In a new call for grant proposals in July 2015, we received 113 grant applications from 9 countries in southern Africa. 27 grants have already been given and we are set to give 6 more grants in the months to come. This amounts to an additional R4 million. 11 peer reviewers from 6 countries worked on this round of grant making.
In October 2015 we launched another call for grant applications, focused specifically on combating discrimination against lesbian and transgender people in southern Africa. We received 111 applications from 11 countries. 8 peers from 6 countries reviewed the grant applications. 23 proposals have been taken to the final stage of grant allocations, which will distribute about R2 million.
You can see a list of grants that were given by clicking here and you will find brief profiles of our peer reviewers by clicking here.
This amounts to R10 million in grant allocations to 88 initiatives in a short period. We are very grateful for your wonderful support that has made this possible. Without you, the groups that we partner with would not be able to do all their great work to advance the human rights and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people in southern Africa.
Through our A Million Ones initiative, 258 individuals joined small dinner discussions about how to best support our community causes and pledged R403,212 to do just that through the Foundation this year. We have expanded our reach through the integration of the successful Conversations networking event for gay and lesbian professionals in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It attracts between 50 and 100 participants at monthly events in each city. And our Facebook following has grown to more than 24,000.
But fundraising and grant making is not all that we do. A high point of the year was when we convened the inaugural kopano FREEDOM FOR ALL in September. It was a regional strategy development dialogue of more than 100 activists and potential allies from 10 countries in southern Africa. The dialogue reviewed strategies for social change that are currently being used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) groups and assessed whether they are working or not, and why. You can watch a series of videos of this historic gathering by clicking here.
We also commissioned the first ever statistically relevant national survey of public attitudes to homosexuality and gender diversity from the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, which is now being done. This is a pilot poll that we hope to expand in countries across the region. Watch out for the results in the first quarter of 2016.
The Other Foundation is a community foundation. It tries to reduce fragmentation amongst groups as a result of competition for scarce funding, by building more transparent and participatory fundraising and grant making practices – thereby building greater mutual accountability amongst different actors. In the process, more peer learning and strategic coherence is developed in the movement for the human rights and social inclusion of LGBTI people, for more effective action for social change.
We have been honoured to have your support on this journey so far. Have a lovely festive season and a purposeful start to 2016.