Grants and Resources for Development

A list of current and past grant funding opportunities and useful resources for NGOs for development.

USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

Deadline: 13 May 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is inviting applicants for USAID Global Health Challenges to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, coinvest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address the most pressing problems in global health.

It is to generate novel tools and approaches that accelerate and sustain improved health outcomes in developing countries.

 Criteria for Consideration

  • Initial submissions are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data and resulting analysis.
  • The reputations of an organization, its past performance, the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria that may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges will be specified in each Addendum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

USAID: Seeking Applications for Development Food Assistance Projects

Deadline: 13 June 2016

The U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is seeking applications from U.S. and non-U.S. nonprofit organizations for funding for program entitled “Development Food Assistance Projects” for Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Liberia.

Through FFP, USAID supports multi-year development food assistance projects to reduce hunger and extreme poverty in vulnerable populations by addressing the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity.  It also provides emergency food assistance to address needs arising from natural disasters and complex emergencies often characterized by insecurity and population displacement.

Objectives

  • To improve food access and incomes through agriculture and other livelihoods initiatives;
  • Enhance natural resource and environment management;
  • Combat under nutrition, especially for children under two and pregnant and lactating women;
  • Mitigate disaster impact through early warning and community preparedness activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be considered for an award, the applicant must be a private voluntary organization (PVO) or cooperative that is, to the extent practicable, registered with the USAID Administrator, or an intergovernmental organization, such as the World Food Program.
  • This includes U.S. and non U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGO) as defined in Section 402 of the Food for Peace Act and as described on the USAID website under PVO Registration.
  • In the case of a consortium, the applicant must be the consortium lead and must identify any other members of the consortium or individuals tied to the implementation of the project as described in the application, along with all sub-awardees.
  • The respective roles of any other members of the consortium or individuals, including all sub-awardees, must be described and separate budgets must be attached for each.
  • USAID encourages applications from potential new partners and local organizations

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Development Food Assistance Projects.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Seeking Proposals for Youth Engagement, Education and Employment Programs

Deadline: 21 May 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS or Service) National Youth Development Program is seeking proposals from non-profit, state and local government youth-serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop and administer projects focused on providing employment, educational and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents.

Projects are developed based on needs identified by USFWS offices at the national, regional and local levels that will lead to the development of project scopes of work in consultation with the youth serving organizations selected as program partners

Focused Areas

  • Employment: Projects that provide participants with job skills training, education and professional development. These projects will engage youth crews, small teams and individuals
  • Education and Public Service: Projects that provide participants an opportunity to be exposed to civic engagement and collaborative, community-based stewardship of natural and cultural resources.

Funding Information: Contingent upon the availability of funds, the USFWS estimates having available a maximum of $10,000,000 this fiscal year nationwide for projects under this program

Eligibility Criteria

  • The opportunity is open to non-profit, state, county, city or township and special district government youth-serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop and administer projects focused on providing employment, educational, and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents between 15 and 25 years of age and veterans up to 35 years of age.
  • No other entities are eligible to respond.
  • All responding non-profit entities must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Programs.

U.S.Small Business Administration: Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs

Deadline: 29 April 2016

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is inviting proposals for funding from private, nonprofit microenterprise development organizations, microenterprise development programs run by State/Local/Tribal Governments or Indian tribes for Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME) to provide assistance and guidance to disadvantaged microentrepreneurs and/or microenterprise development organizations.

Purpose

  • Technical Assistance: To provide training and technical assistance programs to disadvantaged entrepreneurs including training specifically designed to:
    • Strengthen the capacity of cooperatives serving economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs and areas;
    • To support entrepreneurship among ex-offenders in the criminal justice system, especially those on parole, probation or incarcerated persons soon to be released
  • Capacity Building: To provide training and capacity building services to MDOs, microenterprise development programs, and groups of such organizations to assist them in developing microenterprise training and services, including services geared towards building MDO capacity to provide business training and technical assistance to:
    • Cooperatives serving economically disadvantaged areas;
    • To support entrepreneurship among ex-offenders in the criminal justice system, especially those on parole, probation or incarcerated individuals soon to be released.

Funding Information: SBA expects to issue up to $5,000,000 of awards and will have a one-year period of performance.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An organization may not submit multiple proposals, or proposals under multiple Tracks. In the event SBA receives multiple proposals or proposals under multiple Tracks from a single organization, all proposals submitted by that organization will be automatically rejected without evaluation.
  • A microenterprise development organization or program (or group or Collaborative thereof), such as a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution or similar entity, that has a demonstrated record of delivering microenterprise services to disadvantaged entrepreneurs; or
  • An Intermediary which has experience in delivering technical assistance to disadvantaged entrepreneurs
  • A microenterprise development organization or program that is accountable to a local community, working in conjunction with a State or local government or Indian Tribe; or
  • An Indian tribe acting on its own, if it can certify that no private organization or program referred to above exists within its jurisdiction.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs.

USDA/NIFA: Inviting Applicants for Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applicants for Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. by generating new science-based information and technology to address industry constraints.

Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.- produced products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America.

Funding Information: The anticipated amount available for NIFA support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $1.2 million, which is anticipated to fund four to five awards in FY 2016.

Program Area Priorities

  • Genetics of commercial aquaculture species;
  • Critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species;
  • Design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems;
  • Economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
  • Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
  • Failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of application deadline may result in the application being excluded from consideration or, even though an application may be reviewed, will preclude NIFA from making an award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their application packages electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Aquaculture Research.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Call for Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants

Deadline: 1 May 2016

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production.

CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

Funding Information: NRCS anticipates the amount available for support of the program in FY 2016 will be up to$150,000.

Project Priorities

Projects or activities under CIG must comply with all Federal, State, and local regulations throughout the duration of the project and:

  • Make use of proven technology or a technology that has been studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
  • Demonstrate, evaluate, or verify environmental (soil, water, air, plants, energy and animal) effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of conservation technology in the field;
  • Adapt conservation technologies, management, practices, systems, procedures, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance, and encourage adoption,
  • Introduce conservation systems, approaches, and procedures from another geographic area or agricultural sector; or
  • Demonstrate transferability of knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria

CIG applicants must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe, State or local unit of government, non-governmental organization, or an individual.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their proposals either electronically or by post at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Conservation Innovation Grant.

Department of Justice: Enhancing Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking

Deadline: 10 May 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for funding under a joint solicitation to support the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary human trafficking task forces within the United States  that implements victim-centered, collaborative, and sustainable approaches to:

  • Identify victims of all types of human trafficking within specific geographic areas.
  • Investigate and prosecute sex trafficking and labor trafficking cases at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
  • Address the individualized needs of victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of quality services.

Objectives

The human trafficking task force will:

  • establish and sustain effective leadership and a structure that will engage the necessary resources to support the successful identification of victims of all forms of human trafficking; service delivery; and investigation and prosecution of trafficking perpetrators.
  • make data-driven decisions based on a shared understanding of the prevalence, scope, and nature of human trafficking within the target geographic area.
  • identify victims of all types of human trafficking through the use of coordinated training, public awareness and outreach efforts, and trauma-informed screening and interview techniques
  • conduct proactive investigations of sex trafficking and labor trafficking with the goal of successful prosecution of human trafficking cases at the state or federal level.
  • ensure that a comprehensive array of services are readily available to meet the individualized needs of all victims of human trafficking, including foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, of all ages and sexes.

Funding Categories

  • Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces
  • Enhancement of Established Human Trafficking Task Forces

Funding Information

  • Development of Human Trafficking Task Forces: Each cooperative agreement (one for law enforcement and one for service provider within each task force) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Combined federal funds to each task force may not exceed $1.5 million.
  • Enhancement of Established Human Trafficking Task Forces: Each cooperative agreement (one for law enforcement and one for service providers) will be between $600,000 and $900,000. Federal funds to each task force will not exceed $1.5 million.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants under this program may be awarded to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (including tribal nonprofits).
  • For the purposes of this program, a unit of local government is any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state, territory, or federally recognized Indian tribal government.
  • Eligible applicants are law enforcement agencies and victim service providers located and operating within the community, jurisdiction, or geographic area of the human trafficking task force specified within the application.
  • This funding announcement requires two separate but coordinated applications from each human trafficking task force seeking funding: one application from a lead state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency and one application from a lead victim service organization.
  • The two applications must be developed in close collaboration with each other, and must be submitted as a pair, with each applicant naming the other as the primary partner.
  • Task forces applying for funding must submit the pair of applications under one of two Purpose Areas within this solicitation: Purpose Area 1- for the development of human trafficking task forces, or Purpose Area 2- for the enhancement of established human trafficking task forces.
  • Agencies and organizations that are members of task forces that received an award of federal funding through the OVC/BJA Enhanced Collaborative Model in FY 2010 through FY 2014 are not eligible to apply under Purpose Area 1.
  • Task forces funded in FY 2015 are not eligible to apply for FY 2016 funds, under either Purpose Area. Purpose Area 2 applicants must submit a human trafficking task force Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to be considered eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please download this PDF.

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USAID/Macedonia: M-Media Program to Support Development of Pluralistic Media Environment

Deadline: 16 May 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Macedonia is seeking applications from eligible prospective Macedonian organizations to fund “Macedonia Media (M-Media) Program – Media Content Production” that will support the development of a more pluralistic media environment by working with a range of content providers focused on improved public access to, awareness of, and engagement with an array of public interest subjects.

The program’s objective is to increase pluralism and transparency in the media environment and will focus on increasing access to information through content production that enables wider diffusion of knowledge and objectively-presented information within the country.

Funding Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, USAID/Macedonia anticipates awarding multiple awards up to $1 million each, with a total available amount of funding of $3 million.
  • The duration of the proposed program should be 12 to 36 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified local, Macedonian entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • 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.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.
  • Public International Organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Media Content Production.

USAID Supporting Development of Emerging Leaders in Mongolia!

Deadline: 21 April 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Mongolia is seeking applications from qualified US and non-US nongovernmental organizations, private voluntary organizations, public international organizations, for-profit organizations, and consortiums of US, local and/or international organizations to fund Mongolia’s Emerging Leaders Activity that will support the development of emerging Mongolian leaders while strengthening principles and values in democracy and good governance throughout Mongolia.

The aim of the activity is to increase citizen engagement in the democratic process, influence public servants in ways that enhance good governance, and promote decision-making that responds to national and local needs.

Objectives

  • Inculcate in the next generation of Mongolian leaders the democratic values and know-how to engage constructively with and within their government on good governance;
  • Spread this knowledge and know-how to young leaders from other emerging democracies; and
  • Promote civic education among Mongolia’s youth to build the foundation for a sustained democracy.

Activity Components

  • US.-Mongolia Emerging Leaders Program
  • Mongolia Emerging Leaders Alliance
  • Program on Civic Education for Mongolia’s Youth

Grant Information: Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $2,500,000 in total USAID funding over a two year period.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All U.S. and non-US nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), private voluntary organizations (PVOs), public international organizations (PIOs), consortiums of organizations, and for-profits (provided they forego profit), may participate.
  • 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 successful applicant will be subject to a responsibility determination (which may include a pre-award survey) issued by a warranted Agreement Officer (AO) in USAID.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application forms either by post or electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Mongolia’s Emerging Leaders Activity.

Embassy of United States in Uganda: PEPFAR Community Grants Program to Combat HIV/AIDS

Deadline: 1 September 2016

The Embassy of United States in Uganda is seeking applications from organisations for The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants Program to Combat HIV/AIDS with an aim to assist communities and local Ugandan grassroots organizations with small-scale development projects to provide care and support to key populations (KP), adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Program Priorities for Community Grants

  • Support for OVC, Adolescent Girls and Young Women
  • Support for Key Population

Grant Information: The amount for each award is no more than equivalent of $25,000 and will be paid in Ugandan Shillings.

Eligibility Criteria

The program must:

  • Directly support the beneficiaries in the following prioritized districts through the core intervention services.
  • Have an evidence-based understanding of the HIV epidemics and a community member’s risk of HIV and from HIV.
  • Have already assessed and identified priority needs for the beneficiaries.
  • Be achievable in one year.
  • Have a demonstrable impact on epidemic control and the quality of lives of the infected and affected by HIV.
  • Be community driven with significant community support.
  • Develop linkages with other service providers in the community, including healthcare providers.
  • Be sustainable. The program must include plans to ensure that the beneficiaries will receive the same level of support after the funding ends. (Salaries, space and utility for office administration cannot be funded by this grant.)
  • Be conducted by registered non-profit Ugandan organizations.
  • Produce clearly measurable results. The project needs to be able to quantify and report on the number of key population and/or OVC served with the funding received.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their complete applications either via post or email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit PEPFAR Community Grant.