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Learning Spark Fund

The Learning Spark 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

Simavi, under 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
  • Firecracker – up to 10,000 Euro
  • Community Skyrocket – up to 6,000 Euro

Call for applications: The Community Skyrocket Grant is now open.

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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

Organisations that are a partner of any one of the three Dutch Funded child marriage alliances (Her Choice; Yes, I Do; and More than Brides) are eligible to be a grant holder.

Eligibility to be a member of a learning exchange

Organisations, 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 is welcomed and encouraged. Northern Alliance partners are welcome to be part of an exchange.

Exchanges can be virtual or face to face.

Find out more

It all happens online in English and French

Join the platform and discussion to find out more about how to be involved and apply.

There will be online orientation sessions:

  • Question and Answers about the Fund and each Window
  • Orientation to the platform
  • Orientation to the theme of sexuality and child marriage as well as the use of participatory learning methods for the exchange


Registration is easy. Once enrolled, more information on the Learning Spark Fund is immediately available in channels on the slack platform. To join the platform, follow these five steps:

  1. Follow this link: https://bit.ly/join-LSF
  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 web or download the app for your desktop or mobile device.

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