New Grantee Partners in Central America
In March, FCAM launched three calls for proposals: one for the Young Women’s Program, another for the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Program (for LBTIQ groups), and a new program Women with Disabilities. Groups from throughout Central America were invited (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica), and in the case of the LBTIQ program, groups from Panama were invited as well.
FCAM did not define the issues to be addressed in the proposals, but did outline the priority areas on which the programs focus:
- Physical and Mental Integrity
- Economic Justice
- Participation and Leadership
- Environmental Justice
With this call for proposals, FCAM will provide technical and financial support to groups, collectives, organizations and networks of young women, women with disabilities, and LBTIQ persons who, through their proposals, seek to contribute to social change through their actions, participation and leadership.
The three calls for proposals were public and 114 proposals were received for the three programs. The participative selection process included the following phases:
- Phase 1: Groups that fulfilled the requirements of the call for proposals were identified.
- Phase 2:Grantee partners and potential grantee partners identified the groups that they considered most strategic for support from FCAM
- Phase 3: Results were consolidated and groups were pre-selected to participate in an introductory workshop, which was the final phase of the process.
In the workshop, groups reviewed their proposals, made improvements and re-submitted them to FCAM. Through this step in the process, it was possible to confirm that the groups as well as their proposals coincide with the priorities and requirements laid out in the call for proposals.
At the close of the process, we achieved:
Women with Disabilities: 13 proposals were received from groups, collectives, organizations and networks in Central America, with 5 groups selected. With this new program, FCAM hopes to support initiatives that promote and defend people with disabilities, particularly young and adult women, and girls. People with disabilities have historically been limited in exercising their rights, nevertheless, they are important political actors that have opened paths to demand their rights before the state with proposals for comprehensive inclusion of the population with disabilities.
Young Women’s Program: 75 proposals were received, resulting in 12 selected groups from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Reproductive Rights Program: 26 proposals were received, and 7 groups were selected from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
Testimonials from groups that participated in the pre-selection process:
“We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this process, reading the proposals from our counterparts opens our eyes to new horizons and helps us to recognize the work that they are doing. Especially the proposals that involve art as a tool.”
“Thank you for taking transparency into account in the process. It was a practical, easy and understandable process. There are really lovely proposals.”