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The “2021 Fund for Covid Solidarity” selected 13 organisations to support for a total of 600 000€. These grantees serve a diverse public, mainly targeting the people living in the most vulnerable situations. Grants are awarded for one year (January-December 2022) and provide either core support or project support.

Grantees come from 10 different countrie distributed equally between Eastern, Southern and Northern Europe:

Belgium – Croatia – Czech Republic – France – Germany – Greece – Hungary – Italy – Latvia – Spain

Most are small organisation with an annual budget under 450 000€.

They work on issues such as:

  • Violence against women, health and social protection (62%)
  • Access to economic resources, entrepreneurship and digital divide (23%)
  • Access to education and training (15%)

The grantees were selected by an independent group of gender equality experts from women’s fund, philanthropy, academia, CSOs and the private sector and approved by the steering committee.

The selection committee was composed of the following members:

  • Fatem-Zahra Bennis, Deputy Director of Ikambere
  • Caroline Brac de la Perrière, Funder and Director of Med’s Womens Funds
  • Matthew Hart, Director of Global Philanthropy Project
  • Mara-Catherine Harvey, Senior leader in finance and advocate for financial literacy and economic gender equality
  • Dominique Meurs, Professor and Researcher in economics at Paris Nanterre University
  • Hertha Toth, Senior program officer, Human Rights Initiative at Open Society Foundations, Berlin office


  • Working mainly with women, girls and people living in the most vulnerable situations such as women living with disabilities, women with a migration background, LGBTQIA+ people, young women and girls and women victims of violence.
  • Working on violence against women (62%) Other work include education, training, access to economic resources and defence of rights.
  • Implementing complementary types of activities such as advocacy, capacity-building and support services. 75% of them provide capacity building to individuals and/or organisations.
  • Are either led by people with lived experience or have adopted participatory approaches when working with their public served.