Voice is an innovative grant facility of 35 million Euro that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in ten countries in Africa and Asia. It aims to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind.
Voice is an initiative by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is executed by a consortium between Oxfam Novib and Hivos.
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.
The eligibility test is a requirement when applying for any grant with Voice to assess your eligibility as an organisation. All grants awarded by Voice must focus on the defined themes and targets in Laos. If the application does not sufficiently address one or more themes, primarily benefit at least one of the Voice target groups and is focusing on Laos, the application will be rejected.
For Sudden Opportunity grants, only consortia, networks and/or coalitions are eligible due to the required collective action of this grant type. It also allows you to combine budgets and hence can request a bigger amount when using the 50% budget rule.