Biocon Foundation – Grant in Aid Program for NGOs/Societies/Trusts working on Various Social Issues in India

Biocon Foundation is proactively seeking partnerships with organizations with a similar vision to deliver sustainable and impactful programs on the field. We plan to reach out to wider geographies in the domain of Healthcare, Education and Rural Development and issues pertaining to Water & Sanitation, Safety and Women Empowerment, Art & Culture.

The foundation looks forward for this meaningful engagement that will take us to greater heights and co create a meaningful partnership.

Funding Areas

Biocon Foundation seeks applications from organizations which support our strategic priorities. The focus areas are: Health, Water & Sanitation, Education, Rural Development, Safety & Empowerment of Women, Art & Culture.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Type of organization should be: Society or Trust/ Section 25 Company/ University/ Others
  • Organizations who have designed programs creating high impact on the society.
  • The organizations partnering with Biocon Foundation should be able to deliver best results envisioned.

Application Process

Applicants must download the Application Form (available on the website) and should send the duly filled form via email along with the following documents:

  1. Registration Certificate of the Organization
  2. PAN
  3. Audited Financial Statement for the last 3 years
  4. Annual Report for last 3 years
  5. Certificate for any tax exemptions enjoyed by the organization
  6. Timeline with key milestones and activities indicated
  7. Detailed budget sheet
  8. Quarterly update of the program

For more information about these grants, please visit Biocon Foundation India.

Applications are Now Open for Commonwealth Foundation Grants of Up to £30,000 for Sustainable Development in Commonwealth Countries

Deadline: 5 January 2016

The Commonwealth Foundation awards annual grants for sustainable development projects that contribute to effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation. The grants are open to civil society organisations (CSOs) working in Commonwealth Foundation eligible member countries. (List mentioned below).

The Commonwealth Foundation’s mission is to develop the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives, as we work towards a more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation.

In addition to awarding grants to civil society organizations (CSOs), the grants programme will broker knowledge and ideas. It will support innovation, share replicable and sustainable models, and promote good practices across the participatory governance sector.

Grants Available & Duration

  • Up to £30,000 per year
  • Multi-year funding available (up to three years)

Grants programme objectives

The grants programme has three objectives:

  1. To deliver an efficient and effective programme which is responsive to the development needs of CSOs across the Commonwealth.
  2. To complement the effectiveness of the Foundation’s projects by providing grants to CSOs beyond those supported through the programme work.
  3. To generate knowledge and understanding of participatory governance and its benefits in promoting effective, responsible and accountable governance within the Commonwealth by supporting models of good practice.

Eligible Countries

This is the current list of Commonwealth Foundation member countries that are eligible for projects to be undertaken in their country.

Antigua and Barbuda*, Bangladesh, Barbados*, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana*, India, Jamaica*, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Maldives*, Malta, Mauritius*, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea*, Rwanda, Seychelles*, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Lucia*, Swaziland, The Bahamas*, Tonga*, Trinidad and Tobago*

Note: *Small Island Developing States in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean eligible for grants under the SAMOA Pathway focus area.

Key Dates

  • The call for applications opens at 12.00 GMT on 1 December 2015
  • The deadline for submission of the preliminary application form is 17.00 GMT on 5 January 2016
  • Preliminary applications will be assessed in January and February 2016
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application in March 2015
  • The deadline for submission of full applications is 29 March 2016
  • All applicants will receive a formal notification on the outcome of their application by the end of July 2016 at the latest.

Are you eligible to receive commonwealth foundation’s grants? Check out in the Next article.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ‘India Open Grants Fund’ to NGOs Supporting Vulnerable Communities in India

Applications can be made anytime

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 strengthen 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.

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

The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Robert Key Memorial Fund: NGOs to apply anytime for Grants of up to £10,000!

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) accepts grant applications for its different kinds of grant programs. One of them is Robert Key Memorial Fund. The applications for these grants  can be accepted anytime with no specific deadline. The foundation seeks to fund frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain – whether physical, emotional or financial – of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.

Grants are open to organisations that can demonstrate an immediate, tangible benefit for individuals living with HIV. Up till now, the Foundation has supported 1,359 projects with total grant award £80 million.

Available Grants

Applications will be considered for awards of up to £10,000 per year on a rolling basis and may be for single or multi-year programmes.

Focus Areas

The Foundation is committed to:

  1. No more discrimination
  2. No more new HIV infections
  3. No more AIDS deaths

Eligible Countries

Botswana, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Grant Criteria

The following criteria apply to the Robert Key Memorial Fund only.

  • Applicant’s organization must operate in one of the programme countries mentioned above.
  • Applicants must be a registered charity/not-for-profit/NGO that
    • Must not exceed £10,000 per year
    • Can be for 1 or 2 years in length
    • Must provide an immediate and tangible benefit to People Living with HIV
  • Proposals must be for a specific project and demonstrate a clear need for support.
  • Types of programmes considered under the Robert Key Memorial Fund are:
    • Small scale interventions or projects working with People Living with HIV
    • Projects that fight stigma and discrimination against People Living with HIV
    • Immediate services such as urgent care or medical interventions for PLHIV
  • Types of programmes would not be supported under the Robert Key Memorial Fund are:
    • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)
    • Awareness raising/prevention
    • Behaviour change
    • Programmes that re-grant or provide sub-grants to other organisations
    • General running/operational costs for your organisation
    • Research Projects

How to Apply

Download the concept note submission template before applying online.

For more information, please visit Robert Key Memorial Fund.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16: Submit your Innovative Health Ideas for Funds of up to US$100,000

Deadline: 11 November 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting ideas/proposals for its Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16 in different topics. Anyone from any country and in any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization – colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies can submit their ideas for the challenge.

The Grand Challenges Explorations is an extension of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative with a focus on encouraging innovation in global health and development research. The Grand Challenges Explorations program mainly targets projects that are at an earlier stage of discovery.

The GCE initiative funds innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives every year as well as improvements and innovations in agriculture development and other priority areas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To date, the foundation has committed over half a billion dollars to support hundred of projects on topics such as making childhood vaccines easier to use in poor countries and creating new ways to control insects that spread diseases.

Grand Challenges Explorations Round 2016 Topics

  1. Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  2. Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  3. Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
  4. Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance

Grand Challenges Explorations Grants

Phase I grants will be for $100,000 USD for a grant period of 18 months. Phase I projects that show promise will be eligible to apply for follow-on grant of up to $1,00,000 USD in Phase II.

Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: 11 November 2015
  • Proposal review completed: February 2016
  • Selections completed & notifications sent: May 2016

To read about the eligibility criteria & application process, please click Next.


Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Burmese and Other Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand and Malaysia

Deadline: 23 October 2015

The United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) funding program inviting NGO programs benefiting Burmese and Other urban refugees and asylum seekers in Thailand and Malaysia.

Proposed activities should primarily support Burmese and other refugees and asylum seekers, including Rohingya, in Thailand and Malaysia. Because of PRM mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees/asylum-seekers.


  • Thailand
    • Healthcare
    • Gender-Based Violence
    • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Food and Nutrition
  • Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers
    • Healthcare
  • Malaysia
    • Healthcare

Funding Information

Project proposals must not be more than $10,400,000 (per year).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
  • International Organizations. International multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, should not submit proposals through in response to the program. Multilateral organizations that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the PRM Program Officer on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.

How to Apply

Applicants may download the application packages and submit their proposals at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit and download the full announcement of opportunity.

Apply to GlobalGiving 2015 Challenge : NGOs Around the World can Raise Money to Improve their Communities

Deadline: 24 October 2015

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money they need to improve their communities. It offers a secure and trusted platform to receive donations; connects you with new individual and corporate donors around the world; and provides non-profits with the tools, trainings, and resources they need to upgrade their fundraising.

Non-profits and Social Entrepreneurs will have to mobilize supporters to raise $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors during this time. Then the project will get an opportunity to earn an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website. There will be additional awards for the projects that raise the most funds and from the most donors.

Cash Prizes

  • Top three (3) projects that raise the most funds will also receive supplementary cash bonuses from GlobalGiving of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
  • The project with the greatest number of unique donors will be awarded a bonus of $2,000.
  • For at least one day during the Challenge all donations of $25 or more (up to $1000 each) will be matched at 15% till the total matching grant of $5000 on each day is used up.
  • The matching funds will not count towards to the $5000 threshold. Also, the project with the most unique donors at 11:59pm EST on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 prize. The project with the most funds raised on Bonus Day will also receive a $500 prize.

Other Benefits of Participating in the Global Giving Challenge

  • Exposure to a new community of online donors: The GlobalGiving website is a destination for online donors interested in furthering causes and communities all around the world. If your project earns an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website, there is high chance that your project will be exposed to the donors around the globe. Other benefits are Opportunity to participate in regular/ongoing marketing and fundraising campaigns and challenges, many of which offer matching funds or bounty awards, opportunity to engage your donors in different ways, and much more!
  • Training from GlobalGiving’s expert online fundraising team: The experts will provide training, tools and tips during the challenge to help you learn how to harness the power of crowdsourcing and online fundraising to further your cause.
  • Full online giving capability and fundraising tools: Your project will have a personalized landing page, viral communication tools, personalized widgets, email templates, and the ability to communicate directly with donors through the GlobalGiving website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be a registered non-profit organization (charity, nonprofit, or NGO that is implementing programs) in the US [i.e. 501(c)3] or its home country.
  • The organization should be committed to updating donors at least every three months on the progress of the project it lists.
  • The organization’s staff must have the ability to communicate with GlobalGiving in English, including translating documents. All organizational documents must be provided in English.
  • The organization should not discriminate in selecting its beneficiaries.
  • Organization should have ability to mobilize online supporters to raise funds for its work.

Application Procedure

Applications can be made online through the website. If the organization is registered outside United States, following documents should be ready to upload in application. Program materials must include:

  1. Letter of reference
  2. Certificate of government registration
  3. Founding document (with dissolution clause) such as Constitution, Articles of Association, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Charter, By-Laws, Trust Deed
  4. Financial documents (2 years of financial statements and a current year budget)
  5. Disbursement information
  6. Names of senior staff and board members
  7. If the applicant organization is registered in the United States, information should be uploaded in the application
  8. IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  9. Program materials
  10. Disbursement information
  11. Names of senior staff and board members

For more information, please visit GlobalGiving Open Challenge.

Nippon Foundation Grants to International NGOs Working Towards Human Development

Open throughout the year

The Nippon Foundation is a grant-making organization providing aid to projects that fall under one of the following four major categories namely

  1. public welfare in Japan
  2. voluntary programs in Japan
  3. maritime and ship-related projects
  4. overseas cooperative assistance

Applications are open throughout the year. International NGOs can apply for the grants under last category by Nippon Foundation for Human development and Basic Human needs. There is no upper limit to the amount of grant funding. Funding is determined on a project-by-project basis.

Funding Areas

  • Improvement of basic human needs: This includes healthcare, support of disabled persons and those who are socially vulnerable, agricultural development, population issues, community development, refugee aid, and disaster relief.
  • Human resources development: This includes training and educational programs to scholars, students designed and executed by non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education
  • Promotion of International Collaborative undertakings: By cultural, social, and intellectual exchanges.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be non-profit organizations around the world running their projects in one of the fields mentioned above.
  • 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, nor provide grants to, private individuals or for-profit organizations.

Application procedure

Since there is no deadline, applications can be received throughout the year. It should be recommended that applications can be submitted at least half a year before the planned start of the project, or whenever the funding will be needed. Applications must be submitted by mail 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 Foundation Grants.



Graham Foundation Grants to US & International Organisations

Deadline: 8 January 2016

For organizations, the Graham foundation’s priorities are to:

  • Assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences.
  • Support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation.
  • Recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work.
  • Help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without our support.

Grant Types

  • The Graham Foundation offers Production and Presentation Grants to organizations.
  • These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.
  • Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.
  • Applications for Publication Support: Unless the applicant is a publisher, an organization applying for publication support should have a committed publisher for the work, that is, a publisher with whom you have a contractual agreement to publish your project.

Grant Size

Production and Presentation Grants to organizations do not exceed $30,000 and are likely to be less.

Grant period

Production and Presentation Grants must be completed within two years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on organizations in the United States, however, it also make a small percentage of international grants.
  • 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations are eligible for funding. Under some circumstances we will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served, for example, in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax exempt status.
  • An organization or academic department/unit may only apply for one grant per year. (In the case of large institutions with multiple departments, a subsidiary department/unit may apply for one grant per year. For example, an academic department/unit at a university may apply for one grant per year.)
  • Applicants who have received prior Graham Foundation support must have satisfied all grant requirements before applying again.

How to Apply

  • The Graham Foundation’s application for Grants to Organizations is a one-stage process.
  • Candidates interested in applying for a grant from the Graham Foundation must submit an online application available on the website with each grant cycle.
  • Award Decision: Funding recommendations are presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration. If a grant is awarded to you, you will be asked to sign a grant agreement that outlines the conditions of the award, such as annual reporting.

For more information, visit Graham Foundation Grants.


Where to look for Grants for Peace and Democracy Projects?

As conflicts increase and threaten the foundations of peace and democracy, NGOs in many countries find it challenging to identify grants that can help them address this issue. Communities in developing countries need to be engaged, their awareness has to be enhanced and their participation in policy decisions should be ensured. NGOs play a prominent role in achieving these goals and sustainable funding is important for continued work.

We have developed a list of 20 such grantmaking foundations that provide funding for NGOs to promote peace and democracy.

UN Democracy Funds Strengthening Civil Society Organisations

The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window. UNDEF projects are two years long.  Applicants can request a grant of a minimum of 100,000 US dollars and a maximum of 300,000 US dollars.

UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The large majority of UNDEF funds go to local civil society organizations — both in the transition and consolidation phases of democratization.

Proposals are subject to a highly rigorous and competitive selection process, with fewer than two per cent chosen for funding.

Areas of Interest

Projects fall under one or more of seven main areas:

  1. Community Activism
  2. Rule of Law and Human Rights
  3. Tools for Knowledge
  4. Women’s Empowerment
  5. Youth Engagement
  6. Media and Freedom of Information
  7. Strengthening Interaction with Government

Eligibility Criteria

The following institutions are eligible for UNDEF grant funding:

  • Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, engaged in promoting democracy.
  • Independent and Constitutional Bodies, including Election Commissions, Ombudsman Institutions, National Human Rights Institutions and other independent governance bodies, for project proposals facilitating the inclusion of the voice of civil society.
  • Global and Regional inter-government bodies, organizations and associations other than the United Nations, for project proposals which strengthen the voice of civil society.

How to apply

Only on-line proposals in either English or French, will be accepted. The online proposal template can be accessed at the UNDEF website.

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