Securing funding can be time-consuming and a challenge, particularly for organisations and groups dealing with land and environmental rights, whose work may be considered politically sensitive. However, funding can also be vital, to ensure that they are able to continue to work, and can do so within a safe working environment. This section gives information on funders and on some other sources of guidance on fundraising.
- The Global Fund for Women provides a guide which provides clear, practical advice on how to fundraise from a range of sources, not only through grants from the usual type of funder. It may be worth reading that before looking at the funders in this section (the tips below are based on the guide).
- It is worth bearing in mind that in general, local funders such as international non-governmental organisations with projects in your country, foreign embassies and regional women’s funds are more likely to support emerging or grassroots groups, while larger international funders such as the United Nations and larger foundations will tend to focus on well-established mid-sized or large organizations. We include links to both types of funders here, but focus more on local funders.
- When looking for funders, you may also wish to ask other organisations involved in the same kind of activities as you for suggestions on sources of funding.
- If the funder gives no information on how to qualify for funding or how to apply for it, consider writing a simple letter of enquiry (1-3 pages), briefly presenting your organisation and its activities, and requesting information about funding requirements and application guidelines.
- Remember to look closely at each funder’s requirements before submitting a letter of inquiry or an application.