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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

    Are there sudden manifestations or situation of injustice against a person/persons/community? Is there a national opportunity for strategic advocacy or litigation, online and offline protests, coordination of collective action that can lead to change in legal decision, policy/laws, a shift in public attitudes and practices? Will this collective action challenge discrimination, promote equal access and opportunities, enhance social well-being or development?

    If you answer yes to the questions above, apply for a Sudden Opportunity Grant to voice beyond the incident!

    Grants responding to a Sudden Opportunity are available on a rolling basis and can be applied for at any time.

    This grant is meant for collective action to address specific, unanticipated situations that in most cases would threaten civic space or invade basic human rights of the people.

    This grant is available from Euro 5,000 to Euro 200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

    What do we wish to fund?

    Collective action that will impact at least one or more of the Voice target groups;

    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence,
    • People with disabilities,
    • Age discriminated (youth and elderly),
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and
    • Indigenous people and ethnic minorities.

    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
    • Space for political participation

    Who do we wish to fund?

    Applications are being accepted from a coalition, network or consortia with participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, faith leaders, NGOs joined with self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the realisation of economic and social well-being of Voice target groups.

    The lead organisation in the coalition, network or consortia must be target group-led. This means that the target group that you purport to represent governs and manages the organisation and the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us guide the work.

    The impacts of this grant are not restricted to specific states as unexpected moments are national in scope.

  • How to apply?

    Please follow these steps:

    1. Carefully read Voice Nigeria Grant manual.
    2. Take the eligibility test available on the next tab to assess whether you are eligible.
    3. If you have passed the eligibility test, you need to send an email to 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. If the collective action meets the criteria of the grant, Voice will contact you to discuss further and send you a link to submit your application online.
    4. We aim to make decisions within 4 weeks after application. If you do not receive any response from Voice, then it means that Voice will not be proceeding with your application. Feedback will be provided upon request via
    5. Projects that are rewarded with funding must be implemented and completed within 6 – 12 months after approval of the application.

    Should you have any questions, please read the Frequently Asked Questions first. If the information is not sufficient, please write to for more information. We also encourage you to look at the Voice grantees’ page for an overview of what kind of projects Voice funds.

  • Eligibility Test


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