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Sexual and Reproductive Health / Family Planning (SRH)

TWF believes that good sexual and reproductive health enables individuals to have more choices and opportunities, and ultimately better life chances. High rates of population growth in low-income countries put great pressure on already stretched resources and services. Population size in Africa is expected to double to 2.54 billion people by 2050, with concerning implications for national and regional development efforts. Many people lack access to contraception and reproductive health services and this particularly affects women and girls. Having children later and then allowing for optimal birth spacing in between pregnancies enables girls and women to stay longer in education, seek paid employment and reduces the maternal and new-born mortality associated with adolescent pregnancies. Smaller families also mean more support and investment in each child.

TWF’s current SRH funding strategy: We are prioritising support that fills gaps in regard to improving access to and use of a range of modern contraceptive methods and wider sexual health and reproductive services. In practice, this has resulted in a three-pillar approach to our support, developed via a review of current literature and in discussion with long-time SRH professionals:

  • In-country financing improvementThis largely includes supporting advocacy and accountability for increased funds to be allocated to SRH by district or national governments; improving the commercial sector’s role in SRH; or NGOs / CBOs developing non-philanthropic income generation mechanisms (social enterprise) tied to delivering SRH services.
  • Improving the reach of successful, evidence-based SRH initiatives – With this pillar, we are focused on supporting groups to invest in ways to scale their success beyond direct replication of their model. An example of this is the support of complementary partnerships (such as enabling more established groups that have a strong and wide-ranging presence in one or several countries to test and incorporate a new evidence-based model developed by a smaller organisation). A particular focus on scaling models that address a combination of the following will be prioritised: Community-level created SRH demand, mass media or school created SRH demand, improved access to modern contraception, and the development of youth friendly SRH facilities at health centres.

  • In-country capacity buildingPotentially, this could include initiatives such as building community-based organisations’ systems to support long-term organisational and implementation success; or developing new ways to finance and effectively sustain community health worker and extension services.




If you have been funded by TWF through our SRH Main Grant fund within the past five years please email the fund manager directly to discuss potential follow-on funding.

For groups new to TWF that are interested in receiving SRH Main Grant funding we are requesting you to provide a submission that differs in format from the general form that is detailed on our World Development, Main Grants page. As such, please follow the guidelines below.

In your initial submission we are most interested in understanding your organisation and how it fits in with our SRH priorities, rather than a specific project or initiative that you are pursuing funding for. Thus, please provide the following in no more than one page (one-inch margins, 11-point font -- submissions longer than one page will not be accepted):

  • Send the page in the body of an email. Please note that tables and figures don’t always display well in this format.
  • At the top of the email provide your name, contact, title, organisation, organisational income vs expenditure, and state that you are applying to the ‘TWF World Development Main Grant SRH Fund’ – this section does not count against your one-page submission.
  • Indicate the unique added value that your organisation provides to world development in general. Detail how your niche relates to improving use of and access to SRH services. Please include high-level overall organisational impact indicators in this brief description.
  • Detail which of the three above priorities you plan to address (it can be multiple), a high-level summary on how you plan to address these priorities, and if you have engaged in addressing these respective priorities previously (no more than half of your one-page submission should be used for this section).
    • If you haven’t engaged in addressing the aforementioned priorities in the past please indicate why you are now looking to incorporate this in future work.
  • Is programmatic sustainability a major focus of your work? If so, what makes it sustainable and how do you know that it is?
  • Who are your three most important international or regional NGO or business collaborators?
    • How many community-based organisations (in-country-based NGOs) do you have a 3+ year relationship with? Please name any of particular strategic importance (no more than three).

Review Timeline

We aim to undertake a first review of all new submissions within two months of receiving them. The next step will either be a phone call with one our World Development staff members or a notification via email that we will not be considering funding that this time. If your submission is unsuccessful you can resubmit the form in two-years’ time. If you are invited for a next step phone call we aim to make a funding decision within six months of the first phone call. Thus, for your planning purposes, please allow for a total of eight months from the time of submission.

Organisational Budget Amount: To be eligible for a SRH Main Grant your organisational yearly income should be over £250,000.

Grant Duration and Award Amounts: The grants will usually be for a total of up to £100,000 over 2-3 years.

Applying from Outside of the UK for a Main Grant

You can apply for a SRH grant without having UK charitable status. To do so, you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work. This must be someone who satisfies one or more of the following:

  • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK; or
  • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to; or
  • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation; or
  • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the end of your submission. For Main Grant Applicants, the reference information will be considered an annex to your one-page submission, which is detailed below in the Main Grants section. Only applications with references will be considered.



For small grant applicants, in this initial application stage we will be reviewing your organisation and a proposed initiative. Your initiative can fit more generally within the goal of improving access to and use of a range of modern contraceptive methods and wider sexual health and reproductive services. Meaning, directly addressing one of the three aforementioned pillars is not required to apply.

Stronger proposals will directly address creating or delivering a sustainable model of project delivery.  

For application procedure, please follow the general instructions detailed on our World Development, Small Grants page. In addition to this information, and within the three pages allowed for your application as detailed on the Small Grants page, please use at least a half-page to detail the following:

  • What is the tangible, overall goal of your organisation in 10 years?
  • Do you consider your long-term strategy to be sustainable?
    • If no, is this something that the organisation has discussed to develop?
    • If yes, what makes it sustainable?
  • What is the biggest challenge you face to developing and implementing your work?
  • The positive impact of your previous work within SRH and/or evidence to support the efficacy of your approach.

Organisational Budget Amount: To be eligible for a SRH Small Grant your organisational yearly income should be under £250,000.

Grant Duration and Award Amounts: The grants will usually be for a total of up to £10,000 over 2-3 years.

Groups based outside of the UK: At present, we do not accept applications to our Small Grants Programme from organisations based outside the UK. We will, however, consider applications by UK-based organisations working in close partnership with local in-country organisations.





Last updated Monday 24 February, 2020