Changes To UAF’s Grantmaking In Response To COVID-19

This moment is uncertain. This moment is scary and unprecedented. All aspects of life, work, school, movement culture, and activism are shifting. But we are resilient.

UAF’s model of rapid response funding was built for moments like this, where quick infusions of funding can address immediate and urgent needs. As we see the COVID-19 pandemic continue to intensify and spread, we know that it will have a significant impact on the health, economic and wellbeing conditions of women, LBTIQ activists and movements, Black and Brown communities, and those living with disabilities.

We want to assure you that UAF is committed to being flexible and responsive in this moment, listening and learning to all of our partners and advisors.

We understand that there are many questions we are grappling with at this moment:  What does security and safety look like in the times of a global pandemic? How will we do advocacy virtually/digitally? How do we continue our work virtually? How do we travel when borders are closed?

In the coming weeks, UAF will be exploring ways to support virtual cross-regional dialogues and opportunities to connect and share information and practices across movements.

In the meantime, we would like to share with you important grantmaking priorities and shifts you should know about in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the situation around COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to adjust our grantmaking priorities as needed and to be as responsive to what we are hearing and seeing from the movements we work with. We encourage you to stay in touch with us and keep us informed as the situations evolve in your respective countries.

Final Reports: For all grants made starting in January 2020, all final reports deadlines will be extended by 2 months. Email communication will be sent to you with the new date.

We will prioritize activities related to COVID-19 community responses including:

  • Wellness/healing/community care/trauma-related work
  • Access for digital spaces and remote work/gatherings (ie. VPNs or other digital security tools)
  • Feminist and intersectional public health responses to COVID-19
  • Online advocacy campaigns
  • COVID-19 awareness campaigns for communities without internet access
  • Responses to Anti-Asian xenophobia and violence
  • Documentation of human rights abuses as a result of COVID-19
  • Services based work that now needs to be done online (ie. mental health services, counseling services, emergency kits), with a priority given to services for women, LBTIQ communities and their families
  • Supporting the disability community and those with heightened/underlying health risks

To meet this moment UAF is announcing the launch of our “COVID Crisis Fund For Feminist Activists.

We encourage you to consider your local and regional guidance around social distancing and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. For additional information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.