Please note the venue changes below

Opportunity announcement date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Opportunity closing date: Friday, 21 February 2020

South African Women’s Rights organisations are invited to apply for funding under the Government of Canada Women Voice and Leadership-South Africa Fund (WVL SA). The initiative arises from Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) addressing six main elements: i) promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; ii) human dignity; iii) growth that works for everyone; iv) environment and climate action; v) inclusive governance; vi) peace and security. Eligibility criteria can be found here. The grant call is managed by Gender Links through its GL Services portfolio.

About the Grant Calls

The WVL-SA Fund offers three types of Grants. Please download the Word documents and fill them in first. You will find these under each Call.

  1. Multi Year Core Fundingfour year grants of R500,000 – R1 million reviewed annually for organisations in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with an annual income of less than R 1 million.
  2. Networking and Alliance Buildingfour year grants of R500,000 – R1.3 million reviewed annually for organisations anywhere in South Africa that build networks and alliances.
  3. Rapid Response Grants of three months to one year of R20,000 to R50,000 for an urgent, catalytic need.

The process

  • For each grant, you must first fill out the eligibility form to see if you are eligible for the grant. You can find this under each grant call.
  • If you are eligible, you will receive a link for the Concept Note for the Multi Year Core (MY Core) Funding, and the Networking and Alliance Building. In the case of the Rapid Response you will receive a link for the Full Application, as this is a one stage process.
  • We strongly recommend that you download the WORD versions of Concept Notes and Full Applications and complete these offline first, and then simply copy across to the Online Platform once completed.
  • If you are successful at concept note stage for the MY Core and Networking and Alliance Building, you will receive a link for the full application.
  • All grants are subject to due diligence before the award is made.

Key dates

Call Concept note Response Full application Notification
MY Core 21 Jan 21 Feb 9 March 30 March 15 April
Networking 21 Jan 21 Feb 9 March 30 March 15 April
Rapid Response 21 Jan 21 Feb 9 March

Frequently asked questions

Please read through these questions and responses to familiarise yourself with the process.


All applications must be filled in online. Nomthandazo Mokoa on email or Chido Machakanja Senior Finance Officer – Grants, or phone 082 560 0066 or 011 029 0006 are available to support you virtually.

They will also be on-site in the following locations and dates.

Date District Venue Time
12th February Eshowe Eshowe Child and Family Welfare next to Town Hall 09h00 – 16h00
13th February Eshowe Eshowe Child and Family Welfare next to the Town Hall 09h00 – 12h00
14th February Richards Bay Aquadene Community Library 4 Ammania Street, Richards Bay 09h00-12h00
17th February Pietermaritzburg SasopsBiz 210 Langalibalele Street PMB 09h00- 16h00
18th February Durban Dingaan Room, Imbizo Venue
Sibiya Casino and Entertainment
09h00 – 16h00
19th February Durban Dingaan Room, Imbizo Venue
Sibiya Casino and Entertainment
Cape Town Cape Town: Saartjie Baartman
Klipfontein Rd, Manenberg, Cape Town, 7764
09h00 -16h00
20th February Mosselbay Venue To Be Confirmed 09h00 – 16h00
George 09h00 – 16h00
21st February Bitou/Plattenburg Bay Simunye Library Hall
09h00-until late
Port Shepstone  20 Victory Road, Marburg
Port Shepstone
09h00 – 16h00