Open Meadows Foundation Funds for Women-Led Projects: Grants of up to $2000

Deadline: 15 February 2016

Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls.

Grants & Funding areas

Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded for projects that:

  • Are designed and implemented by women and girls
  • Reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization
  • Promote building community power
  • Have limited financial access

Eligibility Criteria

      • Organizations interested in applying must have tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is tax exempt under 501C3 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
      • Applicants must their application, 501C3 tax letter, budget and any other supporting materials for their proposal.
      • Organizational budget should not exceed $75,000.
      • Small and start-up organizations are given priority.

The Foundation do not fund:

      • individuals
      • public or private educational institutions
      • local, state, and national governmental agencies
      • for-profit businesses

How to Apply

  • Applicants must download the Proposal Cover Sheet through the website and submit it via email.
  • Required Documents:
    • The Cover Sheet
    • A project narrative not to exceed three pages which includes specific information about the project and the community in which it will take place as well as organization information. Be specific and detailed about the project.
    • An itemized budget for the project including income and expenses
    • A budget for the organization including income and expenses. Please include 1 or 2 previous years’ budget if available.
    • For US proposals, a copy of either your organization’s tax-exempt letter from the IRS giving 501(c)(3) status or a copy of the fiscal agent’s tax-exempt letter from the IRS giving 501(c)(3) status. For international proposals, a copy of the organization’s registration.
    • A list of staff (full and part-time), including race, ethnicity and gender
    • A list of the current board of directors, including race, ethnicity and gender
    • All arts projects must be accompanied by support material via pdf, mp3, video link and other online access. Film and video projects will be considered only after the film/video is complete.
    • Supplemental materials or samples may be included to support of your program.

For more information, please visit Open Meadows Grants.

Nordic Council of Ministers’ Funding Scheme for Gender Equality 2016

Deadline: 31 March 2016

The Nordic Council of Ministers with an aim to stimulate Nordic cooperation for gender equality, within their strategy and its prioritizations, are currently inviting voluntary organizations active in the Nordic countries for its Funding Scheme for Gender Equality 2016.

Funding Information

Funding of up to DKK 50 000–500 000 will be granted to projects, expected to generate both Nordic value and added gender equality value.

Eligibility Criteria                                                                                     

  • The following activities are eligible for funding:
    • Nordic conferences/meetings
    • Investigations/studies
    • Network development
    • Projects
    • Participation of voluntary organizations in Nordic or international conferences/courses/meetings
  • The funding scheme is intended for a broad target group and the calls for applications are open to a wide range of activities and organizations, including:
    • Voluntary/citizens’ organizations
    • Networks
    • Government agencies and other public organizations (for example municipalities and university units
    • Other non-commercial actors
    • Businesses (small and medium-sized)
  • Each project must involve at least three Nordic countries, where the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands can count as one. Funding may also be granted for activities involving collaboration in neighbouring areas (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as North-West Russia) in which at least two Nordic countries are participating. The primary applicant should come from a Nordic country, the Faroe Islands, Greenland or the Åland Islands.
  • The following activities are not eligible for funding:
    • Activities already funded partly or fully by MR-JÄM or the Nordic Council of Ministers
    • Activities for which a budget in DKK has not been submitted
    • Activities for which the funding application has been submitted past the application deadline
    • Activities for which a complete application has not been submitted (all mandatory fields have not been completed or appendices are missing)
    • Organisation linked to political parties
    • Individuals
    • Activities designed to generate a profit for the funding recipient

How to Apply

The application is to be submitted in one of the three Scandinavian languages or in English through the use of an online application form that will be available in March on the official website.

For more information, please visit Nordic Funding Scheme for Gender Equality.

Apply now for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum 2016: Call for Applications under Step it up for Gender Equality Initiative!

Deadline: 17 January 2016

Registrations are open for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum under Step it up for Gender Equality initiative that is an interactive and inspiring initiative to promote dialogue, exchange, learning and networking for people engaged in promoting gender equality in their daily lives.

The forum will be held from 2 to 4 March 2016 at European Parliament in Brussels.

The initiative has been organized by the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats(S&D) in the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, PES Women, Young European Socialists, Rainbow Rose and the Global Progressive Forum.

The S&D Group stands for an inclusive European society based on principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, diversity and fairness with its MEPs committed to fighting for social justice, jobs and growth, consumer rights, sustainable development, financial market reform and human rights to create a stronger and more democratic Europe and a better future for everyone.

As part of this unique event, youths will also have the chance to build a wide network of contacts and share their experience of gender equality projects. They will have the opportunity to interact with S&D Members of the European Parliament, professionals and experts while engaging in intercultural exchanges with the participants.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2016 Forum is looking for 25 young motivated individuals, 20 EU nationals and 5 from neighboring countries, aged 18 to 25.
  • The ideal candidate will be motivated, proactive and engaged in gender equality/women’s rights activism, with good communication skills, and will share the core values of the Socialists and Democrats.
  • A good knowledge of English is a must as there will be no interpretation during the forum.
  • The S&D Group will consider gender balance in the selection process.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register for the forum via given website.

Note: Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible, as for practical reasons the organizers can only take into consideration the first 250 applications. The top 25 of these will be selected for the Youth for Gender Equality Forum and will be contacted by January 31st 2016 by the organizers.

For more information, please visit Youth for Gender Equality Forum 2016.

EU Action Grants Combating Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance

Deadline: 18 February 2016

The European Union is currently inviting Action Grants supporting transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. This call for proposals for action grants is based on the 2015 annual work programme of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC Programme).

The indicative available budget under this call for proposals is EUR 5.400.000.

Funding Priorities

The proposals under this call will focus on the priorities described below:

  • Best practices to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance (BEST)
  • Training and capacity building for strengthening criminal responses to hate crime and hate speech (TRAI)
  • Empowering and supporting victims of hate crime and hate speech (VICT)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applications must fulfill all of the following criteria.

  • Applicants and partners must be legally constituted public or private organisations, or international organizations
  • Bodies set up by the European Union falling under Article 208 of the Financial Regulations (EU bodies and institutions) are not eligible for funding and cannot submit applications. They can be associated to an application, but their costs will not be co-financed.
  • Only legally constituted organisations can participate. Natural persons (private individuals) are not allowed to submit applications.
  • Non-profit organisation must be:
    • a legal entity that is by its legal form non-profit-making; or
    • has a legal statutory obligation not to distribute profits to its shareholders or individual members. The provision that profits will not be distributed must be clearly stipulated either in the law or in the statutes of the organisation; decisions on (not) distributing profits made by its managing board, associates, stakeholders, members or representatives are not sufficient proof of the non-profit nature.
  • Eligible country: All EU Member states including Iceland and Liechtenstein.

EU Member Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit applications via PRIAMOS online system.

For more information, please visit EU Action Grants.

Global Social Economy Forum: Allies for Intelligent and Sustainable Development of Cities!

Deadline: 3 January 2016

The Global Social Economy Forum -GSEF2016 is seeking proposals for an integrated vision of development in cities. The forum is meant to be a dynamic and participatory gathering, constructed in collaboration with local and international partners. The core theme of the Montréal edition of this forum, co-organized by the City of Montréal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale, is:

  • Collaboration between local governments and
  • The social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities.

GSEF is a large international gathering that was initiated by the City of Seoul in 2013, in collaboration with its local social economy partners. More specifically, the GSEF2016 will present initiatives that have created jobs, improved quality of life, reinforced social cohesion, and fostered smarter and more sustainable development of cities.


  • Share best practices from around the planet of public policy co-constructed for the development of the SSE in urban areas
  • Identify opportunities and issues pertaining to collaboration between local governments and SSE actors
  • Enable international actions to foster the development of the SSE
  • Promote awareness of the SSE and recognition of its role in local development, especially among public stakeholders, the general public, and the private sector
  • Reinforce the GSEF and its capacity to carry out its mission


  • Enterprise and Job Creation
  • Quality of Life and Living Environment
  • Social Cohesion
  • Governance
  • Relationships Between Urban and Rural Areas Youth
  • Gender: Social and Solidarity Economy(SSE) and Women
  • Indicators and Measures of Impact
  • Technology

Eligible Entities

  • Social and solidarity economy organizations and networks
  • Local governments: elected officials and civil servants
  • Academics: researchers and students
  • Private sector representatives
  • Civil society stakeholders

How to Apply

Those interested in submitting a proposal for the GSEF2016 must complete the form provided on the Forum website mentioned below.

For more information, please visit Global Social Economy Forum.

Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Innovative Approaches to Tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is currently inviting applications from the humanitarian organisations for the seed funding on Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The objective for the HIF during the first year of the GBV programme is to lay foundations for successful next steps. This includes identifying the current key gaps and challenges in GBV programming through rigorous research and identifying and supporting innovation initiatives to better meet women and girls’ needs and improve the quality and scale of GBV response, protection.

This seed funding may be used for travel, coordination of focus groups to explore new collaborations, partnership building or initial ideation. Grants will be for a maximum duration of 3 months.


Seed funding of up to £10,000 per application will be available.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The project consortium must include at least one operational humanitarian organisation with strong experience of GBV in emergencies and one organisation working in various aspects of innovation and design practice.
  • Consortia should be diverse and may include research institutions, operational agencies, governmental organisations, individual experts, and local non-government or community based organisations, the private sector, or social enterprises. This list is not exhaustive.
  • Each project consortium will have to clearly identify a single lead agency.
  • Applicants from lower and middle income countries are particularly encouraged to submit applications.

How to Apply

The applications must include:

  1. Short proposal (2 pages approx.)
  2. Details of consortium, including letters of support
  3. Budget and timeline
  4. Legal registration of the lead applicant

All applications must be submitted through online registration process.

For more information, please visit HIF- GBV Programme.

NordForsk Call for Proposals: Research Grants of (NOK) 25000000 for Projects on “Solving the Gender Paradox”

Deadline: 27 April 2016

NordForsk is currently call for proposals for Nordic Centres of Excellence in a newly established programme entitled Solving the Nordic Gender Paradox: Gender Gaps in the Research and Innovation Area. The research funded through this initiative will be interdisciplinary and deploy qualitative or quantitative methods in addressing issues such as:

  • Hierarchies, structural power relations and innovation cultures
  • National policies and institutional structures
  • Preconceptions, language and norms in research and innovation
  • Implicit gender bias
  • Leadership and management
  • Research careers, work-life balance and the Nordic welfare system
  • Differences between the public and private sectors
  • Career progression, international mobility and competition

Grants available & Duration

  • Maximum applied amount (NOK) 25000000.
  • NCoE status and funding will be granted for a period of five years.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for funding, the following conditions must be met:

  • The leader of the NCoE must be an established senior researcher based at a research institution in one of the Nordic countries funding the programme (Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). A researcher can only be a project leader in one application.
  • The NCoE consortium must involve researchers or research groups from institutions based or headquartered in at least three Nordic countries. Letters of intent, expressing a binding institutional commitment from their institutions, are required for all NCoE partners
  • Proposals must include a plan for contributing to open science in accordance with Science Europe Principles on Open Access to Research Publications.
  • Proposals must include a description of the relevant legal and ethical frameworks and procedures needed to perform the research.

How to Apply

Proposals must be submitted electronically through NordForsk Application Portal.

For more information, please visit Research on gender program.

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Small Grants to Promote Gender Equality

Deadline: 31 December 2015

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) along with its partners is inviting applicants for small grant facility to provide technical and financial support to upscale the deployment of projects that simultaneously promote gender equality and improve energy access in the region.

ECREEE aims to address existing barriers to the equal participation of men and women in expanding energy access in the region, and thus contribute to the success of the sustainable Energy for All initiative in the ECOWAS region. It has three facilities:

  • The ECOWAS Women’s Business Fund will support female entrepreneurs operating in the formal and informal sectors with innovative business ideas to establish or upscale energy businesses. Also the Fund includes a component on ‘Gender in power generation, transmission and distribution’, and will support Government Ministries, Departments or Agencies (MDAs) to incorporate gender dimensions in large scale energy infrastructure projects.
  • The Women’s Technical Exchange Program is a south-south cooperation framework which aims to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing for the replications and deployments of clean energy technologies. Through this Facility, trainers and trainees will be matched up to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer.
  • Women Economic Empowerment through Energy for Productive Uses aims is to expand energy access to support rural women in agricultural businesses and, thus, contribute towards poverty alleviation, increased employment, and improved health and educational levels of rural women for the sustainable development of the ECOWAS region.

Grants Information

  • The €5 Million Facility will run from June 2016 – 2019, and will identify gender-responsive projects through annual calls for proposals.
  • Prior to this, the Facility will commence with a pilot phase lasting till June 2016, and with a size of €500,000 will support about 7 to 10 energy projects.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Sector or Strategic Fit: Project is within the priority areas considered by the ECOW-GEN Facility.
  • Development Impact: The project improves the quality of life of the local population.
  • Regional priority: The authorities (e.g. government Ministries, traditional leaders, etc.) are aware and in support of the project as contributing to the country’s development goals and agenda.
  • Institutional Capacity: The project should currently have capacity or should have credible plans to add capacity towards management and project implementation.
  • Gender responsiveness: The project should demonstrate its gender responsiveness, specifying how the proposal was designed with intent to address gender inequalities or inequities and/or to leverage gender benefits.

 Eligibility Criteria

The following entities will be eligible:

  • Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the 15 ECOWAS Member States;
  • International and local civil society organizations (CSOs)
  • Women and Community-based groups and associations (including youth organizations);
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Private sector organizations
  • Academia and research institutions

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Open Society Foundation’s Bilateral Fund for NGOs in Slovakia

Deadline: 8 January 2016

Open Society Foundation is currently inviting grant applications for its Bilateral Fund Programme in Slovakia. The Bilateral Fund will support grant applications aimed at the following: networking and building partnerships, sharing and transferring knowledge, technology, experience, know-how and good practices between entities in the Slovak Republic and those in the donor countries, as well as international organizations.

Focus Areas

The Programme support:

  • Democracy, good governance and transparency.
  • Human rights, including minority rights.
  • Gender equality and fight against gender-based violence.
  • Fight against discrimination, racism and xenophia.

Grants available & Duration

  • Financial allocation for this call is €76,500.
  • The minimum amount of grant support for one applicant is €1,000.
  • The maximum grant support for one applicant is €10,000.
  • The maximum duration of project activities is until 30 April 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) established in Slovakia with a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central bodies of public administration and government, public entities, political parties and commercial organizations.
  • Religious organizations and political parties are not considered NGOs.
  • In order to carry out the activity, the applicant must have at least one foreign partner from the donor country (Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway) or an international organization.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically through the website.

For more information, please visit Grant programme.

Girls Impact the World Film Festival: Submit Short Films Focusing on Global Women’s Issues

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and Connecther is currently inviting applications from high school and undergraduate college students to submit 3-5 minute short films for the Girls Impact the World (GITW) Film Festival. The film must focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, micro finance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking, poverty alleviation, etc.

Winners will receive a monetary prize, film distribution channels via SIC, Connecther and Creative Visions networks, as well as an internship opportunity at Creative Visions in Los Angeles.

Focus areas

These issues include:

  • Political participation
  • Economic independence
  • Domestic and gendered violence
  • Maternal mortality
  • Poverty
  • Teen & child marriage
  • Sex trafficking and slavery
  • Women and girls in media
  • Women in Leadership
  • Education for Girls and Women
  • Women/Girls in STEM
  • Ending FGM
  • Water
  • Ending child marriage
  • Ending FGM
  • Gender pay gap – equal pay
  • Women and the environment

Prizes available

  • Grand Prize: $5000 cash prize and Creative Visions Foundation Internship Opportunity.
  • 1st Runner Up: $2500 cash prize and Creative Visions Foundation Internship Opportunity.
  • 2nd Runner Up: $1000 cash prize.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant(s) must be 25 or under on December 31, 2015 (special circumstances may be considered).
  • The GITW Film Fest Competition is not open to any resident of the following countries: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • Each individual applicant may be involved in the making of up to two films. You may not enter more than two films.
  • Applicants can be high school and undergraduate college students of all nationalities.
  • Videos must either:
    • Raise awareness about critical issues affecting women and girls around the world or
    • Propose solutions to critical challenges faced by women.

Submission guidelines

  • Your film should be between 3 and 5 minutes long.
  • Your film must contain the provide End Marker still image.
  • Your film can be a narrative, documentary, investigative reporting,music video, animation, orcurated film (film collage).
  • Your film must be created after January 1, 2015.

How to Apply

Applicants can enter their videos on the GITW entry submission page available on the website.

For more information, please visit GITW Film Program.