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SERSA Programme: Socio-economic / job creation

The Constitution establishes a range of socio-economic rights for citizens of South Africa, including rights to housing, education, health care, water, food and social security. It also calls on government to take legislative and other measures for a progressive realisation of these rights.

Call Number : SERSA/RA1.4.3/S02

Call Shortcode : SERSA/RA1.4.3/S02

Result Area : Constitutional Rights Awareness

Closing Date : 2014-08-22 01:54:00

Expression of Interest : 160714_CfP_SERSA_PA3_Socio-Economic_Rights-Job_Creation.pdf (click to download)

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant-making institution. It supports civil society organisations in South Africa implementing programmes that promote and protect human rights. The Foundation's mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation and to build a human rights culture, using the Constitution as a tool.

The Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Flanders has embarked on the “Participation and Development of Capabilities of Civil Society in realising Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa” (SERSA) Programme.  The SERSA Programme is an extension of the Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme (AJPCR) with which it shares the objectives of improving access to justice, raising awareness of constitutional rights and participation of civil society.

The focus of the SERSA Programme is on the following specific sub-result areas:

•          Land reform and land tenure;
•          Food security;
•          Socio-economic rights and job creation;
•          Small scale and subsistence farming;
•          Climate change.

Call for Proposals

Socio-Economic/Job creation

Reference No: SERSA/RA1.4.3/S02

Closing Date for Applications:  22 August 2014

BACKGROUND

The Constitution establishes a range of socio-economic rights for citizens of South Africa, including rights to housing, education, health care, water, food and social security. It also calls on government to take legislative and other measures for a progressive realisation of these rights. However, inequality and poverty remain deeply entrenched in our society and South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. The South African Government has highlighted employment creation as the number one priority in efforts to reduce inequality and to improve access to resources for the majority of the population. Employment offers an income that will enable people to pay for the goods and services that secure their socio-economic rights.

This call will support the following activities or interventions:

  1.  Food and agriculture-related local job creation (e.g. skills training in ecologically sustainable farming methods).
  2.  Fair and ethical trade initiatives (e.g. reviewing the impact of fair/ethical trade programmes for small-scale farmers, and assessing the potential for the scaling up of these programmes amongst small-scale farmers).
  3.  Urban agriculture (e.g. implementing urban agriculture programmes in vulnerable communities).

Who can apply?

Applicant organizations should meet the following criteria in order to be considered eligible:

  1. Civil Society Organisations working in the Free State and/or Limpopo and/or KwaZulu-Natal. However priority will be given to organisations working in Free State. CSOs not working in these three provinces will not be considered for funding.
  2. Be registered, or in the process of registering as a nonprofit non-government organisation (NGO), a nonprofit community-based organisation (CBO), section 21 company/nonprofit company (NPC), or a nonprofit trust;
  3. Have a track record of working on issues of employment creation/land access and/or small-scale agriculture;
  4. Demonstrate that the proposed project will involve active community participation.

Successful applicants will be awarded a maximum grant of R120 000

Application Guidelines

The full guidelines for applications to the above Calls for Proposals can be found on the Foundation’s website www.fhr.org.za. Alternatively, copies of the document may be requested from the Foundation. For more information please contact the Grants Unit at (011) 720-1276 or at grantsunit(at)fhr.org.za.

Applications that do not comply with the guidelines will be rejected.  The Foundation also reserves the right to cancel at its sole discretion any of the Calls published through any media.

All applications must be posted or hand-delivered. Emailed applications will not be processed. All posted or hand-delivered applications must be placed in a sealed envelope indicating the name of the applicant and the reference number of the call and delivered, on or before the application deadline, to:

Physical Address

The Grants Manager
Foundation for Human Rights
3rd Floor, 222 Smit Street (corner Rissik Street) Braamfontein

Postal Address

The Grants Manager 
Foundation for Human Rights
Private Bag 124
Braamfontein, 2017