Small Grants for Scaled Impact

CORE Group is excited to begin a participatory small grants program to advance sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) programming, policy, and interventions in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Nepal. The program will provide financial, technical, and organizational resources to local civil society organizations (CSOs) led by women, youth, and people with disabilities. This approach will strengthen local and national organizations’ technical and organizational capacity to design and implement community-based solutions to SRMNCAH challenges, focusing on gender transformation, quality of care, and health equity.

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Below are the three selected grantees from Round 1 of the Small Grants Project. They were selected in a competitive process, with over 114 concept notes received from the three priority countries.

CDS Park logo hands holding mountainsCenter for Karnali Rural Promote and Society Development (CDS-PARK)

Project title: Comprehensive Disability and Health Program

Center for Karnali Rural Promote and Society Development (CDS-PARK) is an organization working on youth issues since 2004. CDS-PARK is a leading national and regional organization committed for progressive change in society through awareness, counselling and program support. Our organization’s main mission is to work for good governance, sustainable peace, development and good health and wellbeing to bring positive social change particularly among the under privileged community by awareness raising, capacity strengthening and, providing opportunities for 17 years now in the rural Karnali region of Nepal.

Summary of the Project

The topic that CDS Park wants to work on is the unmet sexual and reproductive health needs of women with disabilities. With this project entitled Comprehensive Disability and Health Program (CDHP), we tend to bridge the knowledge gap and sensitize government and other organizations to take into account the intersectional SRHR issues of women living with disabilities and reduce and mitigate the barriers prevailing in today’s context through gender sensitive approach. This project aim to generate evidence on SRH issues of women living with disabilities through research; developing disability friendly infrastructures and advocate for progressive law and facilities for people living with disabilities and address specific health related issues of women with disabilities.

visble impact logo with triangle and magnifying glassVisible Impact (Visim)

Project title: Youth Empowerment for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YES)


Visible Impact (Visim) is a young-women-led not-for-profit organization that aims to create a ‘visible impact’ in the lives of youth, adolescent girls and women and their immediate families and communities with a focus on leadership development, advocacy, and realization of their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Established 6 years ago in 2015, Visim has been able to reach 23,000 adolescents and youth directly. 157 social champions have been empowered to be the voice in the community- advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, leading towards community-led local development as mandated in the federal setup by the Constitution of Nepal 2015.

Summary of the Project 

Youth Empowerment for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (YES) is an initiative that aims to reduce the unmet needs of special groups in accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The target beneficiaries of the project are adolescents and youth in their diversities, women with disabilities and LGTBQ population. Through this project, 28 young people from all the seven provinces of Nepal will be unleashed as champions of their province who will further cascade their learning through peer and community sessions. The youth champions will also carry out series of meetings with their local government and key stakeholders advocating for the availability and accessibility of youth-friendly, stigma-free and inclusive sexual and reproductive health information and services.

The project also aims to target health care professionals from different provinces of Nepal to clarify their values on youth-friendly and inclusive SRHR information and services. Besides, different social media campaigns and language-inclusive public service announcements will also be developed to bridge the gap in information and generate public support for inclusive SRHR information and services.


bred logo with red houseBangladesh Rural Economic Development (BRED)

Project title: Improving Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescents Health

Bangladesh Rural Economic Development (BRED) is established on 15 March 1995 as non-government, non-political and non-profit voluntary development organization by a social activist with an aim to improve the socio-economic and livelihood status of the poor and underprivileged people of its working area through building-up their capacity and established social rights. BRED is mainly a grassroots level NGO but it ascribes to contribute to develop the society by implementing projects/activities as well as conducting advocacy at regional as well as National levels to formulate pro-people policies, networking and partnerships.

Summary of the Project 

From time immemorial, girls have been married at an early age and this is related to dowry, divorce and poor treatment of girls. BRED will address the early marriage and pregnancy of adolescent girls because this issue exacerbates severe health such as increased maternal and child mortality. After the country’s independence, much attention has been given to the health sector by the government. INGO and NGOs are also working to reduce this problem. There are a substantial number of facilities are built, but those are not adequate enough to meet the growing demands. Thus, despite efforts of the government and also NGOs, early marriage and women’s health care problems are increasing. The project will help reduce trends in early marriage, dowry practice, and maternal and child mortality through mobilizing the community and building their knowledge, capacity and skills.

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