How can NGOs apply and get grants from Bilateral Donor Agencies?

How can NGOs apply and get grants from Bilateral Donor Agencies?

Bilateral donor funding refers to the donor country’s Government aid to recipient country in a Government-to-Government or a Government-to-NGO/Civil Society partnership. It is part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) policies of the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which are working towards economic progress and trade. They play a […]

How to undertake strategic planning for your NGO

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Inviting Applicants for Emerging Young Leaders Award

Someone has rightly said that without a plan, a goal is only a wish. In the context of your NGO also, it holds true. Despite having a mission and a vision, an organization might be going on a path to nowhere, as these are very broad statements, and do not provide a clear direction, or […]

How to establish Effective Governance in Your NGO

Happy Indian business team.

The term ‘governance’ comes from Greek verb κυβερνάω [kubernáo], meaning ‘to steer’. Every institution, be it public, private, or third sector, needs governance to function. There are formalized forms of governance, and the most formalized one is the ‘government’. NGOs also need good governance for effective functioning, growth and sustainability. The principles of good governance […]

U.S. Department of State Bureau of PRM: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees & Vulnerable Populations

U.S. Department of State Bureau of PRM: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees & Vulnerable Populations

Deadline: 25 May 2016 U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is seeking proposals from organisations for its NGO programs to provide benefits to refugees and other vulnerable populations in Central Asia. Funding Priorities Proposed activities should primarily support Afghan refugees and stateless individuals in Central Asia. Proposals can include projects […]

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of ECA: Inviting NGOs for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of ECA: Inviting NGOs for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Deadline: 28 June 2016 The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is seeking applications from U.S. public and private non-profit organizations for FY2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program with an aim  to build mutual understanding and strengthen U.S. engagement with professionals from designated countries who are well placed to address […]

Twitter for Good: 9 steps for NGOs to get on Twitter

Twitter for Good: 9 steps for NGOs to get on Twitter

Believe it or not, Twitter is revolutionizing communication as we know it. The freedom and power of 140 characters is taking the social media by storm every day. Daily we come across various things which are ‘trending’ on social media, and Twitter has major role to play there. For NGOs, many are on social media […]

Call for Applications: The Global Drug Policy Advocacy Fellowship Program for Asia & Africa

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The Global Drug Policy Program under Open Society Foundations (OSF) invites applications to the 2016 Asia & Africa Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform.

This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, improve their advocacy skills, and enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy. The fellowship seeks to increase the capacity of emerging and new leaders in drug policy reform, including people not necessarily working full-time on drug-related issues.


The objectives of the fellowship include the following:

  • increase their knowledge of global drug policy reform issues on a region-by-region approach
  • increase their understanding of the international drug control system and conflicts with other United Nations priorities
  • have a greater awareness of the drug policy reform landscape and key figures within that movement
  • establish links with those working in drug policy, particularly in the UK
  • build and develop their communications skills, including for media interviews, press releases, press databases, public speaking
  • have an understanding of the tools for debate, so that they can confidently challenge anti-reform positions
  • improve their confidence as drug policy advocates both through participation in the program and through ongoing support from the host organization

Priority Areas

The program includes the following topics:

  • global overview of drug policy reform
  • overarching issues relevant to drug policy reform
  • international drug control system
  • overview of international human rights in the context of drug policy
  • drug policy developments in Africa
  • effective campaigning
  • media and public engagement

Eligibility Criteria

  • Successful candidates will have a track-record of public engagement in the issues of drug policy reform or other relevant field (e.g., public health) at the local, national, or international levels.
  • Applications are welcome from those working across numerous fields related to drug policy. Previous fellows have worked in drug policy NGOs, at law enforcement agencies, in national governments, in health care facilities, and at universities, among other organizations. Please note that before receiving the fellowship, finalists will be asked to present a letter from their employer agreeing to their two-week participation in the course.
  • The purpose of this program is to promote the capacities of both new advocates and individuals who are emerging leaders in drug policy reform. Starting in 2016, employees of organizations currently receiving support from the Open Society Foundations are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Eligible Countries

  • Asia Program
    • Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia
    • East Asia: Japan
  • Africa Program
    • West Africa: Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria
    • East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
    • South Africa

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, applicants should submit the following documents in English as .doc or .pdf attachments, together via email:

  • Application: Download and complete the application form. Note that the applicant is asked to address all prompts, including providing short-answer responses to four questions.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): The CV should specify the applicant’s academic and professional background, including a detailed description of previous employment, a list of academic and policy projects in which the applicant has been involved, public engagement record, and honors (including scholarships and fellowships).
  • Writing sample (optional): The sample must be in English and should demonstrate the candidate’s expertise in a field related to drug policy. The writing sample should not exceed two pages.

For more information, please visit The Global Drug Policy Program.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Inviting Portuguese NGOs for Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives Programme

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is seeking applications from Portuguese NGOs for Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives programme that intends to support activities aimed at enhancing relations between Portuguese NGOs and entities of the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) with a view to exchanging international experiences, sharing and transferring knowledge and good practices to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of NGOs in the Portuguese civil society and also to assist promoters in the preparation of projects to be submitted to the Programme.

The bilateral cooperation initiatives are designed to facilitate and support the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperation and its is a tool to improve and introduce innovation and best practices in projects submitted to areas of support.

Funding Information

  • Bilateral cooperation initiatives are limited to a maximum grant of 3 500 euros per proposal, which can be supported at the maximum rate of 100% of the eligible costs.
  • Bilateral cooperation initiatives are limited to a maximum grant of 5 500 euros per proposal, which can be supported at the maximum rate of 90% of the eligible costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Each Promoter may receive support to a maximum of two bilateral cooperation initiatives under this call. Proposals under this call shall not be considered for the purpose of the limitation of applications to other types of projects to be supported by the Programme (i.e. referred to in paragraph 1 of Article 11 of the Rules of the Programme);
  • Besides Portuguese NGOs, as defined in Article 7 of the Rules of the Programme, entities from Donor States are also eligible as promoters of bilateral cooperation initiatives when participating in events organised by the Fund Operator;
  • At least one entity from Donor States, International or intergovernmental organisation relevant to achieving the cooperation objectives, must participate as partners in any initiative;
  • Portuguese entities which are not NGOs in the meaning of article 7 of the Rules of the Programme may also participate in bilateral cooperation initiatives as eligible partners.
  • Eligible activities can be short-term actions aiming at searching for project partners prior or during preparation of a project application, at developing such partnerships and at preparing applications for donor partnership projects,
  • Eligible activities can be short-term actions such as the organization or participation in conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses aimed at networking, exchanging and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and best practices between entities based in Portugal and entities in the Donor States, international and intergovernmental organisations.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Bilateral Cooperation Initiatives.

EACEA Call for Proposals: Supporting Social Inclusion through Education, Training & Youth

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The European Commision in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is seeking proposals will support projects in the fields of education, training and youth, which aim at upscaling and disseminating innovative good practices falling under the scope of the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

The programme is divided into two lots

  • Lot 1: Education and training (EUR 10 000 000)
  • Lot 2: Youth (EUR 3 000 000)


  • Preventing violent radicalisation and promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.
  • Fostering the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, including persons with a migrant background, while preventing and combating discriminatory practices.

Size of Grant

The maximum grant per project will be EUR 500 000.

Eligible Countries

  • 28 Member States of the European Union
  • EFTA/EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • EU candidate countries: Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are public and private organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth in the areas covered by the Paris Declaration:

  • educational institutions and other learning providers
  • public authorities at national/regional/local level responsible for education, training and youth;
  • non-profit organisations (NGOs)
  • research institutions
  • trade organisations and social partners
  • guidance and recognition centres
  • international organisations
  • private companies
  • networks of the organisations listed above are also eligible as long as they have legal personality
  • Erasmus+ National Agencies in the field of youth

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Initiatives for policy innovation.

U.S. Mission to Afghanistan: Youth Debate Training and Competition

Deadline: 20 June 2016

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is seeking proposals from eligible organizations for Youth Debate Training and Competition intending Afghan youth to develop skills required for successful civic engagement (e.g., public speaking, critical thinking, team-building, in-depth research) through formal debate training and competition.

Funding Information

  • The Base Period award floor and ceiling are set at $70,000 and $100,000.
  • PAS intends to award a cooperative agreement for a period of 12 months (base period) with options for two additional 12-month periods (option years one and two).


  • This cooperative agreement will fund debate training and a series of debate competitions throughout Afghanistan, culminating in a final round of competition in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • This youth debate program will create opportunities for women and men between the ages of 18 and 30 from provinces across Afghanistan to develop important skills for successful civic engagement, including public speaking, critical thinking, team-building, and in-depth research.
  • The Youth Debate Training and Competition is intended to help build people-to-people ties and strengthen checks and balances.
  • By training young Afghan men and women and providing opportunities for them to practice the skills required to succeed in a formal debate competition, this project will contribute to the strengthening of civil society.
  • The debates will be conducted in English using an internationally recognized debate format, which will further complement the goals of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
  • Organizations may subcontract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • For profit entitles are not eligible to be the prime recipient of an award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c)(3) status, Afghan NGO license).
  • Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible for an award.
  • There is no limit on the number of applications an entity may submit
  • Previous federal award recipients who are not/were not in compliance with the terms of the award, including the financial and program reporting requirements, are not eligible for an award
  • Applicants are advised that successful passing of vetting to evaluate the risk that funds may benefit terrorists or their supporters is a condition of award.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Youth Debate Training and Competition.