The Scurrah Wainwright Charity Grants Program: Supporting Projects Emphasized on Social Inequity

Deadline: 14 May 2016

The Scurrah Wainwright Charity is currently accepting applications for its grants program, in support of a wide range of charitable projects with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of Social Inequity.

Grant Size

Typically, grants size lies between £1,000 and £5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The Charity has three programmes:

  • Yorkshire: Trustees give priority to applicants working in the Yorkshire region. An organisation need not be based in the region but the project itself must directly benefit the Yorkshire community. The national charitable organisations  are funded only if the project is specifically working in the Yorkshire region, with clear evidence of local control and access to the grant.
  • Southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe.
  • Projects that have applied to the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust because they meet the AWRT’s broad objectives to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices, but have not been able to proceed with an application to that Trust because they are eligible for charitable funding.

An organisation does not have to be a charity to apply, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission’s definition of charitable purposes and public benefit.

Ineligible Entities

The Charity does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Large and national charitable organisation unless specifically working in the Yorkshire region and providing local control and access to the grant
  • Animal welfare
  • Buildings
  • Medical research or support for individual medical conditions
  • Substitution for Government funding eg in education and health
  • Charities who send unsolicited general appeal letters
  • Activities that have already happened
  • Applicants who do not have a UK bank account into which a grant can be paid

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  • a completed application form
  • Applicants’ most recent audited accounts
  • an application of not more than two A4 pages, setting out:
    • Background information about you and/or your organisation
    • The nature of the project you wish to pursue and what it seeks to achieve
    • Your plans for practical implementation of the work and a budget
    • Other current funding applications, successful or not.

Applications must be sent via email or a post.

For more information, please visit this link.

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.

EACEA Call for Proposals: Supporting Social Inclusion through Education, Training & Youth

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Commision in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is seeking proposals will support projects in the fields of education, training and youth, which aim at upscaling and disseminating innovative good practices falling under the scope of the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

The programme is divided into two lots

  • Lot 1: Education and training (EUR 10 000 000)
  • Lot 2: Youth (EUR 3 000 000)

Objectives

  • Preventing violent radicalisation and promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.
  • Fostering the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, including persons with a migrant background, while preventing and combating discriminatory practices.

Size of Grant

The maximum grant per project will be EUR 500 000.

Eligible Countries

  • 28 Member States of the European Union
  • EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • EU candidate countries: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth in the areas covered by the Paris Declaration:

  • educational institutions and other learning providers
  • public authorities at national/regional/local level responsible for education, training and youth;
  • non-profit organisations (NGOs)
  • research institutions
  • trade organisations and social partners
  • guidance and recognition centres
  • international organisations
  • private companies
  • networks of the organisations listed above are also eligible as long as they have legal personality
  • Erasmus+ National Agencies in the field of youth

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Initiatives for policy innovation.

DST-NRF Professional Development Programme 2016: Supporting Young Scientists & Professionals

Deadline: 29 April 2016

Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced DST-NRF Professional Development Programme (PDP) block grant Call for 2016 in order to support the professional development of the next generation and emerging researchers.

Objectives

  • To leverage innovation and research at public Research Institutions, Science Councils and National Facilities in South Africa, through the implementation of science and technology related skills development.
  • To enable recently qualified Doctoral graduates and those currently engaged in Doctoral studies to gain further research experience in a Research Institution, Science Council or National Facility thereby strengthening their Curriculum Vitae and consequently improving their prospects of permanent employment in the science and technology system.
  • To attract and retain young scientists and professionals of the highest caliber in order to complement senior researchers’ influence on the current science and technology research system.
  • To support young scientists and professionals in basic and applied research, and to promote innovation.

Supporting Areas

  • Space Science and Technology;
  • Human and Social Dynamics
  • Farmer to Pharma
  • Energy
  • Climate Change

Eligibility Criteria

  • For the Doctoral Supervisors and Postdoctoral Mentors
    • Applicants must be listed as a supervisor within the block grant application
    • Applicants should ideally hold an honorary or part/time academic position at a South African public university for the full duration of the awarded grant
    • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree and have postgraduate supervision experience to host and supervise postgraduate students
    • Applicants must hold a full-time permanent position as a researcher at the host institution, or a contract position as a researcher for the full duration of the Block Grant
  • For PDP Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
    • Only bona-fide South African citizens or permanent residents may receive a PDP Doctoral Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship;
    • To be awarded a PDP Doctoral Scholarship the individual must have obtained his/her Master’s degree no more than five (5) years before commencement of Doctoral studies. In the case of female candidates that are returning to postgraduate studies after a period of absence from research due to family responsibilities, this criterion may be waivered.
    • To be appointed as a PDP Postdoctoral Fellow, the individual must have obtained his/her Doctoral degree no more than five (5) years before commencement of the PDP Postdoctoral Fellowship. In the case of female candidates that are returning after a period of absence from research due to family responsibilities, this criterion may be waivered.
    • Permanent employees of public Research Institutions, Science Councils or National Facilities may not hold a PDP scholarship or fellowship.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically at the NRF Online System via given website.

For more information, please visit DST-NRF PDF.

Call for Proposals: Arts Research Programme for Indian Researchers & Scholars

Deadline: 11 June 2016

India Foundation for the Arts is currently accepting proposals from researchers and practitioners for its Arts Research Programme to encourage projects in Indian languages other than English, so as to contribute to discourse in particular language contexts.

The Arts Research programme support scholars, researchers, and practitioners to undertake research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices in India. It seeks to foster wider perspectives, understandings, interpretations and engagements in the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The programme is open to proposals from scholars, researchers and practitioners across disciplines.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply if they are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been resident in India for at least five years.
  • If they are applying on behalf of an institution, please include background information on the organisation as well as the memorandum of association/trust deed, annual reports, and audited statements of accounts for the past three years.

How to Apply

  • Applicants can send the draft proposal by email but the final proposal, including bio-data, supporting material, should be in hard copy only.
  • Applicants may choose to write proposal in any Indian language including English.

For more information, please visit Arts Research Programme.

U.S. Mission to Afghanistan: Youth Debate Training and Competition

Deadline: 20 June 2016

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is seeking proposals from eligible organizations for Youth Debate Training and Competition intending Afghan youth to develop skills required for successful civic engagement (e.g., public speaking, critical thinking, team-building, in-depth research) through formal debate training and competition.

Funding Information

  • The Base Period award floor and ceiling are set at $70,000 and $100,000.
  • PAS intends to award a cooperative agreement for a period of 12 months (base period) with options for two additional 12-month periods (option years one and two).

Benefits

  • This cooperative agreement will fund debate training and a series of debate competitions throughout Afghanistan, culminating in a final round of competition in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • This youth debate program will create opportunities for women and men between the ages of 18 and 30 from provinces across Afghanistan to develop important skills for successful civic engagement, including public speaking, critical thinking, team-building, and in-depth research.
  • The Youth Debate Training and Competition is intended to help build people-to-people ties and strengthen checks and balances.
  • By training young Afghan men and women and providing opportunities for them to practice the skills required to succeed in a formal debate competition, this project will contribute to the strengthening of civil society.
  • The debates will be conducted in English using an internationally recognized debate format, which will further complement the goals of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
  • Organizations may subcontract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • For profit entitles are not eligible to be the prime recipient of an award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c)(3) status, Afghan NGO license).
  • Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible for an award.
  • There is no limit on the number of applications an entity may submit
  • Previous federal award recipients who are not/were not in compliance with the terms of the award, including the financial and program reporting requirements, are not eligible for an award
  • Applicants are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Debate Training and Competition.

U.S. Mission to Afghanistan: Model United Nations Conference in Kabul

Deadline: 16 June 2016

Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a Model United Nations (UN) Conference in Kabul, Afghanistan intending Afghan youth to develop important skills including public speaking, English language, critical thinking, and conflict resolution that are critical to Afghanistan’s national development and for students’ academic successes.

The Model UN Conference in Kabul is intended to help build people to people ties and strengthen institutional checks and balances via strengthened civil society.

Funding Information

  • The Base Period award floor is set at $80,000. The Base Period award ceiling is set at $100,000.
  • PAS intends to award a cooperative agreement for a period of 12 months (base period) with options for two additional 12-month periods (option years one and two).

Benefits

  • The Model UN Conference in Kabul will include only university students in Afghanistan as participants.
  • The training workshops and all Model UN proceedings (e.g., preparation of position papers, debates, caucusing) will be conducted in English.
  • Afghan university students between the ages of 18 and 30 will be recruited and training workshops will be conducted in four or five provinces.
  • A series of training workshops to increase awareness of UN procedures and rules of order will be conducted in the selected provinces in Afghanistan.
  • The training will promote the development of skills needed to successfully participate as a Model UN delegate.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
  • Organizations may subcontract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • For profit entitles are not eligible to be the prime recipient of an award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c)(3) status, Afghan NGO license).
  • Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible for an award.
  • There is no limit on the number of applications an entity may submit
  • Previous federal award recipients who are not/were not in compliance with the terms of the award, including the financial and program reporting requirements, are not eligible for an award
  • Applicants are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Model United Nations Conference in Kabul.

ESRC-NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research: Higher Education in Africa

Deadline: 3 May 2016

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Research Foundation (NRF) invite Collaborative Research between the UK and South Africa, offering additional value to existing programmes of education research, and contribute to the economic development and welfare of South Africa and Africa more broadly.

Thematic Areas

Proposals addressing the following themes are invited:

  • Organisation of higher education systems, higher education institutions (HEIs) and alternative providers
  • Equity in higher education access and participation
  • Curriculum, pedagogy and modes and levels of provision
  • Higher education for the public good
  • Higher education and the labour market

Funding Information

  • The ESRC has allocated up to £2.5 million and NRF has allocated RAND 10 million;
  • Proposals are invited for joint UK and South African projects; each proposal may request £415,000 – £630,000 at 100 per cent fEC from the ESRC and R1.67m to R2.5m from NRF over 30 months in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • UK applicants must meet the ESRC eligibility.
  • Full-time employees at an NRF-recognised research institution in South Africa, who are eligible to apply according to the general NRF regulations and conditions, are invited to apply.
  • Part-time employees on contract at an NRF-recognised research institution (as defined above) in South Africa are invited to apply, but on condition that their appointment at the South African institution is for (at least) the duration of the project applied for in the submission. The length of the contract should be stated in the proposal form. Salaries must be paid by the research institution, and the primary employment of the individual concerned must be at that institution. A contract researcher appointed at a research institution on behalf of a third party to fulfill a very specific function for the latter does not qualify for support.
  • Retired academics/researchers are invited to apply, provided that they meet all set criteria as stipulated below:
    • Are resident in South Africa
    • Are formally affiliated to a South African higher education institution (eg appointed as an emeritus professor, honorary research associate/professor, supernumerary/contract employee).

How to Apply

Applicants must submit identical proposals via respective websites.

For more information, please visit ESRC-NRF.

Call for Proposals: UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research in Non-Communicable Diseases

Deadline: 20 April 2016

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Academy of Science, Malaysia (ASM) are currently inviting proposals to the UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research Call on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.

This initiative will provide funding for UK-Malaysian collaborative research projects focused on non-communicable diseases in Malaysia.

Funding Available

The award of up to £2m of MRC funding available for this scheme, and up to £2m from ASM will be provided for the applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

This call will fund partnerships between UK and Malaysia based researchers working in the area of NCDs.

For support under this call, applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from their respective country’s funding agency:

  • MRC
    • For the UK participants, standard RCUK eligibility criteria as described on the RCUK website will apply.
    • This call is a ‘managed mode’ call being run by the MRC on behalf of the participating research councils. Therefore Research Organisations that are eligible to apply to the MRC, for example MRC Units and Institutes may apply to this call.
  • Malaysia
    • The Malaysian PI must have been awarded a doctorate or have equivalent research experience at the time of application. Applicants working towards a PhD, or awaiting the outcome of their viva/ submission of corrections are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute in Malaysia. Applicants with fixed terms contracts finishing before their grant end-date must secure confirmation from their Head of Department, stating that their contract will be extended to cover the duration of the award if their application is successful.
    • Contact between the Malaysian PI and UK PI prior to the application is essential. This contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually beneficial research project proposal. Please note that ASM & MRCUK will not be able to assist in locating a Malaysian or UK collaborator.
    • Applications cannot be accepted from Principal Investigators in commercial organisations.
    • Applicants must be competent in oral and written English.
    • The Malaysian Applicant’s employing organisation must be willing to agree to administer the grant.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date for investigators to indicate their intention to submit a proposal Wednesday, 20th April 2016
  • Deadline for investigators to submit proposal Wednesday, 1 June 2016 (4pm UK time)
  • Panel Meeting October 2016
  • Grants begin by 17 January 2017

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the Expressions of Interest and then full applications via email.

For more information, please visit UK-Malaysia Joint Health Research.

Apply to Participate in MDLI East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) is seeking applications from lawyers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression that will held in Kampala, Uganda from 8 – 11 August 2016.

All applicants are required to submit for discussion and workshopping a current or potential case involving a violation of the right to freedom of expression.

Objectives

  • To identify and provide substantive support to cases on the right to freedom of expression that could be pursued before domestic and/or international fora;
  • To assist and build working relationships with lawyers undertaking such cases;
  • To equip the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge regarding the international human rights mechanisms available for pursuing freedom of expression cases in East Africa.

Focus Areas

  • Defamation (criminal)
  • Privacy
  • Restriction of the media by means of regulatory measures
  • Physical safety of journalists
  • Protection of sources
  • National security

Eligibility Criteria

  • The surgery is open to lawyers from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi;
  • The lawyers can either be working in private practice, or be working for or be affiliated with NGOs promoting the right to freedom of expression in East Africa through litigation;
  • Exceptionally strong applications from lawyers who have not yet undertaken freedom of expression work, but have experience litigating other human rights cases and have a strong interest in undertaking freedom of expression work will be considered as well. A maximum of 12 participants will be selected;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of the right to freedom of expression and/or related issues;
  • The lawyers must have a demonstrated interest in, and/or knowledge of international and regional human rights law;
  • The lawyers must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case or cases that address violations of the right to freedom of expression. With their application, they must submit a case study of a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate that could be discussed and workshopped during the litigation surgery;
  • The cases submitted must involve a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression as protected in a national constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the East African Community Treaty or any other relevant domestic/international human rights instrument;
  • The working language for the surgery will be English.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit East Africa Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery.