Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Inviting Applicants for CBYX Enhancement Program

Deadline: 30 May 2016

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is inviting applicants from United States for FY16 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Enhancement Program which is a one-time opportunity to expand and strengthen people-to-people relationships between the United States and Germany.

Purpose

  • Provide German youth participants in the CBYX High School and Young Professionals components with enhanced opportunities to learn about civil society and political life in the United States through the Workshop Component.
  • Create a national U.S. CBYX alumni network that is self-sustaining, that encompasses participants from all CBYX components, and that is linked to counterpart organizations in Germany, for the purpose of continuing the goals of the CBYX program and to provide forums for continued collaboration between our two countries through the Alumni Component.

Program Components

  • Workshop: Provide program enhancement opportunities to German participants in CBYX academic year programs.
  • Alumni: Support the development of a CBYX alumni association network and will strengthen ties between U.S. and German alumni of the program.

Funding Information: The approximate total funding available is $2,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3)
  • Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding
  • Technical Eligibility: Proposal must comply with the following or it will be declared technically ineligible and given no further consideration in the review process.
    • For the Workshop Component: Prior experience managing J-visa program responsibilities for the secondary school category.
    • For the Alumni Component: Prior experience organizing international exchange alumni activities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can contact for application package via given website.

For more information, please visit CBYX Enhancement Program.

Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative: Seeking Projects to Support Libya through Political Transition

Deadline: 26 April 2016

The Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a program within the Bureau of Near East Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) is seeking applications for new projects designed to continue assisting Libya’s transition to a democratic and peaceful nation, improve governance capacity at the national and local level, promote the rule of law, and aid in nurturing a vibrant civil society.

MEPI Goals

  • Citizens have the regular opportunity to play an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and in holding their governments accountable through non-violent means, and
  • Pluralistic societies are built where diversity is reflected in social organizations, politics, business, media and government, where all citizens have equal standing, protected by guaranteed rights and by independent and effective courts of law.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthening National Governance
  • Strengthening Local Governance
  • Supporting a Professional, Sustainable, Independent Media Sector
  • Preparing for Parliamentary Elections

Funding Information: Contingent on the availability of funds, approximately $5,000,000 in Economic Support Funds for approximately one to five cooperative agreements will be awarded through this announcement

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include International NGOs; Public International Organizations; U.S. nonprofit organizations; U.S. for-profit organizations; U.S. private institutions of higher education, public or state institutions of higher education; and U.S. small businesses with function and regional experience in the areas of constitutional drafting, national governance, local governance, institutional capacity building, citizen/CSO engagement, rule of law, media, and elections in Libya specifically.
  • Eligible applicants must have demonstrated experience implementing international assistance programs in Libya, including remotely through a regional country such as Tunisia.
  • One proposal may be submitted per priority area which is considered critical for the success of Libya’s transition.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit projects that include partnerships with local organizations that would work together on specific programmatic objectives or priorities and that utilize local expertise.
  • NEA/AC strongly encourages applicants not based in the MENA region to partner with local organizations

How to Apply

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

For more information, please visit Supporting Libya through Political Transition.

Asia-Europe Foundation: Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity”

Deadline: 14 March 2016

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is inviting applicants for ASEF Journalists’ Workshop on “Asia-Europe Digital Connectivity” to provide an opportunity for 20 journalists to come together to share their professional media experiences and perspectives from national and regional levels, in a direct exchange with their regional counterparts.  It is a two day event which will be held from 7-11 May 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

This workshop will be a platform for the participants to share their journalistic experiences in and perspectives on handling digital connectivity from national and regional levels. Through discussions, the event will explore the current environment of ‘digital connect’ and the role of journalism in reflecting and facilitating ‘connectivity’ between diverse communities.

ASEF is the only permanently established institution of ASEM and is funded by voluntary contributions from its member governments and shares the financing of its projects with its civil society partners across Asia and Europe.

Objectives

  • Strengthen Asia-Europe ties
  • Create shared experiences for learning and dialogue
  • Enhance mutual understanding
  • Explore opportunities for cooperation

Eligible Countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India,  Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a citizen of an ASEM member country.
  • be currently working as a journalist (traditional media, online media, freelance are all eligible)
  • have more than 5 years of working experience as a journalist covering international affairs

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Asia-Europe Foundation.

International Youth Foundation: Inviting Applicants for 2016 YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship

Deadline: 13 March 2016

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is seeking applications from youth-led social ventures around the world for its 2016 YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship to recognize 20 young leaders who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond.

YouthActionNet mission is to strengthen and scale up the impact of youth-led social ventures around the world. Through its local and global initiatives, it provides training, mentoring, funding, advocacy, and networking opportunities to social entrepreneurs, who have pioneered solutions to urgent global challenges.

Founded in 1990, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) invests in the extraordinary potential of young people. IYF programs are catalysts for change that help youth learn, work, and lead. IYF is passionate in the belief that educated, employed, and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. IYF launched YouthActionNet in 2001 to support an emerging generation of young change-makers through strengthening their leadership capacity and the impact of their social change initiatives.

Objectives

  • Identifying and Supporting Young Leaders
  • Strengthening the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Sector

Fellowship Benefits

  • Recognition at a global awards ceremony, through related media outreach, and blogging and speaking opportunities made available through YouthActionNet
  • Year-round learning opportunities and one-on-one coaching based on Fellows’ individual needs and YouthActionNet’s proven leadership development framework
  • Being part of a global network of young change-makers, with the chance to connect and collaborate with peers leading change throughout the world
  • Access to ongoing learning and networking opportunities as a YouthActionNet alumni.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • 18 – 29 years old as of October 1, 2016
  • Founders or co-founders of existing ventures with at least one year of impact
  • Fluent in English (applications must be completed in English

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit YouthActionNet 2016.

UNESCO World Heritage Youth Forum 2016: Deepening Youth Knowledge and Understanding!

Deadline: 25 March 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is seeking applications from young people for its World Heritage Youth Forum 2016 entitled “At the Crossroads of Multi-Layered Heritage” that will  be held from 29 June, 2016 – 12 July, 2016.

The Forum will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas, broaden their outlook and contribute to the discussions and immerse in topics such as urban life and its culture, natural landscape, importance and protection of constructions and the silhouette of the city within the scope of multi-layered heritage.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Qatar

Aims

The aim of the Forum is to deepen youth knowledge and understand the importance of:

  • the implementation of the World Heritage Convention
  • the working methods of the World Heritage Committee
  • the challenges and opportunities of the protection of multi-layered World Heritage sites

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Aged from 22 to 28
  • Fluent in English
  • Citizens of one of the Member States of the current World Heritage Committee as mentioned above in eligible countries
  • Involved in heritage-related fields such as; World Heritage Studies (Landscape), Architecture, Urban Planning, Constructional Engineering, Archaeology, Sociology, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography, Economy, History, Art History, Communication, Law, Tourism, Natural and Cultural Heritage, Geography, International Relations
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested to implement the outcomes of the Forum in their respective countries

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit World Heritage Youth Forum 2016.

Earthwatch Earth Skill Networks 2016: An Open Opportunity to improve Management Practices to Protected Areas in Africa!

Deadline: 26 February 2016

Earthwatch and its Earth Skill Network (ESN) is seeking applications for its annual opportunity for funded training and mentoring in organizational and business management practices to protected areas in Africa.

The Earth Skills Network is a partnership between Earthwatch, UNESCO, IUCN and corporate partners, who are working together to improve the business management skills of staff working in protected areas.

The Earth Skills Network is the evolution of the successful Business Skills for World Sites Heritage programme which ran between 2009 and 2013 in partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and UNESCO. Across both programmes, Earthwatch has trained 40 business mentors who were paired with 36 protected are organisations. This equates to 114 protected area staff trained in business skills.

The Earth Skills Network bridges this gap by bringing together leaders from the business world with protected area managers, in a mentor-mentee relationship, to share knowledge and transfer key business skills.

Benefits

  • Access a funded training programme in business planning and effective management practices.
  • Receive mentoring from an expert with significant business experience in an international organisation, helping the site to take a strategic approach to tackling specific issues.
  • Make better business sense of applicants organisation.
  • Develop the confidence, capabilities, competencies, and the skills that influence the ability to put what the applicant have learnt into practice.
  • Build an action plan which applicant and his/her peers are committed to, and identifies how he/she will transfer business planning at his/her organisation.
  • Increase the leadership capabilities, including self-confidence, team working and influencing.
  • Have the opportunity for open constructive dialogue with the corporate world, potentially with businesses that are operating in applicants’ country or region.
  • Make an important contribution to protected area management effectiveness assessments at his/her site.
  • Travel for three members of staff from their home to South Africa for the 10 day Residential Training Programme (direct flight, economy class).
  • Nine nights of accommodation at the Residential Training Programme in the Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa.
  • Meals and drinks for the duration of your stay at the 10 day Residential Training Programme.
  • Comprehensive medical evacuation insurance for the duration of the 10 day Residential Training Programme.
  • All facilitation costs and training materials.
  • 12 months of expert business mentoring.

Eligibility Criteria

For Organisations

  • Permanent Staff from Natural Protected Areas, Protected Area Agencies or Management Authorities in Africa.
  • Site can be marine or terrestrial.
  • The site must have an IUCN Protected Area classification, be a UNESCO World Heritage site, and be working towards WHS status or an agency working across a number of sites.
  • The site must have clear (gazetted) boundaries.
  • Management Authority and Approvals Authority must be known.
  • All governance types are eligible for the programme.
  • Depending on governance type, the site must have the relevant senior management approvals to participate in the programme.

For participants

  • Three employees from the site must be available to participate in the full programme on the same team.
  • All three employees must have support and sign off from Protected Area senior management.
  • Employees must be fluent in English.
  • No business planning knowledge required but employees must be in a position to benefit from the training.
  • If the applicant’s site has been on the programme before, he/she are welcome to apply again but please nominate employees who have not already participated.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can send their complete application forms at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Earthwatch 2016.

Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program for Global Young business and Development Leaders

Deadline: 30 November 2015

The Landmark Development Initiative (LDI) Africa is calling applications for its Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program (EIFP) to provide hands-on service opportunities for global young business and development leaders at Africa’s leading profit and nonprofit firms. The program is designed to match financial capital invested in emerging African businesses with the human capital needed to take these institutions to scale.

Benefits

While working with their organization, Fellows enjoy the following benefits and more;

  • Experience the growth of Africa’s most innovative businesses
  • Direct exposure to emerging markets
  • Paid positions, housing and travel
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Potential consulting, employment and seed capital investment after fellowship
  • Access to the global LDI Africa network

Eligibility Criteria

  • Young business and nonprofit professionals with 2 to 10 years of work experience, and with strong familiarity with or interest in Africa.
  • Applicants must also have an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
  • EIFP Fellowship is open to all nationalities.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English language.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Emerging Institutions Fellowship.

Opportunity by PAS to Strengthen Academic Linkages and Education Programs in Pakistan

Deadline: 1 April 2015

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States in Islamabad, Pakistan is accepting applications for the open competition for assistance awards. The objective is to promote academic cooperation, civic engagement, and education sector reform through linkages and programs that strengthen relationships between practitioners, policy makers, trainers, or teachers from the U.S. and Pakistan, or within Pakistan.

Following are the goals:

  • Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Pakistan.
  • Strengthen local partners
  • Counter violent extremism

The opportunity aims to support the Department of State’s initiatives to promote education. Education is central to the development of economies and healthy democracies. International educational collaboration fosters the exchange of innovative ideas and enables students, scholars, and emerging leaders to address global challenges together.

Eligibility Criteria

  • S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit organizations, civil society/non-governmental organizations and educational institutions with at least two years of educational programming experience are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience executing successful education programs and the capacity to manage all financial aspects of the project, including participant costs and transparent arrangements of sub-grant relationships with partner organizations, if applicable.
  • A copy of the organization’s registration should be provided with the proposal application. U.S.- based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter. Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
  • Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.

Applicants are requested to submit the application by deadline.

For more information, visit grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number: SCA-ISB-15-AW-006-01152015.

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USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures: A life changing opportunity for NGOs

Call for Concept Notes

Deadline: Round the Year

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is a grant program open to NGOs around the world to apply and get support for project ideas that provide breakthrough solutions to development challenges around the world.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) to provide funding of up to $100,000 for new project ideas and again $1 million to $15 million for scaling up of innovative ideas for several years. Interestingly, USAID has opened this opportunity to NGOs from all countries around the world. Even if you are a small NGO based in a developing country or a huge organization leading several projects across different parts of the world, you are eligible to apply and win grants under DIV.

DIV is accepting proposals for projects which offer innovative solutions to problems related to development. As this opportunity seeks to address different kinds of development challenges, you can submit proposals for any sector, whether it is livelihood development, agriculture, climate change, environment, democracy, human rights, peace and conflict etc. The problems or challenges existing in these sectors can be addressed innovatively by NGOs in their project areas and USAID would be more than willing to understand them, review your project ideas and fund them right from the start up. If your organization is already implementing innovative solutions to address development problems, then you can share them in your proposal and if USAID approves it, you can scale them to other project areas.

Take your NGO to the next level

Before we can explain you how to apply for this funding opportunity, it is important to understand why NGOs should apply for it.

This is a unique grant opportunity because NGOs from all across the world are invited to apply for it. Secondly, you can submit your project ideas in any sector or area of interest. Thirdly, DIV funds new ideas or start-ups (not many donors would do this). Fourthly, there is scope for receiving additional funding from USAID; if your innovative project receives initial success, then you have better chances of getting more funds to replicate the same project in other areas. Lastly, and more importantly, USAID believes that in the coming future, funding for NGOs would be limited and thereby, it is necessary to innovate and implement cost-effective solutions to address development challenges.

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