UN Trust Fund 2013 Call for Proposals for Small Grants

The United Nations (UN) Trust Fund is accepting applications for its Small Grants Programme under the Second Decade Call for Proposals for the year 2013. The fund provides grants for projects with a budget of up to US $10,000 covering one year’s expenses.

The UN Trust Fund is inviting indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples to apply for this grant opportunity. The Fund will give priority to projects that focus on the areas of health (physical and mental well-being) and education (such as language revitalization). The proposals will be assessed by the Bureau of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2013 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter.

The main aim of the Trust Fund is to support programs and projects advancing the goal of the Second International Decade to “Strengthen international cooperation for the solution of problems faced by indigenous peoples in such areas as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, social and economic development, by means of action-oriented programs and specific projects, increased technical assistance and relevant standard-setting activities.”

The Small Grants Programme for the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples of the United Nations Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues was established in 2004 to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade.

Proposals have to be submitted in the given application form. The deadline for submission is 1 October 2012. For more information, visit this link.

Guidance material on how to apply and write proposals to this grant opportunity:

Disclaimer: The guidance material provided in the following link is an unofficial piece of information which is neither complete or accurate. Readers are advised to use this information as a basic framework to build ideas for developing a good proposal.


  1. baby & family care society says:

    Dear sir/ Madam,
    where the general guidelines please?
    please tell us if Egypt available in this fund?

  2. patrick Ongom Komakeh says:

    Dear sir/ Madam,
    I write on behalf of Paidha Orphans and Vulnerable Children Organisation (POVCO).
    POVCO is currenly supporting a few number of youth programmes in the district due to limited funds. We hope in the future, if more fund is got, a lot of youths project will be supported.

    These also will be the same as women groups. About reproductive health, marriage, employment, and social security.

    In the area of governance and human rights observance, POVCO is implementing a program for the promotion of children and youth in music industry. The programme is being piloted in Paidha and other parishes in Zombo district respectively. Other pilot programme is focusing on empowering girls-drop out from schools in saloning business by training them on technical know-how-beauty peagent.

    Yours sincerely,
    Patrick Ongom Komakech
    POVCO Executive Director
    +256 (0)772427009

  3. Mher Mushtaq Hussain says:

    Dear publisher,fundsforngos
    Life Development Foundation (LDF) is a non-profit organization. LDF is working in the areas of health,nutrition, education, human rights and water & sanitation in Pakistan especially southern and backward areas of Punjab and Sind.LDF is interested to start ECE (Early childhood education) programme in remote areas of Khushab and Bhawalnagar (those are arid areas in Punjab) Moreover also want to start project on safe drinking water to communities of these remote areas. We have need your kind guidance how we can apply for this fund.

  4. Egolet Roberts says:

    Lynn Rosen, hereby wish to introduce to you local NGO in Malawi central Africa, working in the central region locations namely; Participatory Rural Development Organizatio

    Participatory Rural Development Organization (PRDO)


    Brief PRDO Background
    Participatory Rural Development Organization, a non profit organization, registered under Trustees Incorporation Act, 1962, NGO Board of Malawi and an affiliate of Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi.
    PRDO started project office officially in Kasungu in the year 2000 and later expanded to Dowa, Mchinji, Salima and Lilongwe districts.

    Our target beneficiaries include all vulnerable communities especially women and children. PRDO addresses key poverty issues in the community through a Rights Based Approach to development, aimed at empowering the poor and excluded to fully realize their rights and engage with duty bearers to attain these rights by working in four key themes namely:
    Basic Education
    Food Security and Nutrition
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
    Gender, HIV/AIDS, Governance and relief are mainstreamed in all its projects and programmes.

    PRDO has its main offices located in Lilongwe, SFFRFM Campus, Salima Road, Ground Floor next to DAPP in Kanengo and district project offices in Mponela, Mchinji and Salima districts.

    Mission Statement;
    Contribute effectively and efficiently to sustainable improvements of the living standards of the people of Malawi especially children and women through self help projects based on their priorities, needs and capabilities aiming directly at alleviation of poverty

    Vision; Sustain partnership with the communities where we work to facilitate in the timeliest, in a responsive manner the mobilisation of resources for poverty alleviation through sustainable social and economic development for all people/Malawians.

    Overall Objectives:
    1. To facilitate provision of quality basic education for every child especially orphans and vulnerable children in an effective and efficient manner
    2. To improve access to safe water supply and sanitation facilities, knowledge of key hygiene practices and increased community capacity to recognise and act on its rights and responsibilities in relation to development, gender, HIV/AIDS, environmental management
    3. To support the improvement of livelihoods and capacities of poor and marginalized households.
    4. To strengthen adequate access to care, support, protection, development and impact mitigation for Orphans, Vulnerable children and People Living with HIV/AIDS to provide them with an environment in which they realise their full rights and potentials.

    PRDO involves rights based approach methods in its programs that include active participation of the beneficiaries with special focus on their priorities, needs and capabilities aiming directly at alleviation of poverty in the rural areas.
    PRDO has got a Board of trustees with 7 members and is headed by a Director, who presently is Emily Banda has a total of 13 staff members The organisation has in place “Conditions of Service which applies to employees unless otherwise stipulated e.g. their contract. All staff is contractual.
    The organisation does a yearly staff appraisal. This is the responsibility of the director. The director is appraised by the board of trustees.
    PRDO will continue to create conducive environment by capacity building of its staff, review meeting with its stakeholders and promoting occasional international meetings.
    Summary of Achievements

    PRDO does not only play an advocacy role but also make provision of the following


    • Construction of Class room blocks to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for both teachers and learners.
    • Construction of teachers’ houses in rural areas to promote deployment and retention of teachers especially female in the rural areas so as to act as role models to the rural girls.
    • Construction of special needs resource centres to support service delivery to children with special needs
    • Construction of Early Childhood Development Centres and provision of Vita meal (nutritious porridge, one meal per day) with an aim of providing early learning and stimulation, proper health and nutrition, adequate water, hygiene and sanitation services, adequate preparation of primary school including play materials and space.
    • Construction of school sanitary facilities including latrines, urinals, hand-washing facilities to decrease the incidence of water and sanitation related diseases in schools, reduce absenteeism and drop out rates especially for girls,
    • Provision of teaching and learning materials and equipment to schools like desks, books, special needs materials like talking computers, embossers and many other Braille materials
    • Training of itinerant teachers to mainstream inclusive learning in schools
    • Provision of water supply services in schools through boreholes to provide safe, clean water in schools.
    • Setting up a welfare /hardship fund to support the qualified Special Needs Education Teachers in Dowa district given the fact the entire District has a total of only 5 teachers to serve nineteen education zones comprising of 234 schools in the district.
    • Annual support to vulnerable children through provision of school learning materials, uniform, food items and school shoes.
    • Gender sensitive and child centred teaching and learning methodologies with an overall objective to create a conducive teaching and learning environment for both teachers and learners and also reduce drop out rates for learners especially girls.
    • Advocacy Campaign on Absenteeism with aim to reduce absenteeism and drop out rates for pupils and teachers and also build the capacity of school management committees, PTAs, Religious leaders, traditional leaders and political leaders to effectively participate in school management.
    • Global Campaign for Education, Child Labour Day, National Day for Education activities to advocate for quality education in Malawi, increased resource allocation to the Education sector and improved community participation.
    • Provision of sustainable safe water supply in the communities in order to reduce incidences of water borne diseases, the burden of walking distances with regards to water collection, especially for women and children and also improve hygiene practices in general at household level and at community, awareness for behavioural change. This is through provision of new boreholes and also rehabilitation of old ones.
    • Provision of household sanitary facilities including latrines, hand washing facilities, dish racks so as to improve access to and sustained use of sanitation facilities, knowledge of key hygiene practices and corresponding behaviour change, leading to reduction of water borne diseases
    • Capacity building of villages through setting up of management committees and trainings in Community Based Management, Water point Caretaking, Village Health Water Management, Leadership, Fundraising and sustainability of water sources, Hygiene education
    • Advocacy campaign of four key hygiene practice areas in all the targeted communities.
     World Water Day and Environment day activities to advocate for provision of sustainable and use of safe water supply, sanitary facilities so as to reduce cases of Cholera and other preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and bilharzias through Improving Waste Management, Sanitation, Health and Hygiene.

    Livelihoods (Food Security, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and Gender)

     Watershed and Livelihoods improvement project through construction of gabions, check dams, provision of Income Generating activities through micro loans and livestock, trainings in group dynamics, leadership, entrepreneurship and book keeping
     Has improved and provided market infrastructure in Mponela and Dowa thereby increasing access to markets and also contributing to the district’s economy.
     The poor people especially those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS have their welfare improved through increased care and dietary intake of micro nutrients at household level through training and demonstrations by supporting production and utilization of indigenous fruits, vegetables, legumes, oilseed crops, staples and livestock.
     Trained beneficiaries on nutrition, six food groups and the importance of observing nutritious foods especially for the HIV/AIDS patients.
     Mounted cookery demonstrations at community level on utilization and preservation of vegetables and other nutritious foods.
     Trained and distributed agricultural kits and livestock to beneficiary households targeting home based care groups/communities.
     Provision of Bicycle ambulances to increase access to VCT, ART and other opportunistic diseases treatment for HIV affected and infected people.
     Has advocated for the right to Food and Health through participation in World Food Day and World Health Day Activities.
     Has promoted Gender and Human rights in all its project activities

    For more information:

    PRDO Malawi
    Postal Box X166
    Post Dot Net

    Phone: +265 1 711 703
    Fax: +265 1 711701
    Mobile: +265 99 408 1772

  5. Md. Kamrul Hossain says:

    Dear Publisher
    We are very much interested to apply for fund. It will be highly appreciated if you please send us details regarding fund

    Md. Kamrul Hossain


  6. Robert Thawe says:

    Village Sustainable Project[VSP] is a Non Governmental Organisation that deals with the rural poor in trying to health them come out of that situation by helping them with food security ideas by inroducing them to mordern farming technics and envirnmental protection.
    We further teach them on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and how dangerous it was to involve themselves in poligamous marriges and how to leave a health life.

    We have formed groups in the villages through the influacial people like chief nd headmen to assist in the organisation of such group.What we lack is financial support which would appreciate if you came on board.

  7. Topoth Charles Angella says:

    Dear publisher,fundsforngos,
    It will be a great opportunity that i am getting introduced and encouraged to share this with a number of friends from the ‘Poverty Frontiers’.
    Will keep plugged for your updates.
    Thanks once more,
    Topoth Charles Aŋella

  8. Lynn Rosen says:

    Lynn’s Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization.We have a grant to submit.How do we do this?

    Lynn Rosen
    Executive Director of Lynn’s Kids Foundation

  9. Prof. Ola Makinwa says:

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  10. Nvirimbi Charles Kalule says:

    This is good for African countries. I would like to ask whether is funding in the areas of waste management for sustainability for developing countries. Secondly, i participated in the development of US 851:2009 Garages services – General guidelines for service, maintenance and repair of vehicles and related equipment. I had draft the awareness budget program requesting for funding to care out the training for different stakeholders from over the country.
    I therefore seek for any funding from our office.
    Yours faithfully,
    Charles Kalule N

  11. Mr. Sallah says:

    I am the national coordinator for Biodiversity Action Journalists-The Gambia “An environmental Journalists Organization legally registered and operating since last year. We have total membership of 40 practising journlists from the print, radio,online and bloggers across the country.
    However, we have not yet benefited from any funding be it national or international, all the small activities we are implemented came from our individual contributions.
    I am therefore onbehalf of our members and the management committee i write to inquire and seek advice on how to obtain funding support from your Foundation to help us achieve our target goals.


  12. Simon Mdende says:

    Please assist me on getting application form electronically

  13. Etou Janet Abaka says:

    We are a Community Based Organization(CBO) carrying Functional Adult Education, Child care, welfare and protection( children’s rights)and women empowerment in the slums of Kamwokya, Katanga and Kisaasi in the Urban city of Kampala- Uganda. This can promote our work if successful
    Janet Coordinator