Grants available for government, civil society and other gender equality projects

18 November 2022

Photo: Crisis centres, women’s groups, civil society and other organisations, such as the Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre, are able to apply for grants being offered for gender equality projects in Pacific countries by the Pacific Community (SPC), through its Pacific Women Lead at SPC programme.

The Pacific Community (SPC) is offering grants for gender equality initiatives that support Pacific women and girls, in all their diversity, to be safe and equitably share in resources, opportunities and decision-making with men and boys.

Grants are being offered by the Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at SPC programme, known as PWL at SPC, supported by the Australian Government.

“These grants aim to support partners to implement Pacific regional gender equality commitments and contribute to Pacific Women Lead outcomes,” said Miles Young, Director for SPC’s Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) division, home to PWL at SPC.  

“As the grants can be significant – up to half a million Australian dollars – applicants are asked to meet the eligibility criteria detailed in SPC’s Guidelines for Applicants. For smaller and informal organisations who may not be eligible, the PWL at SPC programme team is working to connect them to other grant mechanisms that provide a better match – so no one is left behind.”

PWL at SPC is offering grants to civil society organisations including: women’s groups; social enterprises; academic or research institutions; statutory or state institutions; and national and regional coalitions for their gender equality initiatives. Until 6 December, applications are being accepted for these multi-year grants (up to 2 ½ years) are for AUD 100,000 to AUD 500,000 in financial support.

Full information about who can apply for these grants and what may be funded are detailed in the Guidelines for Applicants. It is important that applicants carefully read the Guidelines to assist them to understand the requirements and eligibility criteria, and access the Expression of Interest (EOI) online application form due for submission by 11:59 p.m. (Fiji time) on 6 December 2022.

Separately, SPC is also offering its member Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) funding and technical support, being coordinated directly between governments and the PWL at SPC team.

 Details are available on SPC’s HRSD website: or by email

Media contacts:
Jacqui Berrell
, Communications Adviser, Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at the Pacific Community (SPC) programme |
Vilimaina Naqelevuki, Communications Assistant, Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at the Pacific Community (SPC) programme |
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About SPC:
The Pacific Community has been supporting sustainable development in the Pacific, through science, knowledge and innovation since 1947. It is the principal intergovernmental organisation in the region, owned and governed by its 27 member countries and territories. 
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About PWL:
One of the largest global commitments to gender equality, Pacific Women Lead (PWL) aims to promote women’s leadership, realise women’s rights, and increase the effectiveness of regional gender equality efforts. Among the four PWL delivery partners, SPC is the key implementing partner with its ‘PWL at SPC programme’ receiving more than AUD 55 million from the Australian Government’s AUD 170 million ‘PWL portfolio’. Other central partners include the AIR (Amplify – Invest – Reach) partnership of women’s funds, civil society organisations and coalitions. There is also PWL Enabling Services (PWLES) delivering monitoring, evaluation and other services, along with the Australian Government’s direct relationships with development partners for regional programmes, such as the United Nations (UN) and International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF).

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