Grants are now open for emerging young leaders in the disability sector to attend the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York from 10 – 12 June 2014. This is a unique professional opportunity and young delegates will be provided with training and mentoring to build their capacity to participate at the UN. These grants will provide an important opportunity for the next generation of young disability rights advocates to represent the Australian disability sector at the UN.
What is the Conference of States Parties?
The COSP is an annual event held at the United Nations in New York. It brings together states that have ratified the CRPD. The purpose of the COSP is for states parties to discuss the implementation of the CRPD with respect to a particular theme. The theme of the COSP differs from year to year.
Watch this space for more information: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1615
What are the themes of the COSP for this year?
There are 3 themes for this year’s COSP:
- Youth with disabilities
- National implementation and monitoring
- Incorporating the CRPD provisions into the post 2015 development agenda
How do I apply?
Applications can only come from disability peak organisations/disability advocacy organisation. If you are interested in applying for a grant you must consult with your disability peak organisation/disability advocacy organisation and they must supply the following information in their application:
Information about the disability peak organisation/advocacy organisation
- Name of organization
- How the delegate’s participation will positively impact on the work of the disability peak organisation/disability advocacy organisation
Information about the young applicant
- Does the applicant have a disability?
- Phone number
- Qualifications (if any)
- Relevant achievements or academic awards
- Relevant experience in the disability sector
- What the applicant thinks they can contribute to the event
- The applicant’s knowledge of the UN process, the COSP and the 2 themes of the COSP: youth with disabilities and national implementation and monitoring of the CRPD.
- Preparation and post event reporting plans
- Proposed funding sought
- Other sources of funding available
What are the roles and responsibilities of the delegate?
The delegation will travel as a group to the following events:
|22 May 2014||Training workshop in Sydney on 22 May 2014. Delegates will receive specific information about your role as a delegate at this workshop. The workshop topics include:
Pre-readings will be progressively uploaded here:http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1615
|9 June 2014||Civil society forum in New York|
|10 – 12 June 2014||COSP and various side events in New York|
|8 – 13 June 2014||The delegates will have an opportunity to network with some of the key players in the international disability movement, learn about strategic advocacy and its application to domestic advocacy and visit important UN organisations.
Please note that we have not yet determined the exact dates for when the delegation will be New York. However, the delegates are likely to be in New York for approximately 6 days.
|Late June||Attend a post-event debrief to help incorporate learnings into disability advocacy at the national level.
It is likely that we will be holding this debrief via teleconference.
How many delegates will be selected?
We have not yet decided how many applicants will be selected for this program. Numbers will depend upon the strength of the applications and the budget proposals submitted by the applicants. Co-contributions will be seen favourably by the Selection Committee.
I am interested in applying for these grants, can I put in an individual application?
No, individual applications will not be accepted. All applications must come from a disability peak organisation or disability advocacy organisation. If an individual is interested in applying for this program, please get in touch with a disability peak organisation or disability advocacy organisation to start the application process.
What is a disability peak organisation or a disability advocacy organisation?
Here is a list of disability peak organisations: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/consultation-and-advocacy/national-disability-peak-bodies
Here is a list of some advocacy organisations: http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/national-disability-advocacy-program/models-of-disability-advocacy/national-disability-advocacy-agencies-funded-by-the-australian-government-by-state-or-territory
There are many disability advocacy bodies which are not listed above. If you are unsure as to whether an organization has a disability peak organisation/disability advocacy organisation status, please contact the organization.
What information do I need to put in my budget?
You will need to draw up a budget for the itinerary along the lines of the sample given here. If you have any disability support requirements, please include this in your budget.
|Return flights to Sydney to attend workshop May 22nd|
|Cabcharges to attend Sydney workshop at 175 Pitt St, Sydney|
|Return flights to Sydney to join delegation en route to New York (if required)|
|Return economy flights to New York|
|Accommodation in New York (approximately 6 days)|
|Food allowance (approximately 6 days)|
|Local travel allowance (approximately 6 days)|
|Disability support (if required)|
The delegation will be travelling as a group. Applicants from states other than NSW should include in their budget the cost of flying to Sydney so that all delegates can fly together to New York. We have not made a final call yet as to whether we will require interstate delegates to do this, but please factor it into your budget.
We are in the process of setting up meetings in New York for the delegation, so the full itinerary is not yet available. For the purposes of calculating your budget, please assume that the delegation will be in New York for 6 days. The precise number of days will be confirmed soon.
Delegates are encouraged to raise some funds from sponsorship to cover cost of their travel. Co-contributions of this kind will be viewed favourably by the Selection Committee.
The precise amount of funding allocated will be determined by the Commission.
Please note that the Commission will not be funding delegates to participate in the discussions surrounding the post-2015 development agenda..
Will I be required to book my own travel?
Delegates will be required to book your own travel to Sydney to attend the workshop on 22 May.
Delegates will not be required to book their own travel to New York. The delegation will be travelling as a group and therefore the delegation’s travel will be booked as a group. All delegates will be required to stay at the same hotel. We have not selected the hotel yet. For the purposes of submitting a budget, please estimate the cost of accommodation for New York.
How many applicants can a disability peak organisation/disability advocacy nominate?
You can nominate as many applicants as you like. Disability peak bodies/disability advocacy bodies are permitted to put in group applications.
However, please note that as these grants are highly competitive and individuals rather than groups will be selected. Disability peak bodies/disability advocacy bodies are encouraged to put in as much information about each individual as possible.
I will turn 31 this year. Am I still eligible to apply for this program?
Yes, you can still apply for this program. These grants target young disability rights advocates between 18 – 30 years of age. If your age falls slightly outside of this age range, you are still eligible to apply. However, please note that these grants are aimed at building the capacity of young disability rights advocates to participate at the UN.
Are there any pre-readings that I need to do?
All applicants who have been selected to participate in this program must read the information which will be uploaded here: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1615
When are applications due?
Applications are due COB 30 April 2014. No extensions will be given.
I am interested in receiving more information about this program. Where can I find more information?
General information about grants for organizations: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/disability-international-participation-funding-program-faq
Information about the call out: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/calendar-international-events-disability-rights
Information about the COSP: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=15&pid=1615