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USAID/South Sudan: Livelihoods, Vulnerability and Resilience Program

Deadline: 10 October 2016

United States Agency for International Development Mission in South Sudan (USAID/South Sudan)  is seeking concept papers from qualified applicants for USAID’s Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Resilience Program (LVRP) Annual Program Statement (APS) with an aim to disseminate the necessary information to enable prospective applicants to apply for funding to support USAID’s goal of improving livelihoods in conflict affected areas of South Sudan with stressed and crisis levels of food insecurity.

The goal of LVRP is to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable households and communities, leading in the long term to a reduction in need for humanitarian assistance, as well as reduced poverty, household hunger, and acute malnutrition.

Under this program, USAID/South Sudan prioritizes the most conflict-affected states of South Sudan that are stable enough to begin early livelihood recovery interventions.

Objectives

  • To restore and diversify household level livelihoods
  • To strengthen the resilience of community and inter-communal systems
  • To improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition conditions in order to strengthen household level livelihoods and community resilience.

Funding Information

  • USAID/South Sudan intends to award estimated 1 – 3 cooperative agreements lasting 5 years each of at least $20M per award.
  • USAID will not consider any individual Concept Paper below a minimum of $20M or above a maximum of $70M.

Eligibility Criteria

  • USAID invites Concept Papers from all eligible and qualified entities including: U.S. and non-U.S., nonprofit or for-profit NGOs, or Public International Organizations or international organizations (PIO or IO), respectively.
  • USAID strongly encourages submissions from new and varied partners.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit USAID’s Livelihoods, Vulnerability and Resilience Program.

NIFA: Call for Applications for RREA National Focus Fund Program

Deadline: 3 June 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications from orgnisations for the Renewable Resource Extension Act – National Focus Fund Projects (RREA-NFF) for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to provide for expanded and comprehensive extension programs for forest and rangeland renewable resources at a national, regional, or multi-institutional level.

The RREA-NFF program is to enhance the sustainability of the nation’s forest and rangeland resources and to enable landowners and managers to achieve their desired goals and objectives. These projects must maximize the capacity, reach, and impact of the Cooperative Extension System – Extension Forestry and Rangeland Programs and must directly work across state boundaries to share expertise to address common problems.

Grants Information: The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $300,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may only be submitted by 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions.
  • Project Directors must have an extension appointment.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
  • Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Renewable Resource Extension Act.

World Habitat Awards 2016/17: Rewarding Innovative Solutions to Current Housing Needs & Problems of the World

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is currently inviting individuals/organisation from all over the world to apply for its World Habitat Awards 2016.

The World Habitat Awards is presented at the World Urban Forum and UN-Habitat Governing Council events in April of each year, increasing opportunities for international exposure, networking and dissemination of the award winning approaches. Two awards are given annually to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems. Every year an award of £10,000 is presented to each of the two winners at the World Urban Forum (even years) and UN-Habitat Governing Council (odd years).

Focus Areas

Housing projects and approaches are sought for 2016/17 Award that:

  • demonstrate practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to current housing issues faced by countries all around the world
  • can be transferred or adapted for use as appropriate
  • are already being implemented or are completed ie not at design stage or very early stages of development
  • view the term habitat from a broad perspective and bring other benefits as well, such as energy or water saving, income generation, social inclusion, community and individual empowerment, health benefits, capacity building or education.

Benefits

  • International recognition, awards of £10,000 will be made to each of the two winning projects.
  • Trophies will also be presented to the winning projects, and travel and accommodation costs will be met for one representative of each winning project to attend the awards ceremony.

Key Dates

For the World Habitat Awards 2016/17 cycle:

  • 29th April 2016 – Final deadline for receipt of submissions
  • June 2016 – Notification of shortlisted projects
  • 1st August 2016 – Deadline for further information from shortlisted projects
  • August 2016 to January 2017 – Evaluation of shortlisted projects
  • February 2017 – Announcement of the winners of the World Habitat Awards 2016/17
  • April 2017 – Presentation of the Awards at the UN-Habitat Governing Council

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any individual, organization or government who has an innovative and practical solution to housing needs and problems from any country of the world.
  • More than one entry can be made by the same individual or organization.
  • Entries should relate to housing projects and processes that are either completed or in progress. Those that are at design stage only or in the very early stages of development cannot be considered.
  • Previous entrants can re-submit in subsequent years providing that the project has been further developed in the intervening time period.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Apply for  World Habitat Awards 2016.

Submit Entries for Human Rights Essay Award 2016: Get a Full Scholarship to Attend the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law in Washington

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is currently inviting essay submissions for its Human Rights Essay Award 2016.

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The essay has to be a legal article.

Awardees will receive a full scholarship to attend the program of advanced studies of the Academy and Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Essay Topic

The topic for Human rights Essay Award 2016 is- Extractive Industries and Human Rights.

Prizes

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options.
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington D.C.
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per diem for living expenses
  • The best articles will be published in the American University International Law Review.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates can be from any country who must hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
  • Each participant must also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages in length explaining the experience or interest of the author in human rights issues.
  • Past Winners cannot submit essays in future competitions.

Essay Guidelines

  • Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes.
  • Essays must use Times New Roman font, 12-point double-spaced for the body of the essay and 10-point single-spaced for footnotes.
  • All essays must be on letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches/21.59 x 27.94 cm) with 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins all around.
  • Character spacing must be set to normal.
  • Authors should not put their name or any identifying information in their essays.
  • Essays will only be accepted in Word format
  • Any essay that does not follow the guidelines will be reformatted and 5 points will be taken off. If the essay is longer than 35 pages, it will be automatically disqualified.
  • The essay has to be a legal article; therefore, it will include foot pages and citations. The absence of those will cause that the essay will be disqualified.

How to Apply

Essays must be submitted using the online submission page, no emailed entries will be accepted.

For more information, please visit Essay Competition 2016.

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Apply for Charles Wallace India Trust Awards 2016-17!

Deadline: 30 November 2015

The British Council in India is currently inviting applications from the Indian citizens for the Charles Wallace India Trust Awards 2016-17, with an aim to provide early to mid career practitioners, a chance to study or gain wider experience and exposure.

Priority Areas

CWIT covers the following Arts and Heritage Conservation fields of study:

  1. Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Performance, e.g. Dance, Drama, Music, Directing
    • Film – including Script Writing and Direction
    • Photography
    • Design (but not Architecture)
    • Curating
    • Art History.
  2. Heritage Conservation
    • Conservation architecture
    • Management of heritage projects or sites
    • Conservation of materials such as timber, stone, metal including metal structures, armour, paintings, photographs and film ( internships for painting conservators are sometimes hosted at the TATE conservation department- enquiries to metal structures, armour, paintings, photographs and film)
    • Conservation of landscape
    • Management of museums and collections.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must-

  • be an Indian citizen living in India
  • be aged between 25 and 38
  • have a first degree, diploma or professional qualification in their specialization. CWIT prefers applicants with significant working experience
  • have not received a CWIT grant within the last five years.

Application Process

  • The application form should include a Statement of Purpose (not more than 2 pages).
  • Applicants must also provide-
    • An IELTS Certificate (essential for unconditional acceptance for most UK courses).
    • Evidence of unconditional acceptance on the course, programme, attachment or internship for which you have applied, or evidence of progress towards acceptance.
    • Portfolio submission where appropriate in either CD/DVD or hard copy format.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in a hard copy format via postal mail.

For more information, please visit Charles Wallace India Trust Awards.

USAID: Funding to Promote Human Rights in Southern Africa

Deadline: 23 November 2015

The Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG), within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are seeking applications for a program entitled “Promoting Human Rights in Southern Africa”.

The resources will be made available to USAID Missions and Offices who are encouraged to submit applications for projects that will:

  • Respond to urgent or unanticipated human rights challenges;
  • Respond to emerging windows of opportunity in the protection and promotion of human rights

Funding Information

This is a world-wide funding opportunity however; USAID/Southern Africa is limited to the submission of grants ranging from $100,000 up to $750,000, and spanning from 12 months to 3 years in duration.

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 South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia or Botswana or organizations interested in working in two or more countries in Southern Africa.

How to Apply

Interest applicants must submit their applications at the address provided on the PDF of the funding opportunity’s full announcement.

For more information, please visit grants.gov.

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Funding the best Innovations using Wireless Technology to Address Critical Social Issues around the World

Deadline: 22 February 2016

The Vodafone Americas Foundation is currently inviting applications for its competition- ‘designing the Wireless Innovation Project’ to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects .

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

Social & Technical Issue Areas

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Access to communication
  2. Education
  3. Economic development
  4. Environment
  5. Health
  6. Connectivity
  7. Energy
  8. Language or Literacy hurdles

Awards

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be either (a) U.S. nonprofit corporation or trust that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and that is a public charity (not a private foundation) or
  • a U.S. University, including a university department, university-based research center, university-based entrepreneurship or technology innovation center that is legally part of the university.
  • Project team participants may not be an employee of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, Vodafone Group Plc or any entity in which Vodafone Group Plc holds, directly or indirectly, a shareholding or interest of 20% or more or has the right to exercise, directly or indirectly, 20% or more of the voting rights (collectively, the “Vodafone Entities”).
  • The applicant should propose an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following issue areas: education, health, access to communication, the environment or economic development.
  • The project should demonstrate a significant advancement in wireless-related technology. (We define innovation as something that hasn’t been done before, building upon existing technology, or a unique combination of technologies.)
  • The project should be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.
  • Early-stage research, or ready to launch products, will not be considered.
  • Projects should involve an established multi-disciplinary team that demonstrates the expertise needed for a comprehensive solution to the targeted problem. For example, a team may consist of members from two or more of the following disciplines: engineering, design, business, international development, or other relevant disciplines. A team may also consist of university-based researchers and non-profit organizations working such areas as international development, health or environment.
  • Projects should demonstrate potential for replication and large scale impact.
  • Proposals should include a business plan or demonstration of financial sustainability.

How to Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, Applicants must first successfully complete the Eligibility Questionnaire. Eligible Applicants will then receive the URL for the online application via e-mail and be asked to create a username and password which will enable them to work on their proposal online. The application consists of multiple narrative questions and a project budget spreadsheet that Applicants must complete and submit. All information must be submitted through the on-line application. Finalists will be notified on or about March 25, 2016. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at a public forum in June, 2016.

For more information, please visit Vodafone Call.

Interreg NWE Programme to Improve Economic, Environmental, Territorial & Social Development in North-West Europe

Deadline: 30 November 2015

The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme invites public and private organisations to submit applications in the framework of the second call for proposals for the 2014-2020 periods. The Programme encourages public, scientific, private and civil society organisations to cooperate with a view to improving the economic, environmental, territorial and social development of Europe’s regions.

Program Objectives

The specific objectives are:

  • To enhance innovation performance of enterprises throughout North-West Europe regions.
  • To facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in North-West Europe.
  • To facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, products, processes and services in sectors with high energy saving potential, to reduce GHG emissions in North-West Europe.
  • To facilitate the implementation of transnational low-carbon solutions in transport systems to reduce GHG-emissions in North-West Europe.
  • To optimize (re)use of material and natural resources in North-West Europe.

Thematic priorities

  • Innovation
  • Low Carbon
  • Resource and materials efficiency

Funding available

€372 million of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) will be allocated to the most qualitative and innovative projects.

Eligibility criteria

  • The Programme targets all or parts of 8 participating countries, including 7 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) and the non-Member State Switzerland.
  • A wide range of bodies are entitled to take part in NWE project partnerships including national, regional and local authorities,universities, R&D agencies, non-profit organisations as well as private partners, including profit-making partners (e.g. SMEs).
  • Projects should bring together partners from at least three different countries (usually more) of which two need to be from within the NWE area. 

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit second call for proposals.

USAID/West Africa: “Human Rights for All” to Build the Capacity of Local Human Rights Organizations

Deadline: 16 November 2015

The United States Agency for International Development is seeking proposals for a project entitled “Human Rights for All” in order to build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving the understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, politicized, and underserved populations.

This project will build the capacity of local human rights organizations while also improving their understanding of their role as advocates, allies, and spokespersons for highly vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved populations.

The goal of this activity is to better equip CSOs to combat human rights abuses, particularly for LGBT and vulnerable populations.

Activities

  • Train CSOs on universal human rights, including LGBT human rights;
  • Improve the capacity of CSOs to advocate for vulnerable populations;
  • Refine outreach activities and support the development of effective communication plans of CSOs;
  • Train CSOs on transitional justice and victims’ rights to push through the pending cases for trial and judgment; and
  • Support direct lines of communication between the GOCI, CSOs, and individuals whose human rights have been violated

Grants Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/West Africa intends to award between $400,000 and $700,000 under this Annual Program Statement (APS), for approximately 2 – 3 grants lasting from twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months
  • The majority of grants will be between $200,000 and $700,000 over twelve to eighteen months, although USAID will consider awarding smaller or larger grants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This APS is issued worldwide as a public notice to ensure that all interested and qualified organizations have a fair opportunity to submit applications for funding. Eligible organizations include:
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. private non-governmental organizations,
    • Registered U.S. and non-U.S. non-profit organizations,
    • For-profit organizations willing to forego profit, and
    • Public international organization

For application procedure and more, please visit grants.gov.

Festival of Migrant Film: Submit Your Entries for the 7th Edition

Deadline: 31 December 2015

Festival of Migrant Film is inviting international filmmakers for its 7th edition of the Festival of Migrant Film and is encouraging applicants to submit their films and video works of any genre, length or year of production for consideration to the Festival programming team.

The Festival of Migrant Film is organized by non-governmental organization Slovene Philanthropy with the purpose of celebrating the World Refugee Day (20th June) and raising awareness of local audience about matters and issues related to migration, asylum and intercultural dialogue.

FMF 2016 will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 15th to 20th June 2016.

The vision of the festival remains a bright one! Its purpose is strive to promote understanding and acceptance of diversity and therefore contribute to fostering of a tolerant, inclusive and equitable society.

How to Apply

Interested filmmakers can apply using online application system via given website.

For more information, please visit Festival of Migrant Film.