The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Funds to Promote International Exchange & Cooperation

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) accepts applications from NGOs/ other not for profit organizations each year to undertake the different types of projects mentioned below while promoting international exchange, cooperation & understanding.

SPF contribute to the welfare of humankind and the sound development of the international community, and thus to world peace, by conducting activities fostering international understanding, exchange, and cooperation, as well as efforts to promote these activities.

The project program duration can be one to three years. The yearly budget per project has been between US$ 20,000 and US$100,000.

Project Types

  1. The Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund (SPINF)
  2. The Sasakawa Pan Asia Fund (SPAF)
  3. The Sasakawa Middle East Islam Fund (SMEIF)
  4. The Sasakawa Japan-China Friendship Fund (SJCFF)

Program Areas

Projects must promote international understanding, exchange, and cooperation, and must accord with program policy of SPF and program guidelines of SPF special funds.

Past Projects

  • Funds of 18,077,610yen on Research on New Maritime Security in 2011.
  • Funds of 8,620,080yen for Deep South Peace Media Network Development Project in Thailand.
  • Funds of 13,500,000yen towards Alliance for Disaster Assistance in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012.
  • Funds of 11,700,000yen Empowering Civil Society in Southern Thailand through Regional Partnership in 2013

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofit organizations and Voluntary organizations of any nation are eligible to apply for grants.
  • Organizations can include incorporated foundations and corporations, NPO corporations, universities and other incorporated educational institutions, and private organizations conducting non-profit activities, established on the basis of the Act on Promotion of Specified Non-profit Activities.
  • Commercial enterprises and individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications must be written in either Japanese or English.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the grant application cover sheet available on the website and send it via post attaching the documents (if necessary).

Note: Proposals sent by FAX or email will not be processed.

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Channel Foundation Grants Advancing Women Rights & Combating Gender Inequality

The Channel Foundation promotes leadership in women’s human rights around globe by supporting organizations engaged in combating gender inequality. The foundation identifies and provides grants to organizations or projects that specifically champion women’s rights. It creates opportunities in order to ensure that women’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

The foundation envisions a world where women and girls have full access to the information, resources, training, and employment opportunities to overcome social, legal and economic barriers thus participating in decision making. Since 2006, Channel has sought to identify and provide grants to organizations or projects that specifically champion women’s rights.

Areas of interest

  • Ensuring women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace building
  • Advancing Indigenous women’s rights and leadership
  • Securing reproductive rights/justice
  • Overcoming legal inequality (including inheritance and resource rights)
  • Ending violence against women and protecting women human rights defenders
  • Promoting media reform and gender equality
  • Women’s leadership and human rights institutes

Focus Countries

Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Congo DR, Guatemala, Haiti, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United States

Examples of Past Projects

  • Population, Poverty and Gender Equity – Global Fund for Women, Grassroots International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH) and Women Waging Peace.
  • Conservation of biodiversity, protection of indigenous peoples land rights, sustainable economic development – Ashoka, MOPAWI, Pacific Environment/Sakhalin Environment Watch.
  • Indigenous people’s rights projects to support the recognition of the rights of women to self-determination and equal power within tribal community.
  • Human Rights projects – Grassroots Global Justice, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Ustawi and Veterans for Peace.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organisations from the mentioned countries working to advance women rights are eligible to apply.
  • Individuals, service delivery projects, programs that promote religious beliefs and capital campaigns or electoral campaigns will not be funded.

How to apply

New proposals by applicants are considered by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.

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Asian Foundation Funds Contributing to Economic Peace

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improve lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. The Foundation educates women on their legal rights, safety, and personal health, protects the basic rights of women to counter human trafficking, fight gender-based violence, increase political participation and strengthen legal systems. It also reduces violence through peace building efforts in some of the most entrenched conflict zones by conducting empirical surveys.

Areas of interest

  1. Democracy & Good Governance
  2. Economic Development, Environment
  3. Narcotics
  4. Drugs & Crime
  5. Peace & Conflict Resolution
  6. Women & Gender
  7. Law Enforcement

Focus countries

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma(Myanmar), Cambodia, China, East Timor (Timor-Leste), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be organisation or group from above mentioned countries only.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals and to U.S-based organizations.
  • Only persons from above areas of interest should apply.

How to apply

Submit a brief letter of inquiry for the funds request which should include: introduction about the grant-seeking organization, brief project description, and budget estimate. After receiving the letter, foundation staff may reply informing the grant seeker as to whether or not the project fits within the foundation interests. If it does, foundation staff may ask the grant seeker to submit a formal proposal.

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Top 25 UK Foundations Funding Projects Around the World

There are hundreds of Foundations and donor agencies supporting the NGOs efforts towards different issues for an equitable society. Applying to trusts and foundations is largely about demonstrating how your particular project can help them achieve their purpose. In any process of fundraising, it is important to understand that not every donor will fund your cause. There can be thousands of donor agencies but only a few them would really be interested in listening to your project idea. Only right information can help you identify such donors and raise funds from them.

In this document, we have analyzed some major donors from the UK. As an estimate by European Foundation Center, there are about 7,500 grant-making trusts and foundations in the UK, giving a total of approx ₤2 billion in grants each year to charities.

We have generated a ‘long list’ of UK grant makers supporting different projects around the world. These foundations support projects:

  1. Empowering women
  2. Education
  3. Livelihood
  4. Civil Society Development
  5. Health
  6. Environment and Conservation
  7. Democracy & Human rights

Please read these Top 25 UK Foundations thoroughly by clicking Next and apply to the relevant one to secure funding for your organization/group.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Grants for HIV/AIDS Projects

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) accepts grant applications for its different kinds of grant programs. 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.

Up till now, the Foundation has supported 1,359 projects with total grant award £80 million.

The Foundation is committed to:

  • No more discrimination
  • No more new HIV infections
  • No more AIDS deaths

Grant Categories

In line with the UNAIDS’s agenda, EJAF’s grant making strategy is built around two key focus areas: vulnerable populations and large scale and grass roots initiatives. Grants can be divided into following two categories:

  • Key Vulnerable Populations
    • Pioneer Grants – A Pioneer Grant supports a specific initiative focusing on an individual key population at higher risk – such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and injecting drug users – within an individual country.
    • Flagship Grants – A Flagship Grant targets a specific vulnerable group through a number of related initiatives within an individual country.
  • Large Scale and Grass Roots Initiatives
    • Support Grants – These are grants which drive momentum towards an AIDS free future because they have the potential to have an impact on large numbers of people.
    • Robert Key Memorial Fund – small, one-off grants to grassroots initiatives that deliver tangible, immediate benefits to people living with HIV.

Eligible Countries                    

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

Note: Countries with a asterix (*) are not eligible for Pioneer Grants.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online concept note. Speculative applications by email cannot be accepted and all such applications will not be reviewed.

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The Potter Foundation Grants to International Organisations

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is one of the distinguished charitable family foundation incorporated in the year 1999 to encourage a stronger as well as fairer civil society. It has granted nearly £12 million to authorized charities in the UK and abroad. Approximately 80-90% of annual funding is granted to core priorities of Education, Civil Society and Research. The remaining 10-20% of our grants will be awarded to the Arts and smaller projects which still support foundation’s key values.

The Foundation provide multi-year grants up to a maximum of five years where the needs of the programme require it. Co-funding partnerships with other grant making organizations are encouraged for partnership.

Focus Areas

  1. Civil Society
  2. Human Rights
  3. Education
  4. Research
  5. Arts

Geographical focus

The foundation fund organisations in the UK and elsewhere, but the main focus of their education grants will be for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation supports UK charities who work with local NGOs in the country in which the programme is based.

Past Grantees

  • Institute of Physics- 10,000 for Education in South Africa
  • Open Trust (openDemocracy) 25,000 for Education in UK
  • University of Cape Town Trust- 25,000 for Education South Africa
  • Yala Fund of 3,500 to Sri Lanka in Education
  • Global Witness- 50,000 to International Governance
  • Human Rights Watch- 50,000 for Human Rights Internationally
  • Justice Project Pakistan 30,000 for Human Rights in Pakistan

Eligibility Criteria

  • The foundation only funds registered charities and educational institutions across mentioned countries.
  • Exclusions
    • individuals
    • Community Interest Companies retrospective costs
    • Full Economic Costs for universities
    • political organisations
    • clinical trials
    • religious organisations that work only for the benefit of members of their own religion

Application Process

The foundation does not accept or consider uninvited or unsolicited applications. Applicants can make an inquiry regarding applications.

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants to India

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. It is also one of the larger foundations in the UK. Grants are generally given to NGOs who find difficult to raise funds from other sources. NGOs can seek support for projects relating to schools and child development, though this is mostly confined to the UK.

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 the country.

Areas of Interest

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Disability
  4. Shelter
  5. other social development activities

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.
  • We do not support political or religious institutions.
  • 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.

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The MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize: Recognizing Innovative Financial Service Providers

Deadline: 30 June 2015

The US$150,000 MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize is looking for the most innovative, impactful and sustainable way in which a company puts “clients at the centre” to promote financial inclusion for poor people in the world’s developing countries. The Prize shines a light on best practices in financial services that make client needs and wants a priority. Companies or organizations that receive the Prize will ensure client voices are most influential in driving business strategies and decisions.

The MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize is a US$150,000 cash award. There is also consulting support of up to US$50,000 to expand or reinforce client-centric practices within the winning organization. Between three and five finalist companies will each be invited to send a senior representative to present the organization’s proposals to peers and industry professionals at the 2015 MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion, being held November 19-20 in Cape Town, South Africa. The audience will vote on who will be the eventual winner of the Prize.

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cote Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Key Dates

  • April 27 – The MasterCard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize opens for applications
  • June 30 – Deadline for all applications to be submitted
  • September 30 – Finalists notified
  • November 20 – Finalists present their proposals in Cape Town, South Africa and winner is announced.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be registered organisations operating anywhere in the world, and direct providers of financial products and services to low-income populations in developing countries.
  • Applications must focus on their business practices that better the poor, most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged people within any of the developing countries eligible for the Prize
  • Applicants can be traditional financial service providers (commercial banks, microfinance institutions, or companies providing non-bank products and services such as leasing or insurance companies), or emerging players such as mobile network providers, IT or mobile-enabled technology companies, agribusinesses that provide financial services, or others. Please note that The MasterCard Foundation cannot partner with government agencies

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit MasterCard Foundation Call.

The Waterloo Foundation: Submit Proposals for the Marine and Tropical Rainforest Projects

Deadline: 1 September 2015

The Waterloo Foundation invites grant applications from UK based Charities for its marine and tropical rainforests programs. Proposals are invited for projects that can help mitigate the damaging effects that humans are having on the environment and contribute to a positive change both now and in the future.

Programme Themes

The funds support projects which can help mitigate the damaging effects that humans are having on the environment and contribute to a positive change both now and in the future. The fund has two main themes:

  1. Marine – support for projects working to halt declining fish stocks
  2. Tropical Rainforests – support for projects protecting tropical rain forest, principally through avoided deforestation

Project Categories

  1. Marine Local
  2. Marine Strategic
  3. Tropical Rainforest Local
  4. Tropical Rainforest Strategic

Grants Size

Multi-annual grants (usually for up to three years) are provided with a total of £50,000 – £100,000.


  • 1 September 2015– Deadline for Marine Projects (local & strategic)
  • 1 December 2015– Deadline for Tropical Projects (local & strategic)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Funding is available to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence that their previous projects have led to successful outcomes and sustained impact.
  • If the initial proposal to the Marine or Tropical Rainforest is deemed eligible, the applicants will have to provide more information.

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Searching for Human Rights Donors? Here is a Massive List

As NGOs increase their efforts to address human rights violations, access to sustained funding still remains a challenge. With few donors available, the impact of their work can get reduced to a great extent. In order to assist organizations in finding new donors, we have developed this list of 50 international funders providing grants for human rights projects around the world. If you are a FundsforNGOs Premium Member, you can access ore than 500 such donors listed in our donor database. Besides, as a Premium Member, you can also instantly download this resource guide in PDF version. Not a Premium Member? Click here to Sign up! Not interested? Continue reading…

ABILIS Foundation

ABILIS Foundation gives small grants ranging from 500 to 10,000 Euros to projects initiated by disabled persons in developing countries, mainly with funds granted by Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foundation gives priority to projects which promote the Human Rights of persons with disabilities and/or improve the position of disabled women.

Thematic Areas

  1. Human Rights
  2. Children
  3. Disability
  4. Women & Gender
  5. Livelihood

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should live in a country which the United Nations and the OECD have defined as qualifying for Official Development Assistance.
  • Applicants must bear a certificate of registration in one of the eligible countries listed below.
  • Preference is give to projects with involvement and active role of persons with disabilities 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.
  • A minimum of 10 % of the project budget should be a contribution of time, money or other resources from the applicant group.

Focus Countries

Afghanistan,  Albania,  Algeria,  Angola,  Anguilla,  Antigua And Barbuda,  Argentina,  Armenia,  Aruba,  Azerbaijan,  Bahamas,  Bahrain,  Bangladesh,  Barbados,  Belarus,  Belize,  Benin,  Bermuda,  Bhutan,  Bolivia,  Bosnia And Herzegovina,  Botswana,  Brazil,  Brunei,  Burkina Faso,  Burma(Myanmar),  Burundi,  Cambodia,  Cameroon,  Cape Verde,  Central African Republic,  Chad,  Chile,  China,  Colombia,  Comoros,  Congo (Brazzaville),  Congo DR,  Cook Islands,  Costa Rica,  Cote DIvoire (Ivory Coast),  Croatia,  Cuba,  Cyprus,  Czech Republic,  Djibouti,  Dominica,  Dominican Republic,  East Timor (Timor-Leste),  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Equatorial Guinea,  Ethiopia,  Falkland Islands (Malvinas),  Fiji,  French Polynesia,  Gabon,  Gambia,  Georgia,  Ghana,  Gibraltar,  Grenada,  Guatemala,  Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau,  Guyana,  Haiti,  Honduras,  India,  Indonesia,  Iran,  Iraq,  Jamaica,  Jordan,  Kenya,  Kiribati,  Kuwait,  Kyrgyzstan,  Lebanon,  Lesotho,  Liberia,  Libya,  Macau,  Macedonia,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Malaysia,  Maldives,  Mali,  Malta,  Marshall Islands,  Mauritania,  Mauritius,  Mayotte,  Mexico,  Micronesia, Federated States Of,  Moldova, Republic Of,  Mongolia,  Montserrat,  Morocco,  Mozambique,  Namibia,  Nauru,  Nepal,  Netherlands Antilles,  New Caledonia,  Nicaragua,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Niue,  Oman,  Pakistan,  Palau,  Palestinian Territories,  Panama,  Papua New Guinea,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Philippines,  Poland,  Qatar,  Rwanda,  Saudi Arabia,  Senegal,  Serbia And Montenegro,  Seychelles,  Sierra Leone,  Singapore,  Solomon Islands,  Somalia,  South Africa,  Sri Lanka,  Sudan,  Suriname,  Swaziland,  Syria,  Tajikistan,  Tanzania,  Togo,  Tokelau,  Tonga,  Trinidad And Tobago,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  Turkmenistan,  Turks And Caicos Islands,  Tuvalu,  Uganda,  Ukraine,  United Kingdom,  Uruguay,  Uzbekistan,  Vanuatu,  Venezuela,  Viet Nam,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe.

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