Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a grant from Doria?

Doria invites feminist activists and feminist movement builders to apply for any of our core funding, project funding, or knowledge production grants. Doria Fund will prioritize applications from:

  • New and emerging groups, individuals, and collectives in the MENA region
  • Groups, individuals, and collectives who have never previously received funding
  • Established groups, individuals, or collectives seeking funding to launch a new project

Doria Fund seeks to support groups, individuals, and collectives working from a feminist lense, that contribute to feminist movement building, knowledge production, and solidarity. Doria will prioritize:

  • Projects and applications led by women and trans* groups, individuals, and collectives
  • Projects and applications from any country or sub-region in the MENA region
  • Arabic, French, and English language applications (however, Doria will make reasonable accommodations for applicants who are unable to submit in one of the three languages)

What kind of grants does Doria provide?

Doria Feminist Fund supports new and emerging feminist groups, collectives, and individuals with flexible funding in three main areas: Core, Flexible Grants, Knowledge Production Grants, and Collaborative Project Grants. Doria grants are open to any feminist group or collective in the MENA region, however, Doria will prioritize applications from groups that have not received funding or financial support in the past.

  • Core, Flexible Grant: Groups may apply for core grants through Doria Fund. Core grants are flexible funds that groups may use to sustain the general operations of their group’s activities. Core, Flexible Grants are tailored to enable groups to lead decision-making for how their funding is used to support their operations. Core, flexible grants may be used for office rent, equipment/supplies, salaries, project activities, capacity building, and more. In addition to receiving the grant, Doria grantees will receive direct support and mentorship from the Doria community to support with building and strengthening capacities that will ensure the sustainability of the group after receiving Doria funding. Core, Flexible Grants range between $5,000-$7,000 USD.
  • Knowledge Production Grant: Groups, collectives, and individuals may apply for Knowledge Production Grants as part of Doria Fund’s commitment to fostering unique narratives of the feminist movement in the MENA region by and for feminists in the region. Working within the Creative Commons framework, content produced through the grant will be shared publicly, and accessible to the public, while remaining under the ownership of the content creators. Knowledge Production Grants are open to projects that highlight the lived experiences and realities of the feminist movement in the MENA region, through any medium including creative writing, translation to Arabic, convenings/workshops on feminist themes, publishing educational materials on women, gender, and feminist issues in the MENA region, and more. Knowledge Production Grants are awarded up to $10,000 USD.
  • Project Grants: The Project Fund is a $5,000 - $10,000 USD grant to established feminist groups seeking to provide technical and political support that may enable groups who are seeking to establish new programs or start a new activities. Project Grants aim to encourage groups that have ongoing, funded, activities to keep up with changing political contexts and community needs by supporting them financially and technically as they mindfully expand their work. Doria Fund encourages groups to broaden the scope of their work and to adopt new feminist practices and mechanisms that further their current work as well.

How much are grants from Doria?

Between $5,000-10,000 depending on the type of grant.
Doria is committed to supporting groups, individuals, and collectives to initially launch or strengthen their work, and therefore only supports groups over one grantmaking cycle. Doria Fund is committed to ensuring that the Doria grantee community is supporting beyond financial resources. By connecting groups with peers, experts, and other support in the MENA feminist movement space, Doria Fund seeks to support grantees on their own terms. Doria grantees will work one-on-one in a feminist mentorship program that fosters knowledge exchange, collective learning, and capacity building as a mechanism for movement building and sustainability.

Can I apply for a grant as an individual?

Yes, individuals may apply for Knowledge Production grants or core funding.

Does my group have to be registered to receive a grant from Doria?

No, Doria is committed to supporting the work of activists who may not be able to register. Doria will work with each grantee on a case-by-case basis to receive the funds in a safe way. Doria grantees are asked to receive, spend, and report on the spending of the grant in a transparent way, following Doria’s feminist values.

Does my group have to have a bank account to receive a grant?

No, Doria will work with each grantee on a case-by-case basis to receive the funds in a safe way.

Can we apply if we have people over 35 in our organization?

Yes

Can we apply if we are a feminist group led by cis-men?

No, Doria is committed to supporting work led by women and trans* groups, individuals, and collectives.

Can we apply if we have cis-men in our organization?

Yes, however, Doria prioritizes applications led by women and trans* groups, individuals, and collectives.

Can we apply as a newly founded organization?

Yes, Doria Fund will prioritize applications from:

  • New and emerging groups, individuals, and collectives in the MENA region
  • Groups, individuals, and collectives who have never previously received funding
  • Established groups, individuals, or collectives seeking funding to launch a new project

Do we have to have received funding in the past to be eligible to apply?

No

What does Doria mean by core flexible grants?

Doria trusts the group to determine its own priorities and therefore its own expenditures.  By core grant, we mean that you may use the grant for operational expenses, for activities or for building your own internal capacities.
By flexibility we mean that you may reconsider your priorities and reallocate your grant accordingly.

How can I submit my application?

Doria Feminist Fund Grants Portal

Is it possible to submit my application by mail?

If you are unable to submit the online application, please reach out to Doria via: grants@doriafeministfund.org

What criteria will my application by assessed to determine if I receive the grant?

Doria Fund will prioritize applications from:

  • New and emerging groups, individuals, and collectives in the MENA region
  • Groups, individuals, and collectives who have never previously receivedfunding
  • Established groups, individuals, or collectives seeking funding to launch a new project

Doria Fund seeks to support groups, individuals, and collectives working from a feminist lense, that contribute to feminist movement building, knowledge production, and solidarity. Doria will prioritize:

  • Projects and applications led by women and trans* groups, individuals, and collectives
  • Projects and applications from any country or sub-region in the MENA region
  • Arabic, French, and English language applications (however, Doria will make reasonable accommodations for applicants who are unable to submit in one of the three languages)

Also, we are open to innovative ways and simple ones for those who are in critical situations (conflict, rural ...)

Who decides who receives the grants?

Doris Fund will nominate 5 independent reviewers who have no conflict of interest with any of the grantees.  The Committee members will use a set of criteria to select the best fit proposal for funding.

How many grants does Doria award per year?

Doria seeks to fund up to 10 new groups, individuals, and collectives per year.