Call for Proposals for Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives Cidadania Ativa Programme

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Cidadania Ativa Programme is currently seeking proposals for its Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives, aimed at developing international partnerships that include NGOs from Donor Countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the European Union.

The bilateral cooperation initiatives provided are intended to support activities aimed at enhancing relations between Portuguese NGOs and entities of the Donor States with a view to exchanging international experiences, sharing and transferring knowledge and good practices to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of NGOs in the Portuguese civil society, and also to assist promoters in the preparation of projects to be submitted to the Programme.

Grant Support

  • Bilateral cooperation initiatives are limited to a maximum grant of 3 500 euros per proposal, which can be supported at the maximum rate of 100% of the eligible costs.
  • Bilateral cooperation initiatives are limited to a maximum grant of 5 500 euros per proposal, which can be supported at the maximum rate of 90% of the eligible costs.
  • In duly justified cases the maximum amounts referred to above may be exceeded.

Eligibility Criteria

Promoters of bilateral cooperation initiatives shall comply with the general conditions of access to the Programme set out in the Rules of the Programme, particularly concerning administrative and eligibility criteria. Apart from these, applications must also observe the following specific conditions:

  • Each Promoter may receive support to a maximum of two bilateral cooperation initiatives under this call. Proposals under this call shall not be considered for the purpose of the limitation of applications to other types of projects to be supported by the Programme;
  • Besides Portuguese NGOs, entities from
  • Donor States are also eligible as promoters of bilateral cooperation initiatives when participating in events organised by the Fund Operator;
  • At least one entity from Donor States, International or intergovernmental organization relevant to achieving the cooperation objectives, must participate as partners in any initiative;
  • Portuguese entities which are not NGOs may also participate in bilateral cooperation initiatives as eligible partners.

How to Apply

Application process includes the following steps:

  • Applicants must go through pre-registration process.
  • Once pre-registered, applicants may access their area.
  • After the application is submitted, applicants will be required to print and send by letter a duly signed waiver, made available in their area, via post.

For more information, please visit Cidadania Ativa Programme.

Human Rights Monitoring Institute: Fund for Bilateral Relations under NGO Programme Lithuania

Deadline: 1 July 2016

Human Rights Monitoring Institute is seeking proposals from organisations for Fund for Bilateral Relations within the NGO Programme Lithuania with an aim to strengthen civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development, strengthened bilateral relations between Lithuania and the Donor States.


  • Thematic focus of the Programme in promotion of democracy and human rights principles
  • Special attention to all forms of intolerance and discrimination
  • Empowerment of vulnerable groups

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a legal entity registered in Lithuania.
  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization.
  • Applicant’s members must not have any commercial interest in the outcome of the work of the organisation or of its commercial activities and should not pursue their commercial or professional interests. Trade and professional associations are not eligible applicants.
  • Applicant organisation is voluntary in nature, created by groups or individuals upon their free will, usually involving volunteering or its features in its activities.
  • Applicant must be acting in the public arena and for the public good on concerns and issues related to the well-being of people, groups or society as a whole.
  • Applicant, which is membership-based, must have transparent structures and an elected chair / board, and must be accountable to its members and donors.
  • Applicant must be independent of local, regional and national government and other public authorities.
  • Applicant must not be a political party and must be independent of political parties.
  • Applicant must be independent of commercial organizations.
  • Applicant must not be religious institution or community. Faith-based organizations and national Red-Cross societies can be considered eligible applicants as long as they meet other eligibility criteria.
  • Applicant must not be bankrupt or in the process of bankruptcy, or the process of reorganization or liquidation.
  • Applicant must not have any unpaid tax debts to state or municipality budgets or the social security fund.
  • Applicant must not have been found guilty by a final judgment of criminal offences related to the use of funds from EEA and Norway Financial mechanisms or EU structural funds, or other public funds.
  • Applicant must not provide false or misleading information in the application and its supporting documents, as well as should not conceal any information including that about conflict of interest.
  • Applicant must have been active for at least one year and must have at least one year of experience in the specific area, in which it wishes to implement a bilateral initiative.
  • Applicant must possess and in case of necessity be able to provide evidence of sufficient project management and professional experience in the field of the project application.
  • Applicant must not make or attempt to make any direct or indirect influence on representatives of NGO Programme Operator or Financial Mechanism Office during the entire period of implementation of the NGO Programme Lithuania.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application forms via given website.

For more information, please visit Lithuania Bilateral Funds.

NGO Programme in Slovenia: Apply for the Bilateral Fund!

Deadline: 31 March 2016

Applications are open for the Bilateral Fund under the NGO programme in Slovenia to strengthen civil society development and enhance contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

Bilateral Funds is to strengthen the bilateral relations between the donor and beneficiary countries and will contribute to strengthen the cooperation between the donor and the beneficiary states in the areas of mutual interest.


The Programme aims at:

  • Supporting deficit areas (areas and activities that are underfunded in comparison to other fields of activity)
  • Supporting organizational development of NGOs and ideas with the long-term perspective
  • Addressing current concrete problems in the society (e.g. youth unemployment, decrease in participatory democracy, migrant workers, increasing poverty, etc.)

Funding Information: Within the Bilateral Fund in Slovenia, there are 16.235 € available.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations eligible for funding within the Bilateral Fund are project promoters from Slovenia, who are implementing projects under the NGO Programme in partnership with organizations from the donor countries at the moment of filling of the application for funding.
  • Also organizations from the donor states who are acting as partners in supported projects under the NGO Programme are eligible for application.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their applications at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit NGO Programme for Funds for Bilateral Relations.

Bodossaki Foundation: Calling for Bilateral Initiatives for NGOs Fund Programme

Deadline: 29 February 2016

The Bodossaki Foundation, in its capacity as the Fund Operator for the European Economic Area (EEA) Grants NGO Fund Programme in Greece “We are all Citizens”, announces the first call for bilateral initiatives under measure (b) between the project promoters of the Programme and entities from the Donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

This call aims to support the networking, exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and best practice between project promoters on the one hand and entities from the Donor states on the other hand.

The overall objective of the NGO Programme is to strengthen civil society development and to enhance the contribution of NGOs to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.


Bilateral cooperation aims at:

  • Widening the extent of cooperation between Greece and the Donor states
  • Contributing to the achievement of shared results
  • Increasing knowledge and mutual understanding

Expected Outcomes

  • Advocacy and watchdog role developed
  • Provision of welfare and basic services to defined target groups increased
  • Democratic values, including human rights, promoted
  • Strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector promoted

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scope and value of the initiative proposed
  • Expected results on the capacity building of applicant
  • Sustainability of bilateral cooperation
  • Return on investment (value for money)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants are NGOs established in Greece which aim to act as project promoters and entities from the Donor states, which aim to act as project partners.
  • the application was submitted on time.
  • the application was submitted by an eligible applicant.
  • the application was accompanied by all required supporting documents.
  • the application and budget forms were completed correctly.
  • the required grant does not exceed the maximum grant size.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit We are all Citizens.

The 2015 PEFC Collaboration Fund Competition: Up to 40,000 CHF Project Funding

Deadline: 4 April 2015

The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) International invites proposals for 2015 PEFC Collaboration Fund Competition. The PEFC Collaboration Fund extends its support to encourage locally relevant advancements in the sustainable management of forests.

The PEFC Collaboration Fund seeks to support members and partner organizations in their dedicated efforts to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world. The maximum range of the funding amount is 40,000 CHF.

Eligibility Criteria

  • PEFC members and other non-profit organizations can submit proposals. Project partners may also include private and public sector organizations.

Application Process

  • Proposals can request a PEFC contribution of anything up to 40,000 CHF and should have a project timeframe up to two years.
  • Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% additional co-funding from other sources within the overall project budget.
  • All proposals must be submitted using the Fund’s application form which can b downloaded from the website.

For more information, please visit: PEFC.

The State of Fundraising for Women and Girls


Fundraising for prospective institutional donors for women and girls’ programs can be an overwhelming process and many NGOs don’t know where to start. We’ve gathered up the key facts that will guide your fundraising strategy and help to kick-start your projects.

If you’re looking for the leading donors of women and girl’s projects then a great place to start is the Foundation Centre’s Research into recent trends in the sector. It includes figures from around the globe as well as details on the leading donors.

Top Ten Donors

  1. Ford Foundation
  2. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
  3. Huber Foundation
  4. Open Society Foundations
  5. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
  6. NoVo Foundation
  7. Sigrid Rausing Trust
  8. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  9. Global Fund for Women
  10. Oak Foundation

The top ten donors provided a little over USD $115 million in total with the Global Fund for Women offering the most grants with 591 projects around the world.

Research also showed that more than 40% of funding for women and girls was directed to NGOs in North America. Sub-Saharan Africa was second with 16%, Latin America third with 13%, Asia-Pacific fourth with 8% and Eastern Europe rounding out the top five. The Caribbean received the lowest amount of financial assistance with just 1%.

Do you want to learn more about fundraising for women and girls?

The next fundsforNGOs webinar will cover the Donor Landscape and major funders supporting programs for women and girls- including bilaterals, foundations in the US and Europe, and multilaterals. Research techniques will highlight ways to find new donors and introduce resources dedicated specifically on giving to women and girls. The webinar will also detail successful application strategies from networking to proposal writing, including overcoming the challenge of fundraising for a cross cutting issue.

Register now for Webinar on “Grant Fundraising for Women and Girls”.  

We are all Citizens Bilateral Initiatives Proposals from Greece, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Deadline: 28 February 2014

We are all Citizens is accepting proposals for Bilateral Initiatives under Bilateral Fund from non-government organizations in Greece, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The grant is seed money that refers to the development of project partnerships in view for provision of welfare and basic services to defined target groups increased; and advocacy and watchdog role developed. Organizations in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein should act as the donor partners on the activities under the grant.

Applicants should fill in the application form that can be found in the Program website and any supporting documents must be submitted electronically via the Program website. The maximum grant size is € 3.000 per initiative.  The funding may cover fees and travel costs for participation in meetings; travel costs for study trips; travel and salary costs for visits by experts; costs related to feasibility studies and preparation of financial and economic analysis; promotional and information activities; purchase of data necessary for the preparation of the application; and external consultancy fees.

Eligibility Criteria –

  • NGOs established in Greece which aim to act as project promoters and entities from the Donor states (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), which aim to act as project partners are eligible to apply.
  • The proposed activities may take place in Greece and/or the Donor state (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) where the potential project partner is located.
  • Applications must be substantiated with all necessary documentation for their proper evaluation, including without limiting, detailed descriptions of the objectives and the activities, proof of contact with potential partner from the Donor states or Greek NGO, etc.
  • NGOs established in Greece are also required to submit the statute of the organization, a tax clearance certificate and a national/social insurance liabilities clearance certificate.

For more information, please visit the Call for Proposals for Bilateral Initiatives page.

Top 10 Largest Donors of Foreign Aid in the World

In 2012 western countries continued to be the biggest suppliers of Foreign Aid, with the United States providing nearly double the investment than the next largest donor.



Economic Aid – Donor
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Are you surprised by the results? Should developed countries be doing more to support developing ones? Let us know in the comments.

Free Mango Guide to Preparing and Implementing Budgets

budget calculationEvery NGO and every project needs to have a budget. A budget describes the money that an organisation plans to raise and spend for a set purpose over a given period of time.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

The budget plays an important role in every stage of NGO work: planning new work, raising funds, implementing activities, monitoring work and evaluation.

The programme cycle and the financial cycle go hand in hand.

Writing a budget involves answering a number of questions, that can only be answered byprogramme staff and finance staff working together: They start with plans and goals, not numbers:

1.            What objectives are we trying to achieve?

2.            What activities will be involved in achieving these objectives?

3.            What resources will we need to carry out these activities?

4.            What will these resources cost?

5.            Where will the funds come from? What will the source be?

6.            Is the result realistic?

This might look like hard work, but we actually work through these questions every day, when we handle our own personal money. You can see a short illustrated example here: Rudi goes to the cinema.

A good format to start with is a detailed budget worksheet that can later be summarised or re-coded to match donor formats as needed. After the budget has been prepared it needs to be approved by the Board and / or donors.

Implementing the Budget

The person with the responsibility for implementing a budget is called a ‘Budget Holder’, and is usually a Programme or Project Manager, not a finance person.

They use the budget to guide the implementation, checking BEFORE spending that items are budgeted for, and allocating expenditure to appropriate budget lines.

Budget holders should focus on delivering the project objectives within the total budget rather than on spending all the cash outlined in the budget.

Over or under spending within reasonable limits is not a problem as long as there are good explanations (but check your grant conditions, as some can be more restrictive than others).

Read the full guide and download a template budget spreadsheet from award-winning UK registered charity Mango here.

How to identify NGO Funding Opportunities amongst Bilateral Agencies

There are several sources of grant opportunities available for NGOs from government to grantmaking foundations to multilaterals and to bilateral. Bilateral agencies are official aid agencies of developed countries providing financial assistance to NGOs and governmental agencies in developing countries. Although a substantial part of this aid is reserved for governments in developing countries, yet the official policies of many of these bilateral agencies require mandatory allocation of budgets for supporting civil society organizations directly. NGOs often ignore this potential source of funding and here we are providing some guidance information on how to identify this funding and apply for support.

In order to first understand the source of funding available with bilateral donor agencies, it is important to know what are the different types of these agencies and whether any of them work in your country or not. Most of the developed countries (and more recently emerging economies like China and India) have bilateral agencies that coordinate aid and provide financial support to NGO and government beneficiaries across poor and developing nations around the world. But not all bilateral agencies actively conduct grant programs for NGOs. However, those that have official funding schemes with regular policies for offering financial aid to civil society are discussed below.

Many of these bilaterals have formidable names and operate under the name of “Development Cooperation” mostly out of the embassies of their countries. Their small and medium-sized grants are targeted to address issues related poverty, health, nutrition, human rights, gender, peace and conflict etc. depending upon the country strategies and policies in place.

Some of the bilateral agencies we are going to discuss are: AusAID, CIDA, DANIDA, JICA, SIDA, UKaid and of course, the largest among them all, the USAID.