NGO Training Fund – Volunteer Benevoles Yukon

Deadline: 29 May 2015

The Volunteer Benevoles Yukon (VGY) in collaboration with the Yukon government is calling eligible organizations to submit applications for the NGO training fund (NGOtf). The Yukon Government provides the funding and VBY administers the training.

Non-profit organization can apply for a maximum of $5,000 per project. The NGOtf call for application is generally in May or June each year.

The fund is designed to support stand alone workshops or short-term organizational training in areas such as:

  1. Human Resources Management
  2. Succession Planning
  3. Volunteer Management
  4. Financial Management
  5. Information Management
  6. Communications and/or Marketing
  7. Risk Management
  8. Strategic Planning

VGY is the ‘Go to’ source for nurturing and growing Yukon volunteerism. The mission is to foster and promote volunteerism throughout the Yukon by providing resources, training, consultation, and support for individuals and organizations

Eligibility Criteria

  • The training must assist a non-profit agency as a whole, be undertaken by more than one individual (staff and volunteers) lined to the organization, and must have lasting benefits for the organization.
  • Any Yukon non-profit organization that is registered as a Society with YG corporate affairs is eligible to apply to this fund.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply?

Participants need to download the NGOtf application form website and submit the duly filled form by the deadline.

For more information, visit VGY.

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) was founded in 1969 and has funded over 515 projects in 93 countries, focusing on issues ranging from education and health to economic empowerment and human rights.

VGIF provides small grants up to $7,500 USD to grassroots projects that are led by women and that help empower women and girls, in developing countries around the world.

VGIF supports organizations that are governed and directed by women; organizations in developing countries, including the emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, that address issues such as:

  • Economic empowerment
  • Community development
  • Health and nutritional support
  • Literacy and leadership training
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Promoting education in the sciences for girls
  • Women’s human rights

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) provides small grants to grassroots projects that empower women and girls. VGIF often provides early support, funding innovative projects that help grow new organizations, test new community change strategies and foster women leaders.

Four special funds created to provide grant funding for specific types of projects:

  1. Erna Hamburger Fund (EHF)
  2. Asian Regional Endowment (ARE)
  3. Central/South America/Caribbean Regional Endowment Fund (CSACRE)
  4. Leaders Fund (LF)

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Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

The Lantos Foundation was established to perpetuate Tom Lantos’ proud legacy as an ardent champion for human rights by carrying, in his words, “the noble banner of human rights to every corner of the world.”

The mission is to strengthen the role of human rights in American foreign policy and to be a vital voice standing up for our nation’s most important values of decency, dignity, freedom, and justice in every corner of the world.

Programs, Grants & Prizes

  • Lantos Human Rights Prize – The Lantos Human Rights Prize is awarded annually to raise awareness about human rights violations and the individuals committed to fighting them throughout the world.
  • Lantos/HIA Fellows – In the Lantos/HIA Fellowship Program, each year outstanding students and young professionals from around the world are given the opportunity to serve fellowships at the United States Congress. The purpose of the program is two-fold:
    • To give bright, young scholars and future leaders the opportunity to work in the U.S. Congress and gain a greater understanding of the role of human rights in American legislative process
    • To provide the U.S. Congress with an international perspective on human rights and to ensure that human rights remains an important focus of the Congressional legislative agenda.
  • Lantos Foundation Front Line Fund – The Lantos Foundation Front Line Fund Grant Program is to award small grants to assist brave individuals and organizations in their fight against injustices around the world.

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Child Health Foundation Provides Small Grants to Save Infants and Children

Child Health Foundation was established in 1985 as a non-profit, public charity [501(c)3] to prevent and treat life-threatening communicable diseases of infants and children in the United States and abroad. Foundation’s mission is “to save the greatest number of children’s lives at the lowest possible cost.”

Proposal Detail

Child Health Foundation wishes to receive proposals from interested health workers, investigators, or community organizations for innovative research or innovative service projects directed at improving the health of infants, children, and pregnant women. Proposals may be submitted by individuals (with organizational support) or groups.

Areas of priority include: development of sustainable biomedical and social technologies; and adaptation and implementation of technologies in local situations that may have widespread applications.

Project Details

  • Highest priority will be given to projects on malnutrition, enteric diseases (water and sanitation), and respiratory diseases.
  • The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States. Budgets should not exceed US$5,000.

Scheduled disbursement of funds to successful proposals:

  • US$4,000 at start of project;
  • US$1,000 upon receipt of interim report which includes itemized spent funds.

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Small Grants: Global GreenGrants Fund

Global GreenGrants supports communities to protect, restore, and transform their environments for a sustainable future. Since 1993, it has made more than $45 million in grants to local groups in 163 countries.

Programs

  1. Green Grantmaking – The flagship program supports more than 5,300 local projects in 163 countries with Greengrants averaging $4,800. The grants support grassroots solutions to social and environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, freshwater, indigenous rights, ocean and coastal conservation, and women’s voices.
  2. Women and the Environment – Women’s rights need to be protected and promoted more than ever. Global Greengrants Fund is committed to funding projects that are organized, led, and participated in by women. The grant recipients have stopped large-scale dams, deforestation, dirty energy development, mining, and polluting industries.
  3. Growing Global Green Philanthropy – Global GreenGrants work with Grant Advisors around the world to establish independent funds in their home regions. Advisors to these new, autonomous nonprofits continue to recommend recipients for grants and also raise money for their own grantmaking.
  4. Donor Advised Funds – Donors who participate in this program receive:
    • A safe, hassle-free grant infrastructure to invest internationally. An efficient alternative to starting a private foundation.
    • Guaranteed investment in people and the environment—not overhead, administrative, legal, and tax challenges.
    • Tax deductions on contributions of any size, including gifts of appreciated stock, real estate and other assets.
    • Opportunities to learn from our network of more than 150 expert Grant Advisors, and leverage the power of this global network in your grantmaking choices.

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Small Grants by Humanitarian Innovation Fund to Develop New Technologies

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) was launched in 2010 and is a landmark grant-making fund to support organizations working in countries and regions facing humanitarian challenges, such as Haiti, Pakistan and East Africa, to develop, test and share new technologies, products and processes that will make humanitarian aid more effective and cost-efficient in the future.

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

Funding

  1. Core Grants – The organization’s grant making is based on its understanding of five stages in innovation:
    • Recognition – A small grant up to £20,000 is available for the Recognition phase of the process. This means the recognition of a specific problem, challenge, or opportunity to be seized, in relation to the provision of humanitarian aid.
    • Invention – A small grant up to £20,000 is available for the Invention phase of the process. This means the invention of a creative solution or novel idea, which helps address a problem or seize an opportunity.
    • Development – A large grant between £75,000 and £150,000 is available for the Development phase of the process. This means the development of an innovation by creating practical, actionable plans and guidelines, turning ideas into action.
    • Implementation – A large grant between £75,000 and £150,000 is available for the Implementation phase of the process. This means the implementation to produce tangible real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.
    • Diffusion – A small grant up to £20,000 is available for the Diffusion phase of the process. This means the diffusion and extended outreach of successful innovations – taking them to scale and leading to wider adoptions outside the original setting.
  2. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) – The initiative aims to stimulate innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the HIF seeks to use new innovation management approaches to address some of the most pressing challenges faced by emergency WASH practitioners working in humanitarian crises globally. Since 2011, the HIF has supported the several projects with grants via its Core Grant Facility and its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Grant Facility.
  3. Gender Based Violence (GBV) – Gender-based violence (GBV), and in particular sexual violence, is a global problem. In line with the increased concern for gender issues in emergency settings, practitioners are seeking new ways to translate policy developments into changes at the field level, the HIF will work to design and deliver tailored innovation processes resulting in new thinking and approaches being tested in the field.

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Nike Foundation

Nike Foundation invests on adolescent girls. Nike foundation has a movement titled ‘Girl Effect’. The Nike Foundation’s own investments have directly helped more than 500,000 girls around the world to fulfill their potential, providing grants to more than 100 organizations in more than 80 countries over nine years. Projects included Girls in Nigeria can stay in school; girls in India help claim equal rights to inherit and own land; and girls across Rwanda receiving critical health information and mentoring.

Thematic areas: The Girl Effect

  • Education
  • Protection
  • Empowerment
  • Girls and young women

Geographic focus: Global

Eligibility: Women-led or women’s issues focused organizations.

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Segal Family Foundation

Segal Family Foundation grants its philanthropic focus to Sub Saharan Africa and community-based organizations that have the localized knowledge needed to create sustainable change in their communities. The foundation supports African-led, grassroots non-governmental organizations building healthy, productive and empathetic youth. First-time grants to prioritized themes typically range from $10,000-$40,000.

Thematic areas

  • Productive youth
  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Geographic focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

Eligibility: African-led, grassroots non-governmental organizations within the foundation’s focused thematic and geographic areas.

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Foundation for a Just Society (FJS)

Foundation for a Just Society was founded by a group of women committed to advancing the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTI people. Through direct grant making, capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy, FJS strengthens the infrastructure of movements that advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTI people globally. Grants are typically for one to three years, and range in size from $25,000-$250,000 per year.

Thematic areas

  • Human rights of women and girls
  • Economic and social empowerment
  • Race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity

Geographic focus: West Africa, Central America, Nepal, Myanmar, and the Southeastern US.

Eligibility:  Grants are made only to organizations that meet the U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3) requirements as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, or the equivalent in the country where the organization is based.

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A List of 20 Foundations Supporting Women in Nigeria

Women and girls throughout the world continue to experience violence, discrimination, inequality, and poverty. In Nigeria, patriarchal structures and gender inequalities are deeply rooted. Nigerian women face challenges when acquiring formal education, full participation in political and economic life, and are exposed to increasing rates of violence such as prostitution, forced marriage, and trafficking. Moreover, current social and political circumstances in Nigeria forcibly put women in an even more vulnerable state.

Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, has attacked Nigeria’s police and army, politicians, schools, religious buildings, public institutions, and civilians with increasing regularity since 2009. More than ten thousand people have been killed in Boko Haram-related violence, and 1.5 million have been displaced. In April 2014, Boko Haram drew international condemnation and attention by abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok town in Borno state. In addition, the increased number of Boko Haram attacks caused the unprecedented rise in internally displaced people (IDP) in Nigeria, estimating 1,235,300 people who were forced to flee their homes, as of February 2015. The vast majority of IDP are women and children, and they repeatedly face a range of threats to their physical safety and restrictions on their freedom of movement. Such political and social conflicts in the state place Nigerian women and girl in crisis, therefore, their position and fundamental rights in Nigeria require critical attention.

Around the world, there are efforts to raise international awareness in the incidents of Boko Haram and overall issues of Nigerian women. What follows is a list of 20 pertinent foundations that support women’s issues in Nigeria and globally.

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