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  • Grant

    Sudden Opportunity 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 - 200,000 EUR

    Project duration

    6 - 12 Months

    Closing date

    31 Dec 2018
  • About

    Has there been an unanticipated closure or widening of civic space that needs a timely response? Is there a time-bound opportunity to influence policy on criminalisation, marginalisation, discrimination, and/or exclusion? Is there a consensus among a consortium/ civil society network for a strategic action?

    If you answered yes to the questions above, apply for a Sudden Opportunity Grant! We accept proposals spanning 6 months to a maximum of 1 year, ranging from €5,000 to €200,000 (approx. ₱265,000 to ₱10,600,000).

    What is a sudden opportunity?
    Sudden opportunities can vary greatly, depending on the situation. They can however, be described through the common elements they share.

    • Sudden:
      These are unexpected moments, which happen without any warning. They could be a policy direction change for the government, a shift in public opinion, or a new court ruling with deep policy implications.
    • Collective Action:
      These unexpected moments require collective action. They require a response not just from one group but from several organizations such as a coalition, a consortium, or a network.
    • Immediate:
      These unexpected moments require immediate action. They temporarily create the right set of circumstances for making a change possible. The moment will eventually pass and the opportunity to make a change is lost.
    • Impact on Target Groups:
      These unexpected moments have to greatly impact at least one or more of Voice the target groups. They need to be involved in the collective action being proposed.
  • How to apply?

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Take the eligibility test available on the next tab to assess whether you are eligible.
    2. If you have passed the eligibility test, send an email to to describe your collective action in 2 to 3 paragraphs. Include what the sudden opportunity is, the actions you intend to take, the actors undertaking the collective action, the amount needed, and the duration.

    If the collective action meets the grant criteria, Voice will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form to complete. We aim to make a decision within 4 weeks. Projects awarded with funding must be implemented within 6-12 months after approval.

    Note: Sudden Opportunity Grants must be implemented by a collective of CSOs, consortium and/or network as the nature of this grant requires collective action.

    Questions about the process?
    We also strongly encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), containing a wealth of information on eligibility, budgets, and assessment process. If you have questions about this grant and other open grants not included in the FAQs, please write to Potential applicants are encouraged to seek further guidance before submitting.

  • Eligibility Test


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