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    Available to Local Organisations in Laos

    Through this sudden opportunity grant, Voice Laos is calling on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to undertake a joint action to address specific, unanticipated opportunities to influence policy and communities in Laos, especially those that could have a ripple effect or that can impact one or more of Voice target groups in one or more of the impact themes. It is an opportunity for:

    • Campaigns calling for solidarity with oppressed peoples;
    • Strategic advocacy to amplify the voices of marginalised communities;
    • Coordination of CSOs and/collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices to challenge discrimination;
    • Promoting equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being, and/or encourage social development.

    This grant is available from €5,000 to €90,000 (approx. 45,000,000 – 810,000,000 LAK) for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

    What is a sudden opportunity?

    Sudden opportunities can vary greatly, depending on the situation. They can be described through the common elements they share.

    • Sudden:
      These are unexpected moments, which can happen without any warning. They could be a policy direction change from 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 organisations 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. Without a response, the moment will eventually pass and the opportunity to make a change will be 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.

    Practising the Values of Voice

    Voice believes in the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. In practise, this means Voice target groups need at centre of any collective action effort. They must be involved in the conceptualisation, planning, and implementation of any Sudden Opportunity grant. They are equal partners in any consortium, network, or coalition, playing key governance and leadership roles.

    Possible interventions would require creating platforms and spaces where Voice target groups can self-advocate for their economic, social and cultural rights. Joint participation of a network, consortium or coalition of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals with the intention of using nonviolent action to amplify the voices of marginalised groups is necessary.

    Linking and Learning

    Linking and Learning is at the heart and soul of Voice. All grantees are expected to participate in facilitated meetings and gatherings enabling the exchange of ideas and learnings from each other’s experiences.  Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals how they will identify, document, and share their learnings as they implement their project. These may come in many forms such as blog posts, videos, photo essay or audio recordings.

    Voice values diversity and inclusion. All grantees are expected to be able to interact with and learn from a diverse group of people coming from different backgrounds, orientations, and experiences. Interested applicants must be willing to work in a diverse community, which includes representatives from all of the Voice target groups.

    • About

      Available to Local Organisations in Laos

      Through this sudden opportunity grant, Voice Laos is calling on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to undertake a joint action to address specific, unanticipated opportunities to influence policy and communities in Laos, especially those that could have a ripple effect or that can impact one or more of Voice target groups in one or more of the impact themes. It is an opportunity for:

      • Campaigns calling for solidarity with oppressed peoples;
      • Strategic advocacy to amplify the voices of marginalised communities;
      • Coordination of CSOs and/collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices to challenge discrimination;
      • Promoting equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being, and/or encourage social development.

      This grant is available from €5,000 to €90,000 (approx. 45,000,000 – 810,000,000 LAK) for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

      What is a sudden opportunity?

      Sudden opportunities can vary greatly, depending on the situation. They can be described through the common elements they share.

      • Sudden:
        These are unexpected moments, which can happen without any warning. They could be a policy direction change from 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 organisations 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. Without a response, the moment will eventually pass and the opportunity to make a change will be 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.

      Practising the Values of Voice

      Voice believes in the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. In practise, this means Voice target groups need at centre of any collective action effort. They must be involved in the conceptualisation, planning, and implementation of any Sudden Opportunity grant. They are equal partners in any consortium, network, or coalition, playing key governance and leadership roles.

      Possible interventions would require creating platforms and spaces where Voice target groups can self-advocate for their economic, social and cultural rights. Joint participation of a network, consortium or coalition of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals with the intention of using nonviolent action to amplify the voices of marginalised groups is necessary.

      Linking and Learning

      Linking and Learning is at the heart and soul of Voice. All grantees are expected to participate in facilitated meetings and gatherings enabling the exchange of ideas and learnings from each other’s experiences.  Applicants must demonstrate in their proposals how they will identify, document, and share their learnings as they implement their project. These may come in many forms such as blog posts, videos, photo essay or audio recordings.

      Voice values diversity and inclusion. All grantees are expected to be able to interact with and learn from a diverse group of people coming from different backgrounds, orientations, and experiences. Interested applicants must be willing to work in a diverse community, which includes representatives from all of the Voice target groups.

    • How to apply?

      Please follow these steps:

      1. Take the eligibility test available on the next page to assess whether you are eligible.
      2. If you have passed the eligibility test, you need to send an email to  laos@voice.global to describe your collective action in 2 to 3 paragraphs. In this email, you need to describe what the sudden opportunity is, the actions you intend to take, the actors undertaking the collective action, the amount needed, and the duration.
      3. Kindly go through the Grant Manual as well. Read either the  English Version or the  Lao Version.

      If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form to complete.  Once the application form has been submitted via Smartsheets, we aim to make decisions within 4 weeks after application (the Smartsheet link will be provided by the Voice team). Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6-12 months after approval of the application.

      Some examples of inspiring responses towards sudden opportunities:

      Grants responding to a Sudden Opportunity are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time by contacting Laos Voice project team: laos@voice.global

      Please 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.

      What if you have questions about the process?

      We strongly encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions containing a wealth of information on eligibility, budgets and assessment process. If your question hasn’t been responded to please write to laos@voice.global. Potential applicants are encouraged to seek further guidance and can send questions by email to laos@voice.global

    • Eligibility Test

  • How to apply?

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Take the eligibility test available on the next page to assess whether you are eligible.
    2. If you have passed the eligibility test, you need to send an email to  laos@voice.global to describe your collective action in 2 to 3 paragraphs. In this email, you need to describe what the sudden opportunity is, the actions you intend to take, the actors undertaking the collective action, the amount needed, and the duration.
    3. Kindly go through the Grant Manual as well. Read either the  English Version or the  Lao Version.

    If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice will contact you to discuss further and send you an application form to complete.  Once the application form has been submitted via Smartsheets, we aim to make decisions within 4 weeks after application (the Smartsheet link will be provided by the Voice team). Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented within 6-12 months after approval of the application.

    Some examples of inspiring responses towards sudden opportunities:

    Grants responding to a Sudden Opportunity are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time by contacting Laos Voice project team: laos@voice.global

    Please 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.

    What if you have questions about the process?

    We strongly encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions containing a wealth of information on eligibility, budgets and assessment process. If your question hasn’t been responded to please write to laos@voice.global. Potential applicants are encouraged to seek further guidance and can send questions by email to laos@voice.global

  • Eligibility Test

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