United Nations in Moldova launches 2nd round of the Innovation Grant Scheme (IGS – 2015) for SME

Deadline: 22 August 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Moldova has issued a call for concept notes for the second round of Innovation Grant scheme competition for small and medium enterprises with the following objectives:

  • to stimulate development of innovations within Moldovan SMEs, local business associations, potential entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and expansion motivation, business incubators’ graduates, by providing financing for market-oriented new or improved products, services and technologies with high commercialization potential; and
  • to pilot an innovation support mechanism as an exercise of interventions stipulated in the entire National Strategy on Innovations (2013 – 2020), providing the basis for scaling-up at Government level, and thereby providing insights, lessons learned and best practices for future governmental innovation-support programs.

The grants will cover maximum 8.000 USD or maximum sixty percent (60%) of the total project amount (what is lower) for pre-commercial innovation development projects. The project and the project budget must be designed so to be completed within 12 months.

Eligibility Information

The preferred projects applying to the IGS are the innovation projects encompassing development and other pre-commercial activities implemented by established Moldovan SME’s.

Eligible applicants to the grant scheme are:

  • The eligible Applicants are Moldovan privately owned (at least 75 percent private per the JSC Law) micro, small or medium enterprises (SME), established at least two (2) years before the date of applying.
  • The Applicant is a legal private sector, micro- or small- company, registered under the applicable Moldovan Company Law.

Application Process

The application process is organized in two stages: (a) application with a concept and (b) application with a full project.

For more information, visit this link.

EU Call for Concept Notes for NGOs in Afghanistan

Deadline: 9 August 2015

The European Union (EU) is accepting applications for the Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA) program. The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to co-finance actions proposed by civil society organisations (CSOs) to promote and strengthen a broad-based and inclusive civil society in Afghanistan.

Grant Information

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 2,000,000. An indicative portion of 75% of the financial envelope will be allocated preferably to local CSOs.

  • Minimum amount (per project) – EUR 300,000
  • Maximum amount (per project) – EUR 500,000


  1. To strengthen civil society’s public oversight of government reform
  2. To strengthen local accountability
  3. To empower youth in accountability

Eligibility Information

In order to be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:

  • be legal person and
  • be non-profit making and
  • be established in Afghanistan for at least two years, or be established in a Member State of the European Union or in any eligible countries, and
  • be Civil Society Organisations constituted in accordance with the legislation in force in Afghanistan
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with their partners, not acting as an intermediary

Applicants must submit concept notes by the deadline. Thereafter, applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application form.

For more information, visit this link.

Somalia Stability Fund Programme

The Stability Fund has issued call for concept notes covering a wide range of development needs for Somalia Stability Fund Programme.

The Somalia Stability Fund is a multi-donor fund which supports peace and stability in Somalia. It is designed to strengthen local stability, improve the co-ordination of international support.


  1. Supporting peace and stability in Somalia
  2. Seeking, sharing and incorporating learning
  3. Supporting local priorities
  4. Enhancing local capacity
  5. Committed to transparency
  6. Prioritising local ownership
  7. Promoting innovative and diverse investments
  8. A stakeholder partnership

Eligibility Criteria

  • The stability fund is open to all organisations and regions in Somalia, unless otherwise stated.
  • The Stability Fund prioritises support to Somali-owned organisations and networks, Somali private sector and government entities.

How to Apply?

Applicants are required to upload and submit concept note online with some additional information.

For more information, visit this link.

IDLO Call for Proposals – Rule of Law Fund, Indonesia

Deadline: 26 May 2015

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta is calling proposals for the purpose of enhancing synergy and cooperation within the law and justice sector in Indonesia, as well as to promote the regional legal order.

The maximum budget for a proposed intervention is: EUR 200,000. The duration of the proposed intervention should be for a maximum of 12 months. While the Rule of Law Fund is a three-year program, this first round of program ideas will be limited to one year.

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is responsible for the management of the Rule of Law Fund and awarding grants that will contribute to the provision of technical assistance, mobilisation of experts, and strengthening of capacity in four focus areas:

  1. Capacity building of legal institutions
  2. Legal service delivery, focusing on legal aid, access to justice and accountability
  3. Research activities in support of the above and in relation with security, rule of law and human rights
  4. Strengthening the regional legal order in cooperation with Indonesia within the framework of ASEAN

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates can be NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, associations, foundations, civil society groups, networks, consortiums and academic institutions.
  • Government agencies cannot receive funds directly but can also submit applications. In that case, funds will be managed by a third party and implemented in close cooperation with the government agency.
  • Candidates must be legally registered in Indonesia and can submit a maximum of two concept notes.

Submission Process

Concept notes to be sent by email before above mentioned deadline.

For more information, visit this link.

USAID Grants for Securing Water for Food Challenge in Developing Countries

Deadline: 22 May 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is requesting applications for “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (SWFF)”.

The objective of Securing Water for Food challenge is to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution in developing and emerging countries.

Award Information

  • Stage 1 (Market driven product/business development): $100,000 – $500,000
  • Stage 2 (Scaling/commercial growth): $500,000 – $3 million

Eligibility Information

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to participate in the third call for Securing Water for Food:

  1. Securing Water for Food is open to all organizations regardless of type (e.g. for profit, not-for-profit, academic).
  2. Applications from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world are welcome.
  3. USAID is restricted from providing foreign assistance to the following countries: North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Iran.
  4. All applicants must use the funds to implement the innovation in a developing or emerging country. In addition, applicants must either already have a presence in that country or must have a local partner (supporting documentation required).
  5. Innovations must directly or indirectly benefit the poor (income, products, environment, opportunities, gender equality). In addition, applications must avoid negative environmental effects and local market distortions.

Application Process

There will be two stages of proposal submission: Concept Note and Full Application. Applicants whose proposals are ranked among the top 80 during the Concept Note Stage will be required to submit supplemental documents and answers in a Full Application. Proposals submitted via facsimile or e-mail will not be accepted. Proposal submissions must be loaded into the online platform.

For more information, visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number: SOL-OAA-15-000049.



US Bureau of PRM Call to Strengthen Humanitarian Response to Urban and Other Non-Camp Refugees Globally

Deadline: 1 September 2015

The US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration is requesting concept notes for Global Innovation Programs to help the humanitarian community better respond to refugees outside of camps.

Award Information

  1. Duration of Activity: 12 or 24 months
  2. Funding Limits: Funding requests should not exceed $1,000,000 per concept note. In FY 2016, PRM anticipates providing up to $1,000,000 in total to fund NGO programs to develop innovations in urban/non-camp response.

PRM seeks to support the development of new approaches and tools to strengthen humanitarian response to urban and other non-camp refugees globally.

Eligibility Information

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education, non-profits without 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education, institutions of higher education, and international organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement.

Application Process

Each applicant is required to:

  1. be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
  2. provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and
  3. continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active PRM award or an application or plan under consideration by PRM.

Concept notes must be submitted via Grants.gov (not via GrantSolutions.gov).

For more information, visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number: PRM-PRMOAPGL-16-001-052430.

Small and Large Fund Programs for Disabled People’s Organization in Macedonia

Deadline: 8 July 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Macedonia is seeking concept papers from eligible prospective organizations to strengthen the capacity and services by programs for Disabled People’s Organization in Macedonia.

USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding one or more awards in the range from $20,000 to $300,000 for small fund programs and from $300,000 – $600,000 for large fund programs per individual award expended within a 12-36 month period.

The program will increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID program/activities and will also enhance the capacity of people and services of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilities referred as Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be form qualified entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private coluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

How to Apply

Applicants must use the required application format and should be sent electronically by the deadline.

For more information, visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number: APS-165-15-000001.

Call for Proposals: Ukraine Media Partnership Program

Deadline: 20 April 2015

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of U.S. Embassy Kyiv is accepting proposals for the Ukraine Media Partnership Program. The project goal is to create and maintain long-term relationships between selected American and Ukrainian media outlets of similar size, and between the individuals who work at both outlets.

Award Period: 12 months

Award Amount: $400,000

PAS encourages applicants to submit proposals for programs that provide for a minimum of two visits to both the U.S. and Ukraine within each institutional partnership. Applicants are encouraged to propose visits with two or more participants in each direction.

Applicants must include a detailed program timeline for entire grant period that outlines how components will unfold and complement each other. Applicants should explain the rationale for proposed partnerships as well as for individual participants with particular emphasis on explaining how proposed partnerships will contribute to the sustainability of the Ukrainian media outlet. PAS must review and approve the names of proposed Ukrainian participants in advance of U.S. travel. PAS anticipates that the majority of Ukrainian participants will not have a working-level knowledge of English. Applicants should describe the provisions that will be made for these non-English speaking participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations subject to 501 (c) (3) of the tax code. Direct funding for non-U.S. institutions is not available under this announcement.
  • The Department encourages organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the USG.
  • Applicants are not required to include funding from other donors.
  • Applicants should be knowledgeable of existing media-support programs in Ukraine, including those funded by USG, in order to avoid duplication of effort.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit concept papers electronically using Grants.gov by the deadline.

For more information, visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number: ESF-1972-12-0306.

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Round Three Open for Applications

Deadline: 22 May 2015

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Competition (Round 3) designed to address barriers to enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution, is now open for applications. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invite eligible organizations to respond to this call. This is a global call with estimated budget USD 12.5 million, an additional $2.5 million will be available for innovations implemented in the MENA region.

Grant allocated per project will be in between  $100,000 USD and $3,000,000 USD depending on the type of funding requested for up to three years long project. Innovators can come from anywhere in the world, but implementation must take place in a developing or emerging country. Through Securing Water for Food, the organizers hope to increase both the demand for and availability of innovative water technologies and approaches; increase adoption of those innovations at multiple levels (from small scale farms to large corporations); and improve the sustainability of innovations through robust partnerships and business-to-business relationships.

Innovations can be in any of the following stages of development

  • Stage 1 – Market-driven product/business development
  • Stage 2 – Scaling/Commercial Growth

The focus of the challenge is to support game-changing innovations at two stages, both of which must be post-pilot. Securing Water for Food will not provide funding for traditional development programs and is not looking to evaluate proposals that present conventional approaches. The call will not fund proposals that do not present a viable business model, particularly in the Stage 2 category where this aspect must be especially well developed.


Cities Alliance Calls Proposals for 2015 Catalytic Fund

Deadline: 8 May 2015

The Cities Alliance invites proposals promoting innovation and catalytic impact to stimulate transformational change in cities, for its 2015 Catalytic Fund with the theme “Migration and the Inclusive City”. Through this call, the Cities Alliance seeks innovation in policy responses and practical approaches that increase spatial, social and economic inclusion by also extending to migrants the rights to the city:  access to land, services, opportunity, as well as to an urban citizenship. Its over-arching objectives are to – strengthen and promote the role of cities in poverty reduction, and in sustainable development; capture and strengthen the synergies between and among members and partners; and improve the quality of urban development cooperation and lending.

The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development. It is a partnership of  bi-lateral and multi-lateral development agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations and the political heads of the international associations of local authorities.

Grant request can be made in between US $50,000 and US $200,000. Cities Alliance will cover up to 80 per cent of the total cash requirements for the project. The remaining balance must be contributed in cash by the recipient organization, the sponsoring organization and/or other partners and sources. If a concept note is approved for further processing, applicants must provide proof of co-financing.

Focus Areas

  1. Live: Migrants’ access to basic urban services, livelihoods and social protection
  2. Work: The access, integration and role of migrants in the city labor market and local economy
  3. Connect: Social integration and inclusion of migrants in the city
  4. Participate: Migrants’ inclusion into city planning and local decision-making processes

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposed projects must meet the objectives of the chosen theme and Catalytic Fund.
  • Proposals can focus on international and/or internal migration, but all proposals should demonstrate clear attention to the issue of gender equality.
  • Proposed projects must be sponsored by at least one Cities Alliance Member, multiple sponsors are highly encouraged. [Sponsorship(s) must be secured prior to submission of the proposed project. Proponent and sponsor(s) must discuss and endorse the Concept Note of the proposed project including the role of the sponsor(s) prior to submission. Support documentation will need to be provided.]

Application Procedure

  1. Download Concept Note Template of Cities Alliance.
  2. Complete the concept note in one of the following languages – English, French or Spanish.
  3. Attach all the documents requested in the concept note template.
  4. Submit the concept note and support documents via e-mail by the deadline.

For more information, please visit 2015 Catalytic Fund Call.