South East Asia Prosperity Fund 2016-2017: Promoting Economic Reform and Development for Growth in Partner Countries

Deadline: 27 March 2016

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have announced the South East Asia Prosperity Fund over the next 5 years to promote the economic reform and development needed for growth in partner countries.

The priorities of the fund include improving the business climate, competitiveness and operation of markets, energy and financial sector reform, and increasing the ability of partner countries to tackle corruption.

Project Objectives

Economic Development & Business Environment

  • Projects that lead to increased cross-border trade and investment by reducing barriers to trade and liberalising key sectors of the economy.
  • Projects that improve the business environment for domestic and foreign firms by promoting regulatory reform and improved legal/arbitration frameworks.
  • Projects that improve transparency and tackle corruption, particularly in the areas of public procurement and business licensing, as well as the adoption of international transparency standards/initiatives.
  • Projects that lead to the development of efficient and transparent frameworks for financing and developing infrastructure, including through public-private partnerships (PPP).

Climate Change, Low Carbon and Energy Security

  • Projects that work with governments to further develop and implement the priority emissions reduction measures identified in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.
  • Projects that work with governments to reduce existing and future carbon emissions from the energy sector; including through better interconnectivity, integration, legislation, regulation, policy-making, financing and implementation. Proposals are welcome both on the energy supply side, and on the reduction of energy demand, in particular through improved energy efficiency in key sectors like buildings, industry and transport.
  • Projects that work with governments to enhance national and regional energy security, consistent with a lower carbon energy future for SE Asia.
  • Projects that help governments to engage at and around UNFCCC, to ensure they can contribute effectively to the further development of robust international governance arrangements for the new global climate treaty to take effect in 2020.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Prosperity Fund accepts project proposals from civil society, governments, think-tanks, commercial organizations and other UK government departments.
  • Project proposals in these specific areas will be considered for funding and can be bilateral (operating in one country) or regional (operating in two or more countries).
  • Projects have to operate in our main markets (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and additionally in Burma). Regional projects can include a small element of work in other South East Asia countries (Cambodia, Laos PDR, Brunei & Singapore) but the project’s focus should be in our main markets.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the project proposal from through the website and send it via email at the address mentioned on the website.

For more information, please visit South East Asia Prosperity Fund.


SEIA Sida Conference Strategic Fund for Environmental Sustainability, Gender Equality & Poverty Reduction

Deadline: 31 March 2016

SEI along with the support from Government of Sweden, funds events focused on environmentally sustainable development, gender equality and poverty reduction.

The Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme funded by Sweden aims to promote informed dialogue where different groups and stakeholders can share knowledge in regional forums and other strategic events with the goal of helping to shape public policy to advance environmentally sustainable development.

The events should preferably bring representatives from government, the private sector, and civil society together with researchers, and feature active exchanges between participants.

The program aims to change mind-sets and everyday practices to ultimately benefit the citizens of the region, with particular attention to poor and marginalized groups such as, but not limited to, women, children, ethnic minorities and other environmentally vulnerable groups based on their specific contexts.

Grants Information

A total of 1,200,000 SEK will be awarded evenly in the 4 quarters of a year to support 4 strategic events each year with the maximum limitation of 300,000 SEK.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Recipient organizations should be based in Asia or, if they are based outside the region, be addressing issues relevant to Asia.
  • Recipients can be public nonprofit organizations or networks with experience in providing dialogue platforms to enable different groups and stakeholders who can share knowledge in the areas of environmentally sustainable development, gender equality and poverty reduction in Asia with focus on Southeast Asia.
  • Depending on their role and interests, private-sector participants may be responsible for their own expenses, with a possible exception for cost-sharing option for micro- and small enterprises with resource constraints.
  • The concept note should explain how the funds will add value to the event beyond what the existing funding can provide.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply by filling the template for concept note provided on the website.

For more information, please visit SEIA Sida Conference Strategic Fund.


AEWA Small Grants Fund: Inviting NGOs Working on AEWA related Conservation & Livelihood activities in Selected African Countries

Deadline: 27 March 2016

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement Small Grants Fund is open for applications with an aim to promote the implementation of AEWA in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The Fund supports AEWA-related conservation activities, for example species and habitat conservation, training and awareness-raising for different target groups, survey and monitoring of species and sites, and livelihood-related activities.

Grants Information

The maximum sum granted per project is USD 16,000 and the maximum project duration is 24 months.

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda.

Following countries can contact UNEP/AEWA Secretariat to find out about eligibility: Chad, Congo, Dijibouti, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Project proposals can be submitted by any national governmental agency or any national or international non-governmental agency/organization involved with the conservation of migratory waterbirds and/or their habitats in the respective eligible country.
  • Projects are not eligible for funding if a Small Grants Fund project from an earlier cycle is ongoing in the respective country. Projects in member countries are also not eligible for funding if the respective country is more than three years in arrears with its annual financial contributions to AEWA.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their project proposals using the application form provided on the website.

For more information, please visit AEWA Small Grants Fund.


Positive Action for Children Fund: Supporting Organizations to Deliver Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Services!

Deadline: 29 March 2016

The Call for Proposals for ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Children Fund(PACF) 2016 is open.

The PACF aims to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead.

PACF supports organisations across four continents, with special attention given to countries with the most need of PMTCT interventions: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Burundi, Chad, Tanzania, Kenya and India.

Priority Areas

The application should focus on ending paediatric HIV and target one or more of the following five topics areas aligned to the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) WHO strategy.

  • Community Interventions Addressing Loss to Follow-up in PMTCT
  • Supporting Positive Mothers and their Affected Families
  • Preventing Unintended Pregnancies
  • Keeping Adolescent and Young Women HIV Negative
  • Identifying Children Living with HIV and Ensuring Early Infant Diagnosis

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications via online application system provided on the website.

For more information, please visit Positive Action for Children Fund.


OSISA: Seeking Proposals for Supporting Innovative Programs

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa is inviting proposals from civil society organizations, Community or state actors to support innovative programmes working towards open society ideals and which advocate for these ideals in southern Africa.

Priority Areas

  • Human Rights, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Natural Resources Governance
  • Youth Arts and Culture
  • Women’s Rights

Eligibility Criteria

  • OSISA invites proposals from civil society, community or state actors from Southern Africa, which are not formally registered entities.
  • OSISA will 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.
  • Non-registered groups and formations may submit OSISA 2016 Concept Proposal Forms for consideration by OSISA.

How to Apply

To apply, organizations and entities operating and registered in southern Africa need to complete and submit the OSISA 2016 Grant Application Form given on the website.

For more information, please visit OSISA.


Foundation for Human Rights: Socio-Economic Justice for All

Deadline: 25 March 2016

The Foundation for Human Rights in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development have launched a new program called Amarightza also known as ‘Socio-Economic Justice for All-(SEJA).

The AMARIGHTZA programme is based on the values and principles enshrined in the South African Constitution -Dignity, Equality and Freedoms. It also takes account of the universality, indivisibility, interrelatedness and interdependence of all human rights.

The goals of the AMARIGHTZA programme are to facilitate the realization of socioeconomic rights for vulnerable and marginalized groups, the strengthening of civil society organizations and to build sector coordination in the social justice sector.

Areas of Interests

  • 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
  • Youth, including youth in prisons

Funding Information

  • 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.

For more information, please download this pdf.


FISP-Climat: Funding Innovations in the Field of Climate Change

Deadline: 18 March 2016

French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) is seeking proposals for funding innovations in the field of climate change, through grants.

FISP-Climat aims to encourage reproducible and long-term projects, in order to stimulate a market for technologies or services to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change in developing countries.

Grants Information

The aim is to fund, through an initial call for expressions of interest, five to ten projects with a grant of a maximum of €500,000 per project

Eligible Project Themes

Adaptation to climate change

  • Water management in industry
  • Optimising waste water treatment and water distribution networks
  • Pumping water from renewable resources
  • Establishment of observation tools and indicators (MRV)
  • Risk prevention

Mitigation of climate change

  • Generation of electricity, heat and cold from renewable resources
  • Biofuel production
  • Energy efficiency in industry
  • Energy efficiency in construction
  • Waste management and energy recovery
  • Projects promoting a circular economy
  • Smart grids
  • Urban mobility.
  • Emergence of new transport solutions.

Eligible Regions

  • Countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) zone
  • The North African – Mediterranean region
  • Other developing countries

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit this link.


BERSAMA: Seeking Applications for Gender Based Violence Prevention Program

Deadline: 24 March 2016

USAID/Indonesia is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for a program to prevent gender-based violence in Eastern Indonesia; entitled BERSAMA.

USAID/Indonesia’s Bersama activity is significant in the context of USAID’s GBV Strategy, because it is one of a few USAID-funded anti-GBV programs that approach GBV from a democracy, human rights, governance and accountability lens or via a community-based approach.


  • Democratic Governance Strengthened
  • Essential Human Services for the Poorest and Most Vulnerable Improved
  • Global Development Priorities of Mutual Interest Advanced
  • Collaborative Achievement in Science, Technology and Innovation Increased
  • Areas of Intervention
  • Addressing the root causes of violence, including gender inequality, contexts that support men’s domination of women, and rigid norms about masculinity;
  • Improving prevention and protection services, including strengthening government service provision and justice systems;
  • Responding to the health and economic needs of those affected by GBV;
  • Supporting legislation and its enforcement against GBV, calling for government accountability to uphold women and survivors’ rights.

Funding Information

Subject to funding availability, USAID/INDONESIA anticipates level of funding for this award is not to exceed $7,400,000 over five years period.

Eligibility Criteria

  • S. and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are eligible to submit an application.
  • NGOs include any incorporated entity, either nonprofit or for profit, other than a governmental organization.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations.
  • The Recipient must be a responsible entity. The Agreement Officer may determine a pre-award survey is required to conduct an examination that will determine whether the prospective recipient has the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills – or ability to obtain them – in order to achieve the objectives of the program and comply with the terms and conditions of the award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit the applications both in hard copies and electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Gender Based Violence Prevention Program.



Applications Open for SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development!

Deadline: 21 March 2016

Applications are open for SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development in order to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.

The three awards open for applications are:

  • Switch Africa Green-SEED Awards,
  • SEED Africa Awards
  • SEED Gender Equality Awards.

Winners will be honored at the SEED Africa Symposium on 28-29 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, where they have the opportunity to present their innovative business model to influential delegates and to share their experiences with experts and other enterprises

The SEED Catalyser offers each SEED Award Winner a customised support package consisting of tools, capacity building, profiling, network building, and financing, all tailored to their individual needs.

Eligibility Criteria

SEED this year will make available up to:

  • 15 SAG-SEED Awards to enterprises in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union;
  • 4 SEED Africa Awards to enterprises in Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia supported by the Government of Flanders;
  • 1 SEED Gender Equality Award to enterprises in Kenya that are run or owned by women and prioritise women‘s empowerment.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply for the awards via given website.

For more information, please visit SEED Awards 2016.



Applications Open for 2016 Innovation Competition by MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity

Deadline: 28 March 2016

Applications are open for the 2016 Innovation Competition by Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity.

The competition aims to transform lives of people by supporting Financial Innovation.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a US$50 million challenge fund to extend financial services to people living in poverty.

Is your idea innovative?

  • The ideas will be judged on the basis of following questions:
  • What is the potential for the proposed idea to change access to financial services in rural Africa?
  • In what way is the proposed idea new? Is it new to the financial services sector, new to the country, new to the continent? Perhaps it is even a first in the world?
  • To what extent does the proposed project reach financially underserved markets?

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity will only support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product or process to rural poor people in an eligible African country mentioned above.
  • Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more of them (which could include a non-governmental organization); however, the proposal must be made by one company acting as the lead organization.
  • Firms that apply should have an established and verifiable institutional track record.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register for the competition via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Innovation Competition.