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Call for proposals for the Empowerment Program for Refugee Women*

What is it about?

Many refugee women, inter*, trans*, queer and non-binary people are organizing themselves and networking. They fight for their rights because they experience discrimination on many levels every single day: through patriarchal, racist and sexualized oppression and violence. filia wants to support these groups and initiatives in strengthening themselves and being visible in society.
filia supports these groups, activities and projects of newcomer or refugee women* who are committed to self-organization and empowerment.
Applications for this year must be submitted to filia by August, 25th 2020. 
A second call for applications will be published in summer 2021.

Who can apply for money?

filia supports groups, activities and projects in Germany that focus, for example, on political participation, activism, networking, rights, individual development and empowerment. It could be political actions or campaigns, legal support, community work or peer-to-peer workshops.
Different people can also participate in the projects – but refugee and migrant women* should decide and be the focus. filia supports projects by and with women* and girls* that promote social change.
We know that as groups you have to react flexibly to new situations. And we know that your needs are very different. You know best how much and for what you need money. That is why it is important that you decide whether you apply for a short-term or a strategic grant:

  • Short-term grant:

    Are you a small or recently formed group? Then you can apply for between 1,000 and 5,000 Euro for activities between December 2020 and June 2021. In total, filia will give 50,000 Euros to about ten groups.

  • Strategic grant:

    Are you a larger group or organization that has existed for a longer period of time? For the structural development of your work, networking and community building you can apply for 20,000 Euro for the period from December 2020 to July 2022. filia gives this funding to two groups.

What is the funding for?

It is important to filia that not only the symptoms of inequality and oppression are treated. We must also tackle the roots of the problems. filia wants to support groups that want to achieve structural change in society.
Because for us, this is empowerment: that individual situations improve, that women* believe in themselves and fight together for structural change. Exchange and networking mean self-determination and greater visibility.
Make sure you focus on what you need money for. You can use the grant for many things: Travel expenses/ tickets/ petrol, food, fees, child care, rent, interpreting, printing costs, technical or other materials... Apply for what you need and want to do.

How can we apply?

If you would like to apply, please fill out the application form:

It is not important that everything is written without mistakes.
The application must reach filia by August 25th, 2020. You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. You will probably be informed in November whether you will receive a grant.
filia can only support organizations that are registered as non-profit organizations in Germany (e.g. associations/ Vereine). We know that many groups work without a fixed form. If you are not a Verein, you can work together with a Verein – best one that you already know. If you can't find a Verein, we will try to support you! Please contact us about this before you send us your application.

Do you have questions about the application or difficulties with it?
Here you find a document  that answers many questions about the program in more detail. You can also meet us online via the App Zoom on August, 12th (5-6 pm) and 14th (11am-12pm), 2020. We will then talk in German and English about questions about the program, the application, etc.:
If you have questions or need support before or after that, you can contact us: by mail (l.rzadtki(at), by phone (040 - 380 381 99 82) or by Whatsapp/ Signal/ Telegram (0176 - 15151330).

Our criteria for funding

  • Self-organization by refugee and migrant women*
Refugee and migrant women, inter*, trans*, queer and non-binary people decide and shape the groups and activities themselves. We know that many do not like to be called “refugee” or “migrant”. We are open for developing better words with you.

  • Empowerment

    Through the activities women* feel strong and can improve their situations. They see that there are many people who face similar things and problems. They stand up for their rights and know that they can play a role in society.

  • Intersectionality

    When people are disadvantaged for more than one reason, they are intersectionally discriminated against. For example, if women are disadvantaged not only as women, but also because they are, for example, Black or of color (BIPOC), not born in Germany, or religious, because they have a disability or because of their gender or sexual orientation.
    This is a reason why we write "women*" and "women, inter*, trans*, queer and non-binary people". We do this because there are not just two, but a diversity of genders. People are often discriminated against because they do not fit the distinction woman/man. The program is for them as well.

  • Peer-to-Peer

    Peer-to-peer here means the exchange between people affected by several, but not necessarily always the same, forms of discrimination. They share their knowledge with each other, for example or talk about experiences and solutions.

  • Rural Areas

    People and groups living in rural areas or small towns are often more isolated and have greater difficulty to organize themselves.

  • Networking

    Groups work together and people get to know each other.

  • Visibility
    The activities contribute to making refugee women, inter*, trans*, queer and non-binary people more visible. For example, by creating public awareness for their life situations, but also their potential and role in society.