Funding Opportunity: Sport for Women’s Empowerment Programme by FIFA and GIZ

About the Organization

FIFA exists to govern football and to develop the game around the world. Since 2016, the organisation has been fast evolving into a body that can more effectively serve our game for the benefit of the entire world. The new FIFA is modernising football to be global, accessible and inclusive in all aspects. Not just on one or two continents, but everywhere. Under our vision to make football truly global, we will help develop football everywhere so that there are at least 50 national teams and 50 clubs from all continents that can compete at a top competitive level.

As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, and peace and security.

The diverse expertise of its federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries. GIZ works with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. GIZ’s main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

About the Grant

The successful implementation of the first co-financed project under the Sport for Mental Health and Social Cohesion Programme was the result of a collaborative effort involving FIFA, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

The above-mentioned project illustrates how football and sport in general can bridge social divides, bring people together and make societies more inclusive. Following on from this initiative, FIFA and GIZ are launching the Sport for Women’s Empowerment Programme, which focuses on gender equality. FIFA and GIZ were put in contact by the AFD and have committed to expanding their partnership through the implementation of this project.

From 2 November 2023, organisations across 30 GIZ’s partner countries will be able to submit project proposals under the programme. In order to be eligible for consideration, projects must use sport as a tool to:

  • combat gender inequality;
  • tackle gender-based and sexual violence; or
  • empower and strengthen the role of women.
  • A total of 16 projects will be selected by the operating partner association – La Guilde – that focus on addressing gender inequalities and facilitating women’s access to leadership positions, professional integration, life skills and health through sport.

The initiative aligns with the eight activties under the FIFA Women’s Development Programme, which aims to enhance the growth of the female game, and Germany’s Feminist Development Policy, which has been implementing and developing an approach focused on sport for gender equality for over ten years. GIZ and FIFA will work together to initiate change in societies worldwide in order to recognise gender equality as a human right and put this principle into practice.

Three of the selected projects submitted by FIFA member associations will receive financial support from world football’s governing body. The remaining thirteen projects will be subsidised by GIZ, with at least 30% of its funding to be allocated to African organisations.

How to Apply

Call for proposals – application process:

  • Consult the regulations and check that your organisation and your project are eligible
  • Download the application tutorial (Link)
  • Go to the application platform

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