EU-Eritrea: Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organisations & Local Authorities

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its thematic programme “Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities” to strengthen civil society organisations’ and local authorities’ contribution to governance and development processes.

The programme is divided into two lots:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs (EUR 950 000): To support and strengthen CSOs’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, services providers and agents in policy processes, in coordination with the country’s relevant stakeholders, in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisation
    • youth empowerment;
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work;
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling.
  • To foster CSOs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European CSOs) and with LAs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen CSOs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.
  • LOT 2 – LAs (EUR 300 000): To support LAas’ capacity to perform their roles as development actors, service and welfare providers, and promoters of inclusive and sustainable growth at the local level (according to their institutional mandate) in the areas of:
    • support to children, women, people with disability and other vulnerable groups
    • gender equality
    • education
    • health
    • food security and sustainable natural resources management
    • water and sanitation
    • culture, media and information
    • cultural and natural heritage
    • interfaith dialogue and prevention of radicalisations
    • youth empowerment
    • economic empowerment for disadvantaged groups and populations segments out of mainstream services
    • decent work and rights at work
    • migration and fight to trafficking and smuggling
  • To foster LAs’ cooperation with similar entities (eg with other Eritrean, African and European LAs) and with CSOs in-country and abroad and/or to strengthen LAs’ cooperation with international and regional intergovernmental organisations.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • LOT 1 – CSOs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 500 000
  • LOT 2 – LAs
    • minimum amount: EUR 150 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 300 000

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person or an entity without legal personality
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, , local authority
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in the State of Eritrea or in another EU partner countries, as follows:
      • developing countries that are included in the list of recipients of ODA established by the OECD/DAC including countries and territories falling within the scope of Council Decision 2013/755/EU on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union (‘Overseas Association Decision’)
      • countries that are signatories to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, including South Africa
      • countries eligible for the European Development Fund
      • countries eligible for Union funding under the European Neighbourhood Instrument established by Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (the ‘European Neighbourhood Instrument’) including the Russian Federation.
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

Nominations Open for Youth Week Awards 2016!

Deadline: 18 April 2016

Nominations are open for Youth Week Awards 2016, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions that young people make to community and through their significant impact on others.

Award Categories

  • Change Maker – LGBTI: For young people who have created positive change in, or for, the LGBTI community.
    • Change Maker – Cultural: For young people who have created positive change to foster cultural understanding in their community.
    • Change Maker – Community Safety: For young people who have created positive change, resulting in a safer environment for young people in their community.
  • Leadership: The Leadership Award will be awarded to a young person who has demonstrated their leadership in a project or organisation.
  • Giving Back: The Giving Back Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions address a current need and have had a significant impact on their community.
  • Working for Youth: The Working for Youth Award will be awarded to a young person whose actions specifically support other young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.
  • Youth With Disability: The Youth with Disability Award will be awarded to a young person with a disability who has made significant contribution to the disability sector and/or their community.
  • Youth Group: The Youth Group Award will be awarded to a group of young people who have made significant contribution to their community in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport.
  • Youth Champion: The Youth Champion Award will be awarded to an individual or an organisation who has made significant contribution to young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, education, the environment, health, research or sport.

Key Dates

  • Youth Week | Ara Taiohi : 21st – 29th May 2016
  • Youth Awards Gala: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be currently living, and have lived in New Zealand for the past 12 months or more.
  • Have participated in the activities they have been nominated for within the past 12 months.
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability and Youth Group awards: have participated in activites they were nominated for outside of their regular study or work commitments.
  • For Change Maker (LGBTI and/or Cultural and/or Community Safety), Leadership, Giving Back, Working for Youth, Youth with Disability and Youth Group awards: be aged between 12 and 24 at the beginning of Youth Week on 21st May 2016.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Week Awards.

U.S. Mission to Niger: Integrated Gender Equality Advancement Program

Deadline: 23 May 2016

The United States Embassy is seeking applications from qualified Nigerien local organizations for a program entitled “Niger Integrated Gender Equality Advancement: Empowering Adolescent Girls for a more Prosperous and Stable Life” that will contribute to the U.S. Mission’s efforts in promoting gender equality with an aim to address the needs and challenges of adolescent girls, including those with physical disabilities, within a positive, nurturing and supportive environment.

The program will help to empower vulnerable adolescent girls to become change agents in their communities through capacity building and leadership development trainings.

Objectives

  • Provide opportunities and growth experiences that will enable participants to become independent, self-sufficient and confident young women.
  • Provide assistance to adolescents with physical, visual and hearing disabilities to reach their full potential.
  • Create a network for adolescent girls to ensure sustainability.

Funding Information: Approximate total funding is 850,000 US dollars.

Activities

  • Empowering adolescents with physical, visual and hearing disabilities
  • Changing the mindset of adolescent girls
  • Youth Resource Centers
  • Vocational training

Eligibility Criteria

  • Local Nigerien Non-Governmental Organizations are eligible to apply
  • Funds will be allocated to more than one recipients based on the proposed activities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Niger Integrated Gender Equality Advancement.

USAID/Macedonia: Strengthening the Capacity and Services of Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development in Macedonia (USAID/Macedonia) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Macedonian organisations to propose innovating and effective approach to increase the participation of people with disabilities (PWD) in USAID programs/activities and to strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

People with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty. Women and girls with disabilities often experience heightened discrimination on account of gender and disability. Due to stigma, discrimination and inaccessibility, people with disabilities are less likely to access basic services such as education, employment and healthcare. The lack of access to vital services and programs contributes to their marginalization and exclusion, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

Areas of Interest

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities; and
  • Strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Funding Information

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s). Programs will be fund in two categories:

  • Small fund programs: Ranging from $150,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs Ranging from $300,000 to $600,000

Review Criteria

USAID/Macedonia will review applications based on the following criteria:

  • Represents a pressing need in country and/or demonstrates a clear linkage with USAID Mission priorities
  • Sound technical approach and likely to contribute to sustainable and institutional change
  • Substantial involvement of and direct benefit to persons with disabilities
  • Thoughtful integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Sound monitoring, evaluation and opportunities for learning

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or Macedonian entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Non-DPO organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications. However, resultant award to these organizations may be significantly delayed if USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Public International Organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application forms electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

Three Grant Programs by Disability Rights Fund: Apply for Round One!

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is seeking applications for its three grant programs to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

DRF supports Disabled Persons Organizations in the developing world to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

DRF’s Guiding Principles

  • Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, and independence of persons
  • Non-discrimination
  • Full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Accessibility
  • Equality between men and women
  • Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Haiti, Malawi, Myanmar, Indonesia

Grant Programs

  • Small Grants: Single organizations or partnerships
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants: Sub-national (state, regional, provincial, district) DPO-led coalitions
  • National Coalition grants: National DPO-led coalitions

Please visit next page for detailed information on the three grant programs.

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National Coalition Funding Stream: Supporting Advancement of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The National Coalition Funding Stream supports advancement of the CRPD at national levels through lobbying for legislative changes (including but not limited to CRPD ratification), monitoring and reporting on implementation of the CRPD or other international human rights mechanisms, or following up on the recommendations made by UN human rights mechanisms to States in regard to implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

In addition, this funding stream supports national-level coalitions to advocate that national development programs, policies, legislation and frameworks are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals   include persons with disabilities.

 This stream is intended for organizations that are prominent in the disability movement at the country level.  Because of the importance of joint advocacy at this level, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded.

Priority Areas

Development of a national platform to work on:

  • Ratification of the CRPD and/or the Optional Protocol (where not ratified)
  • Passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD
  • Production of and/or follow up to alternative reports to the CRPD Committee
  • Production of and/or follow up to reports submitted to other UN human rights monitoring mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council or to other Committees of Experts from other human rights treaties
  • Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  • Advocacy to ensure formal inclusion of DPO representatives in national governmental implementation and/or monitoring of the CRPD

Funding Information: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000–50,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 100,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • National Coalitions of three or more organizations where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO may submit applications.
  • Applications from National Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO with national scope on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Applicant organizations will be responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant.
  • National umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can send their complete application forms for all the three grant programs at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Disability Rights Fund.

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Mid-Level Coalition Funding Stream: Supporting Civil Society and Addressing the Rights of PWDs

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Mid-Level Coalition Funding Stream supports civil society coalitions at sub-national levels to ensure that national legislation and policy addressing the rights of PWDs is implemented at these levels, including through establishment of budgets.

In addition, this funding stream supports sub-national level coalitions to advocate that sub-national development programs, policies and plans are inclusive of persons with disabilities and to ensure that efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals include all persons with disabilities.

Mid-Level Coalition grants enable grantees to collaborate at state (in a federal system), provincial, regional, or district levels. Because of the importance of joint advocacy at these levels, only coalitions of three or more organizations will be funded.

Priority Areas

Development of a State (or regional, provincial or district) platform to work on:

  • Passage of specific legislation or policy at the sub-national level to accord with the CRPD
  • Advocacy to national or international agencies responsible for development planning to ensure that national action plans and programs aiming to implement the SDGs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and use the CRPD as a guiding document
  • Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the CRPD at the sub-national level
  • Advocacy for governmental budgetary measures to implement the SDGs at the sub-national level

Funding Information: Grant amounts will range from USD 30,000–40,000 per year (USD 60,000 to 80,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Mid-Level Coalitions of three or more organizations, where the Coalition is conceived and led by a DPO, may submit applications.
  • Applications from Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO on behalf of the Coalition.
  • Applicant organizations will be responsible for coordinating the Coalition and managing the grant.

Umbrella organizations or federations are considered one organization for the purposes of this application and therefore, must form a Coalition with other organizations to be eligible.

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Small Grants Funding Stream: Strengthening the Capacity of Persons with Disability

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Small Grants Funding Stream helps organizations to build a broader movement to advance the CRPD at state and local levels.  Organizations can use funds from DRF to strengthen the capacity of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to participate more actively in decision-making processes in CRPD implementation and monitoring or to advocate for the advancement of rights defined in specific articles of the CRPD.

In addition, this funding stream supports DPOs to participate in and influence decision-making processes related to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals   to ensure development efforts include all persons with disabilities.

Priority Areas

  • Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Regarding the CRPD at State or Local Levels
  • Increasing DPO Participation in Decision-Making Processes Related to Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Addressing Implementation of CRPD Articles
  • Addressing Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Funding Information: Small Grants are one-year grants ranging between USD 5,000-20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The following types of organizations may submit applications for projects of one-year duration:

  • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of PWDs) acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof)
  • Partnerships among DPOs

Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner)

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USAID/Madagascar: Promoting Inclusive Development by Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization

Deadline: 1 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Madagascar (USAID/Madagascar) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to apply for Disability Funding to increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Projects may be stand-alone, targeted programs to benefit persons with disabilities, or they can be projects/activities that seek to mainstream persons with disabilities within existing USAID/Madagascar programs.

Objectives

  • Increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities; and
  • Strengthen the capacity and leadership of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities; herein referred to as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Funding Information

This is a world-wide funding opportunity however; USAID/Madagascar is limited to a maximum, funding available for awards is approximately $6,000,000.  Programs will be fund in two categories:

  • Small fund proposal: Ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund proposal: Ranging from $300,000 – $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations working in Madagascar are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID are encouraged to submit applications. Prior to award USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations. This process may significantly delay start up so organizations should take this into account and plan their implementation dates and activities accordingly.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Promoting Inclusive Development in Madagascar.

Apply for 17th Annual Charity Awards 2016! Inviting Charities of all Shapes and Sizes throughout UK

Deadline: 4 March 2016

Applications are open for 17th Annual Charity Awards 2016 to ‘identify and recognize excellence in charity management’ with the judges looking for ‘great ideas, well executed’.

The aim of the award is to share best practices that can be replicated across the country, helping charities to further the positive impact they make on their communities.

Regarded as the most prestigious event in the voluntary sector calendar, The Charity Awards is the first and longest running awards launched to recognize and celebrate best practice and excellence in the UK charity sector. Known for its rigorous judging process, The Charity Awards represent the highest accolade for winners.

Why Participate?

The awards:

  • Demonstrate your strong support for the Uk charity sector’s most inspiring work.
  • Enhance your profile to best-practice charities of all shapes and sizes
  • Meet new clients and/or entertain your key stakeholders

Award Categories

  • Advice, Support and Campaigning
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Childre and Youth,
  • Disability
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Grantmaking and Funding
  • Healthcare and Medical Research
  • International Aid and Development
  • Education and Training
  • Social Care and Welfare
  • Overall Winner
  • Outstanding Achievemt Award

Program Highlights

  • Acongregation of top inspiring sector leaders under one roof
  • Recognition of outstanding achievements & best practice in the sector
  • Star-studded evening with an impressive roaster of celebrities
  • All-night networking opportunities
  • Fabulous gala dinner

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply by filling and downloading the entry form given on the website.

For more information, please visit Charity Awards 2016.