Global Partnerships in Innovative Advocacy: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Global Partnerships in Innovative Advocacy?
This is a new HRC Global program that offers capacity-building and strategic planning partnerships to selected organizations that are working to improve the lives of LGBTQ communities in their countries. The goal of the partnership is to strengthen the equality movement in each partner country through more effective advocacy, campaigning, organizing and outreach.

Based on decades of lessons learned in the U.S. and around the world, over a period of six to nine months we will provide a series of customized two-day workshops in-country, delivered by trained HRC staff and/or consultants, to help organizations develop creative and innovative plans to move their programs and organizations to the next level.

Working alongside each organization, community and its allies, we will travel to your country to deliver three workshops over the course of six to nine months, during which we will assess the opportunities you may have and share ideas and lessons learned from partners in the U.S. and beyond. We will help partners strategize on the best way forward, decide on a specific course of action, create comprehensive yet manageable plans to achieve desired outcomes and advise on how to resource, launch and implement these plans. Between visits, HRC will be available for ad-hoc and regular consultation by Skype or online.

We will award up to three partnerships in 2017-18 following a comprehensive online selection process.

Who can apply?
These partnerships are limited to current and former HRC Global Innovators and HRC Global Fellows, and are an important way to build long-term engagement with our program participants and support their work.

If you are interested in becoming an HRC Global Innovator, please visit For information about how to become an HRC Global Fellow, please visit our Global Fellow page.

What kind of organizations are you looking to partner with?
Because these partnerships require a year-long commitment on both sides, we are seeking to partner with organizations that are established, that have a structure that can support a process of creating and implementing plans, that have accountability mechanisms and a successful track record of conducting innovative programs.

We are seeking to partner with a diverse range of organizations, including geographic and regional, type of issues the organizations works on and the constituencies in the LGBTQ community served by the organization.

What are some of the specific areas the Global Partnerships might cover?
Examples of partnerships could include:

  • building communities of allies;
  • increasing visibility through campaigns and outreach;
  • grassroots organizing;
  • building networks of influencers;
  • changing hearts and minds;
  • organizational capacity building;
  • creating safe spaces for LGBTQ people at work;
  • engaging businesses;
  • creating political and legal change

What is the timeline for the program?
Applications are being accepted until June 15, 2017. We will notify successful applicants in July, and in close consultation around timing and agendas, conduct workshops in or around September, November and February 2018.

What kind of financial assistance do you offer?
This is a capacity-building program. We cover all costs related to bringing HRC staff and trainers to your country up to three times, conducting workshops (including catering and facilities as needed) and travel within the country. We do not cover costs of bringing participants to the workshops or per diems for them. We can work with you to help identify sources of funding for the plans you develop and to strategize about how to raise future funds.

Will you remain involved after the Global Partnership is finished?
We hope to stay connected to all of our partners. Depending on the program, we may establish an ongoing check-in mechanism that will allow us all to benefit from the experiences of the partnership.

Where else have you worked?
HRC has worked with partner organizations on capacity building programs in Nicaragua, Mozambique, the Philippines, Ireland and Australia, and has established working relationships with organizations in Turkey, China and Mexico.

To learn more about the kinds of innovative advocacy programs that HRC has conducted with partners around the world, check out our blogs here:

HRC Global; Nicaragua

HRC Global; Lambda Legal; Mozambique