Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

The ONSIDE Fund is designed to support grassroots, community-based organisations, collectives, and groups led by girls and women and governed by feminist principles. Priority will be given to:

a. Groups clearly led by girls and young women* under the age of 30.


b. Groups that demonstrate participatory models including meaningful leadership roles and active decision-making functions for girls and young women.


c. Groups serving underrepresented and marginalised communities


* This fund actively looks to support  all cis, trans, non-binary  and  all other underrepresented  groups  and communities  such as black, indigenous,  mestizas, people of colour,  LGBTQI+, refugees, and migrant  girls and women with or  without disabilities


  • We are an organisation/group led by women over the age of 30 - can we still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. However, please keep in mind that we will prioritise organisations and groups that are led by girls and young women under the age of 30.


  • We are an organisation/group led by girls and women of mixed ages - can we still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. However, please keep in mind that we will prioritise organisations and groups that are led by girls and young women under the age of 30. 


  • We are an organisation/group led by both women and men - can we still apply? 

Thank you for your interest in the ONSIDE Fund but unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply. We only accept applications from groups and organisations led by girls and women, and we will prioritise groups that are clearly led by girls and young women under 30 years old.


  • We are an emerging group and do not have annual income - can we still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. In the application form, you will be asked to provide the name and contact details of an organisation or group that you have previously worked with, whether formally or informally, which will allow us to confirm and verify your group. 


  • Our organisation/group is NOT legally registered - can we still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. Your organisation/group does not need to be legally registered in order to apply for the ONSIDE Fund. We are accepting applications from both registered and unregistered organisations and groups. 


  • We use yoga, dancing and other forms of physical movement within our work - can we still apply? 

Yes, you can still apply. The ONSIDE Fund takes a broad view of sport to include all forms of physical and play-based activity aimed at promoting physical and mental well-being. 

Application Questions

  • Can we apply for the ONSIDE Fund in our own language? 

At this time, we are only accepting applications in either English and Spanish.

  • Can we submit our application form by email?

Where possible, we would prefer applications to be submitted using the online form on our website. However, if you are having any issues in submitting this form, please reach out to us on the following email address: 

You can also download the application form as a PDF in case you would like to have a look at it beforehand.

  • What do you mean by annual income and what currency do you use?

Annual income is the amount of funding your organisation or group receives in a fiscal year for its operations, excluding any physical assets that you may have. We are asking organisations and groups to indicate their most recent annual income, as well as their annual income for the previous financial year. We are asking for this to be submitted in US Dollars (USD). A link to a currency converter will be provided within the application form to support you with this. If your organisation or group has no annual income, please write 0 in the application form.

  • How can we use the funding from the ONSIDE Fund? 

The ONSIDE Fund will provide unrestricted funds to organisations and groups working to support girls and women in exercising their right to play and thus advancing gender justice in sport. Organisations and groups are free to decide how to best use the funds, in line with the vision and mission of the ONSIDE Fund. See more here.

  • What is the maximum amount of funding we can request?

The maximum amount of funding available is up to $10,000 (USD). Within the application form, you will be asked to select one of four funding amounts; (1) $2,500 (2) $5,000 (3) $7,500 or (4) $10,000. We advise all groups to be intentional about the amount of funding they request from the ONSIDE Fund. 


It is highly recommended that if you have none or less than $5,000 in organisational income to apply for a seed grant of only $2,500. It is highly recommended that if your operating budget is between $5,000 and $20,000 to apply for no more than 50% of your annual organisational income.

  • Do we need to have a bank account to be able to receive funds? 

Yes, it is preferable that you have access to a bank account, either an organisational account or the personal account of one of the leaders of your organisation/group, in order to receive international transfers. If this is not possible, we can discuss this with you and explore alternative options if you are selected as a re-grantee. 

  • What is the ONSIDE Fund selection process?

The ONSIDE Fund selection process has 2 phases: (1)  a screening process will be conducted by Women Win staff in order to create a shortlist of organisations and groups, (2) this shortlist will then be sent to the ONSIDE Advisory Committee, who will review the applications and make a final decision on which organisations and groups will receive funding.

  • Is this the only call for ONSIDE Fund applications?

This will be the only call for ONSIDE Fund applications in 2020. However, the ONSIDE Initiative is committed to the continued support of grassroots, community-based organisations and groups led by girls and women, working to advance gender justice around the world. A second call for applications will open in 2021 if appropriate resources are mobilised. 

  • What information will be collected from applicants, and who has access to this information?

Within the application form, we ask for the contact details (name, email address and telephone number) of someone from your organisation or group, as well as those of a reference. Only Women Win will have access to this information. Additionally, we will ask for some general information about your organisation/group.