Apply for the Learning Spark Fund

‘More Than Brides Alliance’ has launched the ‘Learning Spark Fund’, a funding opportunity which is part of the project MMWWK (Making the Most of What We Know). This fund is a grant mechanism designed to stimulate learning as broadly and creatively as possible on the theme of female adolescent sexuality and child marriage.

Small grants will support virtual or face to face learning exchanges within a country as well as across borders and continents. Based on what is known, each exchange will propose ways to improve the design, implementation, and advocacy of child marriage programs addressing adolescent sexuality.

Learning exchanges are spaces for knowledge sharing and knowledge generation. They stimulate the flow of practical experience, perspectives, and insights. Members of an exchange discuss what they know, listen to one another, reflect, and co-create knowledge.   

Grant Details

MMWWK (Making the Most of What We Know) learning project looks forward to awarding up to 170,000 Euro worth of grants during the period June to August 2020.

There are three grant windows:

  • Spark – up to 3,000 Euro, local and national exchanges
  • Community Skyrocket – up to 6,000 Euro, national exchanges focusing on communities (open now for applications)
  • Fireworks – up to 10,000 Euro, multi-country, face to face exchanges

Community Skyrocket

The first grant window ‘Community Skyrocket’ has been launched. This window supports “bottom up” learning exchanges among development professionals and community members.

Rather than assuming that child marriage programs have a monopoly on knowledge and experience on how change happens, we believe that adolescent girls and other community actors, such as community-based organizations, religious and traditional leaders and families have valuable knowledges about addressing female adolescent sexuality and dismantling child marriage.

The objective of Community Skyrocket is for practitioners to exchange with communities. They listen to their knowledge, strategy and experiences and reflect with them on what this can mean for improving the design, implementation and advocacy of development interventions. The fund offers organizations and communities the chance to come together around the issues and questions that excite them in exploring the links between adolescent sexuality and child marriage.

Call for applications: The Community Skyrocket Grant is now open 

Country Reach

The Learning Spark Fund operates in nine countries: India, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda.

Eligibility to hold a grant

Organizations that are a partner of any one of the three Dutch funded child marriage alliances (Her Choice; Yes, I Do; and More than Brides) as well as Lead organisations of Girls Not Brides national partnership or coalition arrangement are eligible to be a grant holder.

Eligibility to be a member of a learning exchange

Organizations, researchers, government staff, advisors or community members including adolescent girls are welcome to be a member of a learning exchange. This includes those involved in the Girls Not Brides network as well as the UNICEF-UNFPA global program.

Inter and intra Alliance sharing, multi-country exchanges, and bringing together people with diverse perspectives are welcomed and encouraged. Northern Alliance partners are welcome to be part of an exchange.

Exchanges can be virtual or face to face.

  1. Click here to register
  2. Enter your email
  3. Verify your email through the link in the email you will receive
  4. Fill in your name and create a password
  5. Create a profile so that people know who you are

Once you have created the profile and joined the Learning Spark Fund virtual open space, you can choose to access it through the web or download the app for your desktop or mobile device.

If you have any questions, send an email to


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