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The Other Foundation (tOF) is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Our primary purpose is to expand resources available to defend and advance the rights and well-being of LGBTI people in the Southern African region. We do this by working both as a grant-maker and a fundraiser.

Read our full mission statement here.

The Atlantic Philanthropies has provided a generous start-up grant over a five-year period to cover all operational costs, subject to tOF being able to raise additional funds from other sources.

More information about how we started can be found here.

The OTHER Foundation has decided to extend the deadline on the call for proposals (see below) and peer reviewers. This is due to the level of interest in the call and the time constraints on applying caused by the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The deadline has now been extended to Monday, 10 February 2014

If you have already submitted an application could you please e-mail Khosi.Xaba@theotherfoundation.org, to ensure that we have your application.You can also use this address for any queries you may have on the application process.

The founding Board of tOF is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot grant-making initiative. We will be making approximately 40 grants, totaling around ZAR4 million, for work that will advance the rights and improve the well-being of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. Organisations and individuals can apply for grants ranging from ZAR10 000 up to ZAR500 000.

Deadline for Applications is 20th January 2014.

The deadline has now been extended to Monday, 10 February 2014.

More information about how to apply for a grant can be found here.

We will use a ‘peer review’ system to decide which projects to support under this pilot grant-making initiative. What this means is that activists, researchers and artists who are eligible for applying for grants will also be the ones making recommendations to the founding Board on which grants to make.

The opportunity to be a peer reviewer is open to everyone who is eligible to apply for funding. You should think about applying, especially if you are worried about the transparency and fairness of the decision-making process.

Deadline for applications to be a peer reviewer is 20 January 2014.

The deadline has now been extended to Monday, 10 February 2014.

More information about how to apply to be a peer reviewer can be found here.

The funds for the pilot grant-making initiative have come from personal gifts from 18 individual donors who visited South Africa early this year to find out more about the amazing work that activists are doing to defend and advance the rights of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. The Atlantic Philanthropies matched the funds raised from this donor tour, providing tOF with close to ZAR4 million to give out as small grants to individuals and organisations across Southern Africa.

More information about the Southern African donor tour can be found here.

We will be launching a range of fundraising initiatives in 2014. All funds that are raised will go to programming and grant-making as our operational costs are fully covered by the Atlantic Philanthropies for the next five years.

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments.

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the Other Foundation are answered here.

Please contact us either by email, phone, or letter. Details of how to do that are on our Contact Us page.

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