Call for proposals, Small Grants 2021

13 Apr 2021
The Atlas alliance and the Together for Inclusion (TOFI) consortium welcomes organisations to apply for funding from its Small Grants initiative.

For the Small Grants application round in 2021, financing will be offered for projects focusing on Disability Rights Advocacy, especially related to preparations and follow-up of the digital/virtual Global Disability Summit in Oslo in 2022.


Together for Inclusion is a consortium of 16 Norwegian Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that have joined forces for an innovative programme to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in six countries (Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia).

As part of the project, a Small Grants mechanism has been established earmarking funds for DPOs and NGOs that want to carry out disability-inclusive initiatives and projects.

Objective of the Small Grants Initiative 2021

The overall objective of the Small Grants scheme is to encourage smaller, innovative projects that work to include persons with disabilities and to promote Disability Rights according to the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP). The call for projects is open to innovative projects for, by and with persons with disabilities in the target countries. Projects focusing on advocacy and communication related to the Global Disability Summit in 2022 will be prioritized. Grants given under this scheme can be used in 2021 and 2022..

Target group(s):

The target group is/are persons with long-term disabilities who face barriers that hinder full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with other persons. Project that reach the target group indirectly, by strengthening disabled persons organisations or by advocacy work aimed at improving the rights of persons with disabilities, are also eligible for support.

Selection process:

The Small Grants will be open to projects by Norwegian DPOs and NGOs working in the following countries: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. NGOs applying for the TOFI Small Grants 2021 must apply with a DPO partner based in the country where the project will be carried out.

Applicants are invited to submit a one-page expression of interest/abbreviated proposal, with a budget. The selection committee then selects the most promising projects who are invited to submit a full application.

Priority will be given to projects where the applicant provides co-financing, but this is not a requirement.

Expression of interest/simplified application process:

The one-page expression of interest should include: 1) Goal, 2) Country/area, 3) Information about the partners in the project, 4) Target group, 5) Brief description of initiative, 5) Budget.

Size of grant:

For 2021, the grants available for each project range from NOK 100 000 to NOK 400 000.

Application deadline:

May 12th, 2021, at 15:00. Project applications (expression of interest and budget) should be sent to, with on copy.

Responsible organisation:

The Atlas Alliance, as the Norad grant holder.

Selection committee:

The Executive Committee of the Together for Inclusion consortium will be in charge of reviewing the applications.  

Eligibility, conditions and criteria:


Registered Norwegian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and Norwegian Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs), with a Norad agreement (either directly or through an umbrella organisation) are eligible to apply.


  1. The applicant must be legally registered as an organisation in Norway. If the organisation is invited to submit a full proposal, the Atlas Alliance will require accurate and comprehensive organisational information.
  2. The applicant must have proven track record showing the necessary capacity to implement the project. Results from previous projects related to disability-inclusive development is a benefit.
  3. The applicant’s financial management is adequate to prevent, identify and follow up financial irregularities and have adopted an anti-corruption plan.
  4. If invited to submit a full proposal, the organisations must present a budget for the entire project, including all income sources and listing other donors.
  5. The applicant must document that the plans and proposal have been developed in collaboration with a DPO in the country in which the project is to be implemented.
  6. If invited to submit a full proposal, the applicant must confirm that they have established ethical guidelines for the organisation, which, as a minimum, fulfil the requirements as laid out in ethical guidelines of the Atlas Alliance.
  7. Organisations receiving funds from this grant commit to participating in meetings/training related to disability inclusive aid organised by the Atlas Alliance.

Assessment criteria:

All projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. Only projects in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda will be considered.
  2. Funding for administrative costs shall not exceed seven percent of the project’s direct operating costs.
  3. Persons with disabilities must be involved in all stages of the project, including the design of the project, to ensure sustainability, inclusion and legitimacy. Documentation of common planning must follow the final application.

The grant scheme is funded by Norad, and there is no demand for own-contribution (egenandel). However grants can be used for co-financing of projects.

For any questions about the application process, please contact the Atlas Alliance:

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