Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial

A partner (Fund Manager Organisation) the Next Level Grant Facility of the Voices of Just Climate Action (VCA) Program

Call for Concept Note

Fund Manager Organization for the Next Level Grant Facility

Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial is an Indonesian organization affiliated with Hivos, born out of an active collaboration between Netherlands-based Hivos and several like-minded Indonesian academics and civil society leaders who subscribe to the values and mission of Hivos. The purpose is to promote humanist values in the social, health, and cultural fields which are defined in terms of the ability of each individual to assess and decide independently and responsibly, the right to freedom, dignity, and a passion to create a just and tolerant society.

Yayasan Humanis seeks a qualified non-profit organization to work with us as a partner to manage the Next Level Grant Facility of the Voices of Just Climate Action (VCA) program.:

Priority Based Areas         :  NTT, Tanah Papua, Yogyakarta, Jakarta


About VCA Program, Mission and Objective.

Climate change affects the enjoyment of indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated human rights, hitting the most vulnerable, the hardest, and threatening to increase existing inequalities. We are at a critical juncture, not only in our fight against the climate crisis but also in addressing the economic and social challenges to transform our societies in a sustainable, just, and inclusive manner. Civil society needs to engage and have a voice to influence climate change policies. Business as usual will no longer suffice and is no longer appropriate.

In response, an alliance of 6 organizations: WWF Netherlands, Hivos, SouthSouthNorth, Akina Mama wa Afrika, Shack Dwellers International, Fundacion Avina have joined hands to create the “Voices for Just Climate Action”. The five-year strategic objective of the alliance is “By 2025, local civil society groups have claimed a central role as empowered innovators, facilitators and advocates of climate solutions”. A world where civil society is heard and respected. A world where civil society co-creates locally relevant, inclusive and fundable climate solutions. A world where local civil society is an agent of change and influences policies and practices to the benefit of these solutions. As part of local and global responses to the climate crisis, these climate solutions will deliver real benefits to people and nature.

Women, young people, and other marginalized groups often have critical perspectives on power structures and alternative approaches to the climate crisis. Therefore, the program is harnessing these diverse perspectives, alternative approaches and women’s leadership as key to ensuring the voice of marginalized groups is heard. Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) alliance brings together global and local voices by connecting a diverse range of civil society organizations representing women, youth, indigenous people, urban poor, digital activists, and more. The alliance is led by four strong Southern CSOs – Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Fundacion Avina, Slum Dwellers International (SDI), and SouthSouthNorth (SSN) – and two Global CSOs – Hivos and WWF-Netherlands.


The Next Level Grant Facility Strategies under the Voices for Just Climate Action program

The world continues to experience significant changes in the climate, resulting in long-term socio-economic challenges, especially for those that live in the global south. This is further compounded by shrinking civic space evident at multiple levels; from the establishment of unintentional administrative obstructions to deliberate attacks against the very existence of civil society and its representatives. As efforts to redress the situation are being made, there are significant challenges to be overcome; for example, the majority of traditional funds designed to combat the climate crisis have further entrenched inequalities, rarely reaching the vulnerable communities in the global south.

Current financing systems are not designed to support small, informal, and grassroots groups and organizations efficiently. These groups often cannot meet the bureaucratic requirements set by donors, international funds, and financial institutions. The Next Level Grant Facility (NLGF)[1] is a financing tool created within the framework of the Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) program. The NLGF aims to foster a bottom-up approach to decision-making, where communities and local allies play a key role in identifying priorities and defining solutions. The facility is implemented by contracted local partners in the seven implementing countries of the VCA. These organizations work to expand civic space and work on the inclusion of voices that are traditionally excluded.

The NLGF is an important tool for achieving VCA’s strategic objectives and ensuring active participation of local civil society in decision-making processes. Small groups often go unnoticed and some of them cannot operate openly for security reasons, let alone showing a financial ‘track record’.

Yayasan Humanis is actively seeking a fund manager for a non-profit organization that is passionately committed to effectively supporting grassroots organizations and communities. The primary goal is to enhance their efforts and enable swift responses to unforeseen emergencies, activities, or emerging opportunities that contribute to the overall TOC of the VCA. These emergencies and activities may manifest in diverse ways and are inherently tied to local contexts. Hence, the Fund Manager’s role is vital in ensuring these critical resources are allocated efficiently and effectively, ultimately driving positive change in the VCA program’s mission and objectives.


Who is eligible to apply?

The criteria of applicants include:

  • Registered Indonesia non-profit organizations;
  • Applicant with a clean human rights record and a track record in developing and advocating for locally shaped climate solutions;
  • Applicant with large networks or ability to link to larger networks for collaboration in climate emergency responses;
  • It will be considered favorable if the organizations:
    • Have prior experience carrying out activities in priority areas minimum in the last three years;
    • Had experience in managing emergency grants as mentioned in the ToR;
    • Well reputation with a proven history of accountability in effectively managing grants from donors; Reflects a diverse perspective and alternative approaches which will strengthen the wider climate justice movement and advocacy;
    • Work with women groups, youth, persons with disabilities, or other marginalized groups;
    • Willing to collaborate with others to influence stronger impacts and to build capacity over time and jointly develop and implement a capacity strengthening plan;

International organizations and its affiliated locally entities are not eligible to submit an application.



The chosen Fund Manager organization will bear the responsibility for several critical functions, including emergency scoping, pre-selection, and assessment in consultation with a small team. Additionally, the organization will oversee the regranting process to small grassroots organizations and individuals. This oversight encompasses various aspects, such as management, administration, monitoring, and reporting, all as required by the grant’s specific needs.


Program duration

The selected partners are expected to distribute the emergency grants between November 2023 – June 2025


Funds allocation and management

The total fund managed by the Fund Manager is set at between EUR 250,000 to EUR 505,000. The allocation of this fund is 80% designated for distribution to emergency grantees, and 20% is allocated for both direct and indirect costs. Within this 20%, direct costs, covering staff and travel expenses, and indirect costs should be limited to a maximum of 10%. The upper limit of the grant for each beneficiary (group/individual) is US$10,000 per application.

The contract with the Fund Manager will be renewed annually, contingent on their performance. It’s worth noting that the distribution percentages between direct and indirect costs can be subject to variation; however, the cap for indirect costs should not exceed 10% of the total budget. It’s important to emphasize that allowable direct costs pertain exclusively to staff and travel expenses.