It is seldom that a combination of grants is available at the same time from leading international donors and NGOs and that both international and local organizations can apply and participate in one of the most competitive calls for proposals offering substantial amount in funding.
In this article, we discuss about 5 such international grants that seek to create an impact at the grassroots-level.
FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism (No Deadline)
The RRM supports projects that amplify existing family planning programs in an FP2020 focus country.
FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism is open to NGOs, INGOs and UN organizations to fund projects that will help FP2020 to meet its goal of enabling 120 million more women and girls using contraceptives by 2020. The RRM supports projects that amplify existing family planning programs in an FP2020 focus country.
RRM grants are catalytic, unblocking challenges to stimulate FP2020 work and aims. Although funding cap under RRM is USD $250,000, most projects receive less than USD $100,000 that need to be used within a maximum time period of 12 months by the grantee as part of the emerging, unanticipated and/or time-bound response.
The RRM follows a dual track, being either (1) a consultancy-based contract or (2) an activity-based grant around themes such as technical assistance, training of family planning providers, advocacy, outreach access and others.
You can learn more about this opportunity here.
Addressing Root Causes Fund (Deadline: 4 March 2016)
The Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Fund can be applied by local NGOs as well as international and Dutch-based organizations.
This is the Government of the Netherlands’ funding which aims to address the root causes of armed conflict, instability and irregular migration in the most sensitive regions of the world.
The Addressing Root Causes (ARC) Fund can be applied by local NGOs as well as international and Dutch-based organizations. Select countries where projects can be implemented include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This is part of the Netherlands Government work on a regional and national level on peacekeeping, facilitating peace processes, strengthening the rule of law and strengthening the capacity of the (central) government. At the same time, through subsidising NGOs (e.g. Reconstruction Tender, the Strategic Partnerships Protracted Crises and Dialogue & Dissent) efforts are made to tackle the root causes of armed conflict, instability and irregular migration ‘bottom-up’ through i.e. strengthening of civil society, encouraging possibilities for peaceful conflict resolution and improving the social cohesion among citizens and the social contract between citizens and the government.
For more information about ARC, you can visit here.
DFID LEGEND Challenge Fund (Deadline: 26 February 2016)
The projects should aims to strengthen land governance which will ultimately contribute to inclusive growth, increased incomes of the poor, especially women
Grants between £100,000 and £750,000 are invited by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to support the development and testing of innovative approaches and partnerships for strengthening land governance, with a specific focus on piloting approaches to responsible land-related investments.
The Fund has two concurrent windows, namely, ‘Responsible Land-Based Agricultural Investments’ and ‘Open Innovation.’ There are seven African countries where the proposed projects can be implemented which are Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Sierra Leone.
The projects should aims to strengthen land governance which will ultimately contribute to inclusive growth, increased incomes of the poor, especially women, reduce environmental damage and reduce conflict potential; and test innovative approaches to ensure that agricultural investors act responsibly and assist in developing partnerships with rural communities.
For more information about the LEGEND Challenge Funding, visit here.
Small Grants Fund from the Global Forest Watch (Deadline: 15 February 2016)
The small grants fund is aimed to promote broad uptake and innovative use of GFW tools by civil society around the world.
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a free, online forest monitoring and alert system that provides timely and actionable information to support sustainable management and conservation of forest landscapes.
GFW data and tools have been used by journalists and civil society organizations around the world to conduct advocacy, launch campaigns, and strengthen local forest management and law enforcement activities on the ground.
The small grants fund is aimed to promote broad uptake and innovative use of GFW tools by civil society around the world. Applicants must submit a proposal explaining how they would like to apply GFW data and technology to enhance their organization’s work, including, but not limited to, advocacy, campaigning, journalism, research, community forest management, and conservation projects.
Grants are available between $10,000 and $40,000 and projects on forest management, advocacy, data collection, policy research and education and training/capacity-building can be proposed.
For more information about Small Grants Fund, please visit here
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa 2016 Grants (Deadline: 31 March 2016)
The programmes support will look beyond immediate symptoms and seek to address structural problems that reproduce poverty, inequality, exclusion and discrimination.
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is currently accepting applications for 2016 from NGOs across Southern Africa.
OSISA supports innovative programmes working towards open society ideals and which advocate for these ideals in southern Africa. The programmes support will look beyond immediate symptoms and seek to address structural problems that reproduce poverty, inequality, exclusion and discrimination.
Specific areas of funding include Human Rights, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law; Democracy and Governance; Social and Economic Justice; Natural Resources Governance; Youth Arts and Culture; and Women’s Rights. OSISA is willing to consider concept proposals from such unregistered and informal groups and formations that, if approved, may then be further developed into fully-fledged grant proposals for consideration.
For more information, visit this link.