“Fruits of Change” Seed Fund Initiative Launches

PSYDEH’s ongoing “Fruits of Change” project includes our first equity-based funding initiative, the “Fruits of Change” seed fund (Seed Fund).

Here, global donors investing in PSYDEH’s GlobalGiving crowdfunding campaign, in effect, incentivize indigenous women working with the four local-focused NGOs in our nascent network of women-led organizations (Network) to produce their inaugural projects and thus engage in:

(1) experiential learning (these are their organizations’ inaugural projects submitted pursuant to a PSYDEH call for proposals simulating the normal experience when applying for government funding),

(2) capacity building and information sharing as tool for creating gender equity in their communities (all projects must focus on capacity building and information sharing), and

(3) building the organizational memory needed to make Network proposals competitive in 2019 (organizations must have some history producing projects in order to maximize the chances of success when applying for government funding).

In practice, PSYDEH offers a seed fund of $50,000 pesos to each of the four local NGOs in the Network, where $35,000 pesos are delivered in two installments for project production without condition. The remaining $15,000 pesos are allocated to support and incentivize the women to creatively invest their own resources into the seed fund project:

  • $5000 pesos underwrite PSYDEH support of project production.
  • $5000 pesos fund regional transportation of women leaders from Acaxochitlán to the March 2019 5th regional forum (if the NGO secures regional transport from a 3rd party funder, they can retain these $5000 pesos for project production).
  • $5000 pesos fund legal changes to the organizations’ legal charters needed for their participation in the 2019 Mexican government funding season (if the NGO’s leaders fully participate in PSYDEH’s Embroidery Initiative during the 1st quarter of 2019, they can retain these $5000 pesos for project production).

To this end, PSYDEH published the SEED FUND call for proposals on October 1. The deadline for delivery of the four proposals was November 15.  The organizations then had to make their first-ever public presentations explaining their proposals to PSYDEH staff and friends at Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation on November 22. PSYDEH now evaluates proposal strengths and weaknesses with an eye to beginning project production in January 2019.