI+, disabilities, ethnic minorities, etc. 

  • Women’s Rights or Feminist Organization: The organization’s official mission/vision statement must reflect its commitment to addressing multiple/intersecting forms of discrimination and advancing gender equality and women’s rights. The organization must aim to address the underlying drivers/systems/structures, including patriarchy and gendered power dynamics, and work to transform these. 

  • Women-Led Organization: must be headed by a woman as director/head of organization.

  • Youth Focused Organization: To be considered “youth focused", the organization's core mission/vision must focus on supporting the social, economic and political participation of young women and young men and addressing multiple/ intersecting forms of discrimination against young women and men. WPHF will provide specific attention to youth focused organizations supporting young women, advancing gender equality and peacebuilding.

  • Young Women Led Organization: must be headed by a young person aged between 18 - 29 years old who serves as director/head of organization

  • Organizations led by a displaced person (refugee, IDP, returnee or asylum seeker): must be headed by a refugee or displaced person as director/head of organization.

Post Date: June 07, 2024

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