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The inroads team is inspired and glad to share with you results from all the inroads Partnership Fund (iPF) grants during the time period 2014-18. The network membership and interactions have grown so much in this time period and so has the work done through iPF projects. At the same time, looking at the outcomes of all of this work helps us to reflect, learn and activate ourselves more and more to make deeper inroads every time.
In 2014, inroads established the iPF to be a flexible funding tool that furthers collective learning and action to understand and reduce abortion stigma. This collective learning and action is generated by funding and supporting local organizations in the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to understand and shift how abortion stigma affects people socially, physically, and emotionally. The fund prioritizes support for inroads members who do not ordinarily have access to mainstream sources of funding and who are deliberately centering the understanding and dismantling of stigma in their work. The iPF currently operates with two levels of funding: Partnership grants and Seed grants.
You can download and read the entire “iPF Results” document from here:
Over the past four years, a diverse group of inroads Partnership Fund grantees have undertaken efforts varied in project style, focus, and method. Taken as a body of work, five themes or practice areas have emerged from the Fund:
This funding leads to private and public examples that can be used by other members to translate, adapt, repeat and evaluate, making the work of stigma busting itself more visible in the reproductive justice and sexual and reproductive health and rights community. Notably, inroads members who receive one grant go on to do more work, get other funds (whether from inroads or from other funders such as Amplify Change or the Safe Abortion Action Fund) and incorporate stigma-busting into their other work.
We have also noticed that inroads members who apply for grants transform their stigma-busting work EVEN if they didn’t get the grant. One member noted at a recent conference that “when we applied for a grant, we were unhappy to have not gotten the award, but it made us think about doing a project focused on stigma. We then applied elsewhere and got support for stigma work.”
We continue to work hard to ensure a stronger network and deeper support to inroads members. We have recently launched the new inroads Partnership Fund and check out the 2018-20 Partnership Fund grantees and 2019 Seed Fund grantees by clicking the links. Let’s keep the energy strong and always sharing, activating, evaluating and busting abortion stigma!