Donor: SAGE Fund
Application procedure: Concept Note, Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 24.01.2024

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 100.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 150.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Capacity Building
  • Economic Development
  • Human Rights

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen


1) Objective

The SAGE Fund, in collaboration with the Ford Foundation Future of Work(ers) program, invites concept notes from Global Majority organizations, movements, unions and cooperatives to develop care strategies, agendas, and movement building that are grounded in local, national or regional opportunities. Projects should leverage available opportunities to develop transformative policies, laws, models and narratives that advance a fair social organization of care that includes paid and unpaid care work and centers the dignity, rights and agency of those providing and receiving care.

Projects will be designed to achieve at least one of the following:
● Advance new models or systems-change approaches to support and care systems and economies that reconstruct and bolster the primary role of the state, recognize and invest in the role of community care systems (third sector, CSO, informal networks, family supports), and/or regulate the role of market actors, and if successful, projects will demonstrate alternative strategies and solutions to inform efforts elsewhere;
● Address structural barriers to care worker protections, with a focus on improving the working conditions, economic security, social protection, and recognition of paid and unpaid care work at the local and national level, across regions, and globally; and/or
● Identify, engage and/or support aligned social movements across the feminist, labor, migrant, disability, environmental justice and economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights fields, among others, to develop or strengthen a support and care agenda and advance opportunities for impact, laying the groundwork for more uptake, engagement, and advocacy by allied movements.

2) Eligibility

Civil society organizations, movements, unions, and cooperatives from and/or with leadership in the Global Majority with a mission and programs strongly aligned with human rights, labor rights and gender and disability justice are invited to apply

3) Location

Projects should be focused on and take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

4) Budget

The SAGE Fund will make 8-12 grants of US $100,000 – $150,000 each, for 12-18 months, to Global Majority organizations, movements, coalitions, cooperatives, and unions to develop care strategies, agendas, and movement building.

5) Application

The SAGE Fund uses an online portal to collect RFP applications. A completed application form and a concept note (two to three pages in length) are to be submitted through the online application portal by 29 January 2024.

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