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Are you a youth-led or youth-focused national organization with a big idea to promote young people’s right to access and use family planning services and information? Do you see a timely opportunity to support the rights of adolescents and youth to decide, freely and for themselves, whether and when to have children? Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) can help you fund that activity through the Rapid Response Mechanism’s Youth Outreach!

What Is the Rapid Response Mechanism’s Youth Outreach ?

The Rapid Response Mechanism’s (RRM) Youth Outreach is a one-time call for proposals focusing on youth-led and youth-focused initiatives. This call will run through August 30, 2017.

Through this initiative, FP2020 aims to:

  • Expand access for adolescents and young people to a range of contraceptive methods by advancing rights-based programs and policies.
  • Strengthen the capacity of youth-led and youth-focused national civil society organizations (CSOs) working on FP
  • Learn from the next generation on FP leaders about how best to support their efforts.

The RRM’s Youth Outreach will provide small grants for time-sensitive projects. To be considered time-sensitive, your project should:

  • EITHER respond to a recent change in the family planning operational environment (for instance, a recent policy change, the introduction of a new contraceptive product in the country, a humanitarian crisis, a new commitment by your government to FP2020, etc.)
  • OR work toward an upcoming, time-sensitive opportunity (for example, the scheduled review of national family planning guidelines, or the upcoming development of a national youth strategy, providing an opportunity for important advocacy work or technical assistance, etc.)

The activities in your project should fall into one or more of the following categories: Technical assistance, non-routine training, advocacy, or increasing access for hard-to-reach and marginalized groups. For examples of past and current RRM-funded projects, please visit the RRM webpage.


  • The RRM’s Youth Outreach will award a maximum of 10 grants to youth-led and youth-focused organizations. The selection process will be competitive and coordinated by the FP2020 Secretariat.
  • These grants will not exceed US$100,000. However, we expect that most grantees will receive less than $50,000.
  • RRM projects cannot exceed 12 months. However, most of our grants typically have a duration of 6 months or less.

To learn more about application criteria, please visit the RRM Youth Outreach FAQ page.

Who Should Apply?

Youth-led or youth-focused registered national civil society organizations are eligible for consideration in this time-bound call for proposals. FP2020 considers organizations to be youth-focused if their programs serve adolescents and young people. FP2020 considers organizations to be youth-led if they are both serving and led by young people (30 years old or under). If you are applying as a youth-led organization, you will be asked to provide additional details regarding your organization’s youth leadership.

Please remember that:

  • Applicants must have a bank account registered in the organization’s name.
  • Your project must be implemented in an FP2020 focus country, preferably an FP2020 commitment making country.
  • If you request more than US$25,000, you will need to provide a support letter from an FP2020 commitment-making entity. See letter template here and list of commitment-making entities here. Procuring these letters can take some time, so please make sure to start this process as soon as possible.
How To Apply


  1. Join the Webinar on August 22, 2017: Tune into the RRM Youth Outreach Informational Webinar on Aug. 22 (8:00am EST in English/9:30am EST in French) to learn more about the initiative, review the application process and ask questions! To join the webinar, please register here.
  2.  Review on integrating adolescent and youth friendly contraceptive services into programming.
  3. Submit your application form before August 30, 2017: To apply, download the Application Form, prepare your responses offline with the rest of your team, and email the completed form to youthrrm@familyplanning2020.org before August 30, 2017.


  1. Complete additional application documents: If you are invited to submit a full grant proposal, you will need to submit a narrative grant proposal, a budget, a workplan, and other documentation. FP2020 will provide these materials and support you in completing them. If the proposed project budget exceeds US$25,000, you will also need to submit a Support Letter from an FP2020 commitment entity. As noted on the application form, we recommend that you request this letter as you complete the application form if your original budget exceeded US$25,000.
  2. Submit your final application materials by September 15, 2017.
  3. Final Selection Notification: FP2020 will make final decisions by October 2, 2017, and the first tranches of funds will be sent out four weeks later.
Want More Information?

Check out our resources below, review the Frequently Asked Questions , and tune in on August 22, 2017 for our English and French webinars  to learn more!

Contact Us

If you have any questions on the RRM’s Youth Outreach, please feel free to contact FP2020 at youthrrm@familyplanning2020.org.


Special thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies for establishing the Rapid Response Mechanism.

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