|Sabanci Foundation Grant Program|
As the main partner of the “United Nations Joint Program to Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls”, Sabancı Foundation launched the Sabancı Foundation Grant Program in 2007 and funded 34 projects in 6 cities across Turkey (Izmir, Kars, Nevsehir, Sanliurfa, Trabzon, Van) between the years 2007 and 2009.
The first cycle of the Grant Program began in 2007 and attracted 65 applications, of which 30 were invited to present their projects to a jury. Of these 30 applications, 11 were selected and awarded a total of 104.000 USD. In 2008, the program attracted 84 applications of which 11 were selected. In 2009, 71 applications were received between February 24 - April 17 and 24 were short listed. Final winners were announced on June 22 2009.
The program aimed to support projects that address key priorities identified in the "Local Equality Action Plans" (LEAP) and are developed by NGOs and other local partners in six cities. The Local Equality Action Plans (LEAP) are developed in each province with the active participation of different stakeholders. The main objective of the LEAP is to define the needs of women and girls, and prepare action plans to achieve equal economic, social and political strategies and policies to create "Women-Friendly Cities".
The Joint Program aimed to increase NGO and local government involvement in enhancing the rights of women and girl children in Turkey, with the ultimate goal of creating “Women Friendly Cities”. Selected projects aimed to promote public awareness and address issues such as domestic violence, inclusion of women in decision-making, increasing access to government services delivery, and promoting economic independence and employment.
Applications for Sabanci Foundation Grant Program were accepted from non-profit non-governmental organizations and legal bodies, governor's offices, municipalities, provincial special administrations and associated departments, chambers of trade, chambers of commerce, universities, their respective faculties, institutes and higher education schools and research centers in Izmir, Kars, Nevsehir, Sanliurfa, Trabzon and Van.
Applications to Sabanci Foundation Grant Program for Implementation Projects fell under at least one of the following themes:
Participation of Women In Local Decision-Making Mechanisms
All applications underwent a preliminary assessment by an independent group of consultants and an assessment by a jury of project partners. The final pools of applicants were then invited to present their projects upon which final jury decisions were made.