Call for Proposals: Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) COVID-19 Emergency Response Window

Call for Proposals: Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) COVID-19 Emergency Response Window

Deadline: April 28, 2020

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund is now accepting applications for the WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window. Apply for new funding opportunities that support your local civil-society organization in its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

They seek to fund qualifying projects of local women’s organizations that contribute to responding to COVID-19 in crises settings.

Funding Streams

The WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window is divided into two funding streams:

Funding Stream 1: Institutional funding: from $2,500 USD to $30,000 USD: This funding stream will provide institutional funding to local civil society organizations working on women, peace and security and humanitarian issues to ensure they are able to sustain themselves through the crisis. Prospective applicants will need to demonstrate how the current crisis affects their institutional and financial capacities and how the funding would support them through the pandemic.

Funding Stream 2: Programmatic funding: from $30,000 USD to $200,000 USD: This funding stream will finance projects which aim specifically to provide gender-responsive response to the COVID19 crisis. Interventions could include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening the leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Mobilizing of women’s organizations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention strategies are reaching all women (including through community radio, the use of technology, etc.).
  • Supporting women who will be most economically affected by the crisis, namely daily wage earners, small business owners and those working in informal sectors. This could be done through cash transfers, community funds and support to women-led small businesses.
  • Restoring and strengthening access to sexual and reproductive health services, including pre-and post-natal care.
  • Supporting prevention and response to GBV, including through safe shelters but also campaigns on social norms targeting male engagement in domestic work and combatting domestic violence.


Civil society organizations in all 25 WPHF eligible countries are qualified to apply:

Afghanistan, Burundi, Bangladesh (Rohingya Crisis), C.A.R., Colombia, D.R.C. (Kinshasa, Kwilu, North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu), Haiti, Iraq, Jordan (Syria Crisis), Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States), Palestine, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific (Fiji, Palau, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu), the Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ukraine, and Yemen.


To apply, download the attached application forms (available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic) and email your submission directly to W[email protected]

For more information, visit WPHF COVID-19 Emergency Response Window.