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inroads Partnership Fund 2018-2020: Working to Understand and Reduce Abortion Stigma

Posted 5 June 2018 12:00 AM by The inroads Team

The inroads team is delighted to announce our second round of inroads Partnership Fund grants to run from 2018 to 2020. Applications are due July 11, 2018 and will be reviewed by a panel of inroads members in addition to inroads staff and steering committee. 

The inroads Partnership Fund (iPF) is designed to further collective learning and action to understand and reduce abortion stigma by funding and supporting local organizations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to understand and shift how abortion stigma affects people socially, physically, and emotionally. Inroads supports customized capacity strengthening of grantees and aims to contribute to the development of a global movement around abortion stigma through the iPF; detailed background information is available in the full Request for Proposal.  

Successful grant applicants will seek to further understand or reduce abortion-related stigma and discrimination.   The inroads Partnership Fund supports members by providing flexible grants for projects that:

  • Pilot and/or evaluate innovative strategies for defining, reducing and mitigating stigma that operates in one or more levels of abortion stigma. Strategies may include
  • Destigmatizing advocacy or policy reform efforts
  • Changing community or social norms, language, perceptions, and attitudes towards abortion
  • Addressing stigma within institutions and systems of care, education, or justice
  • Generate evidence about what works to reduce or mitigate abortion stigma by evaluating existing strategies or interventions. Evidence can include but is not limited to qualitative and quantitative data, testimonies, and community narratives.


    In order to foster global dialogue and partnerships across organizations working on stigma, the Partnership Fund provides a select number of community-based organizations or collaborations with comprehensive start-up support for strategies to further the learning agenda for abortion stigma.  This includes:

    • 16-18 month grants that range in size from $10,000 to $25,000 (October 2018 – March 2020)
    • Tailored technical and strategic support –program content input, documentation consulting, monitoring and evaluation support, ability to share strategies with inroads experts and through inroads fora, etc.)
    • Capacity-strengthening and skills-building through regional and/or south-south networking and global information exchange

    Project period

    Maximum duration of 16 months. Earliest start date is October 1, 2018, and the latest conclusion date is March 31, 2020.

    Funds available

    The inroads Partnership Fund Grants can fund work up to a maximum of USD $25,000. There is a total pool of $150,000 available to for iPF supported projects in 2018. We expect to fund 6-10 projects, ranging in budget from USD $10,000 to $25,000 for up to 16 months.


    The iPF will support ideas and projects that are innovative and bold approaches to measuring, understanding, or challenging stigma.

    Inroads member organizations and collaborations are eligible to apply for inroads Partnership funds. The lead applicant must be locally registered organizations with bank accounts able to receive international wire transfers. Members without formal registration or without a bank account able to receive international wire transfers may apply if they have a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is a registered organization that will sign a contract with inroads’ host organization Ipas. The applicant and the fiscal sponsor must have a written memorandum of understanding outlining their respective roles and responsibilities.

    The review committee will prioritize applicants who do not already have sustained funding to support stigma reduction efforts. Applicants who already have funding to support stigma efforts must demonstrate how the innovative strategies they propose will allow them to build on existing activities and/or to try new modalities or methods. While written materials must be submitted in English, the review committee will prioritize the relevance and feasibility of the approach being proposed over the writing quality.

    Inroads is also committed to encouraging and supporting collaborations among members. We encourage members to consider partnering with one another for this effort. If you’d like to know who other members are, simply log into the inroads Collaboration Workspace, and click on “Members.”

    • Applicant must be a current member of inroads or have other individuals at the same organization who are members of inroads. Applicants must have joined the network prior to submitting a proposal. Preference will be given for members who joined prior to the release of this funding announcement.
    • Lead applicant must be a community-based organization (CBO), non-governmental organization (NGO), coalition or network.
    • Applicants must have a locally registered and bank account that can receive wire transfers or must have a locally registered fiscal sponsor authorized to receive wire transfers.
    • Application must propose an approach to measure, reduce, or address abortion stigma, consistent with this RFP.
    • If applicant has received other funding to support efforts to measure or reduce abortion stigma, application must clearly demonstrate how this project would build on, innovate or improve efforts already supported.

    Review Criteria

    The inroads Partnership Fund will support ideas and projects that are bold and inspiring approaches to understanding or challenging stigma.

    We encourage inroads members to partner and collaborate on an application. Applicants who already have funding to support stigma efforts must demonstrate how the innovative strategies build on, innovate, or improve existing activities. While written materials must be submitted in English, the review committee will prioritize the relevance and feasibility of the approach being proposed over the writing quality. For further information on the review process and the full, detailed list of review criteria, please download the RFP.

    Tips to increase your chances of being funded

    The inroads Partnership Fund is an increasingly competitive process. With more than 900 members, we know that many members are already doing innovative work to understand and reduce stigma. For a better chance of funding, applications should:

    • Explain how their proposed project will help fellow inroads members or the broader movement further understand and/or reduce abortion related stigma
    • Demonstrate how the proposed project is grounded in principles of reproductive justice
    • Demonstrate a review of past inroads Partnership Fund projects available on the inroads Collaboration Workspace library and the resource compendium. Though the list is not exhaustive, a number of resources exist already, and if the project is duplicative of those efforts in a similar context or region, funding is less likely.

    The inroads Co-conveners and Steering Committee are particularly interested in funding projects that:

    • Demonstrate a collaborative approach or partnership between two or more inroads members
    • Apply an intersectional approach to understanding stigma and recognize or aim to mitigate or transform inequalities and power relations that affect people’s ability to provide or access abortion
    • Interrupt or dismantle rigid binaries that reduce the effectiveness and power of our movement (e.g. safe v. unsafe, man v. woman, legal v. illegal, etc.)
    • Engage with a new community, group, partner, or issue for the network or break new ground in engaging with and/or partnering with at-risk or historically marginalized groups.

    Inroads will not fund projects that

    • Are vague and lacking in specific detail about how they address stigma directly
    • Do not include clear or realistic project objectives
    • Do not directly address stigma. Proposals for policy change, advocacy, decriminalization, community awareness, health systems, or other interventions that are not explicit about how they will address stigma will not be funded.
    • Shame or marginalize individuals, groups, or methods as a strategy. For example, shaming or marginalizing individuals who use so called “traditional” or herbal methods for abortion in an attempt to promote safe methods of abortion are not appropriate projects for this fund.
    • Include only awareness-raising, sensitization, or values clarification activities without a clear follow-up strategy
    • Are not realistic or feasible within time frame and budget

    Application Process

    Applicants may complete a brief application form and upload a proposal and relevant documents on this page: https://endabortionstigma.org/en/Get-Involved/Apply.aspx.  Applications are due by 9am EDT \ 1PM GMT/UTC on July 11, 2018.

    For application support and Q&A: on June 19, inroads will host a webinar providing potential applicants with background information about the application and review process.

    Application and Review process timeframe and steps


    Webinar for inroads members

    June 19, 2018

    Member review panel statements of interest due

    July 5, 2018

    Applications due to info@endabortionstigma.org

    July 11, 2018

    Application review process

    July 12 – August 20, 2018

    Award notifications

    September 7, 2018

    Award acknowledgements due to info@endabortionstigma.org

    September 17, 2018

    Grant agreement negotiations

    September 10 – 21, 2018

    Unsuccessful grant applicants notified

    September 21, 2018

    Financial disbursements

    September 24 - 28, 2018

    Earliest project start-up date

    October 1, 2018

    Inroads staff and grantees work together to develop TA plan and final work plans

    October 1 – 31, 2018

    Approximate mid-grant report submission deadline

    June 30, 2019

    Inroads Partnership Fund grantee in-person meeting (funded separately by inroads)

    May – June, 2019

    Latest project conclusion date

    March 31, 2020

    Draft final report submission deadline

    April 1, 2020

    Q&A exchange and submission of final report (if necessary)

    April 15, 2020


    Next steps

    Review Panel. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of inroads member peers. If you plan not to apply for a grant and would be interested in reviewing, please send your CV or resume and a brief letter of interest to info@endabortionstigma.org by 9am EDT July 5, 2018. You can read more about the roles and responsibilities of the review panel here.

    Review the RFP and proposal template. You can download the full RFP and proposal template on the inroads Collaboration Workspace.

    Full RFP
    Proposal template

    Submit completed the proposal template and application form by 9:00am Eastern (1:00pm UTC/GMT) on July 11.



    • Yagya Bahadur Karki said:
      7/2/2018 6:07 AM

      I am interested in applying for the abortion stigma reduction project as the mission of our organisation (Population, Health and Development Group (PHD Group)) is similar to that of INROADS. In addition, we are already implementing safe abortion service and education programme in specific area of the country - Nepal with support from SAAF. The young population, both school going and out of school, need abortion education particularly education that reduces stigma related to abortion. This will help reduce clandestine and unsafe abortion among the young girls in particular. Of course, this type of advocacy will certainly help women who have passed youth stage; they will come out without hesitation to terminate their unwanted/ unplanned pregnancies and thus save their life from morbidity and untimely mortality.

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