The Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environments (RISE) grant programme wants to address connection between gender-based violence (GBV) and environmental degradation.

Funded jointly by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

To be eligible for funding, projects must be implemented in one or more of the 18 targeted countries, emphasizing the importance of adopting rights-based, gender-responsive, and socially inclusive approaches to conservation, climate action, and sustainable development. Intersectional strategies that prioritize vulnerable groups such as Indigenous women, environmental defenders, youth, and marginalized communities are particularly encouraged.


The latest iteration of the RISE grants challenge, the 2024 call for proposals, marks the fifth open call since its inception. This year, the challenge specifically targets projects that address gender-based violence in fisheries sectors, in addition to welcoming proposals across various biodiversity and climate contexts.


The overarching purpose of the RISE grants challenge is to fund projects that address gender-based violence that is occurring within and linked to environment and climate-related sectors.


In 2024, the RISE grants challenge seeks proposals that adopt strategies to prevent, mitigate and respond to the risk of gender-based violence and environmental linkages in the context of the dual global biodiversity and climate crises. The RISE grants challenge will accept applications spanning diverse biodiversity and climate sectors and contexts, however, this year, there is also a specific earmark for at least several projects to specifically address gender-based violence in fisheries sectors.

The RISE grants challenge encourages applications that also deliver improved rights-based, gender-responsive, socially inclusive conservation, climate action and sustainable development.

All the information to apply for funding is available at