Disability Rights Fund: Grants for Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs)

Deadline: Ongoing

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level. The 2016 “CRPD: Accessing the Right to Development” grant cycle consists of two grantmaking rounds:

  • Round 1: As part of the first grantmaking round, Letter of Interest (LoI) process is open for Indonesia. The deadline for LoIs from Indonesia is December 16, 2015. A Request for Proposals (RFP) process for remaining Round 1 countries will be publicized on January 21, 2016.
  • Round 2: The second grantmaking round will consist of both a Letter of Interest (LoI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Applicants who complete LoIs must be invited to participate in the RFP process.  These will be announced Spring/Summer 2016.

Focus Countries

  • Africa: Ghana (invite only), Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda
  • Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia, India (invite only), Myanmar
  • Caribbean: Haiti
  • Eastern Europe: Ukraine (by invitation only)
  • Latin America: Peru (by invitation only)
  • Middle East: Lebanon
  • The Pacific: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Grants Available

  • Small Grants
  • Middle level Coalitions
  • National Coalitions

Grants Allocation

  • Small grants are awarded for a one-year period only.
  • Applications for National Coalition grants can range from USD 30,000 – 50,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 – 100,000 over the course of two years).
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants can range from USD 30,000 – 40,000 per year for two years (USD 60,000 – 80,000 over the course of two years).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) working within countries at the national and local level are eligible to apply for the grants.
  • Government, Public institutions and Business entities are ineligible to apply.
  • Eligibility for small grants–
    • Legally registered non-governmental DPOs (or groups of persons with disabilities acting under the fiscal sponsorship thereof);
    • Partnerships between DPOs and other civil society organizations (when a DPO is the managing partner);
    • Partnerships between self-help or self-advocacy groups of people with disabilities and other organizations;
    • Applications are encouraged from DPOs operating at sub-national levels. Partnerships are encouraged.
  • Eligibility for middle level coalition– Mid-Level Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO or non-governmental family organization.
  • Eligibility for National coalition– Applications from National DPO Coalitions must be submitted by one managing DPO or non-governmental family organization.

For more information, please visit DRF Call for Proposals.



Nippon Foundation’s Overseas Grants for NGOs/NPOs Working to Improve the Basic Human Needs

Deadline: Ongoing

The Nippon Foundation accepts grant application from Japan as well as overseas non-profit organizations based outside Japan. Applications for overseas cooperative assistance are open throughout the year. There is no upper limit to the amount of grant funding. Funding is determined on a project-by-project basis.

The Foundation generally accepts multiple-year project proposals spanning a period of less than five years, but they must undergo screening every year.

Funding Areas

  1. Improvement of Basic Human Needs- Initiatives to assist people throughout the world to meet their basic human needs, and to contribute to the improvement of human welfare through programs in such areas as healthcare, support of disabled persons and those who are socially vulnerable, agricultural development, population issues, community development, refugee aid, and disaster relief. Projects comprising novel ideas, approaches, and technology, as well as those that involve multilateral undertakings, such as south-south cooperation, will receive higher priority.
  2. Human Resources Development- Initiatives to foster a new generation of professionals, scholars, and students with a strong potential for future leadership. It supports training and educational programs designed and executed by non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. It promotes the formulation of an international network of professional people with shared goals and concerns.
  3. Promotion of International Collaborative Undertakings- Initiatives to foster cooperative approaches that meet the changing needs of the global community. It supports cultural, social, and intellectual exchanges and collaborative undertakings which contribute to the development of greater mutual understanding and cooperative mindset in order to bring about social changes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants for the Nippon Foundation’s overseas grants must be non-profit organizations that can include local, regional or international NGOs/NPOs, educational and research institutions based outside of Japan.
  • The Foundation does not accept applications from private individuals or for-profit organizations.
  • Resubmission of previously rejected proposals cannot be accepted.

Application procedure

  • Applicants can submit their applications at least half a year before the planned start of the project.
  • Applications can be downloaded from the website and must be submitted by post with the following documents:
    • A cover letter
    • An application summary form
    • A project budget
    • A project proposal to the Foundation’s Overseas Grants.

Note: Foundation do not accept applications send through email or fax.

For more information, please visit Nippon Grants.



Open Society Foundation’s Mental Health initiative Grant Programme- Promoting Social Inclusion of Adults with Psychosocial Disabilities

Deadline: Ongoing

The Mental Health Initiative—part of the Open Society Public Health Program—provides grants to projects that stimulate the reform of national health, social welfare, and employment policies. The initiative also provides technical assistance and training in substantive areas to its grantees. Many grantees provide quality, community-based services, demonstrating that people with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities can live in their communities when they receive support that meets their needs.

The initiative’s funding strategy is geared toward the development of sustainable, quality community-based alternatives to institutionalization for people with intellectual disabilities and/or psychosocial disabilities, and toward the development of government policies that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Accordingly, the initiative provides funding to organizations that focus on community living, deinstitutionalization, and the prevention of institutionalization.

Eligible Countries

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Macedonia, Myanmar, Romania, and Slovakia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Mental Health Initiative supports projects that promote the social inclusion of adults with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities, and provides support for organizations working on policy-based advocacy at local or national levels to promote deinstitutionalization and community living in above mentioned countries.
  • The Mental Health Initiative does not support projects that are in any way connected to increasing the capacity of, or improving, residential institutions for people with disabilities to continue to operate as residential institutions.

Application Guidelines

  • The Mental Health Initiative has an open pre-application process. If your organization’s work falls clearly within the funding guidelines above and you would like to be considered for an invitation to submit a full proposal, please write a one-page letter of intent containing the following information:
    • The organization’s purpose and goals
    • The project for which funding is requested
    • The amount of funding requested
    • The organization’s total income in the last financial year
    • Some biographical details of the organization’s leadership
  • Please send your letter of inquiry via email. In the subject line, write your organization’s name and the country in which the work will take place.

For more information, please visit Open Society Foundation programme.



The Global Innovation Fund: Give your Innovative Solution benefiting Vulnerable Groups around the World!

Deadline: Ongoing

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is currently accepting applications from social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and researchers in any country to apply for funding. GIF welcomes applicants to propose innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country (or in multiple countries) in the developing world.

The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The fund look for innovative solutions to global development challenges with the potential for substantially greater impact than existing approaches, especially for poor and vulnerable groups.

What the Fund seeks?

  1. Innovation and Impact: GIF supports innovations that benefit people living on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (PPP) in developing countries, and we are especially interested in innovations that impact people living on less than $2 per day (PPP). It also seeks innovations that benefit vulnerable groups such as women and girls, the disabled, minority or indigenous groups, refugees or displaced communities, or other vulnerable populations.
  2. Potential to Scale: It seeks innovations that have potential to eventually scale up and meaningfully improve the lives of millions of people living in developing countries.
  3. Team: It looks for innovators with the relevant expertise and capabilities to achieve success, with clear roles, responsibilities, and time commitments needed to be successful. Teams should be able to demonstrate strong knowledge of the problems they are addressing and what approaches are likely to work in the local environment surrounding their innovation.

What does GIF offer to innovators?

  • Flexible range of financing options. GIF offers grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from $50,000 to $15 million USD.
  • Access to vast global network. The innovators gain access to GIF’s growing network of innovators, experts, and funders around the world.
  • Venture and technical assistance. GIF can help to connect innovators with assistance based on their needs.
  • Bridge to follow-on funding. GIF helps to connect the innovators to other donors and investors.

Eligibility Information

  • Anyone can apply, including teams from social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and researchers in any country.
  • The team may involve a coalition of organisations if this is helpful to bring in the skills needed to develop, test and scale your innovation. In such cases, the lead organisation that will be responsible for managing funds from GIF should apply.
  • GIF does not typically fund the following types of projects:
  • Traditional development projects or approaches that are similar to current practices (e.g. building schools, drilling wells, or delivering other goods and services to the poor through commonly used methods)
  • Innovations that are applicable to very specific, narrow contexts and/or lack potential to have meaningful social impacts on a large scale (e.g. potential to reach millions of people)
  • Basic scientific research (e.g. laboratory research)
  • Plans to expand private businesses in developing countries without demonstrable potential to achieve significant social impacts (e.g. reducing poverty)
  • Religious activities (e.g., building a church). Note: Religious organizations conducting activities with broader development goals are welcome to apply, however.

Application Process

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis, with no specific deadline to apply.
  • All applicants must begin the application process by submitting an Initial Application through GIF’s online Application Portal.
  • Initial Application includes a short online form and either a document (2-4 pages) OR a slide deck (8-12 slides e.g. in Powerpoint). Applicants are also welcome to submit a video (maximum 8 minutes) as an optional addition to the application.
  • Initial applications will be reviewed by GIF staff and the most promising applicants will be invited to move on to the next phase.

For more information, please visit GIF Applications.



FHR-Socio-Economic Justice for All Programme to Combat Inequality & Poverty in South Africa

Deadline: 25 March 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD), is currently accepting proposals for its newly launched programme- Amarightza also known as ‘Socio-Economic Justice for All-(SEJA). The main objectives of the AMARIGHTZA SEJA programme are to contribute towards the promotion, protection and realisation of socio economic rights.

Being funded by the European Union under Sector Budget Support, the programme aimed at creating awareness of socio economic rights which are particularly important in the South African context of widespread poverty and inequality.

Being funded by the European Union under Sector Budget Support, the AMARIGHTZA programme is primarily aimed at promoting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups. While persons living in extreme poverty should not simply be reduced to a list of vulnerable groups, Discrimination and exclusion are among the major causes and consequences of poverty. Persons living in poverty often experience disadvantage and discrimination based on race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, language, disability, sexual orientation or other status.

Priority Areas

Priority within this programme will be given to projects that address the concerns of the most vulnerable groups in society as is defined by the South African Human Rights Commission. This category of persons includes:

  • Women in vulnerable situations exposed to violence and abuse including domestic violence
  • Children in vulnerable situations exposed to violence and abuse including domestic violence as well as child-headed households
  • Rural and Urban poor communities
  • Farm Workers and Farm Dwellers
  • People affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexed(LGBTI) Communities
  • People affected by Violations of their socio-economic rights
  • Race and xenophobia
  • Lack of land rights
  • Their advanced age
  • Persons with disabilities (PWDs)
  • Youth, including youth in prisons

Funding Available & Duration

  • The AMARIGHTZA programme commenced in May 2014 and will end in 2017.
  • Proposals for a one year project is limited to an amount of R 120 000,00
  • Proposals for a multi-year project must not exceed R240,000,00

Eligibility Criteria

  • This Call is a national one and is open to all organisations in any one of the nine provinces of South Africa. The Call is aimed at eligible Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in, or working closely with communities in rural and peri-urban areas and working with marginalized groups as indicated.
  • To be considered eligible, applicant organizations should meet the following criteria:
    • Be registered, or in the process of registering as a Not for Profit Organization (NPO) that is a, community-based organization (CBO), Section 21 company (Not for Profit Company), or a non-profit trust.
    • Have a proven track record of implementing education and awareness programs on constitutional rights and promoting access to socioeconomic rights.
    • Demonstrate that the proposed project will involve active community participation and benefit.
  • Through this call FHR wish to support education and training programmes that will enable and empower marginalized and vulnerable groups to have a better understanding of socio economic rights, The Foundation will also support programmes that are aimed at providing communities with sufficient information to improve their participation in decision making processes that can improve the efficacy of government programs and processes aimed at realizing socio economic rights.
  • The Foundation is looking at supporting popular media education programmes such as community radio and TV dramas; film festivals; and projects that utilize social media platforms to promote socio economic rights.

How to Apply

  • Application forms can be downloaded through the website & may be posted, hand delivered, emailed or couriered.
  • All documents submitted in response to this Call should be typed and written in English.
  • Please provide 1 original and 1 copy of your proposal. Only one copy of supporting material is required.
  • Faxed applications will not be accepted.

For more information, please download this PDF Foundation for Human Rights Call.



National Institute of Health-Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities: Research Grants of $275,000 for two Years

Deadline: 16 January 2016

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages exploratory/developmental research grant applications to investigate the incidence, course, and outcomes of pregnancy among women with disabilities.  Applicants are encouraged to include women with disabilities and members of the community in the design and conduct of their research.

Women with disabilities are at increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders, chronic stress, domestic violence, and substance use. The extent to which these risks affect, or affected by, pregnancy has not been studied.

Research Areas

Projects of interest for this FOA include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiologic studies to estimate the incidence/prevalence of pregnancy among women with physical, sensory, and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Investigation into women with disabilities’ desires for pregnancy, the factors that encourage them to or discourage them from attempting pregnancy, and development of appropriate decision making tools to assist women with disabilities considering pregnancy.
  • Strategies for preconception care of women with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities to optimize pregnancy outcomes.
  • Development of intellectually and developmentally appropriate education about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and infant care.
  • Identification of specific risk factors predicting adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Mechanisms of adverse pregnancy outcomes related to physical disabilities and the translation of such data to relevant prevention strategies.
  • Studies of nutrition, diet, prepregnancy weight, and gestational weight gain in women with disabilities and their impact on outcomes.
  • Investigations to identify optimal composition of prenatal care delivery systems for women with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities and their impact on pregnancy outcomes.
  • Assessment of mental health disorders, substance use, incidence of domestic violence and other forms of abuse, and stress among pregnant women with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Studies of barriers specific to prenatal care experienced by women with physical and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities and approaches to overcome these barriers. Barriers of interest include those in physical access, communication, cognitive, attitudinal and social, health services organization and delivery, and legal realms.
  • Design and testing of adaptive equipment and technologies and support systems to assist women with disabilities toward greater independence in parenting.
  • Applicants are encouraged to include women with disabilities and members of the community in the design and conduct of their research.

Grants Available & Duration

  • The combined budget for direct costs for the two year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year.
  • The maximum project period is 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Organizations include-
    • Higher Education Institutions
      • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
      • Private Institutions of Higher Education
    • The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
      • Hispanic-serving Institutions
      • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
      • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
      • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
      • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
    • Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
      • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
      • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • For-Profit Organizations
      • Small Businesses
      • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
    • Governments
      • State Governments
      • County Governments
      • City or Township Governments
      • Special District Governments
      • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
      • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
      • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
      • S. Territory or Possession
    • Other
      • Independent School Districts
      • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
      • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
      • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
      • Regional Organizations
      • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)
    • Foreign Institutions
      • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
      • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply.
  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at Grants.gov.

For more information, please visit Department of Health NIH.



The Australia Council for the Arts: Artists with Disability Funding

Deadline: 2 February 2016

The Australia Council for the Arts is inviting applicants for its Artists with Disability funding program with a motive to provide support to  artists and groups who identify with disability.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body that invest in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process and is committed to the arts being more accessible to all Australians.

Individuals and groups may apply for artists with disability funding for activities supported through:

Development Grants for Individuals and Groups: Development Grants fund a range of activities that benefit your career as an individual artist or group.  Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000.

Grants Information

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups: Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.  Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The Coucil accept applications from individuals, groups and organisations.

  • If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
  • Organisations must be registered under law (for example, incorporated association, or company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority).
  • Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply for funding to grant categories open to organisations only.
  • International organisations may apply for projects that benefit Australia artists or their work.

Note: Groups applying for this funding need to be disability led. This means you must demonstrate that the artistic process within the group is led by artists with disability.

For information regarding application procedure and more, please visit Artists with Disability Funding.


The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity: Be a Part of one of the most Diverse Gatherings in the World

Deadline: 17 December 2015

Applications are open for the Pacific Rim International conference that is considered as one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas.

In 2016, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research.

Focus Areas

The Conference focuses on:

  • voices from persons representing all disability areas;
  • experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas;
  • responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability;
  • stories of persons providing powerful lessons;
  • examples of program providers,
  • action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

Thematic Areas

Foundational Program Themes– This program area or theme refers to those topical areas in which the Center on Disability Studies traditionally has been or is currently engaged in through projects or activities under interdisciplinary training, research, advocacy or service.

Exploration Program Themes– This program area of the conference encompasses those topic areas not presently addressed through research or advocacy initiatives at the Center on Disability Studies yet prevail as salient issues important to our diverse communities.

Innovational Programmatic Themes– This programmatic area is interested in dynamic, creative ideas and sustainable solutions which can be adopted in a society or community, resulting in positive social changes.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may apply online or send their application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Conference Details.


National Arts Council: Arts Projects and International Bursaries

Deadline: 11 December 2015

The National Arts Council of South Africa is inviting individuals and registered arts organizations in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline to submit their applications for project funding.

The council has also opened the invitation for arts organizations and individuals that support the involvement of women, youth and people living with disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Arts Bursaries for individual South African citizens for international studies abroad.
  • Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply.
  • Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send their application forms at the address, given on website.

For more information, please visit this link.


ABILIS Foundation Grants: Seeking Projects Initiated by Disabled Persons!

Deadline: Ongoing

The ABILIS Foundation supports organizations that include persons with disabilities in their leadership.

It supports organizations of people with mobility, visual, hearing or any other type of disability and also those organizations that are run by parents of children with disabilities.

ABILIS Foundation gives small grants ranging from 500 to 10.000 Euros to projects initiated by disabled persons.

ABILIS Foundation judges the applications according to the involvement of persons with disabilities, including their role in developing the project and in committing their own resources to the project (including time). The project must be realistic in its scope and expected results. The application must show how the project will continue to benefit the community once the project’s funding term has been completed.

Thematic Areas

  • Human Rights
  • Children
  • Disability
  • Women & Gender
  • Livelihood

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible if:

  • They live in a country qualified for Official Development Assistance by UN and OECD.
  • Their organisation has a certificate of registration.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ABILIS Foundation.