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  • Grant

    Empowerment Grant

  • Target Groups

    • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities.
    • Age-discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
    • People living with disabilities
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence


  • Grant amount

    5,000 - 25,000 Euro

    Project duration

    12 - 24 Months

    Closing date

    02 Nov 2018
  • About

    Are you a new and/or informal group that is led by one of Voice’s target groups? Do you want to learn how to (better) work together?  Do you want to work on leadership and/or increasing confidence of and within your group members? Do you want to embark on a journey to change attitudes and/or social norms in Laos towards your target group?

    If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then consider applying to this Call for Proposals.

    What do we wish to fund?

    This Call for Proposals will help Voice in Laos meet its objectives. Voice will fund projects that focus on the following target groups:

    • People with disabilities
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI)
    • Indigenous people and ethnic minorities

    With at least one of the following target groups as a cross-cutting issue?

    • Age discriminated vulnerable groups notably the young or elderly
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence

    Often the most marginalised and discriminated are those who may be vulnerable due to multiple reasons. Therefore, Voice has a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one target group to address overlapping vulnerabilities.

    Your project can look at any or all of the following themes:

    • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment,
    • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular, and
    • Fostering space for citizen participation

    Your grant can be from €5,000 to €25,000 and from 12 to 24 months in duration.

    Who do we wish to fund?

    Applications are only being accepted from locally registered Lao organisations as lead applicant. International organisations are not able to be a lead applicant but can team up as a co-applicant in the case of consortium applications.

    The (lead) applicant must be target group-led. This means that the target group that the organisation aims to represent governs and manages the organisation and the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us guide the work.

  • How to apply?

    We ask that you review the Laos Grant Manual (Lao | English) carefully before submitting an application.

    If after reading the above you are eligible and interested in applying please complete the following document (either in English or Lao):

    1. Application form in Lao
    2. Application form in English

    Only completed applications will be reviewed for which our templates need to be used. Applications for empowerment grants can be submitted in Lao, in handwriting, or in audio or video via the online application system. If you need help in completing the application, please contact the Oxfam Laos office via

    Empowerment grant applications can be submitted at any time but please note that review cycles will take place starting 09 July 2018 and 02 November 2018. This means anything submitted before that date will be reviewed as part of that review cycle, anything after will be reviewed during the next cycle.

    When will funding decision be made?

    All applications will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated to all applicants six weeks after the start of the review cycles. For exact dates please review the Grant Manual.

    Do you have any Questions?

    Questions about applying for a Voice grant may be submitted by email or during consultative sessions. Before doing so we urge you to review the Frequently Asked Questions to see whether your question has already been responded to. If it hasn’t please contact . We will strive to give a quick response and if relevant will also upload your question to the website. In addition we encourage you to visit the Voice grantee overview to see what kind of projects Voice funds.

    Outreach sessions will be announced via Facebook


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