USAID: Expanding Participation of People with Disability by Supporting and Strengthening Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 19 February 2016

The United States Agency for International Development – Dominican Republic (USAID/DR) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. organizations to apply for Disability Funding to increase the participation of people with disabilities in USAID programs/activities and to 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).

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 larger Mission programs. Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities.

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

Subject to the availability of funds, the total estimated level of funding available for awards is approximately $6,000,000 over a 12-36 month period.  Programs will be fund in two categories:

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

Review Criteria

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

  • Represents a pressing need in the Dominican Republic and/or demonstrates a clear linkage with USAID/DR 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 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.
  • Local DPOs 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 intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications. However, awards to these organizations may be significantly delayed if USAID must undertake necessary pre-award reviews of these organizations.
  • USAID/DR 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 application forms at the address given on the website.

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

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Expanding Participation of People with Disability Program: Strengthening and Supporting Disabled Persons Organizations

Deadline: 8 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development in Kosovo (USAID/Kosovo) is seeking concept papers from eligible prospective Kosovar or U.S. organizations and from its implementing partners of ongoing projects to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Kosovo and strengthen the capacity and services of Disabled Persons Organizations – DPOs.

USAID is committed to disability inclusive development. USAID will not discriminate against people with disabilities and will work to ensure the inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities in USAID-funded programs and activities.

Objectives

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and support Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs)

Development Priorities

  • Strengthened Participation of all Citizens, CSOs & Private Sector
  • Improved Inter-Ethnic Integration
  • Unconstrained Media and Freedom of Information
  • More Competitive Political Processes.

Funding Information

Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Kosovo anticipates awarding (or modifying existing awards) one or more grant(s) / cooperative agreement(s) and duration of the proposed program(s)/activity(ies) should be within 12-36 months.

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or Kosovo 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.
  • 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 larger Mission programs.
  • Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities
  • All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • 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.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

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 Program.

Disability Grant Program: Training and Services to End Violence against Women with Disabilities

Deadline: 10 March 2016

Office of Violence against Women (OVW) component of United States Department of Justice is seeking applications for its Training and Services to End Violence against Women with Disabilities grant program (Disability Grant Program).

The program will recognize the pressing need to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals due to the proliferation of such crimes.

The Disability Grant Program was statutorily created in the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 and reauthorized by subsequent legislation with a goal to create sustainable change within and between organizations that results in increased capacity to respond to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and to hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable.

Funding Information

Funding levels under the Disability Grant Program for FY 2016 are as follows:

  • New, local-focused project $425,000
  • Continuation, local-focused $300,000
  • Continuation, state-focused $325,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible entities for this program are:

  • States;
  • Units of local government;
  • Indian tribal governments or tribal organizations; and
  • Victim services providers, such as state or tribal domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions, and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their letter of registration at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Training and Services to End Violence against Women.

USAID: Supporting People with Disability and Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization!

Deadline: 2 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Uganda (USAID/Uganda) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Areas of Interest

USAID seeks applications for projects that integrate people with disabilities in USAID Mission programs and strengthen the capacity and leadership of DPOs. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture and food security;
  • Democracy, human rights & governance;
  • Economic growth and trade; education;
  • Environment and global climate change;
  • Sports;
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Science, technology and innovation
  • Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training.

Areas for Disability Funding Support

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to provide $6 million, for grants in two categories below in total estimated cost over one to three years to support these activities.

  • Small fund programs ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs ranging from $300,000 to $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.
  • Local DPOs 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 intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • 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 Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

Third Wave’s Grow Power Fund for Emerging Gender Justice Organizations in US

Deadline: 9 February 2016

Third Wave’s Grow Power Fund 2016 is accepting proposals to support youth-led Gender Justice Activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States. The Grow Power Fund is:

  • A long-term investment in youth-led gender justice organizations providing grants of up to $40,000 a year for general support, capacity building and coaching
  • An opportunity for emerging feminist, trans, queer organizations to collaborate and partner across movements
  • An effort to increase the scale and sustainability of work led by young women of color; trans, intersex, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and queer youth of color; and low-income communities

Areas of Interests

  • Racial and/or economic justice
  • Immigration justice
  • Reproductive justice and HIV/AIDS justice
  • Trans, intersex, gender non-conforming, and queer justice
  • Disability justice
  • Anti-violence and/or anti-criminalization work

Grants available

Each grantee will receive funding for:

  • General operating funds: Up to $25K per year
  • Capacity building support: Up to to $10K per year
  • Organizational development coach funds: $5K per year

Eligibility Criteria

Is your organization:

  • Based in the United States?
  • A registered 501c3, fiscally-sponsored, or in its final stages of securing fiscal sponsorship?
  • A feminist, queer, and/or Tran’s community-based local or state organization?
  • Led by young people under 35 – specifically young women of color; trans, intersex, non-binary, and/or queer youth of color; and/or low-income youth of color?

Does your organization:

  • Have an annual budget of less than $200,000 USD?
  • Lack access to grant funding and philanthropy, particularly foundations at the national level?

If you’re answered “YES” to these questions, then you’re eligible to apply!

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an Electronic LOI through the website.

For more information, please visit Power Fund 2016.

USAID: Strengthening the Capacity and Leadership of Disabled People’s Organizations

Deadline: 1 February 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ukraine is seeking applications for projects from qualified U.S and non-U.S. organizations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disabilities (PWD) in USAID programs/activities, and strengthen the capacity and leadership of local Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs).

It integrates people with disabilities in USAID mission programs and strengthens the capacity and leadership of DPOs by reaching out to partners, host country counterparts and other donors to lead a collaborative effort to end discrimination against and promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Areas of Interest

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

  • Small fund program: from $20,000 to $300,000 per individual grant or cooperative agreement.
  • Large fund program: from $300,000 to $600,000 per individual grant or cooperative agreement.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 larger programs.
  • Projects should reflect the most pressing needs in the country and/or align with the Mission’s development priorities.
  • Specific areas of programming may vary based on local needs and priorities.
  • All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • 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
  • Cost Sharing is not required under this NFO.
  • Applicants may only submit one application.

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 Program.

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USAID/Southern Africa invites NGOs to apply for Funding: Promoting Inclusive Development

Deadline: 11 January 2016

USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is inviting NGOs across South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana to apply for the FY15 Disability Funding to:

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

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/Southern Africa programs. This Funding Opportunity is intended to solicit applications covering program areas limited to: agriculture and food security; environment; wildlife trafficking and global climate change; gender-based violence; and science, technology and innovation. Capacity building components of these activities for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training. USAID/Southern Africa also encourages applicants to think creatively about how sports activities can be incorporated meaningfully into proposed activities. All proposals must be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

The Australian Government: National Disability Insurance Scheme

Deadline: 11 February 2016

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for an open competitive process to deliver services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for the period April 2016 to 30 June 2017.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), of which the Sector Development Fund (SDF) is a Sub Activity, intends to ensure people with a disability are supported to participate in and contribute to social and economic life to the extent of their abilities.  People with disability and their carers will have certainty that they will receive the individualised care and support they need over time. The NDIS is a new way of providing individualized support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

As part of a broad plan to boost productivity and remove unnecessary red tape for community organisations, the Department of Social Services (DSS) has streamlined NDIS grant programme aimed at enhancing service delivery and providing greater freedom for service providers.

The Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative (SDAI) is designed to help address immediate community need for specialist disability housing in areas outside NDIS trial sites, as determined by geographic location or age cohort, by providing ‘top up’ funding to:

  • increase the availability of accommodation for people with a disability, who the applicant anticipates will be eligible for the NDIS, with a particular focus on:
    • those housed in inappropriate accommodation settings; and
    • those with ageing carers who are in need of a long-term, sustainable arrangement.
  • identify project initiatives with self-sustaining specialist disability housing models which could be scaled up in the future.

Grants Information

Funding of up to $10 million will be offered through grants of up to $1 million to organisations as a result of this process.

Eligibility Criteria

The following entity types meet the eligibility requirements to be invited to apply for a grant under these Activities:

  • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name)
  • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name)
  • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be a proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies)
  • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006)
  • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation (public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc.)
  • Partnerships;
  • Trustees on behalf of a Trust;and
  • Where there is no suitable alternative, an individual or – jointly and separately – individuals

The following entity types may be invited in special circumstances:

  • State and Territory Governments; and
  • Local Governments.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply by submitting their application forms electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Australian Disability Insurance Scheme.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Latest Funding Opportunities for NGOs working for Differently-abled People

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated each year on 3 December. The day aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

The theme for 2015 is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.

There are also three sub-themes this year:

  1. Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  2. Improving disability data and statistics
  3. Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.

The annual theme provides a frame for considering how people with disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.

Disability organisations, businesses, governments and the community come together at various events held across the world to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.

Emphasizing  the importance of the day, we have compiled a list of open funding opportunities for NGOs worldwide that are working for disabled people around the world.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants to India: NGOs working in fields of Disability, Poverty, Health and more can Apply!

Deadline: Ongoing

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an UK-based grant making organization supporting overseas NGOs, especially in India and the UK, and provides funding to local NGOs working with disadvantaged communities, helping them access basic services. Grants are generally given to NGOs who find difficult to raise funds from other sources. This Fund seeks to meet our strategic aim to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas to improve their lives.

The foundation strengthens organisations working with disadvantaged young people, and to support better integration of young people who migrate. With the mission “to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in India”, the Foundation gives grants of about 40 million rupees a year to local NGOs working in focused areas supporting atleast 20 organisations across India.

Areas of Interest

Among vulnerable communities, the following as a non exclusive, indicative list of special interest groups that we will work with in both rural and urban areas:

  1. Ultra poor families in mixed communities
  2. Dalit communities, particularly those involved with inhuman occupations
  3. Tribal communities fighting for or dispossessed of their land and resources
  4. Women
  5. Disabled people, particularly children
  6. Communities with little or no access to health services
  7. Communities with little or no access to education
  8. Unorganised labour

Focus Country: India

Priority Regions

  • The states covered will be Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.
  • In addition to these states certain culturally identifiable regions such as Vidharbha, (Maharashtra), Dangs (Gujarat), Telangana (Andhra Pradesh), Bundelkhand (Uttar Pradesh), and and Mewar and Hadoti (Rajasthan), which are worse off than other parts in those states, will be given priority.

Size & duration of grant

  • There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount you request should be the amount you need.
  • The costs can include running costs such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationary, rent, rates, utilities.
  • The foundation accepts proposal for up to three years.

Who can Apply

  • Organisations supported within the India programme have to be local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.
  • Non-Indian organisations or locally registered branches of non-Indian organizations and organisations without FCRA registration will not be supported.
  • NGO initiatives that support development of community leadership and a better understanding of community concerns and their management are also supported.
  • Political or religious institutions will not be supported.
  • Other Exclusions
    • Individuals or proposals for the benefit of one individual
    • Retrospective funding for work that has already started
    • General circulars/appeals
    • Proposals that solely concentrate on the purchasing of property, equipment or other capital items
    • Overseas activities, including travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses

Application Process

Applications can be made at any time. To apply, fill in the online application form available on the website.

Past Grants in Disability Areas

  • 16,58,500 over 12 months to Aakanksha Lions School for Mentally Handicapped Children in Central Chhattisgrah, India.
  • 6,50,700 over 12 months to Digdarshika, Institute of Rehabilitation and Research to create a model on comprehensive inclusive education of the persons with disabilities in Madhya Pradesh, India.
  • 5,02,700 over 12 months to BD Tatti Memorial Charitable Trust for Pre-Primary Education for Deaf Children in India.
  • 22,50,000 over 24 months to Comprehensive Rural Health Project for Community-Based Mental Health Program in Maharashtra, India.

For more information, please visit Paul Hamlyn Foundation grants to India.

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