Context of the call

Despite improvements over the past decades, gender inequality is still a significant problem in Europe. Some troubling statistics include the fact that women earn 13% less than their male counterparts and it goes up to 29.5% for pension gaps82% of jobs are gender segregated and 60% of women experience violence or harassment at work. The situation is even more difficult for people who experience multiple discriminations. For example, according to IOM-UN Migration, migrant women workers are disproportionately affected by job losses and their risk of poverty has intensified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, migrant women account for at least 40% of care sector workers in some European countries. This sector, like many other ones predominately employing women, is known for having precarious conditions, lower pay and a higher instance of informal work.

The underlying causes of this lack of economic inclusion for marginalised women are multiple, systemic and interconnected. They range from reduced opportunities for quality training and education and the prevalence of gender and racial stereotypes to the unpaid care burden which still falls mainly on women’s shoulders and the high frequency of discrimination and violence in the workplace. On a more positive note, the European Union is now investing massively in the twin green and digital transitions, sectors where quality work, high standards, pay and protection are the norm. This can create opportunities to ensure women and marginalised groups are not left out.

This is the context in which the Alliance for gender equality in Europe (the Alliance), hosted by the Network of European Foundations (NEF), is launching a new call for proposals in the amount of 3.5 million euros. This call is aimed at driving impactful and sustainable community-driven solutions that promote economic opportunities for marginalised women, transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people in Europe. This funding is intended to further the Alliance’s vision of a just and fair European society where gender equality is achieved for all people, especially those living in vulnerable situations.

Support modalities

  • Our total funding for this call for proposals is 3 500 000€.
  • Funding will be awarded for 2 years: from July 2023 to June 2025.
  • Funding will range from 60 000€ to 150 000€ per grant.
  • Funding can be awarded either for core support or for project support. We understand core support as funding for any costs incurred by the organisation not targeted at specific activities/projects. It is usually used to fund costs that are considered as overhead such as salaries and trainings of admin/core staff, rents, admin and office costs, equipment… In project support, we accept salary costs; overheads are capped at 20%.
  • Grantees will be invited to participate in networking, peer-learning and capacity-building activities to reinforce their organisational development.
  • Regranting is possible.
  • Group applications are possible but only one organisation should be the lead and contact of the Alliance.
  • Each organisation can only submit one proposal.


The application process will be in two stages.

For the first stage the applications should be submitted in English on our online platform by February 12, 2023 23h59 CET. You can download the application form for reference but the submission is only done online.

If the answer to your question is not on this page, you can consult our FAQ page.

During the application phase, the Alliance will hold two 1-hour Q&A webinars open to applicants to discuss the call and answer any questions applicants may have on

  • 18 January from 10:00 to 11:00 CET
  • 30 January from 15:00 to 16:00 CET

You can already register for the webinars here.


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